A couple of years ago, I did an Internet interview for a vagabonding Web site (www.rolfpotts.com). It was then that I realized I was not alone in my traveling, that there were hundreds, perhaps thousands of others like me – or even more committed – who were experiencing the world on a budget shoestring, venturing about for more than a typical tourist experience, wanting to immerse themselves in other cultures, in other venues, to challenge their abilities to adapt to differing circumstances, different people, to test their abilities to live in other lands.
Rolf Potts is a decorated and well-known travel writer, and he has been published in a number of well-known publications, as well as authoring his own books and videos on his travel experiences. He is, perhaps, a bit more energetic and driven than I am, but our mindsets are very much the same. For example, here is a definition from his book “Vagabonding An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel”:
“Ultimately, this shotgun wedding of time and money has a way of keeping us in a holding pattern. The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our freedom. With this kind of mind-set, it’s no wonder so many Americans think extended overseas travel is the exclusive realm of students, counterculture dropouts, and the idle rich… Vagabonding is not a lifestyle, nor is it a trend. It’s just an uncommon way of looking at life–a value adjustment from with action naturally follows. And, as much as anything, vagabonding is about time–our only real commodity– and how we choose to use it.” – See more at: http://www.vagablogging.net/#sthash.91p3n6RZ.dpuf
After refamiliarizing myself with Rolf’s exploits, I can sense the urge to explore again. Maybe soon, my friends.