What is Vagabonding?
Are You a Professional Bum?
Not entirely. Well, maybe. A vagabond is homeless by choice. I have been vagabonding — living and working on the road — since 2006.
Rolf Potts, author of the book Vagabonding, describes this lifestyle as:
“The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time” and “a deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible.”
In other words, you can choose to accumulate things, a fancy car, and a big house, or you can spend a fraction of that money to travel the world gaining life experience and new friends along the way!
The American Nightmare
We are taught from a young age to produce, to multitask, to consume, then work hard to produce some more. We go to school, get into debt, hope to get a corporate job to pay off that debt one day, and accumulate huge houses filled with material things.
Did you know that the U.S. ranks 34th in life expectancy in the world? Most of those years are either spent working a job you dread to see on Monday mornings or preparing to work.
Why can’t everyday feel like Saturday? Why does the global financial crisis only affect the working class? Two or three weeks of vacation a year are not enough to explore this beautiful world.
The corporate CEOs and politicians are laughing all the way to the bank.
Escaping the Cubicle
After 8+ years of working as an IT engineer for one of the most vile corporations in America, I managed to save enough money, sell my house and my things, and unplug myself from the Matrix before being consumed.
I realized that the American Dream wasn’t my dream at all.
Sure, I miss luxuries such as a steady paycheck and knowing that the IRS isn’t hiring soldiers of fortune to look for me…but the trade for life freedom was worth it!
Since 2005, I have been showing people that anything is possible, that there is a door left open in the giant Rat Race maze, and that there is always the hope of escape. The best part…?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE RICH!
This website is the evolution of Vagabonding Begins, my old vagabonding travel blog which I started on Bootsnall.com way back in December 2005.
So after my refusal to make CEOs even more filthy rich in exchange for my freedom, I have shared my adventures, my fears, my injuries, and even some of my personal feelings with complete strangers. Maybe not such a good idea on paper, but this blog has been more rewarding than I ever thought possible. I have seen new friendships, opportunities, and life paths pop up because of Vagabonding Life. I’m in it too deep to stop now!
My name is Greg Rodgers. I’m only famous in small nudist circles and I didn’t make it rich selling widgets on the internet. Don’t worry: I’m not going to ask you to sign something. I’m just a guy who made a big life change and managed to find a new path to happiness. I want to share that path with people who know that there has to be more to life than accumulating junk.
I no longer own a place to live in the U.S. My home is anywhere that my backpack is, and even while in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, I still feel like a visitor. I am more or less someone just passing through.
I am forever doomed and blessed to travel the forgotten places all over this world; paradise island or malaria dung hole — I want to see them all.
The Vagabonding Mission
Vagabonding is a mindset.
My first and only mission of this new blog is to share what daily life is like while vagabonding, whether on the road or working at home between trips. I want to share the reality with people who are looking for the truth about a life of travel — not the chocolate covered, life-is-perfect, Travel Channel version.
Forget 90% of what you read on those foo-foo travel blogs.
Waking up every day someplace new where people, plants, and things may want to suck your blood isn’t always like a day at Disney World, but I wouldn’t trade the freedom for anything.
There are enough blogs with top-10 lists, social-media bait, and selling how-to-get-rich ebooks that only make the blog owners money.
Travel has left marks on my heart, mind, and body. I am a firm believer that any experience is good experience, and so I have tried to share all these life changes with my readers. If you are an old reader, then welcome back and thank you for sticking with me. If you are here for the first time — welcome, friend.
May there always be a road.