What is a life of vagabonding really all about?
Escaping a Corporate Cubicle
Hi, I’m Greg Rodgers — and I’m an expert at escaping a corporate cubicle!
After more than eight years of working as an IT engineer for a huge, heartless, greed-driven corporation, 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. It was more like a nightmare.
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 2006, I have been showing people that anything is possible, that there is a door left open in the Rat Race maze, and that there is always the hope of escape. The best part …
You don’t have to be rich!
Escaping a conventional life and getting yourself out of the Rat Race don’t require you to be wealthy.
Vagabonding vs. Bumming Around
Vagabonding doesn’t mean becoming a bum. Well, maybe sometimes. A vagabond is homeless by choice so they can explore this beautiful world. I have been vagabonding (living and working on the road) since I quit my corporate job in 2006.
Rolf Potts, author of the book Vagabonding (Amazon affiliate link) describes this lifestyle as:
“The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time…”
“…a deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible.”
In other words, you can choose to accumulate things such as 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!
Travel isn’t expensive. On the other hand, being unhappy while stuck in the Rat Race is expensive.
We are taught from a young age that time = money. Then we rush around to produce, multitask, consume, then 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.
Then we spend 40 – 50 years waiting for weekends and vacations to travel or enjoy life.
Did you know that the United States is ranked 43rd for life expectancy in the world? That’s United Nations data. We’re ranked 38th by the World Health Organization. Something seems wrong there. Most of those years are either spent working a job we dread to see on Monday mornings or preparing to work / commuting. More Americans are unhealthy, in debt, depressed, or incarcerated than ever before.
Why so much despair in a wealthy, industrialized nation? We put all of our time and energy toward the accumulation of wealth, by default. Only at the end of the workday, when little energy is left, do we work on growing ourselves or pursuing happiness.
By shifting priorities away from money concerns and instead seeking health, happiness, and better relationships, we can also succeed in other ways!
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!
I’m Greg Rodgers
My name is Greg Rodgers (this is my homepage). I’m only famous on Google, and I’m not some wealthy influencer. Don’t worry: I’m not going to ask you to sign something or join a cult. 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 there has to be more to life than working to accumulate plastic junk.
I work with my laptop while traveling. The term now is “digital nomad”—although, I was doing it before that label became a thing. My home is anywhere that my backpack happens to be, but most often Southeast Asia or Europe. And even while in my hometown of Lexington, Kentucky, I often still feel like a visitor. I am more or less someone just passing through.
I am forever sentenced and blessed to travel the hard-to-reach places around this world; paradise island or malaria dung hole—I want to see them all.
The Vagabonding Mission
Vagabonding is a way of life that makes traveling indefinitely possible.
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 percent 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. I love this life.
There are enough blogs with top-10 lists, social-media bait, and selling how-to-get-rich-blogging ebooks that only make the blog owners money.
Travel has left its claw marks on my body and soul. 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.
If you’re thinking about a life of vagabonding for yourself, I may be able to help. I do backpacking coaching and travel mentoring if you need some support and encouragement for planning a big trip. Or we can just chat about vagabonding, cubicles, corporate jobs, and adventure.
I also have a site and course dedicated to the process of escaping the Rat Race (which is largely mindset) and getting out on the road. You’ll find some juicy stuff there.
If you just want to say hello, please use this contact page to get in touch!
Photo Credit: Robert Paetz