10 Things I’ve Learned As A Vagabond

Torrey PinesWe’ve now been on this family vagabond journey for 2 months hitting PA, OH, IN, IL, WI, MN, SD, WY, MT, ID, WA, OR, CA, NV, AZ, NM so far. As I reflect on where we have been and the great things we have seen, I thought I would put together an initial list of what I’ve learned so far.

1. I don’t worry about posting to social media for fear of people knowing I’m not home and breaking into my house. I don’t have a house.

2. You don’t need material belonging to be happy. I have one roller bag, my family has two duffel bags. We have two skateboards, helmets, an American Girl Doll and two backpacks with laptops and cords.

3. Sometimes you just have to step out of the box and go with the flow. Most days we don’t know where we are going to travel to, nor do we know where we are going to stay till around an hour before we get to a destination.

4. Don’t put things off till tomorrow, it may never come. Don’t wait till you retire to go see the world, it will probably be more difficult to check these places out when your old anyway. Related, stop saying someday, today is someday.

5. I only have a hand full of cloths and I respect having a washer and dryer.Del Mar Beach

6. It feels liberating to not have a plan. “Where are we heading today?” “I have no idea.”

7. You really can save money by traveling, if you stick to a budget. You can’t spend like you’re on vacation.

8. We have no room for anything, so pictures, vlogs and blogs are better keepsakes.

Route 669. The Earth is such a beautiful, diverse environment and we all need to experience it.

10. Motel 6 has a great logo and a great website; their properties suck!

What have you learned while traveling?

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The Clean Out! Homeless Donations From a Soon to be Homeless Family.

How attached are you to material belongings? Could you just sell or donate everything you own? Marketing has us working jobs we hate, to buy shit we don’t need. Everyone’s debt is climbing and the cost of living is increasing exponentially making it harder and harder and nearly impossible to ever get out of debt. We’re running up school debt, only to graduate into a market of less and less opportunity. What no one ever teaches you, is to do what you love, what your passionate about, whatever that is.

Second load for Water Street

Second load for Water Street

Like my school debt, I have some things I can’t get rid of too. My bass, my reclaimed barn wood office desk made by my wife and kids, to name a couple. So, we’ll need a storage unit, which costs a hell of a lot less than rent on a 4 bedroom townhouse plus utilities. In fact, we found a 15×10 for $75 a month! The power of Google.

We are selling most of our household belongings on Craigslist and donating even more to the local Homeless Shelter. Old jackets, clothes, suits, shoes, kids clothes, soap and shampoo taken from hotel rooms over the past few months. Maybe someone else can use this stuff to get back on their feet? I really hope so. I’ve been serving meals at the shelter for a few months now and there are some truly wonderful people who’s day to shine again is coming soon and they could use your old stuff too. Plus you can write it off on your taxes and lets face it, if you haven’t worn it in the last year, you’re not going to wear it again, seriously.

First load to Water Street

First load to Water Street

Water Street Rescue Mission : http://www.wsm.org

Next line of business: Planning the route across the country to Happy Camp, CA. Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, sky’s the limit? If you were planning a cross country trip where would you stop and what item can’t you part with? Comment below.

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Water Street Collection Center

Water Street Collection Center

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The Vagabond Family Adventure

Vagabonding: The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time.

How does any adventure begin? With an idea. Our idea is to travel the US road schooling our two children, Munchkin (5) and Chealar (8), not their real names, oh and our English Bulldog Brutus (5) and along the way pick up clues to our future. As a child my family vacationed in an RV and I was fortunate enough to get to see a good portion of this beautiful country. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, every Indian Reservation in between, The OK Corral, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Dinosaur National Park, to name a few highlights. Now I’m continuing the tradition with my wife, who has seen very little of the US and our kids who have seen even less.

Singers

Inside the Hybrid

Our adventure begins in America’s Coolest Small Town, Lititz, PA, where we have begun the task of selling off everything we own on Craigslist. The few things we just can’t get rid of we will put in a local storage unit to someday use again. We traded in our two aging cars and bought a 2010 Honda Insight Hybrid. On our first trip, last week to Pittsburgh, we averaged 44 miles a gallon, not bad and hopefully it will save us a ton of cash as we get ready for our first drive across this beautiful country on our way to Happy Camp, CA. where we have our first of many house sits.

jackbru

BRUTUS!

So, how can a family just pack up and hit the open road? Well as we researched it, we found it’s actually pretty common and there are networks and companies dedicated to the vagabond lifestyle. In fact we hope that this blog is able to provide folks with useful information about the practice of vagabonding or even provide some inspiration to pack up and go on your own adventure.

We’ll keep a log of our trip here on this blog, along with photos of our adventure and along the way we’ll educate our children and educate our readers on the vagabond lifestyle and how you can make it a reality. Please feel free to comment or reach out to us with any questions. We had some very kind people answer a lot of our questions and we plan on returning the favor. Now if there are any household items you’re in the need of, let us know. We have a whole house full for sale.

CJ

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