Episode 13 – Stephen Schreck

www.travelingchimps.comThis week I talk with Stephen Schreck from A Backpacker Tale.com Stephen is a travel blogger and writer who has just completed his 4th year of none stop travel and he’s done some cool stuff. Running with the Bulls, Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, and as we talk about in this episode, he recently received a Sak Yant tattoo from a Buddhist Monk!! Just to name a few things. He’s been featured on Rolf Potts Vagabonding web-site and the Huffington Post.

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Each week I’ll release the next chapter of the book along with a supporting podcast, covering that chapters topics and highlights. Comments and questions are encouraged, so please comment and ask below. I’ll answer any questions either on the podcast or directly to you via email.

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Resources mentioned in this episode:

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts – The bible of full time travel.

Vagaboom – Couple cycling from Alaska to Argentina. Check out their YouTube Channel or listen to my podcast with them, Episode 6, WWOOFing.

CopyPress – Company that Stephen writes for. CopyPress lives to help clients tell amazing stories, and to help creatives get paid to do what they love.

The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield – Highly recommend this book to any creative type. Packed with mindset adjustments to make you a better artist.

This Weeks Guests

Stephen Schreck – You can find Stephen on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter or at his website A Backpackers Tale.

This Weeks Music & Art

Cherry & Orange by the Smacken Pappy

Two Souls Riddim by Alan Ulises Rhythm

Podcast Art by TR of Nomads By Design

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Family Vagabond Adventure, Learn the Art of Full Time Travel – Chapter 1

Family Vagabond Adventur

Traveling Chimps

Navajo Bridge, Arizona

I opened the wooden door and stepped into the darkness. This wasn’t your typical darkness, this was real, middle of nowhere, not a city for hundreds of miles darkness. I looked up at the desert sky and the Milky Way showed itself like I have never seen it before. I literally could see every star in the galaxy! The feeling you get when you can see the sky the way our ancestors had seen it and even navigated by it. The wide expanse. The infinite reality of the universe. We’re talking monkeys on a rock, flying at thousands of miles per hour around a nuclear explosion and how did I get here? Well that started months before I got to this hipster motel in the middle of the Arizona desert.

It started like most things in the modern world, with a Google search, creative ways to save money. Somewhere on the pages of top 10 lists my wife found Vagabonding. “Vagabonding?” I said. “Yeah, actually I had written this down years ago as a possible business idea.” She said enthusiastically. “So, how does that work?” I questioned. She buried her head back in the Google pages. Really what we found is there are many ways of going about vagabonding, you could couch surf, RV, housesit, train ride, backpack, hike, run or fly around the country or around the world.
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We chose to start our adventure by Housesitting around the United States in a Honda Insight, hybrid that gets ~ 44 miles to the gallon. We began the adventure in February of 2014, by selling off, or donating to homeless shelters, pretty much all of our possessions, not a bad way to put some cash in the old bank account! And for the first tip of the book, we used Craigslist to sell all of that stuff. In March of 2014 we traded in two aging vehicles for our Hybrid and packed that sucker to the brim with 4 family members, a bulldog and what remained of our personal items. Each of us got a duffle bag and a backpack, if you could fit it in those two items, you could bring it with you and we drove out of Lititz, PA on a cold spring day headed for our first housesit in Happy Camp, CA a 3,000 mile trek across America. This adventure and the rest of that road trip around the U.S. is documented on our vagabond family blog The Traveling Chimps, www.travelingchimps.com you’ll find blogs about places we visited, thoughts on vagabonding and links to all of our social media outlets. Check it out and please do not hesitate to send us questions, we love sharing our experiences and helping others in any way we can.

I have created this book to share the tricks, ideas and mistakes, and there were plenty, we made on the ultimate road trip around the U.S. so you can do it too, or some version of it.

Life Style Design

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North Rim – Grand Canyon

Why? Why would you want to travel the country, the continent or the world? Well, there are many answers to that question, but for us we wanted to retire now, why wait till you’re old and can’t do half the stuff you want to? Let me tell you a story, we drove from Barstow, CA, through Las Vegas to the Grand Cannon in Arizona. We got to the North gate after two days in the car, I grabbed a beer from the lodge and we walked out onto the deck to one of the most amazing views in the world. I drank my beer and started taking pictures of the Grand Canyon and all its glory. As the buzz from my surroundings and probably the beer kicked in, I struck up a conversation with an older man, from Pittsburg, PA, who sat in an Adirondack chair on the deck of the lodge, hooked up to an oxygen tank. He asked me if I thought he would have trouble walking down the hiking trail to the mouth of the canyon to get a bird’s eye view. I told him I would scout it out for him. What I found on my short hike was a dirt path with a lot of roots, rocks and steep inclines, probably not the best place to walk for an older man hooked up to oxygen. I reported back to the man with my scouting report. He seemed disappointed and he said he had waited his whole life to come to the Grand Canyon and now he couldn’t enjoy it to the fullest. I felt for him, I really did. It hit home with us. You can’t wait to retire to see the world! Yes, you can, but many people won’t have the health or the mobility to get the most out of the experience. I pondered this thought later that night as I gazed at the Milky Way from my hipster motel in the middle of nowhere Arizona.

Types of Travelers

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hominids have traveled for millions of years. I guess you could say that travel is responsible for the Out of Africa theory? Man originated in Africa and moved out to populate the rest of the Earth. There is no right or wrong way to go about traveling, what works for you, you should do, just make sure you do it, it’s good for your soul. Here are the types of travelers you will encounter on the road, you can choose to emulate these or create your own hybrid.

The Amazing Race – These are travelers, who like the hit television show, see how many countries they can hit and how fast? It’s certainly cool to tell people how many countries you have visited and actually I get impressed sometimes by the amount of countries folks are able to rack up. My only issue with this approach, is that you don’t have time to immerse yourself in the culture and really dive into what countries and their cities and towns have to offer, but if your time is limited and you want to get the most bang for your buck, then this is your travel type.

The Weekend Warrior – These travelers are in abundance and typically stay local using road trips to see surrounding areas near where they live. Though I know some folks who take multiple 3 day weekends during the year and fly to destinations for the weekend only. Again probably not the best way to immerse yourself in culture, but you can certainly get a feel for a place, especially with a good local tour guide or friend. Plus it sounds cool to come into work on Monday and tell everyone you spent the weekend in Costa Rica.

The Vacationer – The biggest of the travel types. Most 1st world countries offer some sort of vacation or paid time off benefit to attract and retain employees. At a minimum full time employees will get a week to two weeks of vacation time per year, with many people traveling to a destination for the whole week, like Disney or a Beach within driving distance of their home.

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Badlands, South Dakota

The Slow Traveler – The type of traveler that this book is really focused on. A slow traveler spends quality time in each destination, weeks, months or even years. Immerses themselves in the local cultures and really gets an understanding of what drives the people and may even pick up on the language. In my opinion, slow traveling is the best form of travel, but it takes some planning, commitment and a nomad sense of being. It also requires a location independent job or a good chunk of savings. More on all of this in the pages to come.

The Hub and Spoke – What I have found, on my time here on this great planet, is that the cost of living in the 1st world is very expensive and monthly expenses make it difficult to find the funds to travel on a regular basis or even once per year on your paid time off. A growing trend is to move to developing country, where rent is extremely low and use this new location as your launch point or hub, like the wheel of a bicycle, to travel to other locations. Living in your hub 1-6 months per year, you’ll have a place to bring all your souvenirs back to and can keep your stuff safe, in many cases for less than a storage container.

Full Timers – Usually full timers are retired folks who spend all of their time traveling in an RV from camp ground to camp ground, but really there is no age restriction. Many of them employ a Hub and Spoke approach and will spend 1-6 months at one camp ground, usually working at the camp ground for a free stay or a low hourly wage and then traveling to other locations from their hub. There are large communities and organizations that support full timers, with legislation, health care and mail services, like Escapees, which we will talk more about later in the book.

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Expats – An expat is anyone who moves from their home country to live full time in another country. In many cases expats move to a new country for an employment opportunity. For instance, my father was an expat. He was born and raised in Altoona Pennsylvania and moved around the U.S. as he made his way up the corporate ladder. In 1993 he took a position with a U.S. based cable company in Prague, Czech Republic and worked there for 12 years before retiring. After 2 years of retirement he re-entered the cable industry with a 2 year position in Zagreb, Croatia. His business and personal life took him on trips throughout Europe and there are probably very few places he didn’t get to experience.

Snow Birds – Typically retired folks who spend the warmer months in their home town and the winter months in a warmer location. The stereotype would be retired people going to Florida for the winter, but Snow Birds could go anywhere, not just Florida. This approach is similar to the Hub and Spoke method, but focuses on finding a comfortable temperature year round.

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Happy Camp, California

Like I stated earlier, there really is no right or wrong way to travel. All of these travel types are travelers, no matter what one type of traveler may say about another type. You’ll find, like in any community, some types will act like their travel type is the dominant and if you’re not traveling their way, you’re not doing it right, or you’re not hardcore enough. It’s silly, we’re all travelers. We’re all trying to get out there and experience this great world and the great people and cultures that make it up. Everyone has their preferred methods, different budgets and goals. There is no right or wrong way to travel, just travel!

 

Safety

One of the biggest mental barriers or resistance to traveling the world is safety. I hear it all the time, “you really want to go there? It’s dangerous there, someone will kidnap you or you’ll get blown up.” Yes, things do happen all over the world every day, from hostage situations to shootings and terrorists activities, but really the world has never been a safer place to live. Now I’m not suggesting that you travel to war zones, like Afghanistan and Iraq, though I bet you could find a great deal on an apartment, if you’re willing to take the chance. Don’t think I would want to try that one out with my family in tow though.

Last year I asked our Twitter followers if they would drive from the U.S. to Costa Rica or anywhere in Central America. The response was mixed. Half the folks thought I was crazy and it seemed that the biggest concern was southern Mexico, where drug cartels rule and many people, including a guy who quit his banking job in Westchester, NY and was riding his motorcycle to South America, when he was reported missing. They later found that man dead, near his motorcycle in a remote town in Mexico. The other half shared stories and websites with me of folks that had done just that, drove from the U.S. to Central America.

What I do know, is that you should visit the places of your dreams; you really do only live once. Get out there and see it, touch it, smell it. Safety is a relative thing. For instance we have been spending time in Washington, DC, so far this year there have been 102 homicides and the year is only half over. Now imagine you are from Switzerland, where crime and homicides are very low, and you’re thinking of visiting DC on your next travel adventure. Your friends in Switzerland may be giving you the same line I hear all the time, “You want to go there? You’ll get shot and killed.” The point is, your home country may be just as, or even more dangerous than, the places you want to visit. Many countries still hold stigma from past leaders, or events that we are now many years removed from, but the stereotypes or perception is that these events just happened and these places are still dangerous, do your homework.

Fear is good. Be mindful of your surroundings, There are people who will prey on travelers and not all of them will be violent, in fact most will not be. From the taxi driver over charging you from the airport to your hostel, or the landlord over charging for your apartment because you are clearly from another country. More to come on overcoming these challenges later in the book.

Theft is probably the biggest concern you should have. Watch your bags and especially watch your wallet and backpacks. Keep photo copies of your passport, insurance documents, driver license, etc. separate from the originals, just in case. Watch out for pick pockets! Many work in teams, one will distract you by trying to sell you something, while his/her teammate grabs your belongings from behind you. They are super good at these tactics and you probably won’t even feel them pick pocketing you. It won’t be till later when you reach for your wallet to pay for a beer, when you notice you’ve been had.

Use the U.S. Department of State’s website to find travel restrictions and warnings for U.S. travelers oversees. You can find these listings at: U.S. Department of State Travel Alerts & Warnings. I’m sure other countries have similar websites for their citizens as well. Remember though that these are just warnings, it doesn’t mean anything is going to happen to you.

Here is the link to the corresponding podcast: Episode 1- Learn the Art of Full Time Travel

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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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Happy Camp, CA

Happy Camp, CA

It was a brisk morning in February when my wife brought us the news, we had landed our first housesit in Happy Camp, CA! Happy Camp? I was thinking to myself this could be heaven or this could be hell, comment below if you got that reference. I Google mapped it and I remember thinking, “God, I hope I don’t need to travel anywhere and is there even internet there?” It turned out that I had to take one business trip using the Medford, OR airport, a 2 hour drive and there was just enough internet to keep my work going, though we couldn’t post any Traveling Chimp videos to YouTube.
We drove over the pass, an hour drive on a switch back that closes often do to snow, luckily, they hadn’t gotten much snow this year, though there was quit a bit of snow at the highest altitude. Our ears popped as we descended on Happy Camp, not sure what we would find. On recommendation we stayed at The Forest Lodge http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32472-d271299-Reviews-Forest_Lodge_Motel-Happy_Camp_California.html for the night, where the warm smell of Bermuda raised up through the air, our housesit wouldn’t start till the next morning. We strolled over to the house we would be watching and had pizza with the owners. They were incredibly nice people and told us all we needed to know about the surrounding area, even leaving us maps to find the local spots.  They were incredibly hospitable baking chocolate chip cookies for the kids, leaving us recipes for easter, and finding out about an easter egg hunt in the area for the kids!

Happy Camp, CA US Post Office

Happy Camp, CA US Post Office

Happy Camp is located about 20 miles south of the Oregon boarder along route 96, in the Klamath River Valley. It is the Bigfoot capital of the world. There have been more sightings here than anywhere else and the town welcome this fact with open arms. There’s not a lot of business in Happy Camp, but the ones that are here are using Bigfoot in their name, like the Bigfoot RV Camp. The post office even has a Bigfoot statue outside. Every Labor Day the town throws their annual Bigfoot Jamboree http://bigfootjamboree.com/, I’d love to make it back there someday to participate. If it’s anything like their Easter Egg Hunt, it will be awesome. We were super impressed with how good their Easter Egg Hunt was, especially for such a small town. It was probably the best one we’ve had been to.
The center of town has a giant Bigfoot made out of donated materials and assembled by a local artist. Chilear and I wasted no time in taking a selfie in front of it.The town also has a large Native American population (Karuk Tribe) that is very welcoming and have their own museum http://karuk.us/, a must see. There are beautiful hiking trails, hot springs, swimming holes and some of the best white water rafting in the world. Even if you can’t land a house sit here, there is plenty of lodging and camp grounds to fit your needs. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. The people are extremely welcoming and everyone I asked had a Bigfoot story, reference the warm smell of Bermuda above. You probably have never heard of Happy Camp, but if you ever get a chance to check it out, it’s worth the snowy pass.

Did we ever find Bigfoot? You’ll have to catch that episode of Traveling Chimps to find out. Next up Southern California with a stop at Disneyland! What’s the most magical place you have ever visited?

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Redwood Forest

As we drove into Jedediah Smith State Park, the first in a chain of 4 parks making up the Redwood Forest on the Northern coast of California, I couldn’t help but look for Ewoks. That’s right, Ewoks, the lovable furry Star Wars characters from the Return of The Jedi. It was clear right away that we had driven into the forest moon of Endor, the Ewok’s home, or were we now being stocked my a T-Rex in Jurassic Park? Either way these film makers couldn’t have picked a better place to shoot these iconic movies!

Redwood Forest

Redwood Forest

The Traveling Chimps were so excited and in awe at the size of these trees, that they laid down their tablets and started to rattle off all the facts they had learn in the week building up to our visit to the Redwood Forest. This was Road Schooling at it’s best. The 5 year old immediately spotted a fairy ring, created when a Redwood is cut down, additional trees grow out of the stump, created a ring around the stump.

Like most of our adventures, we had no clear plan other than to get to the parks and find an information center to guide us through the adventure, sort of our own personal Dungeon Master. We drove through Jedediah and into the Pacific coast town of Crescent City, a town with it’s own history of being leveled by a tsunami in March of 1964. We entered the Redwood information center with giant smiles, as this was the first time the Traveling Chimps had seen the Pacific Ocean. We were greeted by a bearded park ranger who immediately engaged us in conversation. We told him our vagabond family story and he broke out his maps to customize an adventure suitable for a family as crazy as us. “You’re not afraid of dirt roads, are you?”

Pacific Coast Line

Pacific Coast Line

We hit the Safeway to stock up on fresh food and jumped on the 101 South for the mouth of the Klamath River. Scaling the side of the mountain on a switch back, we started to get glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. With our excitement building, we hit the overlook perched 800 feet above the mouth of the Klamath River. We found a photographer with a professional set up and engaged him in conversation. He was a wealth of knowledge. We stood next to him as he pointed out to us 6 Gray Whales, their gasps for breath clear in the surf just on the break, ~60 Harbor Seal, 12 Sea Lions and 1 Red Tailed Hawk, we had just missed 2 Eagles. Not what we were expecting to see on a visit to the Redwood Forest! We had teased ourselves driving through Jedediah, but the real giants were just ahead of us.

We followed the ink pen on our Park Ranger produced adventure map and drove over the Klamath River looking for the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. We found it with little trouble and started into the Prairie Creek State Park looking for the green signs reading 750 ft. to trail head. There are 4 trail heads along the parkway. We were told there is no bad trail. We picked the 3rd trail and left the Hybrid along the road to rest it’s tires along gentle giant trees with prehistoric roots.

Giant Sequoia

Giant Sequoia

Following the well groomed trail, we were immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery any of us had ever seen. The size of these trees is hard to explain or even give justice in words. It’s something you have to witness yourself. There are two types of giant trees in the parks, coast redwoods, the tallest of the two trees, capping out at 379ft. It is also the tallest living thing on earth! These are huge trees and looking up towards the canopy it’s hard to even see the tops. Their base can grow to 22ft diameter! The second type are Giant Sequoias. These beasts cap out at 311ft., but their girth is well beyond the coast redwood and can grow as wide as 3 school buses! These old timers thrived during the Jurassic Period and you can almost feel the dinosaurs presence as you hike through the moist, fern riddled environment. Make sure you bring your hiking boots and dress in layers as the constant shade can keep the temperatures on the forest floor fairly low.

After hiking a few miles with the giant trees we headed back to the Hybrid and started for the south end of the park. We stopped at another information center and couldn’t help taking another quick hike among the giants and ever present creeks and streams. Here we witnessed the effects of forest fires on the giant trees. The redwoods have thick, water rich bark that protects it from fire. In fact fire isn’t entirely a bad thing for these giants and can actually help clear out the vegetation that grows around the trees competing for valuable nutrients.

In front of the Prairie Creek Visitor Center is a field cleared by fire years ago by the Yurok tribe and grazing in it were 12 Elk. The Chimps were amazed at how close we were able to get to them. Remember to never approach a wild animal on feet, it could be the last thing you ever approach. We were in the hybrid, viewing at a safe distance.

Elk

Elk

We left the visitor center looking for the dirt road, Bald Hills Road, that would take us through the freshly blooming fields of wild flowers and take us full circle on route 96 back to Happy Camp, CA where we have been doing a house sit. We traversed the dirt road, the hybrid eating up the dirt, the openness making us feel like we were the only people on earth. We hit the switch back and rounded a corner right into the path of a giant black bear. She was as surprised as we were. She ran for the cover of the forest and we crept up on her trying to get a final glance of her through the trees. You couldn’t have finished an adventure any better, we drove up 96 with nothing but admiration for the Ranger who’s map and ink had gave us a day we will never forget. The chimps ears popped from the altitude and they were soon fast asleep with dreams of bears, whales and prehistoric forests.

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What Do You Know About The 50 States?

States1So I’m racking my brain trying to figure out how to make this trip more meaningful, memorable, and maybe a tad bit educational…shhh don’t tell the kids!!!  So I scour the internet trying to find ideas and voila notebooking!  Ahhh the power of blogs!!!  There are so many great ideas on homeschooling blogs and even if you’re not homeschooling you can find such cool ideas for fun with your kids with an educational twist.  Kids are always learning that’s what I’m learning!  :)  Everything can be a learning lesson.

So on with the notebooking idea.  I printed out sheets of info and activity pages off a few different blogs about each state..then as we are about to embark on that state we fill in the pages to learn more about it.  After we get there and get to experience things then we go back and write about things we learned, what we saw, and most important what was fun!!!  I also left a clear sleeve for each state so we can stick postcards, ticket stubs, and whatever else we collect along the way.

The verdict…..so far we are having loads of fun with it and learning some cool and strange facts I never knew and never knew I wanted to know..hah ha

Did you know you can’t back into parking spaces in Indiana…it’s against the law

Kids had a blast exploring Ohio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!

Kids had a blast exploring Ohio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!

Ohio had America’s first hot dog in 1900 and America’s 1st traffic light!

I certainly didn’t know that Akron was the rubber capital of the world :)

Looking forward to all the weird and crazy things to see and learn…off to look for the two story outhouse that Lincoln may or may not have used!!!!!  Illinois is apparently the land of Lincoln.

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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.

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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.

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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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