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6 Unusual Habits of a Vagabond

Don Mueang Airport Observation Deck Sunrise /// Thailand // VinjatekVagabonding is an unusual lifestyle of perpetual world travel and with it comes some unusual habits, these are a few of mine.

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes ‘sight-seeing.’

-Daniel J. Boorstin

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I Randomly and Erratically Choose and Leave For Destinations //

There was a time when I traveled in a singular and logical direction through the globe but now it’s “wherever, whenever, however”. Sometimes I’ll stay in a country or city for as long as my visa allows or just to attend a party over a weekend then end up on a different continent the next morning.

The biggest influences of how I choose destinations is if I hear a story about an interesting place that makes it irresistible or to actually travel with someone interesting or irresistible to go on a journey with.

Hahoe Folk Village Cliff, Andong, Korea

Hahoe Village, Korea

I Buy a New Pair of Socks Almost Every Other Week //

As a professional traveler, I walk a lot. I’m blessed with having very low body odor after even the most demanding physical activity and long periods of no showers. So that’s not why I only use a pair of socks for a week or 2 at a time. It’s that there is no other article of clothing that feels better brand new than socks but they also wear out exceedingly fast.

With the extensive exploration I do in each new city I discover, I’ve found single pairs of socks for sale in markets and shops for next to nothing in every country. They’re like wearable but disposable souvenirs.

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Tokyo, Japan

I Only Date Other Travelers //

Traveling to far away foreign lands is veritably romantic, no doubt. And when you find someone else who’s just as wanderlust stricken as you, any other woman is simply unworthy.

So you can imagine meeting this special person, clicking then seeing the sights, scaling mountains, crossing borders and eating every meal together.



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Penang, Malaysia

I Never Completely Unpack my Backpack //

By default, as a vagabond I live out of my backpack. In that sense, it acts like my closet since it has all my gear in it. And any closet that’s organized is easy to access specific things without having to dig through it like a scavenger. So I have all my gear compartmentalized within my backpack, taking out exactly what I need when I need it.

Furthermore, because of my nature of moving from one place to another so often, it’s more efficient and convenient to keep my pack always partially packed.

Lounging on Lawn Chairs in South Beach, Miami // Vinjatek

Miami, USA

I Treat Everyday Like it’s a Saturday or Sunday //

At first glance it probably looks like I’m on a permanent vacation but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, typing these exact words is work as well as consulting globally. But not all jobs are 9-to-5 or location dependent. With that said, I work a hell of a lot, but I can work whenever and wherever I want. Work is work, mine just happens to be leisurely.

So most of my days are free but full and others are free for sleep.

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Istanbul, Turkey

I Ask Where People Are From Before Their Names //

This is very common amongst long-term travelers and nomads but it doesn’t mean it devalues people, quite the contrary. When you meet other travelers in foreign lands, it’s intriguing to know how far they’ve traveled to get to the same place as you. It’s like getting a taste of another country while in a different country while making solid connections with great people.

The name is usually one of the last things you find out, first is where they are from, how long they’ve been traveling…

[The featured photo was taken in Bangkok, Thailand.]

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  1. Lori Zabel

    12/18/2014 at 3:44 AM

    I’m totally the same with the names thing. It’s kinda funny actually. I’ve actually travelled for like an entire day with someone and got to know there entire life except their names until we departed.

    • Annabee

      12/18/2014 at 3:46 AM

      Hahah that’s too funny… I can’t wait to experience this for myself when I start backpacking.

  2. Specialist Zero

    12/18/2014 at 3:52 AM

    Great list, I think your best point is about the socks being the best brand new… shirt, underwear, pants are best after worn. Now I gotta get me some new socks!

  3. Timothy Paul Oliver

    05/22/2016 at 8:37 PM

    To live in wonder and to wonder how to live is loving life to its fullest in essence teaching us of life’s surroundings as life’s entirety always surrounds us we have to be made aware thru the self awareness sometimes dawning on others as it dawns on us, interaction and experience interacting gives us back knowledge of how to live and be better at living everyday making mistakes but never making the same ones twice learning to love to live is Life.

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