/// 6 Unusual Habits of a Vagabond
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…