Home is Where I Put My Backpack Down

I’m a homeless man with homes all around the world.

That’s essentially a vagabond.

“Home” is a relative term and in this case it’s where I happen to put my backpack down, rest and relax. Any place with walls, on wheels, in a tent, on rails or simply under a roof.

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

– Maya Angelou

So constantly traveling as a world citizen, home is wherever I happen to be for a while. Home is who I am sharing space or traveling with. Home is when I put my backpack down and unpack.

This is an always refreshing and ever-interesting way to live. In a sense, my backpack is my home so at anywhere or at anytime, I could be at home.

This is living out of a backpack.

Although I have an apartment in a high-rise in Miami and still have an active lease on a loft in Midtown Manhattan, I prefer my current nomadic lifestyle that I’ve been living since August 2012…

Constantly sleeping in a different bed; a moving vehicle, in a hostel dorm, sometimes on a friend’s couch, if possible in an island bungalow, and at a hotel if there’s nothing else or for special occasions.

That. Is. The. Life.

Once you live such a mobile and minimalistic lifestyle, you realize how little you need to not just survive but also thrive with all your gear that fit in just a backpack.

Home is where your backpack makes it.


[The photo of my backpack was taken at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali, Indonesia. | Originally published on Vinjatek.]

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