Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

Asking the Right Questions

I’ve had a minor breakthrough today in my efforts to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. I don’t have answers yet. But I may have removed (or reduced to rubble) an obstacle in my thought process. I’m cautiously optimistic that with a few more days of contemplation, I might finally have some answers. Even though Read More …

Why Millennials Reject Consumerism

A while back, Google put an interesting article in front of my eyes. A number of people have observed a correlation between my generation and anti-consumerism tendencies. This article in particular, however, makes the argument that Millennials are not cultural rebels – rather, the American Dream has been kept out of our reach and unattainable. Oversampling Before I wade in Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

War Stories – Oatman, Arizona

Nothing prevents people from following their dreams moreso than fear. And in the interests of helping to motivate people like yourself to take the plunge and get out and travel, I feel there is no more important message for me to convey than this: travel is not inherently dangerous. It is very unlikely that you will be butchered by some Read More …

Podcast Potpourri Post

As is my habit, I allowed several episodes of the Zero to Travel podcast to stack up in my queue before I departed on my road trip. There were a lot of interesting points raised, which triggered a lot of ancillary thoughts. Since these ideas come from multiple episodes, there’s not enough of an over-arching theme to tie them into Read More …

Breaking Cell Phone and Social Media Addiction

“Do you want to come out with us for dinner and drinks?” ask my friends. Of COURSE I do! Even an antisocial person like myself can’t help but bask in the warm company of the few select people I consider my friends. I get all excited and eager for the evening. I shower, I shave, and I even put on Read More …

Georgia On My Mind

My time is running out. TransWorld is just about a month away. After that, I’ll spend about a week or so finishing up the Forgotten States Road Trip. After that – if my landlord honors our agreement – I could be asked to vacate my apartment at any time. So the pressure to figure out where I’m going to go Read More …

Job Satisfaction & Generation Lifestyles

Last night, I was reading a post from one of my hitchhiker friends on my Facebook feed. In that post, he explained that he had traveled 200 miles that day and was flat broke. He used a gift card to buy dinner and coffee, and then cashed out the rest for beer money. When I see posts from him that Read More …