Urbex – Dakota Ghost Towns and Abandoned Buildings

I spent last week driving around North and South Dakota, checking out abandoned buildings in ghost towns. This was a quintessential “gothic nomad” trip insofar as that moniker is concerned. The only way a trip could be more representative of that name is if I was touring medieval castles in eastern Europe. (And that trip will happen soon enough…) This Read More …

A Month Without a Cell Phone

I have never enjoyed speaking on telephones. I would blame my career as an attorney – all those years of constant interruption from clients and creditors – for my disdain of telephones, and surely that contributed to it. But the truth is, I didn’t even like talking on phones as a youth. Over the years, I’ve known a few friends Read More …

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 …

My Travel Style – How I Travel and Why

I’m preparing to turn my Road Trip Survival Guide into a video series on YouTube. And in organizing my notes, it occurs to me that I’ve never really clearly defined my travel style. Obviously, you can cobble it together from all of my stories and the survival guide itself. But I think it’s important for me to pause a moment 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 …

My New Tramp Name

Something pretty special happened to me this past weekend, and it was so special, that I almost didn’t notice it happened. I finally received a bona-fide tramp name. Bones christened me “Captain”. When he first started calling me “Captain”, I must have dismissed it in my mind because – over the years – many friends have given me many one-off Read More …

The Tennessee Trip

It has been a pretty wild weekend. Bones and Morgan invited me over to their place Friday night to hang out and get “not sober”. At some point, Bones and Morgan talked about wanting to go on a road trip, to somewhere warmer, and then settled on visiting Bones’ dad in Tennessee. At first, it just seemed to be wishful 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 …