@magic-timmy I can't live any other way. Thank you.
@mochi I find that I incessantly need to be encouraging to others so I can believe it also. Fake it till you make it type of thinking, eh? Thank you for your equally as encouraging support. It really is lovely. I best go out there and make something of myself!
@mochi Your trailer sort of sounds like a trailer I wouldn't mind living in now...mine growing up wasn't as, dare I say, fancy (?!). Having that itch to wander can be deliciously terrible! How does one see it all without going into debt or dying first! Nepal is high on my list- most mountainous places are. I spent some time in the Balkans/E.E. and it was really lovely and inexpensive. Georgia is a bit way off but my heart resides there and really recommend it. I am dying to take a road trip through Canada. I can stare at a map and get lost visually in how massive it is! In my experience I have found that it is a lot easier than we want to believe- to go from place to place and to hack it out somewhere else. I often wondered if I would have been able to make more of my time here in New York if I wasn't from New York. I'm too close to it. My goal before enrolling into graduate school was to return to America, see what happens in a year, if nothing bites then buy a one way ticket somewhere and just see what happens. It worked before and I knew it could work again. Most times I never knew where I would be heading or staying for the night but it never stopped me from making new friends or finding a job. I believe that if you are open things will come. It sounds a little hokey and new agey but what can I say- it worked for me and that was years of feeling stuck and not "privileged" enough to be able to travel. But it also depends on how you like to travel. Either way you can do it. You could probably get away with doing it now. But surely it will happen when it's suppose to. Being afraid is good but don't let it stop you from ever taking that first step! I have some ideas for a book- I just need to sit down and freaking write it. We shall see!
@mochi :) thank you! Yeah, I'm still new to all this. A lot of the travel stories are still in my head. I was always embarrassed by the trailer I grew up in but now as an adult there's some sort of charm to it...or at least this idea of growing up in a mobile (it never moved) home and now living a mobile life. It's a full circle type of thing in a way. The struggle is hard (this is just one of many strange paths I needed to take!) but I do like being more pleasantly pleased than disappointed and I have found that I can achieve that when I have less (or is that the 12 year old in me). But YEAH, I Should get over this and start pitching more. AND YOU! GO! Is there a place you're particularly eager to go explore?
@honey cowl To be fair I didn't use the word vacation correctly- usually when I go somewhere other than 'here' it's long-term because I'm living or working there- mostly farm or ESL work, so that's what I meant by that particular tweet in that if you're going to go somewhere make sure it's a long time so you can really get to know the place. @noname eventually the folks who did work/clean there never minded. Some enjoyed my presence because I could help out with their tasks or have late night/morning conversations with them. I would never intentionally try to make someone's job or life harder because I wanted to get ahead in some way. I realize I could have expressed that differently in the piece. But alas... I also didn't mean to offend anybody. I really enjoyed the comments. I've never had comments before! And when I asked friends on how to approach this they suggested to stay away but obviously I wanted to engage. For the record I never commented on how trolly any of you are (but you're not- I find this all to be intelligent people commenting with questions, etc)- that was a comrade that used the word publicly after I sent her a private message asking how to approach all this without stirring up controversy. Honestly, thank you. My eccentricity adores it. :)
@bgprincipessa You're correct that living like that probably couldn't last very long...and it didn't but I eventually wised up and started living my life like a normal person...only it happened to be where I worked (where the shower stalls, once found, were plentiful). :)
@mochi Thank you! I read somewhere once that the way you feel financially is set by the time you're 12. So if you grew up really poor but then became a gazillionaire it would be really hard to live like a lavish Queen because those habits of scrapping by are ingrained into you. Personally, I'm still struggling with that...but I guess I have to because I'm not a gazillionaire! But I'm on the same page with you about what is a necessity. I've found that sometimes the "comforting" things make me more uneasy! It definitely makes it easier to strip down to what is really the bare minimum. It's different for all of us. I just realized that mine wasn't akin to what many others were telling me what it had to be. It was refreshing. I bet all of you could do it too if you really wanted to or needed to.
@designateddrinker Eventually I befriended a lot of people there during the late hours so it wasn't a huge deal. I learned eventually that everybody is so wrapped up in their own affairs that nobody cares about what you're doing. I was very grateful that the ones who did find out didn't give a hoot.
@aetataureate @potatopotato I'd say if anything it was became a fusion of both stories. In a lot of ways living for free with family was more expensive due to high commuting costs. Not every dollar went to traveling but because that is something I do often (not like let's go sip LI Iced Teas in Cancun but more like WWOOfing)it helped me move closer to those goals. I could have been more explicit in that.
@PicNic I have been able to save money but, you know, life can get expensive with family, medical, etc etc- so while I'm not rolling in the big bucks that money that I didn't need to spend on rent per month came in handy to help out with other expenses that I otherwise would not have been able to handle.