vagabonding / by Maranie Staab

spending my kind of a sunday night camped out at a bookstore. i recently listened to a podcast done by rolf potts and was so intrigued that i had to pick up his book (titled vagabonding). as i prepare to leave for a few weeks in africa this wednesday it seems as good of a read as any to help me get into the right frame of mind. 

Vagabonding - n. (1) The act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time. (2) A privately meaningful manner of travel that emphasizes creativity, adventure, awareness, simplicity, discovery, independence, realism, self-reliance, and the growth of the spirit. (3) A deliberate way of living that makes freedom to travel possible.

"For some reason, [Americans] see long-term travel to faraway lands as a recurring dream or an exotic temptation, but not something that applies to the here and now. Instead - out of our insane duty to fear, fashion, and monthly payments on things we don't really need - we quarantine our travels to short, frenzied bursts. In this way, as we throw our wealth at an abstract notion called "lifestyle", travel becomes just another accessory - a smooth-edged, encapsulated experience that we purchase the same way we buy clothing and furniture."

"The more we associate experience with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we're too poor to buy our freedom."