The Digital Vagabond

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1. Posted by digitalvag (Budding Member 2 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I’m not sure if vagabonds are born or made. But I know they can be inspired.

My inspiration came after reading Ed Buyrn’s 1973 hippy dippy classic “Vagabonding in the USA – a guide book about energy”. As a 21 year old enrolled in a conservative Catholic college in the Midwest during the mid eighties era of Ronald Reagan, AIDs and Nukes - Ed’s message of live and let travel became my gospel. His book became my bible and vagabonding became my new religion.

After fixing up a 1974 VW camper bus and scratching together a few hundred bucks, I said goodbye to stiff curriculum, career obsession and fear and hit the open road going west with the vague idea of finding the Pacific Ocean.

I found the ocean, myself and a whole lot more before I came back almost one year later. It was a year of sweet solitude, serendipitous encounters and inspiration.

Roughly twenty years after my first great road trip I’m still a devout believer in the religion and magic of vagabonding. But for me vagabonding has gone digital with wireless phones and Internet, digital cameras and laptops. The old travel scrapbook has become the multimedia weblog.

My old VW camper bus passed away after suffering a fatal but glorious death when it plunged off a cliff and into the Yellowstone river in Yellowstone Park in Wyoming years ago.

Today the bare bones VW camper bus has been replaced with a fully equipped 24 foot motor home called ”Destiny”. These day’s I’m traveling heavier and literally dragging the kitchen sink with – as well as the shower, microwave, freezer, heater, Air Conditioner, TV, laptops, cameras etc.

I doubt that Ed would approve, since in his book less is always more. But I do plan to meet him in person when I get to Northern California to find out. Knowing Ed, I expect he will grant me forgiveness with love in his heart and perhaps even his blessings.

I hope that I can inspire the birth of other vagabonds. Today, in the era of digital communications, the dream of living, working and traveling freely is more achievable than ever

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