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Life on the road can be challenging. Poverty isn’t alluring, but being a traveler, even if you’re scraping to get by, somehow is.
Travelers pride themselves in getting by on nothing. In society they’d be tramps, gypsies or even thieves. Yet somehow, on the road, things are different. Needing nothing is a source of pride.
Being on the road isn’t an easy life. Modern tech has made it easier, allowing for more types of white collar work to take place from anywhere. That means you can be on the road and have a salary. Before, it was all about passive income, retirement funds or volunteering. But that usually mean somewhere along the line, you were going without, you would be poor. Yet poverty by choice seemed so alluring. Not having, selling your possessions, living with whatever you could carry on your back.
Or in our case, in your car.
Here we are. On the road. Like Jack Kerouac once made famous for the alternative life seekers. Driving up the pan American highway towards Mexico, the promised land. Driving towards freedom.
We make sense on the road. Douglas and I. We fight less, get along more, work better as a team. Our kids seem to be fine as well, as long as we’re stopping enough that they get to stretch their legs and have fun.
Did you ever want to learn about life? Travel. Want to know how the majority of the world lives? Travel with a man who grew up with nothing, nothing but some cheese to eat for an entire day, that the babysitter would steal and savor alone, leaving he and his brother to go hungry. Extreme poverty won’t surprise him. When you see a flatbed truck loaded with human passengers in the flatbed, he’ll exclaim:
“Wow, ridiculous how they’re standing up, in the back of the truck!”
Of course, your first world self will agree. Unsafe, they would never allow that in…
“They’re going to get hit in the face with flies and pebbles from the road. They’re crazy to stand up like that. They should really sit down.”
That’s it. Just sit down.
Your first world self shuts her mouth and keeps driving.
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Keep traveling with us. Part II is live here.