ON THE WRITE PATH: travel journal for Around-the-World in 2015, 16, 18.
|All in the quest for ... ?
I'm not on anyone else's quest.
Just got a reply about my comment on Rick Steve's fb page re my not liking the crowds of Prague. Inez suggested that I go on a river cruise to 'manage the crowds' and really enjoy Prague. She missed the memo that "I don't like crowds" and I'm not interested in "managing" them. A week-long river cruise costs 2 to 3 thousand for 7 nights. I spent 1 thousand for a month in Taiwan... she didn't get that memo either!
I'm not her customer. I'm not on the "old wealthy man's quest". If someone gifted me a cruise? Yes. If only for the experience.
The above was written in a response to an awesome-as-usually blog by Robert Waltz .
So what is my quest? I'll try to answer that over the next 4 days. How do I do travel without money? No... I have no product to sell. I just live within my means and follow one of my passions.
Most people can do that if:
1. They have any income. Yes, it's possible to live off the kindness of strangers... but at some point that can become parasitic if not symbiotic. Not sure which is better. Even the monetarily poor individualist might be able to make choices to free up money. Many homeless who live off the grid manage to. For the rest it's learning how to be frugal and being happy with less. Being miserable isn't a good plan and has sustainability issues.
2. They have a passion. Many once did ... which is sad. But lost passions can be revived and new ones can be developed! Now I sound giddy. My passions were gardening and traveling, meeting new people and recording what I experience ... so photography. But on this last trip I met Isla from France who is passionate about cake. Good on her!