People’s reaction to our journey varies from bewilderment to envy to disbelief. How can two people just pack up and take off with no plan, no end destination, no end date and really not a lot of financial resources.
Well…pretty bloody easily really! You just have to decide how you want to live your life. For us that answer was full of adventure and a life rich in experiences. However, it also means no nice house, no expensive cars, very little disposable income, definitely no security, sometimes it will mean nowhere to sleep and worst only two pairs of undies.
Now what I have stated is a simplistic overview leaving out details such as we do have a strict budget, we have a plan to do volunteering work for room and board and we do have a little savings in case of a disaster, but the reality of this new life is that it is a risk, a huge risk.
So, what really is our “why”? Both David and I enjoy a high degree of freedom from family and lifestyle and we both have a sense of “There is more to life than what we are currently doing”. We have both lived reasonably well and have accumulated the traditional trapping of what society would deem “success”. Yet both of us feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied with what we have achieved. So, it’s time to try something new.
Are we extraordinary or mighty courageous? No. Like you we are just two very ordinary people. But we both have a strong passion to live life with no ‘what if’…
A hobo is someone who does not have a house or job and who moves from place to place, as of November 4th, 2017 that is us. Everything we own packs up into a backpack. Our home (a light-weight tent) our bed (a blow-up mattress and sleeping bag) our stove (a 1 pot burner) and all our clothes (currently 2 pairs of knickers, 2 bras, 2shirts, 2 pants that convert to shorts, a fleece jacket and a down jacket for cold weather long johns and merino wool top to sleep in, 4 pairs of socks a rain jacket and 1 pair of walking shoes and 1 pair of camp shoes)
What is it we hope to achieve? Nothing really, except a sense of self and an appreciation for what is important. I read somewhere “Life is simple, just not easy” and fell in love with the honesty of this. Take walking the world….most people are capable of walking so it is easy, however it gets hard when you start a long distance journey and you have to get up day after day and walk 20-30 km. Simple not easy. Walking gives you time to question everything and pull it apart and examine. I have pondered is this is why history is filled with people who go on long pilgrimages and during their journey they discover themselves and the importance of living a good life.
So we set of with stars in our eyes, hope in our heart and adventure in our veins.