Are you a Vagabond traveller?

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    Jan 20, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    As I sit here on the Greyhound heading to San Diego, with no hotel booked yet. I admittedly wonder why I am choosing this option. As as younger man it didn't bother me in the least, now I'm realising I need my security. I was very tempted to hop the plane home this a.m. just because of the uncertainty.

    Glad I did not so far..icon_smile.gif

    Which way do you prefer to travel?
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    Jan 20, 2011 10:11 PM GMT
    Definitely prefer vagabond. My most memorable and favourite travel experience was when I spent a month in Cuba with absolutely no plan or itinerary whatsoever. Just decided things on a day to day basis. If I liked a town, I lingered around a bit longer. I also opted to stay with local families instead of hotels. I'd show up at a destination and just ask around.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Good advice Vancouver!

    I'm settled for the night in San Diego now and now remember why I travel this way. I even have an invite to Mailbu....icon_biggrin.gif

    Good thing I didn't panic and go back home.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Good advice Vancouver!

    I'm settled for the night in San Diego now and now remember why I travel this way. I even have an invite to Mailbu....icon_biggrin.gif

    Good thing I didn't panic and go back home.
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    26mileman saidWhich way do you prefer to travel?
    South.
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Yes in deedy, went to Australia with no plan for a month. i knew where i was going to sleep the first couple of nights of course, but other than that i just asked around and took what the country had to offer.

    I usually stay in Hostels though, you can find really good ones and they're all really cheap. plus, you get to meet other people doing the same thing you're doing
  • vintovka

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:11 AM GMT
    As Jeff Johnson said in 180 degrees south, "If I didn't get on that boat I knew exactly what the rest of my life would be like, but if I got on my future was unwritten." (paraphrase)

    Personally, I find nothing more depressing than hotel rooms around the world that look like the inside of the hotel down the street. When I arrived in Jerusalem, Bogota and Panama City I had no idea where I was sleeping the night of my arrival. I like hostels personally, I always meet interesting people from around the world.
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    Vagabond, definitely. I normally stay with penpals that I've made months in advance and are the reason I visit the country.

    I'm very laissez-faire with how I plan my trips. I'll say to myself one day 'maybe the weekend after next I'll go to [country]'. I buy my tickets on the day I'm leaving, or never more than a week out depending on whether it's by plane or train. When I arrive, I get to stay with the locals and they show me around the place.

    Maybe you don't get to see the sights or get to visit the touristy cities, but when you leave with great memories, great friendships, and even a mamma italiana, then it's totally worth it icon_biggrin.gif
  • eddieross69

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    I guess I'm getting old.
    I need a confirmation number and room service.
    Back when I was a pup, I used to "vagabond" it, no reservations, and definately no agenda.
  • Danskerb

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    Jan 21, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    Usually buying the lonely planet and reading on the plane ride or bus ride there is good enough for me.

    Although a little bit of planning is always good, just so you're not completely lost.


    I did Tanzania and Rwanda this summer with no plans. I'm really happy about that too though, because I found much better deals than I would have online and took a path that i'm sure most people haven't necessarily followed.
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    Jan 24, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    VAGABOND!!! i LOVE travelling, hate planning it too much, i have a rough itinerary, and thats it, I love to just go with the flow!! maybe thatll change when I get older, but for now, its the way to go, and so cheap that way!! last vagabond trip was in mexico, guatemala and belize, was a blast!! this year its peru, equador and colombia!! im soooo excited!!!! If i weren't in med school in the UK, I would just be a travelling hermit forever goin from random job to random job, comin back to the UK to earn some pounds sterling for a couple of months and then piss off again!! But alas!! im soon to be a Doctor and a slave to the Britsh National Health Service!! so im just gonna travel around as a doctor, Medicins sans frontiers here I come!!!
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    Jan 26, 2011 9:22 AM GMT
    26mileman saidAs I sit here on the Greyhound heading to San Diego, with no hotel booked yet. I admittedly wonder why I am choosing this option. As as younger man it didn't bother me in the least, now I'm realising I need my security. I was very tempted to hop the plane home this a.m. just because of the uncertainty.

    Glad I did not so far..icon_smile.gif

    Which way do you prefer to travel?


    I used to do it. Now I just want peace and quiet.

    I first vagabond traveled when I was 14 when I went across the country to the sea with a 15 yo friend only, no food and few money. It was awesome.
    Then I did things like that until I was 18. That was the last time.
    I kinda miss it...
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    Jan 26, 2011 10:57 AM GMT
    I still enjoy vagabonding yes
  • alphatop

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    Feb 28, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    Vagabond, definitely. Just go with a flow.
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    Mar 14, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    Backpack it. I usually go with a loose plan, but find even bad trips are more memorable than well planned out trips.
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    Mar 14, 2011 11:29 PM GMT
    That's pretty much how I did it in Europe, 2 months unplanned just going with the flow. No reservations, no time tables, nothing but a plane ticket to and from London. It ROCKED!!! vagabond traveling is the only way to go

  • Mar 16, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    Organised vagabond...I usually have the hostel reserved, and that's about it.
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:40 AM GMT
    Wow, i wish i could do spontaneous stuff like that...
  • conquer

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    Mar 16, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    i've gone vagabond too many times to count. backpacked around europe a couple of times, spent 4 months in australia with no real plans. i used to work on ships and had no idea where i was being sent to when i first started
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    Mar 16, 2011 10:17 PM GMT
    I prefer to call it backpacking if that's what vagabonding is about.
    I started backpacking in 1973 when I toured around Italy, then expanded to Israel, North America, Singapore (which was a stopover for Australia) and Australia itself. I stayed at both hotels and hostels, nearly all from the street, that is, walking in and asking if they had a room or bed. In nearly every case I was offered something and I was never turned away -

    except

    New York City, 1995. I arrived there from London in early September of that year, wrongly believing that most of the students and tourists had already gone home. After being turned away from several hostels, I eventually came across this seedy hotel on the corner of 8th Avenue and (if I recall) West 52nd Street. I was so relieved to have a bed in a room crawling with cockroaches. I leaned out of the window late at night, voices of Afro-Caribbeans caught in a scuffle echoed across the otherwise deserted avenue as I gazed at a deli, closed for the night...
    It began one of the greatest vacations I ever had.

    Or five years later in 2000. With my wife, who was 18 weeks pregnant with our first daughter, arrived into Haifa, north Israel, to stay at a Christian conference hotel which was already booked. Unknown by us, we arrived at Yom Kipper holidays, at an unusual time of the year (about two or three weeks later than normal.)
    All the banks were shut, we had no cash and the wad of Traveler's Checks we had were pretty useless. No buses and we could not afford a taxi to get to our venue some five or six miles away.
    So we walked up to the top of Mount Carmel with our heavy rucksacks, and when we reached the top, we both sat down on a bench and wondered in near despair, more for my wife's concern than mine.
    Presently a taxi pulled up right in front of us, and the driver beckoned, "Where do you want to go?"
    "To the town of Ishfya. But we have no money!" I replied.
    "Get in!"
    We got in and he took us to our destination, still some three miles from where we were sitting.
    At our arrival he dug into his pocket and he gave us a ten shekel note.
    He then told me he also pastored a church nearby, and he couldn't bear to see us stranded in the middle of nowhere.

    Yes, backpacking, or vagabonding was A GREAT ADVENTURE!
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    Mar 16, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin saidWow, i wish i could do spontaneous stuff like that...


    You can, just do it. Buy a ticket to and from somewhere (maybe even not a return ticket if ya wanna get crazy) and just go. Wicked awesome
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    Mar 16, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    when i use to work for an airline, i would take the next open flight out to any international city after my last shift and come back a few days later. i looooved it! i learned a lot about the world and myself.