"A spontaneous journey through the wilderness of one's choosing in an effort to satisfy one's itchy feet. A need to be elsewhere, the craving for the open road, that space over the horizon...something that you can't quite touch so you have to go find it because it's you know, just there...or maybe it just feels good to go walking around. Yeah, that's Walkabout."
Who said this?
Oddly enough those were the wise words of Crocodile Dundee. Remember him? Who knew he was such an existentialist.
Travel isn't just the process of moving between two points. Travel is a state of mind. Travel is being possessed by curiosity and embracing the unknown. It can happen anywhere, at anytime and often means taking a sledgehammer to your comfort zone. It's the cure for creative stagnation and a great stimulator of personal growth. It's also a multi-billion dollar industry crowded with countless topical blogs, many of which are driven solely by the writer's desire for social media fame and access to free vacations through their spurious content.
Travel isn't expensive. Vacations are. I no longer have the desire to be paid to see the world. By applying just a few simple principles I've learned over the years, I can do it in my own way for far less than the cost of living in even the cheapest parts of the United States. And so can you. It's not a race to the bottom but with a little bit of mindfulness, epic overseas adventures can be done for next to nothing.
This blog isn't like the others. My name is Bennett Cain and basecamp is New York City. This site is about keeping that spirit of Walkabout alive, the curiosity and excitement no matter where you are or what you're doing. There's so much yet to explore. Thank you for reading.