I am not living what is thought to be a normal life, but I have chosen that myself and i am very happy about my choices and here is a list of things i have chosen to opt out from and I am not missing any of them.
Working 5 days a week.
A regular work week is something i have vague memories about when I think back in my earlier life. Bloody hell does a regular work week suck. You spend 7-8 hours a day working, so you are too tired to really do much once your work day is finished and a weekend get’s you nowhere in this world if you ask me. I am happy to have opted out from that and now I work 12-14 hours per day, 7 days a week, but only for around 125 days a year and the rest is pure holiday, where all I have to do is check my mail twice a day, but that can be done anywhere in the world. Right now I am checking my mail in a cafe in Paris.
Sleeping in the same bad every night.
I hear so many people talking about how they are missing their bed, their pillow and such when they travel. I am quite happy to be living in hotels rooms +300 days a year. All I am asking is that I can close my door when I need some peace, but that is perfectly possible in a hotel and there is even a little girl coming to clean it every day. Living in hotels is just fine for me.
Owing money to creditors.
I do not have any debt, any mortgage or other things that hold me back financially cause there is some guy who wants a monthly payment for me. To me this is the key to a free life, cause you are not free if you are forced to work your ass off, just to pay some monthly bills. I have no regular pay as i work freelance, but i do not need it as I have no creditors coming after me every moth to ask for some money that I borrowed from them in order to buy some material stuff that I thought would make me happy.
Watching television every night.
Television is so bloody overrated. The weird thing is that you can get in to some notion that you can not live without seeing your favorite TV show, but isn’t it better to live a life where YOU are doing cool stuff, instead of just watching people on TV doing cool stuff.
Being married and having kids.
This is one of the big choices you will be faced with when you are living a life as a vagabond. But I have come to the decision that I am not ready to give up my vagabonding lifestyle for raising a family and I find it very hard to do this if you live a vagabonding life like me. I am not saying that this can’t be done, but it’s not for me and I am quite happy just being an uncle to my two nieces and I do not have any moments at all anymore where I wish that i had children myself. That is also a part of normal life i am happy to be without.
Having a car.
I am from a part of Denmark where everyone has a car and the first thing you do when you turn 18 years old is get a drivers license. I am the only guy in my generation from my home area who never took a drivers license, cause i knew already at 18 that i wanted to travel the world and a car cost money to buy, money to maintain and money to drive, so I opted out from that at a very early age and I am now 45 years old and i have never had any time where I wished that I owned a car. I am doing just fine flying, training, cycling and walking around the globe and i have covered more kilometers than most people who own a car.
Having my life planned.
Having a schedule totally sucks. I am writing these lines in a small cafe in Paris and I don’t know where I will be in 5 days from now. I need a little bit of planning unfortunately, because I need to earn money sometimes, but that is 125 days a year roughly and the rest of the year I try to plan as little as possible, but always make sure to stay on the move of course. I never book accommodation in advance when I travel for fun and I usually buy my plane tickets quite late, even if it might cost me a bit more, simply cause i hate having my life planned. I think I might go and see a football game tonight, but let’s see. Something might happen on the way to the stadium, so I end up doing a completely different thing tonight.
If you think adventure is dangerous try routine. it’s lethal.