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A Vagabond Journey Around the World

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A Vagabond Journey Around the World

I travel to feel free. Or so I think. I write to feel free. Or so I also think. “You keep trying so hard to be free that you are just wearing yourself out,” says my mother.

Maybe she is right. But I feel fine. The sky is blue, and I would take the one thousand hardships of the Open Road gladly for the joy of waking up each morning with the sun on my face and the notion that I have another town, another city, mountain, or country to explore.

Perhaps discoveries are now only for the personal use and enjoyment of the discoverer.

I do not think it matters at all how many times a discovery has been made, it is still a discovery none the less . . . to the discoverer.

But we still play the same game that all the old-time explorers played. They had the attention of the masses, while we have only the attention of ourselves. I actually think we are better off. These journeys are for ourselves alone.

I want to walk around the world.

Yes, I want to walk around the world. Not walking as a rule, that sounds a little too militaristic for me. But walking when I want to. I like to take what comes.

Perhaps I want to venture out on my very own Vagabond Journey Around the World. I want to take my original way of transport- my feet- as my modus operandi. It feels good to walk. It slows down time, it makes short distances seem far, it broadens the world. Walking the world is to increase your resolution by 100%. I need to get out there. I need to go on a realjourney. I need to walk.

(But if a good free ride was to fall into my hands I know that I am not too proud to take it.)

A Vagabond Journey Around the World.

Harry Franck began his travels with the question of whether or not it was possible to girdle the globe “without money, without weapons, and without carrying baggage or supplies.” He proved that it was possible. This was almost exactly 100 years ago. Now I would like to test this hypothesis again, in a new century, in a new world (?), to see if it is still possible.

Ideas pooling around.

A Vagabond Journey Around the World?

Walking is freedom. Mom, I hope I will get worn out.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
March 10, 2008

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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