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Under the Wing of the Hobo Traveler

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Under the Wing of the Hobo Traveler


I sat in awe as the un-conjoined links of what was once my disaster-zone knowledge of web-site construction began to solidify together in a solid chain. One piece smoothly lead into another and I am now starting to see the big picture of websites, SEO, and the internet for the first time. I am learning. Andy the Hobotraveler.com is at the helm of my instruction, and I am taking it all in – amazed and in awe. My mouth has dropped open, as it all is beginning to make sense. The first light of dawn has fallen upon my brow, and I am staring at it wide-eyed.

Prior to the day before yesterday I knew how to make webpages in an editing program, but I had little clue how they really worked. These two halves have now taken their initial steps at coming together: Andy sat me down in front of his computer and showed me how it is done. I nodded my head, tried out what I was shown, messed it up, fixed it, broke it, and put it back together again.

In only a few days with Andy I was probably save more than a year’s time of website screw-ups. Meeting the Hobo Traveler could not have come at a better time: I was on the teetering edge of plummeting Vagabond Journey head-first into the deep ravine of website disasters.

Andy essentially pulled me back from the edge, slapped a harness on me, and invited me to be the initial lap-rat for a new project that he is working on called Experimental Lifestyles. This is a project that is orchestrated by a traveler to help other travelers obtain the necessary resources to keep traveling on. It is a project that is instep with old days of the Hobo – in which those who knew the Road ahead would share their knowledge with those who followed. Andy knows this Road, and he has opened a small portion of his notebook for me to study.

I am being given a map. I accept it with a deep bow of appreciation and graditude.

Travelers share their knowledge with other travelers:

From the liturgy of Hobo symbols carved into fence posts to the extensive notebooks kept by the German tramps of old, a “swell graft”- ways of finding the necessary resources to keep traveling – have always been passed along from traveler to traveler. This sharing of knowledge is a part of the creed of the Hobo, the tramp, and the long-gone backpacker.

I smile, as I now know that this tradition lives on. The Hobo Traveler found a map, and he has shared it a portion of it with me.

Someday I will surely do the same, and pass my maps along to the travelers who will surely follow.

I am sure that they will appreciate it as much as I am appreciating these lessons from the Hobo Traveler.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Antigua, Guatemala
April 5, 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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