What makes a traveler a traveler, compared to a tourist or vacationer. How does one become a vagabond? Is a tramp trendy or still out of fad -I mean Disney made a movie Lady and the Tramp, and that didn’t seem too bad. Either way how does one become one, hop on the nearest train, it didn’t seem like it was the high life in The Jungle ? How far around the globe or how many locations do you need to hit to become a Round the World (RTW) traveler? How far must I wander to be a wanderer? Do I need to make money online to be a digital nomad and if so how much, to live off of, sustain my travels and if so for how long and how much must I earn?
I’ve always been bad with labels or titles, never really sure if I fit into this category or that. I think that is why I liked studying social studies, I became an expert at nothing but knowledgeable about everything…in the general sense that is. But right now I’m blogging and people are reading so I guess I’m a blogger even if I’m just a hobby blogger. I can dabble in and out of that terminology I guess, I doubt someone will challenge me on pageviews, Google page rank or Alexis scores. If so I’ll just fling poo at them…problem solved, but this traveling thing I’m not sure If I got that one down.
What if I do like GotPassport and relocate, are they travelers still? To me they are but then again I’m not even sure if I’m a traveler so can I claim someone elses’ status? On my map of the world I only have a few pushpins marking where I’ve been, sure to someone who’s only vacationed at a Sandals Resort once for a honeymoon, I’m a traveler but to someone like Adam, Ayngelina, Dave, Gary, Monica, Stephanie or a host of others do I rate? My list is looking a little…little. I want to backpack through this continent or that, and I likely will, but I’m not there yet and what if I never do? What if I just hope from country to country every couple of months for a few years? Am I a traveler then or just some temporary immigrant? How do you define yourself and do you judge a little when someone who is clearly not a ‘insert title here’ but claims to be one of you? I’m sure you can say you don’t but you probably have some general idea of what makes a traveler/tourist/wanderer/vagabond/etc. even if you aren’t scoffing at someone for using the term when they clearly aren’t, you judge. Or how about judging those who are so judging about others, they aren’t a real traveler because they are so rigid and haven’t become open minded, right?
I’m a novice at all things and I don’t think I’ll ever claim to be this or that because I’ll never really embody any persona for all time and to everyone’s standards. I’m a temporary blogger who writes about varying topics like travel and beer. I’m curious about life and I’m a monkey but I’m not friggin Curious George, even though I gotta give that guy credit for putting monkeys on the map. In regards to labels I am all and I am nothing an amalgam of sorts at best, so pick one of those words and at that moment I just may be that, but if that is the case then what are you?
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