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Old 01-26-2006, 05:13 AM   #1
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Over the past couple of years I have been scouring the net trying to find interesting travel websites regarding lifetime backpackers. I know that there has to be a lot of people out there who have strapped on a pack and never stopped (like Brian Robinson). I have been planning on taking off on a major backpacking expedition, but I cannot find much information about others who may have done the same. Basically what I am looking for is any website about extended duration hiking all over the world. It seems that the "popular" thing to do is to jump off to Europe for 6 weeks, hopping from town to town via railway. I think this would be fun, but it is just not the type of trip I wish to take. I want to find information about people who do real hardcore backpacking around the world. At the end of the year, I will have my degree complete and will be completely free to do whatever I want. This means I have unlimited time, and with the money I have saved up, basically an unlimited budget.

So, if you have any websites or good information about becoming a backpacker for life, please send me over some links! Thanks in advance!

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A lot of people do this! Most don't have records of it because they're still off on the trail or road or whatever. Try you're local library! I tend to find a lot of 'nomad' novels there.

I can't think of any sites that would help you organize it though. Sorry
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I'd wonder how long it takes for me to go completely insane... Well, worse than I am now, that is...
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well, probably because these people hike for awhile and then stop where ever they can work for a season and then hike for awhile longer. i mean shoot, i don't care who you are, everyone has got to eat. i knew a girl while i lived in chicago who has been hiking for a few years now, but whenever the money runs low or the car breaks down, she'll pick up a waitressing job and save up some cash and then move on. some people are true nomads. i think i'm one, but on a smaller level. i haven't lived in the same house for more than 6 months in over 6 years. and now i'm in seattle to finish my degree then we're (kingcrazylegs & i) planning on moving over to another country to hike and live there. and so on and whatnot.

you ever heard about hikers that hike the appalachian trail (or the like) for 7 or 8 months on end? crazy..i totally want to do something like that. not quite transvering the world, but still someone who travels with the thought that, "home is where you lay your head."

anyhow, good luck!
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I did a tad bit of research for you (instead of doing my Psy assignment).

If I was to say I had a role model or hero it would be Rita Golden Gelman. She's basically been living a nomadic life since 1986. I've read her book 'Tales of a Female Nomad' maybe 10 times. Her website doesn't offer much information but she's 68 now and still traveling....that's gotta account for something. Oh, her website is here.
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Wow, thanks a bunch all. I just ordered Rita Golden Gelman's book, hope it will be a good read. Scarlotte, you hit the nail right on the head. This is exactly what I would like to do. I want the freedom in my travel so that when I find a nice little place where I can stay cheap and work, i will squat there until I feel like moving on. I think the problem I am having is that all the people who actually go nomad are out there doing it instead of writing about it on a webpage. I tried my local library and they looked at me like I was a crazy man (then again, I could probably count the books in my local library in 15 minutes).

Scarlotte, if you like the idea of the Appalaction trail, check out this website:
http://royrobinson.homestead.com/Triple_Crown.html
It is a website about Brian Robinson's adventures claiming the hiking triple crown, over 7000 miles of hiking the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. And he did it in 300 days, simply amazing!

Well, anyway, thanks for all the help. I am going to go read more about Rita!

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Try http://www.hobotraveler.com/blogger.html

He's a self-proclaimed hobo, and the site is pretty cool.

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