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Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
That's the other thing, nobody tells you how you just get ground down. You can only fight it so long. Your don't sleep great in hostels. In my case, I'm walking 5-10 or more miles a day. Every country or area is different. Ireland, you buy a bus ticket from the driver. Slovakia, you buy it from a machine. Budapest, you buy it from a machine, but there's about six machines in the whole town it seems. Vienna, you buy it from a tobacco shop. Czech republic, you get it from a machine. Figuring that shit out every time is exhausting. Currency, sometimes it's euro, sometimes not. Gotta figure out that. You can't just apply knowledge, you gotta learn it new every time.

These people in youtube or Instagram, #alwaystraveling, I don't know how they do it. Even if everything was paid for, dealing with this is so overwhelming. I've been on the road six weeks and I think about my nice quiet basement bedroom a lot. Nice, quiet, nobody bothers you, nothing new to look it. It's great...
09-19-2019 09:29 AM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
(09-19-2019 02:41 AM)aeroektar Wrote:  I've lived a vagabond lifestyle for the last year, going from place to place, 6 countries, about a dozen cities, no job, no commitments, I just kinda do whatever I want and pack up and leave whenever I want. A truly hedonistic existence.

I've had so many extreme ups and downs this year, it feels like I've put my body and mind through a meatgrinder. I don't even know what to think about life anymore, but the whole experience has changed my perspective on everything so much. I've been in some really deep ruts over the last couple months, that drove me to go to church and pray daily.

The only thing I feel motivated to do is work out. Everything else feels like I'm cheating myself. I have goals and aspirations, but I see the world around me and how superficial it is and it shuts me down. I need to find a way to make money soon but it all feels pointless. The only thing I could see as fulfilling would be farming or producing something truly valuable, but that's not a possibility until I settle down, and I don't want to settle down yet, so I feel lost. I have lists of things to do to start making money, but I can't find the motivation to do them. I think I'm just being a cunt and I need someone to smack me, this is probably in part a result of being raised without a father. I've had this problem all my life, I'm stubborn about commiting to things, but once I do I become obsessed. At times I honestly think I need to knock up the next decent broad I find, that will motivate me.

I'd still rather be where I am right now then living in a small city outside Boston surrounded by junkies, fatties, feminists and old people, which felt like a hopeless situation, and the thought of having to return to that does motivate me.

Sounds like we have similar situations. Allow me to chime in on this golden thread.

A few months ago I turned 22. Fed up with 9-5 internships and the pipe-dream that my uni had sold me, I dropped out, sold all my shit, and bought a one way ticket to Western Europe. No degree. No skills. Two Passports. One dream. I scrambled together just enough money to keep me afloat for the first two months. Could I have stayed stateside longer and stacked up more cash? Sure, but the spiritual poverty of the West was crushing me from within, and I knew with a deep conviction that I had to get out - and soon. So that I did.

Needless to say, these first three months have been nothing short of a mind twister. Living a comfortable life in a first tier city does not prepare you for the trials of living abroad. I've had the highs of furnishing a flat in a beautiful, medieval city, and the lows of going completely broke and turning to the dole for basic sustenance. My brain is so fried from the transition that many days I can only muster up the energy to go workout. Grinding away on eggs and creatine put me in the top 5% health-wise, yet I find myself lingering at the bottom 5% money-wise. You don't know irony til you're the shredded, brokest person in the room. Funny how that works.

A sensitive point you brought up deserves a paragraph of its own: Growing up without a father present stunts you in ways that you discover only when pushed off the deep end. Teaching yourself to be a man is hard when one has only grown up around women; with no masculine model to base yourself on, you grope blindly in the darkness for a figure of strength. To say that this missing piece hollows you out is an understatement. My heart goes out to all the guys who are also facing this unknowable chasm.

But despite the brain fog, loneliness, cultural barriers, and language difficulties, I find the willpower to push through all of the hard times. Nothing quite teaches you the ropes like being alone on a foreign continent, and a desire emerges to better yourself constantly. For example, I've developed a language learning system that improves retention, and I've also completely taken control of my time (data sheet coming soon.) Inspired by the self-employed thread - and now this one - I'm working hard to learn the basics and take an online biz off the ground. Things do get better, but there are many trials and tribulations that come with being an unmoored male. Some men get their shit together in a few months, while others take years just to clear out all of the skeletons. Human experience varies like that. To all of you out there pushing yourself in spite of the hand you were dealt, I applaud you, for you have laughed in the devil's face. Stay strong my brothers.
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09-19-2019 09:59 AM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
(09-19-2019 09:59 AM)JiggyLordJr Wrote:  Growing up without a father present stunts you in ways that you discover when pushed off the deep end. Teaching yourself to be a man is hard when one has only grown up around women; with no masculine model to base yourself on, you grope blindly in the darkness for a figure of strength. To say that this missing piece hollows you out is an understatement. My heart goes out to all the other guys facing the unknowable chasm.

But despite the brain fog, loneliness, cultural barriers, and language difficulties, I find the willpower to push through all of the hard times. Nothing quite teaches you the ropes like being alone on a foreign continent... To all of you out there pushing yourself in spite of the hand you were dealt, I applaud you, for you have laughed in the devil's face. Stay strong brothers.

Man, at times you write like Kipling and Tennyson are discussing life. Much respect.
09-19-2019 10:09 AM
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Funny, I just went on a walk and was reminiscing about some of the times I had when I bought a one way ticket to London with absolutely no itinerary and traveled the world alone for seven months. My intention was to just play poker for money but I caught a cold stretch of cards. Stay strong fellas and keep pushing. These are the days you will always remember. Don’t forget the power of positive thinking and remember the reason you bought that ticket in the first place. Now go explore!
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09-19-2019 04:31 PM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
(09-19-2019 04:31 PM)phluff127 Wrote:  Funny, I just went on a walk and was reminiscing about some of the times I had when I bought a one way ticket to London with absolutely no itinerary and traveled the world alone for seven months. My intention was to just play poker for money but I caught a cold stretch of cards. Stay strong fellas and keep pushing. These are the days you will always remember. Don’t forget the power of positive thinking and remember the reason you bought that ticket in the first place. Now go explore!

Absolutely - keeping the original dream in mind is key. Traveling like this is really the spice of life, it's about as close to absolute freedom as you can get.
09-25-2019 02:17 AM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
(09-19-2019 04:31 PM)phluff127 Wrote:  Funny, I just went on a walk and was reminiscing about some of the times I had when I bought a one way ticket to London with absolutely no itinerary and traveled the world alone for seven months. My intention was to just play poker for money but I caught a cold stretch of cards. Stay strong fellas and keep pushing. These are the days you will always remember. Don’t forget the power of positive thinking and remember the reason you bought that ticket in the first place. Now go explore!

Hey, you are not alone about getting a cold stretch of cards right after starting to travel! Just have to play through it, always fun to start a new month of poker and not knowing if you will make 3k or lose 3k Confused
09-27-2019 09:46 AM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
Have you been playing poker in casinos abroad or online? My Only experience playing no limit hold em in a casino was in Medellin Colombia and it was wild! They were the loosest players I have ever played with, it was crazy. Like by American standards they were so loose they’d Just be considered bad players. I just couldn’t catch anything and busted in the tournament I played in. I could def see making some cash though playing there as there was a lot of action.

You’re right traveling like that really is the spice of life. I remember waking up in Rome and trying to decide to go that night to Egypt or India for a week. I went to Egypt and ended up staying over a month. Now that is true freedom. Just go for it!

My new thing is I found a job that pretty much is always looking for employees and pays decent so if I leave they will hire me whenever I return. I’m gonna work for six months and save cash and then hit the road. Check out Gabriel Traveler on YouTube, that dudes got it figured out.
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09-27-2019 04:57 PM
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RE: Idea: buying a one way flight abroad and not looking back
I am in Australia got a one-way ticket here a month ago. When I want to live on the cheap I: rent a car, sleep in the car, eat peanut butter and jelly. Wash up in handicapped bathrooms at MacDonald's. Every now and then I do a little work online at MacDonald's, or I splurge on an Airbnb. I am not crazy about the hostel scene. I think my car is better than hostels. I never have trouble sleeping in my car, although I found hostels a drag. I can also tether my laptop to my phone if I am at a roadside rest stop and can't online at MacDonald's. When I get tired of the road life, I find a likely woman online (Facebook), some more attractive than others, usually can count on hot meal and shower a few nights a week. Now it is spring over here so not so warm. In summer I stay down south in Victoria where it is cooler (remember Man from Snowy River? Yeah in that area in the summer), and stay in hotels when it is too hot to comfortably sleep in my car, or if I get a larger job that pays well and requires more concentration. It is a blast. Total freedom.
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