I am not particularly an advocate for travel. Not in real life anyway.
Yes, I publish an online magazine for full-time travelers. The goal behind this magazine, of which you’re currently viewing in fact, is to inspire people to travel, to live outside of normalcy, to make a motion of their lives. But more importantly, I’d like to think our end game is showing what is possible for humans, even in our modern day civilization and all of the status quo that goes along with that.
I want people who want to travel to realize that they can.
But I am not against those who choose a more stationary lifestyle. In fact, I depend on them.
Without people who have found a strong bond with a particular location, there would be much less opportunity for my own travels. Because folks find a place to call home, and then work toward building that into a community, I am able to discover new places while still having access to groceries and gas and lodging in those areas. Indeed, even the roads I travel on.
Without people who love a locale and make it into a haven, there is nowhere for travelers to go. At least nowhere that doesn’t involve a covered wagon and ten months food supply.
So, while I do encourage everyone interested in pursuing a life of travel to find their particular every day somewhere new, I’d like today thank you to all of the natives and transplants who’ve worked so hard to build communities as widespread as Austin, Texas and Packwood, Washington for creating the modern conveniences and lasting charm their particular hometowns afford me as I make my own way through this world.
And honestly, I hope to be one of you someday. I hope that, after no stone has been left unturned, I can one day again contribute to a community where future travelers will be excited to explore.