While the survivalist in me is quite happy with order, a guaranteed roof over my head, a year's worth of food provisions, and all of the other things that impart security in an insecure world, the vagabond in me is currently reveling in the fact that we now own very little. Here's what's changed:
- We have no home. We completed the sale of our house and are currently staying with relatives. We will then head off to visit other friends and relatives over the course of the next few months in the US before heading overseas for a few months then coming back to the US for what may be an epic physical challenge (more on that later).
- We have one small storage shed that is holding a few of our belongings that we didn't want to part with.
- Other things have been stored at the homes of trusted friends (vehicle, firearms, etc).
- The things we technically have at this point: a private mail box which will forward our mail to where ever we go, backpacks with our meager belongings that we will bring with us, a fairly good-sized emergency fund, and a fairly good-sized travel fund.
- Other things we won't have: gas bill, water bill, garbage bill, sewer bill, electric bill, mortgage payment, cable bill, property tax payments, house insurance payments, and the need to buy loads of junk during the course of normal shopping (in fact this greatly helped to pump up the travel fund as during the past few months our shopping was basically nil because we knew we were going to be leaving and not have room to pack anything else). Of course we have no debt which is the cornerstone of the vagabonding life.
- Things that we will pay for as we go: food, sundries. Shelter is graciously provided for free by friends and relatives for the time being.
- Some concerns: not being able to carry a firearm with me on a more or less daily basis as I usually did. Not even being able to carry a pocket knife with me! Not having a giant stockpile of food in case of emergency. Not having a garage full of stuff that would be very useful during an emergency.
- Alleviating these concerns: the fact that if there is a disaster in a certain area, relocating is as easy as hopping on a plane and going somewhere else. Also the fact that if there was a disaster, we would have very few possessions to loose in such an event.
That's what's happening so far. Posting will resume more regularly this weekend after we settle into our next temporary home.