Too Much Time and Money to Maintain

People that believe in the 500 Dollar paradise have learned a lesson. We do not buy things; we do not buy stuff, because it takes too much time and money to maintain them.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Sunday, May 9, 2010
By Andy Graham of


I Have to Mow the Lawn
I have walked up to many a friend and asked,
"You want to go get a cup of coffee?"
They say,
"I need to mow the lawn."
I think to myself,
"I wish they would sell that house."

Do I Need Things
One of the best reasons to travel is to break the habit of buying, I have just a backpack. Yes, I still buy things, but I have realized, I cannot carry or pack all that stuff into my backpack when I lave. Moreover, for sure I am too cheap to send things home, that place where I have not lived for 12 years… I accept, nobody cares what I own, nobody wants to hear, or listen to me tell him or her what I purchased, I have more friends when I do not brag about what I own.

It is depressing to throw away many things I have purchased when I move onto a new location, finally I have learned by traveling to buy what I need, not what I want.

Too Much Time and Money to Maintain


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Aye, my stuff, my house, the stuff in my house. I smoke too much cause I have to sit and smoke to decide what to do with my stuff and what stuff I need to tend and take care of today. I get behind.

Oh don't I know what your talking about. Having travelled a fair bit my home is full of "Stuff" from Africa, England, Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, etc. I invariably take a lot of Canadian stuff with me to leave behind and say I am not going to buy anymore "Stuff" but always I come home with lots and I don't know what to do with it all. Much is given away to share my journey with friends but my spare bed is covered with stuff, paintings, teatowels, fans, jewellery, stuff and stuff. So if you ever find a cure please let me know!

It also liberates a lot of time when you travel too. No more having to hunt through markets and department stores to find that bargain to save money. You save a whole lot more by breaking the habit of being a mall rat. Substitute mall music for birdsong and broaden your horizon. Break the programming.

By the way - I got quite a lot of travel video clips here if you wanna take a look. I got some unique views in Cape Town from some of the mountain paths that only locals know. (with the world cup soccer thought some TV stations might want some cutaways) and any film makers who need inexpensive clips - here's the place.

Have an inspired day.


The first time I took off I left STUFF with friends and rented a storage space. Finally in my late 20s after dumping the STUFF at a flea market and giving the rest away to Salvation Army. It had cost U$1000 / year for the space and the STUFF when dumped sold for only U$400+. Since then I advise people to sell or give away their STUFF before traveling or relocating to a new country and replace it later, only when they settle down somewhere they can replace it. It's AMAZING how attached people are to their STUFF. I've noticed new TV programs featuring it as a nationwide almost cultural characteristic in the States with their "makeover" drama about getting rid of their STUFF. It takes most people a few months to get ready for a move overseas but the money from selling their STUFF can usually pay for their first year abroad.

We are planning to travel with oversized daypacks without more than two changes of extra clothing and can easliy buy what we need anywhere in S. E. Asia and India.

All depends on your mind set - Americans are inundated about buying stuff all day long- radio , tv, and newspapers.
Actually gave my house back to the bank, limited myself to 5 days worth of clothes - and a car. Quite interesting mind changes when you do that.
Working on a plan to either move to Belize, or travel. Not sure if I can survive while on the road. Did it in the 70's, and though things have changed, still a challenge to change your way of life.
I can understand buying things to remember trips, buying things that add to decor of your home. Wanting to have a nest to come home to after work. There are pros to buying - comfort , memories, fun things to play with.
Cons are you are tied down, you have to maintain.
I have never seen an armored truck following a funeral. Can't take the stuff with you , and after you are gone , does anyone else want it? And if so, what difference does it make in your life now.
All depends on what you want right now - freedom comes in many forms.

What would you do with your own satellite ? Seems one is on the loose and can be used by anyone with some computer knowlege ? Google it for more info.

Maybe you and boy genius can link up a Hobo network and broadcast your own travel show. Maybe interupt the word cup or something ?

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