My new travel strategy, by Andy Lee Graham - I paid 882 YEARLY RENT for a 2 bedroom apartment, the first of 5 to be located strategically around planet.
Today is October 28, 2013, and tomorrow, October 29, I will take possessions of a two bedroom apartment in Kara, Togo, West Africa, one the best cities to live abroad in on planet Earth.
It will be luxury living, the best of the best. It will make me appear as a rich man in Kara, Togo. In many ways, I feel shame for living so well, sort of deserting my purist backpacker attitude and becoming civilized.
I have done the math over and over, and I believe it is cheaper to maintain five apartments around the planet than to live in backpacker hotels continuously. And the quality of my travel lifestyle should triple as the time adapting to new hotels is alleviated. I will still live 3-5 months of the year in strange hotels, but I will have five homes away from home.
I am totally addicted to the rush of entering a new country, city or culture and being lost, incapable of understanding the local language. This is my addiction: I enjoy not being in control of my world. Of course, I never was and never will be, but the illusion of having control is an ever present enemy of the human mind.
However, renting apartments overseas is like taking 1,000 USD and throwing it up into the air. I am fully aware that only by squatting, never leaving, can one expect an apartment or house to be there when one returns.
I can only hope this works. This is a gamble; I may lose 1,000 USD here and there when unscrupulous people steal my apartments from me while they are empty.