I Am Confused but I Leave the USA on Sunday October 30, 2011 - Where Is Andy Graham

I think maybe I am angry, confused, frustrated with my travel plans, I think work and life is interfering with my hopes and dreams.

 Andy Van

I need to buy a Van, maybe, possibly, it could happen I drive around the USA starting in December, 2011


If you asked me,
"Andy, how do you feel?"

I would probably give you a simple answer, saying,
"I am fine."

Which generally means.


F##ked Up,

I made plans to go Las Vegas, then to Bangkok, then onto (I n d i a), then many things happened that emotional put me in a bind.

Variables that cause me emotional turmoil:

1. Google - I discovered Google has HoboTraveler.com as a NON-USA site, and the final destination on my trip. I cannot write about this country, basically I need to type in the word USA, or United States of America, or say I am American all the time, basically be an American all the time.

2. My father has cancer, I am not sure how far I want to leave home.

3. It is winter, it is cold.

4. I need to finish my book, it is getting stupid at this point.

5. My hip joint has been in extreme pain, the 20-30 hour trips ahead were annoying long to think about, not a good time for a long haul trips.

I am asking this question of myself 100 times per day?

Do I love my country?

The problem is this, I do not remember my country, I left 13-14 years ago, the place has changed, and I have trouble cuddling up close to USA people and accepting them, I know they do not want me around.

Solution, or one possible:

Well, I talked to my accountant, I can and could travel in the USA next year, I am not making at much money at five years ago, so barely breaking even, I am technically losing money, but everything I do is a tax write off, all my travels.

I have a 50-50 idea, that means I am half in agreement with myself to buy a MiniVan in the USA, and drive around the country, in search of myself, and the heart of this place, I want to know if it has the heart of a tiger, or a bunch of poofs. Where are the people, all in Starbucks getting in touch with their metro sexual sides, or are there still men of true grit?

I am going to Dominican Republic on Sunday, finish the book, then plans are to return after the tax year ends, and drive around in the USA for 3-5 months. I need a 1000 Van, with no windows on the side, or a 1000 USD RV. I am not going to pay more than about 10 USD per night in the USA to park the thing, probabal couch surf or stay in Walmart parking lots, I can take a dip shower in the back sitting down on stool.

Do I love the USA, I love what it give me, I do not love the people of the USA spending money like a bunch of fools, they are clueless to know how lucky they are and do not appear to appreciate the bounty they enjoy.

Now, do all these American thing they invincible, do they truly believe they can tempt the fate of the planet, spend all their money, and get away with it forever? It is as if people want to blame the banks for their stupid, incredibly stupid spending habits, this is just not right.

I need a Van.

Bottom line, I could drive around, talk with people, hand out my new book, and self promote, and load up the HoboTraveler.com with search words about the USA, and super charge the site back to being American.


Hi Andy, No need to be confused or upset. A USA road trip will be so much fun for you and your readers. There is many places besides a Walmart parking lot for a Hobo to spend the night. I have come across small towns with small city owned campgrounds with hookups for free or nearly so for the first night or two.
I was lucky enough to be camped next to an interesting and happy couple that were living in a Van full time once at the National Sea shore at Corpous Christi, Texas. Their Van was much more than $1000. But it was their only home. They took a cargo Van with a high roof and installed all the inside their selfs. They took great pains to keep it from appering to look like a camper. They installed a window AC but it was inside the van with a cover over the outside vent so unless you was a few feet away you could not see it They said one of their favort stealth camp spots while moving between destinations and only needing some sleep was Church parking lots. They would park next to the church bus in the cover of darkness. They said their budget was $900 a month. Like you they moved from place to place slowly to keep cost down and soak up the flavor of the area. They were living in their Van by choice. Eat out a couple of times a week. Went to church every week where ever they were at.
I am looking forward to reading about your roadtrip and you are invited to park your rig in my drive when passing through Soutern Oklahoma. Keep up the great work, Tom the Okie


Hey Andy. As you know, I've done my fair share of traveling as well both in the U.S. and abroad. And I'd have to say that's there's something very satisfying about getting to know your own country. We live in a fantastically beautiful place and the people will surprise you. I spent four months traveling across the U.S. and Canada and had some of my most memorable travel experiences I've ever had. I think you'll fet to know yourself in a way that isn't possible when you're a foreigner in a foreign land.

So pick yourself up a VW Vanagon and hit the road. You can camp for free in the national forests, just find yourself a flat spot and call it a night! Check out thesamba website for more info on Vanagons! You've certainly met many Americans in your travels. This is your opportunity to visit them all. If you make it to Northern California, know that I'll have a comfortable place for you to stay. Signing off, Mike from Pie de la Questa.

Neil V

Love the idea of traveling the USA. Plan to do this with my wife who is from Colombia. About the showering part, a lot of Truck stops have full size showers you can pay to use. They sanitize them between users. This is if the back of the van gets old or cold on a winter day.

Travel the South in the winter and north in the summer.

Phil J

Go for it Andy. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Park for free in truck stop parking lots like Truck Stop of America (TSA) or Loves etc. And you can shower for $5 if you wanted to.
There are a lot of nice sincere smart people out there. You will meet some of them. See the redwoods on Californias north shore. And we are all waiting for your book so do not worry. And do write a lot about it. Have a boat load of fun. Sincerely Phillip


I am happy people want me travel in the USA, now to find a 1000 USD mini-van.


I think the idea of you driving in California would make me roll over in laughter. I think you might be in danger of Google reclassifying your site from a travel to a comedy site. Anyhow, in all seriousness I hope your book sells well. Finding a cheap van shouldn't be too hard.


Yo hablo espanol, y por seguro esta un idioma de California -- Hola Guapa, yo soy Americano, quires un "Green Card," yo tengo un aplicatcion en mi carro.


USA!USA!USA!USA!USA! So...couple of options -- look for a 1992 Toyota Previa with no-leaks, very high miles that has been maintained most of its life. Churches are your friend. They will virtually always let you stay near by often have cooking and shower facilities and are generally more aesthtically and spiritually more satisfying areas and you will be aligned with good people. Hardworking people. Pro tip: Always have candles aboard. These can prevent you from dying if you get snowed in on a remote highway. Crack window. Light a couple of candles. Enough heat to keep from freezing -- Truckers tip. Re: your hip. I suffered from sciatic nerve pain until I switched to a tempurpedic pillow. The neck roll style of tempurpedic pillow. We spend a third of our lives sleeping. Years of sleeping on bad beds and mattresses is taking it's toll. At home I have Simmons Beautyrest World Class bed. It is made in the United States of America. Was made new to order for me. The best bed they make. (around 2500.00 on sale). I live in a 400 ft studio for $800.00 a month but I have the best bed money can buy.I don't take it for granted what the real advantages of living in the USA are. I'm sure every single member on this forum would put you up a night or too on your travels. Broadcast an appeal. If you make it to Maui, you have one week free refuge here. You want to meet some real Americans I will put you in touch with Hawaiian paniolos.


Andy, If you do decide to try and buy a van to travel around the US, you can save yourself the 10 bucks a night you have in mind to spend for camping by "stealth camping" in your van. There are tons of websites that address this. Basically, you just park on the street and be discreet so you're not observable. Anyway, the web is full of info on this so better from the pros than just someone who thinks it's a neat idea.

Stay encouraged. Your journey is valuable to many of us.

Best wishes,


Oh, one more thing, Andy. About your sciatic nerve. Permit me, please, to gently encourage you to aggressively whittlethe weight in your pack. I understand why you carry as much as you do but in the case of each item, ask yourself if there is a lighter way to do it, item by item. A gallon of liquid weighs 8 lbs and seems really heavy. You wouldn't want to add a gallon of milk to the weight of your pack, so I encourage you to challenge yourself to reduce your pack by as many pounds as you can. You can do it! It's fun to get the victory over weight and a delight to carry a lighter pack. =)


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