The Open Road

open road

Have you ever wanted to just pack up, with whatever savings you have, rent a van (or buy a used one), and head for the open road? With a little planning and determination, it can be done. It has been done.

Am I thinking of doing this? I think I just might...I just have a few things to deal with, then...who knows? Next year? Maybe?

Rachel Bujalski, a documentary photographer, and blogger, has been doing just that, as she explores life off the grid, interviewing people who “have abandoned the chase of the American Dream; they are not battling traffic to work a nine-to-five job in order to live in a big house or buy a fancy car. Instead, their values are centered around new life experiences, connecting with nature, building their own homes, growing their own food, and having a full sense of control over their lives—including managing the amount of time they spend on the internet.”

In an inspiring article for Motherboard, called Off the Grid but still Online, she tells the story of various individuals who have essentially left their former shackled selves behind to live the free life, we were all born to live. They’re happy, in touch with nature, free. And isn’t that what we all want? Freedom! Especially in the world we live in today.

Living out of one’s car or van; being spontaneous about where you will likely be sleeping for the night has to be the most fulfilling form of travel there is. There is no hotel involved, no greedy airline with their overcharges and narrow seats.

There is just you and the open road. With a dog. And/or a boyfriend. And hopefully a publishing deal, so that you can really enjoy the endless road trip.


Tag: Lifestyle