I just packed up my stuff and moved from a little place called Niceville in Florida to Spartanburg, South Carolina. It is really quite liberating, and I tell you that I’m planning on moving again in a year or two. People always ask me, “Why did you move?” And I can honestly answer, “Just because I wanted to.” Oh, I usually give them an answer that will prevent some kind of “are you crazy?” line of questioning, but if you look at those reasons, you’ll see that it really is just because I wanted to. So, why move from sunny Florida to South Carolina? Well, I see it as training for the type of life that I’m looking to live. One of my fondest desires is to be a vagabond. Not a bum. Not a vacationer. A true traveler. Here’s why:
People learn faster in new environments. This is generally true, especially someone like me who truly enjoys seeing new things. When I get stuck in a routine that doesn’t involve something new every once in a while, I feel stagnant. One of the things that I like about moving is that it changes us. Moving to a new place and really living there truly gives us a new perspective on life. This is good for me. I want to see things from new perspectives. There’s things that I know, but I also know that there are many more things that I don’t. Opening myself to new world views by moving to new places is a great way to truly learn about myself.
Moving to a new city or town is like hitting a reset button on your life. Sure, you’re still you, but you’re in a completely new environment. That means you have to start all over, but with what you know now. There are many fewer expectations of you when you’re the new guy in town than there are when you’re one of the people everyone seems to know. Yes, you still get to talk to your old friends through facebook and the cell phones, but you have to make new ones, or you risk becoming a hermit. This is a great thing. I hate feeling like a hermit, so when I moved here, I immediately began looking for places to hang out, groups to join, etc. I haven’t found anything yet (give me a break, it’s been less than a week), but I know I’ll find something that I want to participate in, even if it’s just some sort of charity or business work.
You Can Increase Your Standard Of Living
This one is a little less obvious. For someone like me, making a little over minimum wage, moving to a different area of the country where minimum wage remains the same, but all the living expenses are significantly lower, means a drastic increase in standard of living. Either that, or a much higher percent of income that I can save, because I’m spending less to live in the same fashion. That’s great for me. I get more living out of the same effort, which means I can either work less, or save more and invest some of it (much more likely). Also, by moving to lower cost-of-living areas, you can scout out some great deals on housing in this awesome buyers’ market.
There are many other reasons that I am transitioning into a vagabond’s lifestyle, so many that I couldn’t begin to talk about it here. I’m not a teenager anymore, and that means that I have to begin living my dreams and not the dreams of my parents and grandparents. If that means that I have to break the mold by moving away, so be it. I don’t have time to waste. We only have a certain amount of time on this great earth, and I’m going to make the most of it. Moving around to new places may appeal to you. If so, do it! I don’t believe that people truly go after their dreams. Most people I know are lulled into comfort by their paychecks. If you are in that position and you want to travel like I do, I suggest moving to someplace new. Sell all your stuff if it’s too far to drive it. Just get out and move! Decide and go! I’m sure the people around you will be supportive once they realize they can’t dissuade you.