Becoming a Digital Nomad
When i was growing up, one of the most transformative adventures one could take was walking off the land you knew with a small bag and a daring attitude and sticking out you thumb and hitchhiking away. This is still true, except the clever traveler will add to their small bag an internet connected device.
There is a growing knowledge base of digital nomads and the first and perhaps most important piece is hitchwiki.org. If you have ever hitched much you know there are places that are hard to get through, good spots where drivers are likely to pick you up and routes to avoid. The problem is that regular maps and guidebook almost never tell you where these places are.
Hitchwiki tells you not only what the laws are in different regions but also what the local customs are and how to best catch a ride. It also has user edited maps of the roadway system, including stories and advice for how to have a successful journey. Knowing the hitching culture and hot spots dramatically increases your chances of getting where you are going.
But what if you don’t know where you are going? What if your adventure is not highly scripted and you are looking for like minded people who might put you up, without asking you for money? Many people have heard about couchsurfing, but there is a better radical hospitality system called BeWelcome.org. It is better because the people who are involved in it are more interested in connecting with travelers in a meaningful way and less about being party tourists. While BeWelcome is far sparser than couchsurfing, it is designed to accommodate hitchhikers and it makes sense to populate this democratic and transparent site with new people, rather than continue with the for profit beast.
It is also worth pointing out that the software developers who created BeWelcome built much of the Couchsurfing site, before leaving the WalMart of peer to peer hospitality for ideological reasons.
But lets say you have no money and want to eat. Enter TrashWiki. Another site which has content contributed by many users, it is dedicated to finding food and other valuable things which have been thrown out. In some cases this is where the good dumpster are. In other cases it is where pre-dumpster things can be found or where you can find dumpster diving partners. Better than OK Cupid if this is your area of interest and you are looking for a match.
Digital nomadism is about using the power of the internet to take a step away from conventional lifestyles and instead trust strangers, rescue waste and see new parts of the world.
About paxusa funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.
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