Alternative Lifestyles * Vagabonding Travel * Searching for Hippie Happiness

Alright, I surrender…to my Wanderlust.

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” – Jennifer Lee

A few months ago I wrote extensively about my vagabonding plans to travel around the world. My initial plan was to save up and go in September 2020. But as is life, circumstance stood in my way.

Illness, broken bones and my horrible road accident has put things on hold. It almost seemed 2019 was telling me: not yet!

“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

But I did manage to take my self off to India for a few weeks this year and my injuries have healed well.

This recent trip to India was the turning point for me. Being abroad, travelling, seeing different cultures, being free, being a global nomad; has been calling to me for some years now.

The problem is, in the past I had massive debt holding me back and no income or job that I could transfer abroad and I was locked into the security of my flat in London and my friends.

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustav Flaubert

“All you need to know is that it’s possible.” -Wolf, an Appalachian Trail Hiker

But in India I realised that all of that has changed now. My wanderlust is everything, there is no escape, its in my very being and I must do it now before I’m too old to travel.

Apart from now being almost recovered from my traumatic bike accident, there have been several promising changes in my life.

The first change is that I am now debt free, thanks to a debt relief order.

The second change is I have a publishing house that wants to publish my books (I can write anywhere in the world, so, this is an income I can have whilst travelling).

Thirdly, I have been planning and setting up a business idea to sell hippie clothes and jewellery. This will be an online business so this is also something I can do whilst travelling. 

Finally, I have my NHS pension, which I can claim from age 55; I am now 55.

Everything is in place for me to plan my travels; I just need all of these financial cogs to be a reasonable success; so a little more time is needed.

Setting up a business cost money, so my first step in 2020 is to return for the final time to my last ‘normal’ job at a private health clinic. I’m hoping to do this for roughly six months,.

The next step will be the completed publication of my book ‘Hippie Kushi Waking up to Life’. This should be out around June/July and I have good feelings about this and believe it will do well. Even if it only earns me a £150 a week, this is a good amount to add to the pot for countries like India, where it will go a long way.

Obviously I have further books in the pipeline which will increase my income even more while I’m travelling.

During the period leading up to the publication of my book, I will be setting up my online hippie clothes and jewellery company: ‘Utsaah Hippie Clothes and Jewellery.com’.

My mum makes some amazing jewellery and I now have several contacts in India and the UK to get wholesale hippie clothing. The items will be reasonably cheap to buy for customers and perfect to wear at clubs like Whirl-y-gig. After initial investment in this and setting up the website, hopefully sales will start coming in and I will have another business I can transfer abroad and have as an income.

“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen

As I have said on other occasions, I cannot make this leap without giving up my flat in Hampton. This was originally a tough decision for me but; I surrender…my wanderlust wins hands down.

As way of a back up plan, safety net, I am finally going to learn to drive this year. My intention after passing my test is to buy a motorhome/campervan, do it up hippie kushi style and move into that. That way I am not homeless, I can save even more by not paying rent and council tax etc; and In a campervan I can travel and explore our beautiful country.

And yes, I still think its a beautiful country, despite the rise of far right, nationalist governments and growing fascism in the UK.

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

“The journey not the arrival matters.” –T.S. Eliot

Some time in 2021, with my new sources of income and my campervan as a back up home if needed, I am boarding the Trans-Siberian Express train through Russia, Mongolia and China; ending my long train journey in Vietnam.

I will come back to the UK once every six months to get my medication and attend events like Whirly Fayre but apart from that I’m off! 

I simply do not recognise the UK anymore; its time to go and I’m not coming back to live here again.

”Life is short and the world is wide”

After arriving in Vietnam I will leave the train, my backpack on my back and then take my time travelling through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

This path has been written out for me since my childhood; it has to be.

I will then fly from Bangkok to Kathmandu in Nepal. Somewhere I have always wanted to visit.

“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.”

Finally I will explore the whole of India. Such a beautiful country.

When I feel I have found my place, I will stop, rent a home, write, run my business and maybe even open a small bar (Bar work has always been the favourite of all my jobs in my life).

Then, when I retire I can add my state pension to the pot.

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.”

And to all you nay-sayers and doubters I say this; these thoughts towards me are your own fears, not mine. Your doubts are your own, not mine. Be happy for me because…

I intend to live hippily ever after…

Next time: Setting up an online clothes and Jewellery business

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