Monday, March 3, 2014


Big news! Kara and I have quit our jobs and are going vagabonding in Europe! No seriously last Friday we both quit our jobs. I think it was like national quit your job day or something. I cant remember.

Anyway, at this point you are probably wondering... What is vagabonding? Here is a short explanation from a book I have been reading.
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel.
Vagabonding involves taking an extended time-out from your normal
life—six weeks, four months, two years—to travel the world on your own
But beyond travel, vagabonding is an outlook on life. Vagabonding is
about using the prosperity and possibility of the information age to
increase your personal options instead of your personal possessions.
Vagabonding is about looking for adventure in normal life, and normal
life within adventure. Vagabonding is an attitude—a friendly interest in
people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest,
most vivid sense of the world.
Let me explain, no there is too much, let me sum up. We have been wanting to take a trip and this year happens to be our 5 year wedding anniversary. So rather than scrape together a few weekend getaways we decided it needed to be a long one, maybe a month or two. We haven't traveled out of the country since we have been married so I think it is time we left. We will probably go to London since we both loved it there and have been wanting to go back. We may drop down into other parts of Europe. That is the thing about vagabonding. You never know till you get there. Vagabonding is meant to break all of my efficiency, pomodoro system mindedness for a few months to give me a fresh, new perspective.

You might think that a trip like this would cost tons of money or if not we would be eating out of trash cans and sleeping on the street. Welcome to the new age of travel. With couchsurfing locals put you up for free and often take you around if they have time. If we cant find a host there is always airbnb where people rent out their rooms or their houses. Hostels are great places for travelers. Some of them look really creative and fun. You just have to be creative when you travel.

The real truth is that my job doesn't end till September. So we have some time. I will be needing a job though so let me know if you have a connection. Or maybe, if you are the kind of person who throws milk away according to the date on the jug we can come and live in your alley. -jb


  1. Beautiful, absolutely a beautiful idea! Of course I have been doing my own sort of vagabonding at late, and have had quite a fabulous time. I wholeheartedly encourage most everyone I talk with to go vagabond, if only for a brief stint. Definitely has been causing me to examine how I perceive many facets of life. I do not yet have a blog of my vagabonding, but I should have one up soon, and then I will link to it.

    (Oh, and also, the link to the book is bad, but I can click on the picture and get to Amazon)

    1. Thanks Ben I fixed the link. Get the blog up an going! I'll read it. I have found that since I started my blog tons of people who I haven't talked to in a while got a hold of me wanting to talk about things. It is a great way to keep people in the loop about what is important to you.

      If you want, once you have your blog up, write up a post and I'll let you guest blog.

  2. There is a link that I forgot to add though:

    Again, something I have not done yet, but worth checking out, especially since I know you and Kara enjoy colorful cuisine.

    1. Looks interesting. We will have to try this this summer. There are two people in Lawrence doing it from the looks of it.