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IamA hobo/tramp that travels with little or no money. I hop trains, hitchhike, and mostly work on farms. AMA!

May 27th 2014 by huckstah • 56 Questions • 492 Points

As the title says, here I am, a hobo, vagabond, tramp, whatever you want to call me.

I am a 32 year old male that has been on the road for 10+ years. It started off as a means of escaping the rural south, and after a while I simply found myself addicted to the road and the rails.

I make a few bucks working on farms, washing dishes, craigslist gigs, etc, and then I travel onward to the next place.

I will be featured in an independent documentary that is being directed by a fellow redditor (other_tanner) that starts filming in July.

Ask me anything you wish. I will be staying up late and will answer as many questions as I possibly can.

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Q:

What's the longest you've gone without eating something?

A:

Two days because I accidentally used someones meth pipe to smoke weed and i ended up burning enough of the meth residue that I got really fucked up and ran around in the Mojave desert for an entire night thinking that a large group of cops and townfolk were chasing me. That was in Barstow, California. Fuck Barstow.


Q:

You're full of surprises. You've got too many great stories to fit into one documentary.

A:

Thanks Tanner, look forward to hitting the road with you and helping you out with your documentary. You got the balls to show the world what hobos and vagabonds really live through and experience, and I commend you for that.


Q:

So you retreated to the desert while being persecuted? You're the second incarnation of Jesus.

A:

Thats quite a stretch.


Q:

Super serious. Do you still have sex? If so where when how? And are you afraid of stds?

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I have a gf from Argentina, and she visits me in the usa for 2-3 months every year. I stop travelling and we rent a small bedroom durting that time, in which we have lots of sex during that 3 months.

Before I had a girlfriend, it was quite easy getting laid on the road. There are LOTS of little hippie female travelers that share their love on the road. I've had some women in bars want to fuck me simply because they like the whole "road dawg/chris mccandless/jack kerouac" persona or what-the-fuck-ever they are imagining.

Sex in tents, hostel rooms, some chicks apartment, etc etc. You can always find a place to fuck if youre wanting to fuck.


Q:

What about the stds?

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Never really encountered any. Guess I'm just lucky?


Q:

What's the difference between a hobo and a bum?

I don't mean to offend, I'm just clueless.

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I am so glad someone asked this. If I had the money to give you reddit gold, I would.

There are several types of "houseless" people, but I'll stick to hobos and bums:

Hobos - We travel for the sake of work, usually escaping a poor area of the nation to do so. We generally work on farms or in low-tier labor, usually temporary or seasonal jobs. Farming, fisheries, restaurants, construction, etc etc. We don't beg or panhandle for money, nor do we live or sleep on sidewalks. We dont sleep in homeless shelter or eat at churchs. We make our own camps, clean up after ourselves, and hitch-hike or hop trains to the next job or location. And thus, we have a sense of pride anjd workmanship that transcends the likes of bums and tramps.

Bums - Bums don't work at all. They beg or panhandle money on the streets, often using the money fro drugs or alcohol. They stay stagnant in one location as opposed to trying to escape and look for options down the road. They rely on churches and homeless shelters to eat and sleep. They often veterans of war, mentally ill, drug addicted, or just plain lazy.


Q:

I appreciate the AMA.

1.) Have you created any lifelong friends throughout your travels?

2.) Would you rather have the chance to poke [and break] a 1,000,000 gallon water balloon suspended over the Grand Canyon, or drop 780 feet through 5,000 single-spaced layers of soft tissue paper, landing on a platform of fuzzy down pillows?

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1) Yeah, you make tons of friends with other travellers, and I stay in touch with them through social media such as facebook. I've ran into old friends on thew road and rails many times. We also have meet-ups in certain cities like New Orleans and San Francisco during different times of the year. There is an entire subculture of us.

2) I'd go with the latter. I'm not sure if you just made that up or what, but that is an a-fucking-mazing idea and one of the most creative thrill rides I've ever heard of.


Q:

Whats your background like?

A:

Wow what a name.

Mother was a teacher, father was a trucker. We were lower class, barely scraping the bottom of what people consider "middle class". Grew up on a cow pasture, town of about 1,100 people. Really really conservative and religious place, and I'm a liberal atheist, so that didnt go too well. I'm part redneck, part hippie, I guess.


Q:

Do you consider yourself an ambitious person? What is your wildest dream? What do you hope to accomplish?

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I have a wesbite idea that will change the way people give money to charities and non-profits. This is my ultimate dream, and I have a very good website idea, marketing plans, and business layout. I just need an investor really..

I am extremely ambitious. When I want to do something, I attack hardcore and dont stop until I have it. If it got my eyes on a goal, Ill get it, one way or another.


Q:

What is your primary means of transportation as hitchhiking is rarely practiced today, do you sneak on trains?

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You have to sneak onto trains, because its highly illegal. If the security guard (known as "The Bull") catches you, he will kick you out of the yard or even arrest you.

My travels are 50% trainhopping, 50% hitchhiking. Not every train gets where you wanted to go, so you hitchhike. Likewise, hitchhiking is illegal in some states, so its easier to catch a train.


Q:

How often have you been arrested for your lifestyle?

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None. Not a single time. Cops know better than to take a hobo to jail for panhandling or hitch hiking or hopping a train. They know all we are doing is trying to GET out of their town, and they have even give me tips on where train yards and interstate exits are. They might search your bag or give you a citation, but that's about it.


Q:

Huh. I bet even giving you a citation is pretty pointless given how off the grid you probably are. You could pretty much just laugh off any typical citation, not like you're going to run into them ever again.

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Yeah thats pretty much how it goes. I always figured if a judge saw a citation for a trainhopper and the trainhopper didnt appear in court, they probably just throw it out. So far nothing has ever come up on my record, so, yeah, so far so good.


Q:

Tip out there to anyone thinking of doing this: Its really easy to lose a leg hopping trains. Never try to catch out on a moving train.

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Yeah I'll confirm that. That's called "catchin' on the fly", and only someone with alot of experience should do it. I fractured my knee doing this in Oregon, and when I fell I rolled less than 12 inches from the trains wheels...it was a fucking close call. There are hobo's that die every single year from this, not to mention the dozens of other ways to die on a train. I have had 2 friends die thus far.

Hobo Tip: The wheel on a train has 4 large bolts in the center. If the wheels are spinning so fast that you cant count every single bolt, its too fast to jump!


Q:

Im sure youve read You Cant Win. The lumber car story is fucking insane.

A:

No I havent! Mind givin' me a brief summary without any spoilers??


Q:

Autobiography of a hobo in the early 1900s. Recounts experiences in jails, burglary and safe cracking among being a hobo.

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Yeah the pre 1930's hobo is a very different type of hobo from travellers like me today. It was entirely different economic and political time. Not alot of hobos like me still work on the farms. Most of the so-called "hobos" are suburban kids doing it for fun or adventure, and theyve never worked in their life.


Q:

what was the most fun experience that you've had on the road?

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I think the most fun I ever had was when I got hired by the Tijuana Cartel. I made a pretty good chunk of money from that, and I ended up renting an apartment in Rosarito Beach (just south of Tijuana central) one block away from the beach for only 90 bucks a month. I'd drink cheap mexican beer on the beach almost every evening, watching the sunset.

Another fun experience was when I got a job at a hostel and started freelancing my own lava tours. I'd take people from all over the world to the volcano in Hawaii and we would get literally inches from a huge river of lava flowing down a mountain and into the ocean. Unfortunately, the hawaiian mafia tried extorting money from my tours, and when I refused, they beat me really bad and tried to kill. I barely escaped, but they stole my bag with all my stuff, and even my flip flops. So that "fun" turned into "not-so-fun" I guess.

Another fun time was when I hopped into an actual locomotive in Hermiston, Oregon! They had engines on the rear of the trains and the locomotive doors were unlocked. I rode that train all the to Portland like a king! There were bottles of water, and a bathroom in there, and plenty of room for me to layout my sleeping bag.

The most fun is always when I make a mistake on a freight train, and the train takes me 100 miles in the wrong direction and I end up in some small town you never heard of. Alot of locals come up to me with a million questions about why am i travelling, where did I just come from, where am I going, asking me what my favorite experiences have been, etc etc. One time a young kid asked me how many men I've killed, which was pretty funny.


Q:

what did you do for the tijuana cartel great ama by the way

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I drove a vehicle back and forth across the border. $1,200 each trip.


Q:

Why did you stop?

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They tried to rip me off once on my pay, and I got pretty pissed and threatened to leave. They didnt take very kindly to that, so I had to leave early one morning before they could find out I left. I barely made it to the border without them finding me!


Q:

this is all so awesome to read!

A:

Thanks for taking interest in a hobo. Most people don't care about our kind.


Q:

I'm sorry, did you say "Hawaiian mafia?"

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Yeah, I hate using the word "mafia" because I believe it overrates them, but they are an actual mafia. It's mostly local hawaiian rednecks that hate white people and use violence as a means of extorting bribes. They call white people "haoles" and attack us because of the way American and British capitalists wrongfully conquered their island. I have gotten beat up many times for being white, but the reason they tried to kill me was because they thought I was making money on lava tours. I was giving the tours mostly for free, but they wanted me to pay 1,000$ a week for the bribe. I told them to fuck off, but they beat the shit out of me and tried to kill me in a ditch on the side of the highway. They turned their heads for a split second and I dashed out of the ditch and into a thick jungle of ferns and ohia trees. I ran on jagged rocks and cut my feet and eventually dived into a big group of tall ferns. I stayed hidden in there for nearly 15 minutes, and I heard my attackers going through the woods trying to find me. I started hyperventilating and couldnt control the sound of my breathing, and I thought they were going to find me. Luckily they gave up, and left. They were going to kill me and throw me in a lava-tube. I shit you not, every word is true, on my daddys grave. I had witnesses come forth while media was trying to interview me!


Q:

Why do you think people are afraid of hitchhiking? Have you stayed fairly safe?

A:

Media has really gotten the stereotypes backwards when it comes to hitchhiking.

It's not the hitchhiker you should be worried about, its the people that pick up hitchhikers that are usually the predators. I've been picked up by a few psychos, and one guy tried to sexually assault me. The scariest thing about an actual "hitchhiker" is that they probably smell bad from being on the road.

Overall, hitchhiking is quite safe in the USA from my experience. I've hitched thousands of rides, and only ran into trouble a couple of times. 99.9% of the time you meet really cool people that share their stories with you.


Q:

What is your favorite pizza topping?

A:

Extra Cheese


Q:

Do you truly like your life?

A:

I do. I tried living the "normal" life a few times and it just doesnt satisfy me. I am truly in love with the life I live and have no regrets about doing it.


Q:

What's the most money you've had at one time and how did you make it?

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If I get a job dishwashing, I usually make 300 a week. Farming, about 40 dollars a day. One time I got 200 bucks in one hour just holding a sign asking for a ride. I was on the wrong interstate exit, and nobody would pick me up, but peoiple kept throwing money to me. That was in Palmdale California


Q:

Do you frequent Palmdale now ?

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I'm in the Santa Barbara area right now, but no plans to go back to Palmdale area. I was in Palmdale 3 years ago, and I camped there for about 4 weeks. I made about 30 dollars a day recycling plastic bottles, or flying a sign by the Antelope Valley Mall and the nearby Wal-Mart. Palmdale was a tough town...couldnt find any work on craigslist or any farms out in that damned desert, so I ended up recycling bottles just to get enough money to go somewhere else.


Q:

You ever think about going anywhere asidE from the u s. ? And yeah I was just thinking 200 an hr may not be so bad in a pinch

A:

In lived in Buenos Aires Argentina for 3 months, and I really loved it. It's like you would imagine if someone put Madrid in Italy...alot of Spanish and Italian culture, which makes for amazing food and amazing wine! I am going back there someday and I want to live there for a long time.

I've also lived in Alaska and Hawaii, although they are still technically part of the USA.


Q:

No questions, just wanted to say thanks for the AMA. If you ever want a bath in central Washington, hit me up. (I'm a middle aged woman with a BF, a kid and two cats, so pretty safe).

Stay free, love and admire what you're doing.

A:

You know any farms that are hiring in the nest few weeks?


Q:

Do you have any regret?

A:

Shit tons. I've done alot of drugs and been through a few situations that I certainly regret doing, but you just have to keep going and try to make the best of it. Sometimes I wish I would have finished college, but I have plans of doing that in the soon future and its always been something on the backburner. Other than that, nah, no big regrets that really linger in my mind or bother me much.


Q:

do you keep in touch with your family? Do they support your choice of lifestyle? A pretty rad lifestyle, I must say.

A:

They use to worry for my safety, but now they know I got a good grip on what I'm doing and trust me now. I called my mom on Mothers Day and got an update on most of my family. Everyone once in a while (3 times in the last 10 years) I drop into my old hometown long enough to say hello, do a little bit of fishing on my favorite river, raid my mothers fridge, get drunk with my older bro, smoke a blunt with my younger bro, then hit the road again.


Q:

That's awesome that your family supports your lifestyle! How did you break it to them that you were going to be 'living the hobo life'?

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Hah, I kinda didn't. I left town without telling anyone. At the time, I had alot of built-up angst towards my hometown and my family. This was in a very small town in Alabama, and people (including my parents) didnt accept my liberal opinions and lifestyle. I hitched to San Francisco and didn't call my parents/family until a couple months later. They took the news as a shock, but also realized it was inevitable that there was no oppurtunities for me in that little town.


Q:

What's your favorite place you've been to?

A:

Thats a tough battle between Bellingham, Washington vs. The Big Island (Hawaii).

Both are really cool in their own ways, and I've gone back to those places multiple times. I really like the people of both those towns...intellectual, progressive, open-minded, amazing smoke, amazing microbrews...gotta love them both.


Q:

How did you end up in Hawaii?

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I was working on an apple orchard in Bellingham Washington, and my boss gave me a christmas bonus on my last paycheck at the end of the farm season. He really liked my work and he had a sister that lived in Hawaii and she was trying to build a farm of her own. So, as a bonus, my boss bought me a ticket to Hawaii, and I helped the lady build an organic farm. I ended up living on farm after farm after farm, and sometimes lived on the beaches too. I got jobs picking coffee, avocados, papayas, guava's, starfruit, dragonfruit, lychee, mangoes, oranges, tangerines, you name it! I've picked almost every type of fruit and vegetable you can possibly name!


Q:

So why did you leave Hawaii?

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A couple of friends were murdered by the Hawaiian mafia for buying property next to the lavaflow. The cops are corrupt and protecting the actual murderers. I did an interview about the murders for Investigative Discovery, and I felt I was no longer safe on the island. The same group that murdered my friends had tried to murder me at a different time, and it was a matter of time before they would have found me to shut me up. I had to flee right after the interview.


Q:

Did you ever get really ill traveling around?

A:

Not at all actually. I hardly ever have a cold or flu while on the road. I think it has alot to do with being outdoors, and not being stuck in buildings or a house or with large groups of people. Cant even remember the last time I was sick to be honest with you, but it was many years ago.


Q:

How did you get medical care for the broken knee?

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I didnt. Just limped for a few weeks and had to let it slowly heal itself. Xrays and casts are ungodly expensive in this country, and thats about all a doctor could have done anyway. I've broken both sets of ribs, a few fingers, and a few toes, during my travels, but I know there aint much a doctor can do except for give you some painkillers and wrap you up in a pretty lil bandage. Hell I can do that myself with ace-wrap, duct tape, a bottle of wine, and a joint of weed, for alot cheaper.


Q:

Does your lifestyle make forming relationships hard? Are your friends and girl/boyfriends limited to being other hobos? Presumably, like non-hobos, some hobos are nice and some are assholes. And there aren't many of you...so does that make it hard?

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I'm a social critter, and I usually don't dress like the stereotypical sidewalk bum or homeless kids you see. I hit up caf├ęs and bars and make friends. Also, when I work at a restaurant or on a farm I make a large network of friends through co-workers. Now that there is Facebook and stuff, I stay in touch with a lot of these friends for many years and often visit them when I pass through.


Q:

When you need to take a shit, do you prefer to find a public/business restroom, or are you accustomed to doing so outdoors?

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Yeah, I do both, no preference either way...fast food places, public buildings, etc. The problem in cities is that there is NOWHERE to take a piss or a shit. Go walking downtown SF or Seattle and try to find a place to take a piss or a shit. It can be almost impossible at times. I remember once SF put a public restroom downtown on Canal by Civic Center, but it was taken over by crackheads that would guard it so they could all smoke crack and shoot heroin.


Q:

How do you feed your brain on the road? Do you like to read (if so what?) How do you stay informed on current events? How do you feel about the stereotype of hobos being unintelligent?

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I have a smart-phone and a little laptop, and the Alien Blue app, so I cruise /r/worldnews and the frontpage alot and get caught up in news and societal trends.

I love reading, and always carry 2-3 books with me when I'm on the road. I love Hemingway, Steinbeck, Orwell, Vonnegutt, among a few others. I like to download free audiobooks from librivox to my phone also. I use cafes, fast food places, libraries, and other places for free wifi.

I believe the stereotype of hobos being unintelligent is because society often confuses us with bums, pan-handlers, sidewalk-bums, etc etc. Most hobo's are just like anyone else, except we tend to be loners that don't fit into the normal office and factory jobs of society.


Q:

What tips or info do you have for someone that wants to live a similar life ?

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Just do it. Save up some money, buy a tent and a backpack, and hit the road. You have nothing to lose. If you don't like the lifestyle, go back home and get a job! Nobody says you have to do this for 10 years like me...go do it for one week...one month....half a year...whatever...it will change your life and give you so many new perspectives on society, money, etc.


Q: 1. Is there still a hobo community and do they still use codes to mark houses where the wife and or husband are helpful. I was actually thinking about the codes left in front of houses that indicated if the owners are nice enough to give out leftovers, a garage to sleep in. 2. Would modern times change that? You're obviously on the Internet now. 3. Do you get to the point where you think you want to join the rat race sooner rather than later. I assume it's a choice and one day you might want a more stable situation with commitments and bills. Or do you think you could grow old living this way? 4. What's the biggest challenge? 5. What do you miss most?
A:

1. Is there still a hobo community and do they still use codes to mark houses where the wife and or husband are helpful. I was actually thinking about the codes left in front of houses that indicated if the owners are nice enough to give out leftovers, a garage to sleep in.

Most have that has gone the way of the wind and mostly disappeared. We still use codes under bridges to indicate where to find the hobo camps, train directions, etc etc, but thats been disappearing alot over the past two decades. There are still stores that intentionally leave food in bags out by the dumpster, but I think today thats more or less meant for sidewalk bums as opposed to travelling hobos.

2. Would modern times change that? You're obviously on the Internet now.

The internet has vastly changed the art of the hobo. I started travelling before websites like Craigslist and Couchsurfing were as big as they are today. One of the very first things I do when I get to a town is to go to a public library and use their internet. Craigslist for jobs, couchsurfing to crash for a couple of nights, and I use google maps quite heavily when finding a trainyard to hop a train in, or a good interstate exit to hitchhike from. The internet has changed the hobo lifestyle just as dramatically as it has changed the lives of everyone in the world.

3. Do you get to the point where you think you want to join the rat race sooner rather than later. I assume it's a choice and one day you might want a more stable situation with commitments and bills. Or do you think you could grow old living this way?

Certainly. Some days or some weeks are worse than others, and you curse the lifestyle you live and question its future. I have tried settling down a few times in the past 10 years, for very brief periods, and I just cant do it. I dont think the price of housing really justifies the benefits, and I could never imagine a life where I'm stuck doing one job for the rest of my life. javascript:void(0)

4. What's the biggest challenge?

Public perception, without a doubt. It seems that society tries to bundle hobos, tramps, bums, drifters, and the homeless into one category. I don't drink or beg for liquor on the sidewalk, yet thats what people think simply because they see my backpack or my farming clothes. They don't understand that their are several different subcultures of people that are "homeless". It hurts when a pretty girl or a group of cool dudes cross the street in front of me because they think im just like the homeless people they see on TV or begging on the sidewalks. I'm just a regular dude that works hard and loves to travel, I just choose to backpack and live in a tent as opposed to renting a studio or apartment.

5. What do you miss most?

Bathtubs and electricity. I have a solar shower bag I travel with, but I'm addicted to hot baths, and they are very very hard to come by on the road. When I find the oppurtunity to take one, I just lay and soak in it for about an hour while drinking a cold beer...talk about paradise.

Its also hard finding electricity so I can charge my phone. I should get a solar charger but they are expensive.


Q:

Seriously, PM me and I'll hook you up with a solar charger. I don't use it anymore.

A:

Really? Shit, okay!


Q:

When I see someone holding a sign on the side of the road that says "Veteran, anything helps" how often is it that the person is not a veteran?

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I don't really know. I do know that there are SHIT TONS of homeless veterans all across the usa, and I always sit down and talk to them and hear their stories. Its sad that we send them to unnecessary wars and provide them little oppurtunity back home.

If I was to guess out of my ass, I'd say 70% of them are actual war veterans.


Q:

Do you carry a knife? If so what kind? It's the most utilitarian tool I can think of.

A:

Yep, I have 3 different knives! I'll take some pics for you!

This my hobo knife, which has my fork and spoon, cork opener, and can opener. Heres a pic of it when I take it apart. It only cost me 5 bucks!

This is my Leatherman tool knife. It has all kinds of blades and gadgets that are useful for a thousand different things. I never travel without one! I got this Stanley model in a pawn shop in Alaska for only 12 bucks!

This is my pocket-knife. I keep this in my pocket because it has a really sharp blade thats good for cutting ropes in my camp, useful on the arm, and to protect myself from thieves and criminals on the rails!


Q:

Hey man, from one vagabond to another way to be. I've been mostly vagabonding around the deserts in Utah and Arizona the last few years and was disapointed to see that the street people in SF wouldn't talk to me because I had a nice jacket that I came into. It felt pretty superficial....

How have you dealt with other street people judging you differently.... If that makes sense....

A:

Hey man! Hows it going out in Utah and Arizona? I'm coming through there in a few weeks with a crew, you should join us!

Your question makes alot of sense. I get shit from crustyfucks and gutterpunks because i dont try conform to the shitty dresscode that hobos are "supposed to wear".

I dont wear dirty ass carhartts, bandanas around my neck, and I don't have tons of piercings and tattoos. You see alot of these punks panhandling on haight and ashbury, getting into fights, getting wasted on cheap vodka, etc etc, and I just avoid those retards altogether. They are the ones blowing up all the hobo camps with their trash and bullshit, making hard for travellers like me and you. Fuck them...


Q:

What about females looking into the lifestyle of hobo/tramp? Any sort of special recommendations?

A:

No not really. Travelling isnt really a gender-based role, and there are plenty of awesome female travelers that I meet all the time.

It can be more dangerous for single females though, so I recommend finding a travelling buddy or investing in a can of pepper spray :)


Q:

Hope I'm not too late here, but what do you do for money? I've heard that if you approach restaurant managers and ask if they have any work that's a pretty good bet. How would you advise someone who wanted to take up this lifestyle if they needed money?

A:

Craigslist! Just go to any city in the USA and search the keyword "dishwasher" and youll get several postings. Most restaurants dont even check the work history or references of dishwashers, so you have to really fuck up an interview in order to not get the job.

Also farms are always hiring. It's only 40-50 bucks a day, but enough to get by for a hobo. Just go to any farmers market and talk to the vendors and ask if any farms are hiring and they will point you to a job.


Q:

Hey man! Ive been on the road for 8 months now and Ive gone from Canada to Chile, over land. I ditched the car around Nicaragua and worked on a sailing boat to get to Colombia. The other deckhand was an American who I think you would get along well with. Anyways, I am down in Chile with no way home as of yet, hoping to find a job, but my spanish is terrible and I kind of want to go home after the winter, BUT my main concern is that winter in Canada is one hell of a trip more than winter in the Caribbean! How do you usually do the winters? In canada, the closest thing we have to California or Florida is Vancouver and those winters get rough sometimes too. Have any recommendations?

A:

Wow man I wish I could do your travels! Kudos! How is Chile? I lived in Argentina for 3 months and I loved it! Does your boat need a deckhand? Ive worked on fishing boats in alaska and sailboats in hawaii, and I would love to join the crew!

As far as camping in Canada, make sure you have a sleeping bag rated zero degrees or below. Also keep a torch lighter and some dry kindling with you in your bag in case it rains or snow. It can be really tough getting a fire started during a rainy/snowy winter in the northwest.


Q:

What kind of data plan you have considering you travel all the time and/or sometimes don't have enough money?

A:

I bounce around fromn different prepaid plans depending on how good service is in the local area. Boost Mobile, Red Pocket, Straight Talk, etc, are some of the companies I use. I pay about 45 bucks for unlimited everything. Some months my phone is off because I blew my money on other supplies, but it still makes for a great mp3 player!


Q:

Kudos to you man.
You live the life you want.

That is so rare these days!

A:

Thanks man. Hope youre happy with whatever lifestyle you live too, even if its not on the road. Different strokes for different folks!


Q:

Have you ever been through Las Vegas? What were your hobo experiences or stories from there?

A:

Yep I used to work for room and board at a hostel on Las Vegas Blvd near the stratosphere. Dangerous part of town (thugs, gangs, hoodlums) and I had many crazy experiences from there. I've seen seen people get shot and stabbed just a couple blocks away. Ive seen drunk tourists faint from the drinking combined with the summer heat. I once fucked a stripper and lived with her in Vegas. I also worked shortly for a Jewish Mafia in vegas.


Q:

I'm always late to everything. heh. No question, just wanted to offer ( like so many others) a place to crash/eat/bathe on the off chance you end up in Texas. Something for your back pocket. Best of luck!

A:

Im coming through texas in a few weeks with a crew of people filming me! I'd love to take you you up on that offer and maybe you can help our documentary! PM me and tell me what part of texas you are in!


Q:

What's the worst thing that has happend to you on the road?

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1) Being nearly killed by the Hawaiian mafia.

2)Being chased by the Tijuana Cartel.

3) Being robbed and held hostage by a Colombian cartel in Argentina.

4) Nearly stabbing a man in San Francisco that tried to kidnap me and sexually assault me

5) Falling off a train and nearly dying beneath the wheels of a moving train.

6) Nearly having sex with a Mexican transvestite.


Q:

It's funny, half of my friends have lived some version of this at one time or another, as have I, yet it seems like every other day there's an AMA by someone 'on the road', like it was some rare species of exotic adventurer. As OP will surely testify, livin' free in America is easier and more common than folks know. This country has an abundance of space, glut, and opportunity.

Personally I think everyone should experience some kind of road living for a time. It gives perspective. Of course, forethought is also a good thing. Realize that your life is always changing. I traveled for several years, swearing off a career and the mundanity of conventional life. Then when it came time to get a good job, or buy a piece of property, or start a family, I had a real tough time "catching up."

I s'pose my question is, do you ever worry about that? Changing directions as you get older, and finding that you have to start from scratch? Also, what is the point/focus of the doc? Is it to advocate the traveler lifestyle, warn against it, neither/both?

A:

Well, I've always had college on the backburner. For migrant farm workers like me that are generally dirt poor, our government has several grants and loans that I qualify for, and someday I hope to use those to finish my college studies.

Alot of the work I do is cash-in-hand and under the table, no taxes, so I do worry how I will retire someday. But then again, I still consider myself young, and I'll have no problem transitioning into a more civilized lifestyle. I plan to finish my degree in Education and use it to travel overseas and teach english, going from country to country every year and seeing as much of the world as possible. There are ways to be a "civilized nomad", but right now, I just want to live freely as possible while I still have the youth and toughness to do it.


Q:

If you had a child (or some young person who looked up to you), would you ever recommend the type of life you have lived to them (if so, why)?

What type of entertainment, if any, do you indulge in (movies, music, TV, books, etc)?

Been reading all of your responses, glad you were willing to do this AMA, extremely interesting!

Another Q: Do you have any hobbies/creative projects that you work on while traveling (such as writing or photography)?

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If you had a child (or some young person who looked up to you), would you ever recommend the type of life you have lived to them (if so, why)?

Yes I would recommend it. In Europe and other places, its common to send your kids on road trips so that they can experience working and travelling before going to college or settling on a career. It's a healthy way to develop, mature, and take on alternative experiences in life. I dont recommend travelling in the path that I did since it was a bit dangerous, but there are safer ways to do the same things I did.

What type of entertainment, if any, do you indulge in (movies, music, TV, books, etc)?

I have a smartphone and laptop, so I enjoy the same media you do, most likely. I browse reddit atleast a couple times a week, download movies and music, google the news, etc. Todays hobo has evolved with the rest of society, and are "connected". I go to my campsite and enjoy audiobooks, youtube, reddit, just like everyone else.

"Another Q: Do you have any hobbies/creative projects that you work on while traveling (such as writing or photography)?"

I have been working on a website idea of my own to make it easier for people to give money to charities. I have bought a couple of domain names to protect my idea, and also have a good business plan. I am looking for a venture capitalist to help fund me, but I dont know where to look. All inkow is that my idea is a really really good one, and its an idea that will make the world is a better place. I hope to pursue it.


Q:

what is some of the most important pieces of advice you would give someone looking into choosing this lifestyle? also where else might i go for similar advice?

A:

There is a great forum of people like me at a website www.squattheplanet.com.

Its owned by a guy that is a fellow hobo/traveler and you can find our subculture there! Its where we connect with each other in the new digital age! Come join us and read the faqs!

My advice to anyone wishing to do this is to DO IT. Its not as hard or as bad as you think. I live pretty comfortably and I have never had any regrets. I always have a paycheck, I always have food, and a comfy place to sleep. Just try it it for one or two weeks and see if youy like it, but I warn you, you might become addicted!


Q:

You should start or if you already have instagram to document your travels.

A:

I dont understand how instagram is useful. I know it has photo filters and you can add friends, but I have never bothered to really understand how to use it. Can you explain it to me like im five years old?