Vagabonding Case Study: Ken Anderberg

Ken Anderberg


Hometown: Asheville, NC

Quote: “I enjoy trying to ‘get by’ in new countries, to navigate everyday tasks without local knowledge or local language.

How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful?

I was doing some Internet research for my next move and came across the site. The site was helpful in letting me know I’m not the only one out here doing this insane thing.

What is your job or source of travel funding for this journey?

I am a full-time freelance author, supporting myself through savings and retirement income.

Do you plan to work on the road?

My road is my work, as I write about my experiences. While I’ve been on the road, I’ve published four books, including a travel book on Costa Rica, and a novel.

What was the reaction of your friends/family/colleagues as you planned your trip?

They were surprised but mostly supportive. Many said I was living their dream.

Any tips or lessons learned from the travel-preparation process?

I try to do as much Internet research as possible before a move, including looking at YouTube clips of the places I’m considering. I’ve also found that country-specific expat forums can be helpful. Mostly, what I’ve learned is to make an informed plan but be ready to go to Plan B at a moment’s notice.

How long do you hope to spend on the road?

I have been on the road since June 1, 2010, visiting Costa Rica, Croatia and, now, Italy/Sicily. My plan is to spend three months in Greece next. After that, I don’t know.

Which destinations do you hope to visit?

As I said, Greece will be next. Southeast Asia, specifically Thailand, could be after that.

Which experiences are you most looking forward to?

I enjoy trying to “get by” in new countries, to navigate everyday tasks without local knowledge or local language. I enjoy meeting and, hopefully, conversing with people in the countries I visit. The perspectives I gain from people outside the U.S. are enlightening.

What are you packing for the journey?

When I started, I had two suitcases and a small backpack – everything I owned. Since then, I have eliminated one suitcase. I travel with about 7-10 days of clothing and some incidentals, plus, of course, my laptop and accessories. I also pack some fishing equipment, which has been used unsuccessfully.

Do you have any worries or concerns about the journey?

My chief concern has been finding a place to live in each place I’ve moved to. This can be very stressful due to the lack of familiarity with the terrain, the language, the customs, or the resources available. Since I’m on low budget, it is imperative that I find an apartment to live in for three months as soon as possible once I arrive in a new location. This has proved challenging.


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Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 14, 2011
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

2 Responses to “Vagabonding Case Study: Ken Anderberg”

  1. Kim Strobel Says:

    I find these blogs to be creative and useful. They are honest and straightforward, giving a fresh perspective on adventure and how to conquer unknown territories.
    Most travel books I have read are factual and jam packed with places to go and other recommendations, all fine and useful information, but not very creative. Those books tend to be geared toward the ‘tourist’.
    These blogs supply useful information on how to actually live in a completely foreign place. Two bags and a pack world tour is more like an invigorating road map of social and personal experience, and a powerful lesson in resourcefulness.
    Kim Strobel

    “The point of a journey is not to arrive.”