Traveling like Jason Bourne

Sovereign Man background image. Graphic: Sovereign Man website

Sovereign Man background image. Graphic: Sovereign Man website

In many ways, Jason Bourne is the ultimate vagabond: he has multiple passports, speaks multiple languages and has no permanent address.

Some PTs, or permanent travelers, are almost like real-life Jason Bournes. Minus the kung-fu skills and the CIA assassins. OneĀ  case study to read is the Sovereign Man blog, written by Simon Black (not his real name).

The tone of Black’s writing style makes him seem like a darker version of Timothy Ferriss (author of “The Four Hour Workweek”). An avowed anarchist, he rants against taxes, governments, and grassroots activism. Here is a link to Brave New Traveler’s interview with Simon Black.

Some of the unsavory aspects of the PT scene is the focus on tax evasion, offshore banking, and anticipating the fall of governments.

For more nuts-and-bolts info, check out Emergency, by Neil Strauss. Excerpts from the book can be found in this post on Tim Ferriss’s blog: How to Be Jason Bourne.

Do you know anyone who has lived as a PT?

Posted by | Comments (4)  | February 19, 2010
Category: Expat Life, Lifestyle Design, Notes from the collective travel mind, Vagabonding Advice

4 Responses to “Traveling like Jason Bourne”

  1. Frank Says:

    Why is that ‘unsavory’? If the Utopian West – the Utopian West that wants to impose its supposedly superior values on the rest of the world – is so confident and superior, why would it care so much if a few ‘oddballs’ want to avoid their bloated welfare states and live in inferior, backwards (their words, not mine) lands? Furthermore, most of the foot soldiers (i.e. the ‘grassroots activists’) in the imposition of Western values around the world via laws and Political Correctness make their living via ‘Foundations’ that in turn get their billion$ from the Gates’s, Buffett’s and Soros’s of the world via tax-free dollars that have no business being tax free if Western governments are so desperate for tax dollars that they need to pick on a few oddballs who aren’t ‘paying their fair share’. The West is in a very difficult situation the next 10 or 20 years and some of us will seek out other places to live – for whatever reason – whether Western elites like it or not.

  2. Rebecca Travel-Writers-Exchange Says:

    I don’t know anyone who has been living as a permanent traveler, but they’re out there. People are slowly waking up. The West will be a different place in 10 or 20 years. Look at what happened to the IRS building in Texas. It was only a matter of time before something like that happened.

    People will choose to live elsewhere or become permanent travelers. They’re fed up with establishments and would rather kick it on a beach than in their own backyard.

  3. jmm Says:

    I subscribe to the newsletter and while some of the advice/perspective is interesting, other parts of it lead me to wonder what the person writing it is actually gaining from it.