Vagabonding Case Study: Marco Buch

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How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?
I found Vagabonding somewhere along the road and found it to be mainly useful for keeping the travel vibe up and learning how to stay longer.

How long were you on the road?
One year.

Where did you go?
Central America and South East Asia.

What was your job or source of travel funding for this journey?
I worked as a tour guide for a while and had saved from promotion jobs back home.

Did you work or volunteer on the road?
Yes, the tour guide thing. And then I volunteered in Thailand after the Tsunami.

Of all the places you visited, which was your favorite?
I love Thailand by heart. It became a second home for me.

Was there a place that was your least favorite, or most disappointing, or most challenging?
I seriously enjoyed all of it.

Which travel gear proved most useful?  Least useful?
A digital camera is a must. But back then I also had a lot of gear that is luckily not needed anymore nowadays.

What are the rewards of the vagabonding lifestyle?
Getting to know locals. Having lots of time to think about oneself. Making friends in fast forward.

What are the challenges and sacrifices of the vagabonding lifestyle?
No chance to hold up a relationship. Insecurity (which is sometimes also a reward, of course)

What lessons did you learn on the road?
So many that I have already written several books and a blog about them!

How did your personal definition of “vagabonding” develop over the course of the trip?
After a while I followed ideas more than itineraries.

If there was one thing you could have told yourself before the trip, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid. It’s all gonna be fine!

Any advice or tips for someone hoping to embark on a similar adventure?
Don’t think too long. Just go!

When and where do you think you’ll take your next long-term journey?
I am leaving every winter. So it should be pretty soon!


Read more about Marco on his blog, Life is a Trip, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Website: Life is a Trip Twitter: @LifeIsATripCOM

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