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Why be a Vandweller?

It is a little long but if you can't understand this first paragraph you can't proceed.

Henry David Thoreau said in his 1854 release of Walden "...a strolling Indian went to sell baskets at the house of a well-known lawyer in my neighborhood. "Do you wish to buy any baskets?" he asked. "No, we do not want any," was the reply. "What!" exclaimed the Indian as he went out the gate, "do you mean to starve us?" Having seen his industrious white neighbors so well off (that the lawyer had only to weave arguments, and, by some magic, wealth and standing followed) he had said to himself: I will go into business; I will weave baskets; it is a thing which I can do. Thinking that when he had made the baskets he would have done his part, and then it would be the white man's (responsibility) to buy them. He had not discovered that it was necessary for him to make it worth the other's while to buy them, or at least make him think that it was so, or to make something else which it would be worth his while to buy. I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one's while to buy it. Yet not the less, in my case, did I think it worth my while to weave them, and instead of studying how to make it worth men's while to buy my baskets, I studied rather how to avoid the necessity of selling them..."

This is one of the reasons why Vandwelling; and Vanaboding for those that want to travel thousands of miles a year, works so well. This lifestyle eliminates unneeded consumption, waste, work and employment that often leads to near enslavement. Instead of figuring out how to make tons of money, you figure out what you really need, and obtain that without the unnecessary 40 hour a week job: the decades long pursuit of more money and things via a college education followed by 30 years at a job.

Author Jason Odom explains in his book "Vanabode, happily camp, travel, and live forever on $20 a day", that there are 5 Essentials to a Great Life. They are: excellent food, great sleep, good personal hygiene, healthy sex, and protection from the elements. The book goes on to explain in great detail why these are so important and how they can be had easily without the traditional, mortgage supported house "work to buy, then die", lifestyle choice of so many Americans.


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