Yup! Here's some last minute traveling and backpacking gift ideas for those people you love inflicted with wanderlust!
I literally just finished my own Christmas shopping yesterday, so I've been thinking about gifts a lot! Many of these I have used myself or want for myself! If you’ve got some people on your list and you’re not sure what to buy them, here’s a few gift ideas from pretty affordable to pretty expensive! It's all here and all the Green Links will take you to other gift ideas!
For spring, summer, and fall camping, consider these great gift ideas! We have actually used all of these in our 2016 US Trip which took us 8,000 miles around the US in about two months! I would suggest each and have given them all great reviews!
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So I’m back State side from Iceland. It was an amazing adventure, albeit expensive! However, going in the winter really allowed me to save a lot of money as compared to if I had gone in the summer. But, I do plan to return this summer!
During the winter months, the weather… Oh man, the weather. It’s brutal. You can read up on how cold it’s supposed to be and how to properly prepare for a trip to iceland in the winter, but nobody tells you about the 30-60mph wind gusts, the lack of good roads or daylight, or how much it really rains; be it cold rain, freezing rain, sleet or snow!
This is what the sky looked like flying in...
Simply existing in the weather is really exhausting. It’s worth it though! The natural beauty of the island of Islandia is hard to put into words. It’s awing, breath taking, humbling, even going as far as to instill an aspect of existential questioning and even angst. The land there is so huge and vast. It makes you feel tiny, yet powerful. The mere thought that people settled this land is mind boggling and empowering.
Just look at the image below. In the middle of the image, just to the left of the road, that tiny white and red line? That's a small farming village... That huge mountain range is looming over it, providing it with pure natural spring water, some cover from stronger winds, rich and fertile soil, and an amazing view...
Some things about Iceland that I observed or that I did not expect;
Overall, I enjoyed my trip to Iceland. It’s really affirmed my desire to travel. Just as the 8,000 mile trip around the US did. I had an amazing time, met some amazing folks, and took way too many pictures (it almost became an obsession!) I’m plotting and planning my next adventure and while I’m doing so, I’m doing odd jobs, updating my sites, and overall I’m going to be spending time creating things, spending quality time with my friends and family, and just recouping for a bit before the next big move.
Oh, and be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook to see some live updates, other shots I took on the trip, or even first person 3D views of some of the sights I saw!
Happy Thanks Giving!! So I haven’t made an update in awhile, and that is because I have been very busy with odd jobs while back in Ohio and also planning my next trip to Iceland!
That’s right, I’ll be heading to Iceland in December; freezing temperatures most of the time, six hours of daylight a day, nine days in total, and a rental car to road trip around pretty much the only road on the island. I plan to spend some time in hotels and in the mainland, but mostly I’ll be staying in hostels while adventuring around to the different national parks they have there! I am looking forward to experiencing the Northern Lights, the landscape, the culture, and the cuisine!
All my clothes are super warm and I feel like I’m going to be fully prepared to take on this adventure! So far I have bought a lot of cold weather gear, you can check out what I’ve bought so far below;
Some interesting things I’ve learned so far, Iceland is actually just smaller than Ohio in terms of square footage. There are also only about 300,000 residents that live on the island, which is about the same amount of people who live in Cincinnati. Of those 300,000, two thirds (200,000) live in or near the capital leaving only 100,000 people spread across the rest of Iceland’s country side. Also, I found out that the M1 road (the main road around the island) is only 820 some odd miles around; so at 65mph, you could drive around the entire island in about 12.5 hours. I previously wasn’t aware how small of an island Iceland really is, but I’m confident that my 9 day adventure is going to be more than enough time to really get a feel for being there.
While doing research, I also found you can rent a camper van, so there’s a good chance I’ll be going back sooner than later! It costs roughly the same to rent just the van as it does to rent a car and spend 7 days in Iceland at hotels or hostels (depending how much of a budget traveler you're trying to be).
Outside of planning my trip and buying things I need to, I’ve been doing odd jobs. Mostly day laboring for a friend who is remodeling floors, doing tear out, laying the floors, or even just sanding and refinishing. It’s been good money and it’s been hard work. But I appreciate it as it’s helped me to get back in shape, I get to spend the day with my friends, and really the only terribly difficult days are the days we do a lot of tear out or demolition. Here shortly I will be making a new post about how to find odd jobs and work them. I do a lot of different odd jobs all the time, from Uber’ing, to laboring, to consulting and even setting up websites. If you’d like to see some of the flooring work I’ve been doing, check out the pictures below!
In fact, speaking about odd jobs, I recently help a friend make her art business completely official! Be sure to check out Instagram.com/JenniferBlixArt or Facebook.com/JenniferBlixArt Her site should be live Friday next week! Below is a shot of Blix filling out the proper forms to get her business all legal.
And lastly, I got new business cards! Check em out!!
So that's about it! Lots of working, planning, getting things done, and here in just a few short days I'll be heading down to Atlanta to take the first steps for my trip to Iceland! It's been really good working hard, making plans, and I'm really starting to see things pay off. Like I said before, keep an eye out on the site as I'll be making a few new posts soon, one about how to find and get odd jobs, and another about how to actually plan trips. Then I've also come up with a few different projects that I hope to get working on soon! So lots of content to come :) And I hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving! <3
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So as the title suggests, this is the first video I've ever shot, recorded, edited, and finished! This is a compilation of my friends in Atlanta. Give it a look and let me know what you think!!
So I sold everything I owned to adopt a nomadic lifestyle of travel. It wasn’t easy, by any means. I actually had to sell a lot of stuff three or four separate times while moving from Columbus Ohio to Atlanta Georgia, then moving around Atlanta in different living situations! At one point, I owned enough stuff to fill a 1,200 square foot apartment. And before that, an entire three bedroom, two bath house… So here are some tips and pointers I’ve learned along the way.
Make Lists of What You Actually NEED!
This part is pretty easy! Consider how you plan to travel. For me it was backpacking and road tripping. I really only needed a handful of bathroom supplies, a handful of clothes, some bags, luggage, and some camping gear. Beyond that, everything I owned I decided I could sell. Including extra TV’s, dressers, book shelves, bed, clothes, camping supplies that were too bulky, instruments and audio gear, and so much more!
For me, traveling is minimalistic, but that’s not true for everyone and their goals. As an example, if you only plan to travel for a few months then return to your daily life, it would be best to just put your things in storage such as your bed and other furniture. However, getting rid of things you’re not using would be a good idea!
But What About the Things Too Sentimental to Part With?
A lot of my things that I collected over the years are very sentimental to me. Thus, instead of selling them, I put them all into a large box which I stored at my parents house. It really wasn’t easy picking and choosing what I should keep and why. But one thing really helped me. After I would make a pile of what I wanted to keep, I would go through it again. Then again. Then again. A lot of things I actually decided to take pictures of, so that I still had the memory accessible (or something I may stumble across later) but the physical thing I didn’t have. Eventually, I got down to one large box and decided that was good enough for me!
Take Pictures and Know Your Worth!
This part is pretty important. When you try to sell everything you own, sell the big ticket items first. For me, this was mostly recording gear, instruments, and other pro audio gear. These sell by themselves quite often and have some really good going prices. After doing a little bit of research, I found some were worth more, others were worth less! While you may have a price in mind, the market may not agree with that price. And your goal is to sell everything you own, so you must (unfortunately) bow to the basic economics of supply and demand.
Once you’ve sold your big ticket items and individual things, you can take pictures of the smaller things, all together. I grouped mine mostly by what room they were in or what use. As an example, my shower head, over the toilet shelves, humidifier, hair clippers, and a bunch of other things I keep in my bathroom, I took a picture of all together. I also did this with all the things in my living room which didn’t sell immediately. My side table, coffee table, Roku Box, etc. Which brings me to my next point…
Use Social Media!
Sell to your friends and social networks first. If you’re sociable, your friends have probably seen the things you have, maybe they have even used them as you’ve spent time together. They know the quality of your items and if they’re good friends, they’ll want to help you. After posting most of my stuff on Facebook, many of my friends even shared my posts and helped me to sell my things. It went pretty quickly! After I sold all my major stuff, I was left with a handful of major things and mostly smaller ticket items. I was able to group the smaller items together and move to the next steps! Some of the posts I made had images such as the one below...
Use Sites Designed for Selling & Buying!
There are so many apps and websites now to help you sell the things you own. LetGo, eBay, Craigslist, even Facebook Groups and Yahoo Group pages! Selling through these means took a lot more work. A lot of picture taking from every angle, negotiating, scheduling times for pickups or drop offs, emailing back and forth, answer phone calls, and more. But the good thing about it is that that it really helped to get rid of the majority of my medium ticket items. Though the downside is that to get rid of it quickly, I had to offer slightly below market price. People on these sites scourer the posts for deals. Often times for days or weeks on end. And it’s not all that uncommon that people make a living buying good deals, then flip them! Sometimes even refurbishing or simply just cleaning the items really well to sell at a slightly higher price. While these sites can take a lot of work, they will help you get things sold at reasonable prices. Which again, brings me to my next point!
Use Garage Sales & Yard Sales!
What About The Things That Don't Sell?
It’s no secret that some things just don’t sell very well. These things are often small ticket items, clothes, shoes, things that cater to unique tastes, silverware, dishes, and more. Well, there’s all kinds of ways to get rid of them. Your clothes, take places like Rags-O-Rama or Plato’s Closet, they buy gently used clothes that are in fashion. Look up some other local businesses as well that buy used clothes. I sold some clothes to a company I had never heard of simply by asking where I might be able to sell some of the clothes that didn’t sell at Plato’s Closet or Rags-O-Rama simply because they were out of season. Check with your local thrift shops, I had a few buy some electronic cables and coffee mugs, plates, and glass cups that didn’t sell. And finally, check for your local charities, recycling centers, and more. I found a local charity that took all of my clothes that didn’t sell and that sends them to those in need. I also found a local recycling center that took literally the rest of it and sends nice things to charities they partner with. After that, I literally had one carload of stuff my parents agreed to keep safe for me while I traveled… oh, and a motorcycle and car. And yes I had two motorcycles to start with, one for adventuring (a Kawaskai 650 KLR) and a luxury ride (Honda 750 Shadow). Just for fun, I'll include a picture of the KLR below!
Planning is Key!
So like anything else in the world, you want to have a plan of action if you’d like to be successful. That being said, you need to consider when you’re leaving to travel, move, or whatever other reason you’re looking to sell your things. It took me roughly four weeks to sell literally everything I owned to be able to get to a point where my parents said they would store things for me. That was it! But it took some planning…
You need to plan for what you’ll need and at what speed things you’re getting rid of will likely sell. Smaller ticket items might take a long time to sell. Bigger ticket items, they vary depending on the item. Electronics like TV’s sell quick. Furniture can take a long time. That being said, I didn’t try to sell my shower stuff until about a week or so before I moved. And even some things, such as my bed set (including bed, frame, headboard, pillows, and sheets all in a package deal) I found a buyer but scheduled and took a down payment so that they would pick it up the weekend I left. Without thinking things through, you may sell your bed, then sleep on the floor or air mattress for a few weeks while trying to sell everything else. Imagine selling your dresser but still needing one for a month. The point here is, work it out so that you can transition as comfortable as you’re okay with.
Brush Up On Your Skills!
This is important as you can get rid of a lot of stuff quickly but offering a slight discount. The discount comes in that your time, stress, and overall peace of mind can be translated to a dollar amount. People also often like buying things in packages that include everything they need. As an example, I sold my entire bed set as a single package. I also sold all of my furniture as a single package. I also sold some guitars, amps, stands, straps, cables, and a “Beginners guide to playing guitar” in a single package. Had I tried to sell each of those things individually, I’d literally have to try to make 30-50 transactions. Instead, I was able to make three. It saved me a lot of time, hard work, and saved me a lot of peace of mind. Below is a few shots of things I bundled including an entire kitchen camping set, amps, and even a surround sound system with a bass amp!
Whatever Works, Works!
While I listed a lot of ideas that come directly from my experience, I’m sure I’m missing out on a lot of points, things I’ve done, and even things that work well. So research! Educate yourself! Get creative! I didn’t come up with the idea of taking pictures of the things that I wanted to keep but were too bulky or took up too much space. My friend Kat Moenk did. In fact, she’s super creative, check out her project Pocket Universes. Whatever works for you, works for you. These are just some stories, pointers, and suggestions from my experiences. If you think having an eye catching sign with lots of art on it will work better for you, go for it! If you want to try taking out a radio ad, sure, why not! Maybe a flea market space might work better for you? The point here is that, don’t think for one minute that there’s only one way to do something. Worst case, you try, it fails, and you learned something new. Isn’t that what this is all about?
Let’s start with the very basic question, “What is Busking?” Busking, simply put, is performing in public for tips and gratuities. My first experience busking was when I was about 17 or so. I was on a trip with no real direction or destination in mind, and wound up in New York staying with a friend. One day, I was in the middle of a college campus, playing guitar on a bench with my guitar case out and open on the ground, just killing time waiting for my friend to get out of class. Out of nowhere, a stranger walked by and dropped some change into my guitar case and just kept walking. My immediate reaction was to stop him and say, “Hey! I’m not a begger!” But before I could, I realized that I might actually be able to make some cash while on my road trip playing guitar on the street. Unwittingly, that guy changed my life, and for the better! I decided to give it a try and before I knew what was really happening, I traveled from New York to Massachusetts, and then onto New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, before heading back to Ohio. I stayed with friends, friends of friends, newly made friends, slept in my car and on the beach. I played guitar and sang on streets, in bars, at house parties, on college campuses, and really anywhere anyone wouldn’t kick me out or would give me a stage to perform on! I left on that road trip with a mere $200 in my pocket, looking to visit a friend in New York, but I wound up extending it from a weeklong trip to nearly two months and coming home with an extra $600 in my pocket after everything was said and done. I funded my entire trip simply by playing guitar and singing in public. And I wasn’t even all that good at the time…
So, I guess you could say I know a little bit about busking! I’ve been doing it for nearly 11 years now. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, I don’t busk as my sole source of income. But busking has helped me pay bills, fund an adventure to Burning Man, and is currently one of the many methods of income I am using to get to our next travel destination! I’ve learned a whole lot about it along the way and a lot of my friends ask me about it quite often. Keep in mind, busking is not just for musicians. While this article is going to speak mostly to my experience busking (playing guitar and singing), I have met buskers who do all kinds of things; magicians, human statues, celebrity impersonators, comedians, story tellers, poets, circus artists, flow artists, live painters, artists who do everything from 1 minute drawings to caricatures, robot acts, dancers, and so many more. The list is never ending! So if you’ve ever thought about busking, or rather performing in a public space for tips, then have some tips from my experience about how to do it successfully! Feel free to ask any questions you may have too!
Dress For Success!!
Like any other performance art, what you do affects the community at large as these sorts of arts are often largely misunderstood. We are not bums, hobos, or any other name that are otherwise deemed “unsavory” by society in general. That’s not to say, you can’t be homeless and be a busker. And if you are, there’s nothing wrong with that! But what I am saying is to try to look professional, or in character (depending on your act)! Remember, you’re performing for free in hopes that folks will tip you or otherwise pay you with connections, networking, favors, or whatever else it is that they can offer you. If you don’t look the part, then there’s a good chance you might be judged by some folks. The last thing you want is someone yelling at you, “HEY DUDE! GET A JOB! I know you’re just going to take this money and use it on drugs.” It’s the sad truth of the world we live in today. Is it right? No. By no means is it right... But it’s the truth of our current reality. If you’re out busking and someone perceives you as ‘unworthy’ then they won’t give you the time of day, yet alone tip you.
Cater to Your Audience!
By this, I mean that you need to cater to your audience. Say you’re a musician and a young couple are walking by in their Sunday bests… Do you, A) shred out Raining Blood by Slayer or do you B) play some Jack Johnson? To those of you who comically said “A!” Well hardee-har-har. While I do believe that being yourself is great and that you should express yourself however you want – that way you’ll attract like minded individuals and those who like the same things you do; this article is about how to maximize your tips. Of course they might dig Slayer. But they’re likely going to tip you for something along the lines of the Beatles, Jack Johnson, etc. Something they can dance a little to as they walk by, that’s light on their ears and brightens their day. As another example, if you see some Baby Boomers about to walk past? Try playing some classic rock! Pink Floyd, George Therogood, etc. If you’re playing Daft Punk, they’re likely not going to tip you as they probably don’t know the song, and it’s not going to brighten their day. If you’re a magician, are you going to do that one trick you have which sprays fake blood on the audience for a group of kids? I mean yeah…You could, sure! It might even be funny… to you! But will their parents tip you? I highly doubt it…
Read your audience and cater your act to what you think will best suit them. While a human statue flipping people the bird is perfectly acceptable and well welcomed at a place like Bourbon St in New Orleans, it wouldn’t go so well in Orlando near the City Walk (a very family friendly place). I really learned this lesson while I was busking near a big concert in Downtown Atlanta. Garth Brooks was playing a few blocks down the road to my right, and to my left Muse was playing another few blocks down the road. I put myself right near the train station in between the two concerts. To maximize my tips, I had to constantly switch playing covers as different groups of people walked by. I busked in that same spot for two days, each about 3-5 hours a day, and made just shy of $600. Had I been playing original songs, or songs neither crowd liked, I bet I would have barely made $100.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Practice. Yeah, some people are great at what they do naturally. But the majority of us aren’t. I used to really be into magic tricks, specifically card trips. To a point where when I still lived in Columbus Ohio, I would sometimes do magic tricks outside of bars as a busking routine. Mostly just for a free drink. Admittedly, I choose bars because drunk folks are easier to trick than sober folks. But one trick I used to do that would amaze people is the one where a card seems to disappear out of my hand into thin air and then reappear. I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I spent in front of a mirror practicing over and over again, trying to get this trick to look even remotely real. Literally weeks of obsessive practice in all of my free time. But once I got it, I got it! When performing the trick, it would blow people away. They literally would sometimes literally run away around the corner of the building, only to come back yelling, “DO IT AGAIN!” It was a real crowd pleaser!
Essentially what I’m getting at here is that whatever you plan to go do as your act, do it well. And if you’re not very good at it yet, still go out and do it. But keep practicing. The better you are, the more impressive you are, the more tips you will get. People will tip for talent if you really get them to!
Display a Sign!
One thing I have learned in all of my years as a human being is that you must ask for what you want in life. Ask for the sale. Ask for tips. And if your local law (we’ll get into that later) forbids you from directly asking, then suggest it. I don’t busk without a sign on my collection bin. It typically says something along the lines of this, “Hey there! My name is Bobby Taylor, I am currently trying to raise funds for [XYZ Reason]! If you like what you hear, please consider donating whatever you have. Any little bit helps! If you’d like to learn more about me, visit my website at www.BobbyTaylorAdventures.com!” And that’s quite literally it. Sometimes I’ll even get pictures or videos sent to me that folks have taken while I was busking. Sometimes I’ll get emails saying they loved my performance but didn’t have cash to donate at that time and asking when and where I’ll be next. And when I busk without a sign, I’ve noticed that I only make about 20% of what I make with a sign.
It’s crazy how simple this is and how much more it capitalizes on getting more tips. A sign is another way to captures people’s attention and gives them a reason to stand there for a moment and actually see what I’m doing instead of just walking past and ignoring me. And if they do walk past and ignore me, that’s fine, no big deal. But if you want to make more tips while busking, give a friendly sign a try! If you want to do your own experiment, try busking with and without a sign. See which does better for you.
Seed Your Collection Bin!
In most cases/acts, people don’t actually want to get very close to you. For the pedestrian walking by, what you’re doing is a novel form of entertainment. So with that in mind, keep your collection bin a solid 2-4 feet from your act. That way, people can just stop for a second, drop a dollar in, and keep going if they so please. Depending on your act, some people may want to get pictures with you or otherwise. But as a musician, keeping your bin a little far away from you gives people a little bit of autonomy. Also, this should really go without saying, but put your collection bin IN FRONT OF YOU. I can’t tell you how many acts I’ve seen sitting next to their collection bin, or they may have it behind them, or in the worst of cases – in between their legs. Yes. You read that right. Nobody wants to reach in between your legs to give you a dollar while you’re busking… Okay, well, some people might, I guess. But you probably shouldn’t be taking tips from those people to begin with. Keep a reasonable distance from you collection bin and you’ll notice that you’ll collect more tips.
Plan for the Best, Prepare for the Worst!
Whatever it is you do, have backup tools and supplies so that you can keep going should something go wrong. Unfortunately, this is another lesson I have learned the hard way. I was outside of a large local music festival busking at night when I broke a string. I was a solid 35 minute drive from home (where I had my supplies), and had already made about $30 in my first hour. Up until then, it was shaping up to be a really good night. So not wanting to call it a night yet, I called a local music store that was a few blocks away! But they were closed. And being that it was after 10pm, so were all the other stores that I called. So I kept playing anyways, but it was difficult to keep my instrument in tune, and it was difficult to play many of the songs I choose to play. I had to improvise to make certain chords and to play certain songs, and I kept getting hung up on it. Although I powered my way through, if I had broken another string, I would have been done. I had never even thought to bring backup strings until I needed one. After that, I bring strings and all kinds of things with me. I just neatly tuck them behind my collection bin (along with a bottle of water to keep my hydrated) and leave them there in case I need them. Whatever you act may be, bring spare stuff and backup stuff. If you’re a magician who does up close card tricks, bring a spare deck of cards. You’re a circus artist who juggles? Bring extra things to juggle. All it takes is for someone to run off with one thing, for you to drop or damage it your gear, etc. and then your act is over. On a good night when the tips are flowing, this is a worst case scenario. So bring backup. You never know when you may need it! Below is a shot of my entire setup, it's pretty simple right? But it has literally everything I need!
Get Stuck in Traffic!
Say you want to go busking at the big “LOCAL SUPER FESTIVAL” but it costs $20 for parking nearby. And say you go busking, only to get kicked out, and you only make $10 before you get kicked out. Well… really, you lost $10 then, and that’s only counting immediate costs of getting there and such. If you really want to get into the full cost accounting of thing, consider your gas, your actual time, and any other costs associated with going out busking. Essentially what I’m trying to say here is that, make sure it’s worth it for you to go out and busk! Sometimes, when I’m just feeling bored, I’ll go busking. Not for the tips, not for the money, but because I like playing for people and I like meeting people to. Some of the people I have met while busking have turned into long time friends. I’ve met strangers who have offered me jobs, informed me or local events or even given me free tickets to things. So make sure to consider why you’re going out and going busking. Some of the greatest tips you’ll receive aren’t money…
Research Your Local Laws!! (Possibly the most important tip here)
One of the biggest and most important tips I can give you is to know your laws inside and out. Here in Atlanta GA, you must follow these specific laws. “You cannot block or stop the flow of pedestrian traffic. You may not use amplified sound (As in electronic speakers. Acoustic amplification is fine, such as horns, vocals, guitars, etc.). You may not perform on private property without permission from the owner of said property. You do not need a permit to perform in public in Atlanta. You may not sell anything without a permit (such as CD’s) or specifically ask for money – this is panhandling. (I get around this last one with a suggestion to donate and never ask anyone explicitly for cash)” And that’s really about it. But here’s the catch! Busking laws vary from state to state, city to city, even county to county. That being said, most places don’t have specific laws around busking. But places where it’s pretty popular, such as New York, New Orleans, or Las Vegas, there’s lots of laws. Sometimes, even entire departments of law dedicated to managing the art of busking in their city. So with that said, in some places, you are required to have a busking permit or face fines or jail. Some places even have ‘designated zones or spots’ that buskers are allowed to perform in and nowhere else are they allowed to perform. Some places even pay their buskers an hourly wage! Other places even give you a specific schedule, like a regular employer would. It all depends on the place and their laws surrounding busking. So all of that being said, do your research and learn your local laws.
And here’s the kicker, specifically to those of us busking in places where there really isn’t very much oversight, rules, or regulations regarding busking… just because you know your laws, doesn’t mean your local law enforcement officers know the law. Ironic ,right? A personal bit of advice, if an officer asks or tells you to stop performing where you are, just do it. Move somewhere else. Possibly even call it a night and go home if they’re overly aggressive. While you may be technically right and on the right side of the law, abiding by all laws set forth, personally I don’t really think it’s worth fighting the ticket(s), possibly spending time in jail (for things like resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, causing a public nuisance, etc) or possibly even risking your personal health and safety. Remember, you’re performing in public for tips and gratuities; it’s not that big of a deal. Your actions as a busker also affect how the general community at large view buskers. So while you may be in the legal right, understand that if you’re just doing this as I do this, it’s not worth being assaulted by an officer, getting fined, or possibly thrown in jail. You’re really not going to make many good tips in jail…
Some of My Favorite Busking Acts!
So as I mentioned before, you can do anything as a busker! Here are some videos of my favorite acts I've seen over the years! Some novel, some amazing, but they're all great!!
There's really so many of them, but so that I won't just completely fill this post with YouTube Videos, a video of Kylie and I in Las Vegas exploring the Freemont Experience! Full of buskers!!
And that's it! Be sure to follow along on our adventures on Instagram or Facebook and if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out below!!
Until next time internet land!
So we've actually been back in town for a little while now. It's been pretty relaxing and enjoyable planning for our next big trip, I've been working on the daunting task that is writing out the chronicles of our trip, and looking for jobs! In fact, in my down time I've been Uber'ing and taking on most any odd job I think that I can complete! So far I've done everything from landscaping, cleaning, carpentry, running errands, and more. In fact, if you you need anything done, feel free to pop over to my personal portfolio to see some of the work I've done in the past at www.BobbyTaylor.info or if you have a job lead, email me at HireBobbyTaylor@Gmail.com for a copy of my resume. Also if you've ever thought about Uber'ing and would like to sign up, use my promo code BOBBYT310UE and we'll both get a cash bonus!
But anyways, Being that we're back in town, we've been meeting up with some old friends and doing some of the things we used to do. That tends to be how it is after a big trip; return home, get back into a routine, settle in. Fortunately (or unfortunately, however you look at it), humans are creatures of habit, and we're back into a close routine to what we were doing before we left. There's a sort of comfort in going to places, doing things, and seeing faces that you know and you're comfortable with.
So one of the main things I want to get back into is practicing my flow arts. While we were on our trip, I had little to no time to practice. And I didn't even get an opportunity to spin fire while on the trip. And this is for multiple reasons, traveling on such a short time frame we were very busy every time we stopped. And if we weren't, we were relaxing and recouping. We also didn't want to travel with a flammable liquid sitting under our bed... So we didn't have any white gas with us either...
But since being back, we've made our way to a few flow jams and below are some pictures of a few different flow jams we recently went to. If you're unfamiliar, flow jams are typically an environment where people meet up to teach, learn, and practice their flow arts. One thing outside of practicing my flows arts that I'd like to do more of is to practice my fire photography. Before I left, I had my settings dialed in pretty well. After not participating in such activities for a few months, I've sorta forgotten my favorite shutter speeds, apertures, temps, etc. So be sure to keep an eye out for new fire photography shots!
Below are some shots I snagged that I liked for whatever reason at the last few flow jams we went to...
If you're in any of the shots, keep an eye out on my personal FB page for a few different albums that will have all of the shots and videos!
Hello there! And thanks for following along on the adventures :)
So we've been back in town, A-Town that is, for a few weeks now. Unpacking, settling back into the normal ebbs and flows of daily life not on the road. Although, we've actually been pretty busy! Mostly with weddings!!
On August 20th, one week after we got back, my girlfriend's sister had her wedding day. We were pretty preoccupied with the preparations for that; from making bows to setting up the venue itself. Kylie was even a bride's maid! The wedding was gorgeous and went off without a hitch. Everybody had a great time and it was a very memorable wedding. Below are some pictures I snapped of Tia and Austin's wedding!
And just after that, we went to Ohio for a brief visit to go to my cousin's wedding, Doug and Chrissy! The wedding was also a country theme and we found it funny how similar the two weddings were.
Firstly, I helped set up the venue for Tia & Austin's wedding. Then it rained briefly, lots of dancing and it was overall a great time! At Doug & Chrissy's wedding, it stormed very badly, so when we got there all the decor was taken down due to the severe storm. So we helped set up the wedding decor again! Also, both of the wedding's had an outdoor country theme! But the big difference for me was getting to see my family again as I don't get to see them as often as I'd like.
Below are pictures of Doug & Chrissy's wedding!
So that's about it! Other than that, we're looking at staying in Atlanta or Columbus for another 6-8 months while we save up to do South East Asia for three to four months. We will definitely keep doing day trips, going camping, and otherwise traveling. So keep an eye out for the huge post which will chronicle our adventure across the US and for shorter trips as we make them!
Until next time, be safe and travel well!
Played this song the other night while we were drinking. Turns out, it kinda stuck with me! So I decided to hash out a quick preview of it. I plan to complete the song, but here's a little sneak peak in the meantime.
So while I'm spending time working on how to write out the entire 8,000 mile adventure we recently went on, I figured I'd make a quick post about where I find inspiration and where I enjoy looking to for travel related ideas and other aspects such as finding good gear to hike with!
Nomadic Matt aka Matt Nepnes
Alex Chacon - The Modern Motorcycle Diaries
Alex caught my interest after seeing some of his videos on YouTube. He's an expert traveler and even better yet, we share a passion for riding motorcycles. I enjoy Alex's site and videos as he provides a lot of content and information on how to pack for minimal yet functional traveling. After all, he is traveling with few bags on a motorcycle with enough gear to work on his bikes as he travels. I also enjoy his use of technology as he has all kinds of cool videos, pictures, and even some 360 pictures! Alex has literally been all over the world and if you like motorcycle riding, minimalism, photography, or travel, I'd highly suggest checking out either his site or YouTube channel.
The Naked Traveler - Tyson Mayer
I like to follow along on Tyson's travels as he leads a pretty interesting life. Yes, we all cannot travel the world making $100,000 a year between winning contests or sponsorship's, but he provides a lot of really good content. Mostly just videos on his YouTube channel, however they give insights into places to visit and things to do along the way. Tyson's video blogs are a great way to get an idea of what some of the highlights are going to be while traveling or to just get a sneak peek into why people travel. Obviously, it's not all glamorous and gorgeous, but they glamorous aspects totally offset the hard and difficult parts!
NOMADS - Facebook Group
"NOMADS - A life of cheap/free travel" - As the title suggests, this a Facebook Group for those interested in adopting a nomadic lifestyle. The cool thing about this group is that it is the largest of it's kind on any social media platform, and it's completely international. I enjoy visiting this group often to view photos, see who in the world is talking about what travel wise, and otherwise just hang out with other like minded individuals. Sometimes in real life, other times only online! If you're looking for someone to travel with, have questions about an area, or are otherwise looking to connect with other travelers, I'd definitely suggest you go check this Facebook group out!
Other Miscellaneous Sites I Use
While Lonely Planet isn't really a blog, I do enjoy visiting it from time to time to get ideas about places to visit, what's going on in the traveling world, and otherwise to just browse and explore my travel interests in general. Here you can get an idea of different kinds of books, destinations, and other products that travels are often looking for. In general, this site is great for research, but it's easy to spend a lot of money there, so be aware of that! Ten, $10 books makes a quick $100 down the drain!
I love Reddit! Who doesn't? It's "The Front Page of the Internet" and there's a handful of Subreddit's I rather enjoy about traveling. Everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail to photography and more. Here's a handful of Subreddit's I enjoy visiting quite often!
Appalachian Trail: https://www.reddit.com/r/AppalachianTrail/
Earth Porn: https://www.reddit.com/r/EarthPorn/
*Sounds dirty, but it's just landscape photography
Eat Cheap & Healthy: https://www.reddit.com/r/EatCheapAndHealthy/
*While not designed specifically for traveling, it comes in handy for healthy travel meal ideas
I used this website all the time to find free dispersed and private camping all over the US on our 2016 trip! Since then, we've used it to get ideas of places to go visit and things to go do. I would highly suggest checking it out and if there's some free campsites near you, go check those out! In fact, we're planning a quick 24 hour trip here soon to check out one of many interesting free campsites around here.
This site makes for great day trip ideas. So far, we've added a Fairy Garden to our list, and a handful of waterfalls all over Georgia. If you've never spent time on this site, I'd definitely suggest checking out what's in your own backyard!
So that's about it, I hope you enjoyed reading over this post and I hope you found some cool places to spend some of your time on the internet! Be sure to keep an eye out for the super long post about our entire 8,000 mile road trip across the entire US! There's still so much to write about, pictures to organize, and work to get done to summarize it all. So until next time, travel safe and be well!
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