The Digital Vagabond and the 2009 Roads Scholars

The Digital Vagabond and the 2009 Roads ScholarsAllow me to introduce Pat, the Digital Vagabond. At 21, Pat picked up a copy of Ed Buyrn’s book Vagabonding in the USA: A Guide Book about Energy and his life proceeded to take on a whole new direction — one that had no physical direction at all. Pat lives a nomadic lifestyle; he works from the road, plugging in wherever he is to work.

It’s a lifestyle to envy. Tonight he might set down roots at the Grand Canyon. Tomorrow night he might be somewhere in Utah, followed by stops in the middle of Nebraska, on the outskirts of Chicago, somewhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Imagine having a different backyard every morning.

That said, I have a house and I have pets, and I especially can’t imagine living my life without my pets. But the freedom to move beyond the confines of a full-time job are especially appealing to me. About a month ago, Pat’s Roads Scholar program fell into my lap twice in two days — a sign of serendipity — and I applied for the scholarship. I have since been chosen as an honorarium Roads Scholars recipient, and I will be taking road trips, traveling here, there and wherever for parts of my summer. With a little bit of effort, I hope to take my full-time job on the road with me. Stay tuned for movement on that end.

But in the meantime, I’d like to introduce the other Roads Scholars. Kyle will be leading our pack, Stacy will provide public relations and promotional support, and the rest of us will go where we can, when we can. We will all meet at the end of the summer for the ultimate road trip event — Burning Man. I encourage you to follow our travels. You can find my posts in this blog.

Pat the Digital Vagabond walked into my life with his scholarship just over a month ago, and even though I have yet to hit the road, he’s opened my eyes to a whole new way of living. I recently read something by an author who said it’s never too early to start living our dreams because we only live once. What are you waiting for? If you know where you want to go, there’s no time like the present to get up and go.

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JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with big dreams and a desire to touch all seven continents. You can also find JoAnna at and at The 52 Letters Project.

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  1. JoAnna,

    Thanks for featuring the Roads Scholarship on your excellent blog. You have a rare combination of creativity, spirit and organizational skill. No wonder I chose you out of over 100 Roads Scholarship proposals. We have a real dream team for this summer and it’s is going to be an amazing and magical journey for all of us.

    Would you believe that this weekend I found the magic bus I’ve been looking for since the mid 80’s after I read “The Electric Koolaid Acid Test”. This book tells the story of some far out hippies who tripped across America in the 1960’s in a day glow school bus — spreading music, acid and love in their wake. The photos are at

    I’m working on convincing its charismatic “Magic Bus Tripsmaster” — Scott Miller to lead a “Love Convoy” of vehicles from San Fransisco to the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2009. Done right, the love convoy should continue to grow longer and more fantastic as it draws closer to Burning Man. Of course, getting the Roads Scholars on the bus for this magic ride is a priority!

    As I’m typing in this comment in a state park in the Redwood Forests of Northern California (using my Verizon broadband card) I can testify to how untethered the digital vagabonding life can be. These days you can get WIFI virtually anywhere  — deserts, forests, mountains and even swamps. That’s why on the side of my motor lounge it reads “Digital Vagabonding — Using Technology to make the World Our Playground and Office, Any Where Any Time.” P.S. Pet’s love motor homing too :-)

    I hope you negotiate an arrangement with you slave masters to work remotely. There are a few useful tips on negotiating this in the book the “Four Hour Work Week”.

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