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Hey I'm George, 20 years old from NY. My short term goal is to travel around a region of the country living out of a backpack, sustaining myself as I go. The way I look at it, all you need to be wealthy is to make more then you consume. I recently got back from a little experiment in south Florida, I stayed down there for a month and a half knowing no one when I arrived, with $60 in my pocket. I made it last as long as I could then found some work. I was able to sustain myself, and that was under what was in my opinion the worst conditions possible: humid florida summer, no natural habitats, tons of homeless people, much harder to find somewhere to sleep. Plus they're not use to backpackers, so if you're living out of a backpack they don't assume you have a home life and you're just taking a trip. To most people down there you're just another homeless person. In my hometown people are definitely more respected as hikers, but not down there.

What I'm looking for is what you guys consider the best city for a backpacker to dwell and check out for an extended period of time. I'm looking for a more forested area then south florida, but I'm really open to anywhere. It would be around January so somewhere with nice weather in the winter. Love looking around the forums and looking forward to your guys opinions!
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This site is about wilderness backpacking. We do not backpack cities. The type of backpacking you refer to is European backpacking, a very different thing.

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It would be around January so somewhere with nice weather in the winter.

Gosh, January?? Sorry, but Florida is your best bet, or maybe southern California :D

Otherwise, Damascus, Virginia, is a trail-friendly town, at least during the spring, summer, and fall. They probably don't see many backpackers in the winter months. Damascus is known as the ""Trail Town" and hosts Trail Days every May. Google it for more info.


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Hey, come to Tucson

There is a camp of homeless people in the Santa Cruz River bottom just north of the el Camino del Cerro.
I see the smoke from their fires from work.
Every once and a while, somebody plinks a javelina and they roast peccary.

Weather here that time of year is the best.
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"Slab City", California...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slab_City


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There's some awesome opportunities in Lost Wages, NV.

Great viaduct campsites (though you'll have to share), plus the opportunity to win millions of $$$$.


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Backpacking in the city?  Why that's an oxymoron.
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Denver is the place you want to be.  Lots of backpackers living on Colfax down by the Platte River.  Plus, some great opportunities to score some hookers and blow.
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So...If you choose not to have a home and live out of a backpack and just work when you have to...you're not homeless?

Do you maintain health and life insurance or am I paying for you when you get suddenly sick and can't afford to take care of it? What responsibility do you maintain in regards to the community you're "living" in? Where do you "live" that you are being responsible for the land you are staying on. Who's property is it and who pays for it?

You can call yourself a backpacker but the reality is, you're just a bum.


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Yep
Like I said, get a job
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I'd say El Paso. You could quickly get work as a drug mule. And they don't have a problem that your are basically a dirty bum. You could also eat cheaply by gathering road kill and dumpster food.
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WOW! Guess y'all scared this guy off the board...

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lol guess it would take more to scare someone off an internet site. some people gave really cool suggestions, i forgot about slab city. and lol i have a job, im not a bum, im a 20 year old kid, dont be so quick to hate. just looking for a cool expirience.
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You can call yourself a backpacker but the reality is, you're just a bum.

lol pretty strong words for just reading a paragraph I wrote, but alright.
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Hey, come to Tucson

There is a camp of homeless people in the Santa Cruz River bottom just north of the el Camino del Cerro.
I see the smoke from their fires from work.
Every once and a while, somebody plinks a javelina and they roast peccary.

Weather here that time of year is the best.
Hope this helps

cool I'll check it out.
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I'd stay away from the big cities. There's plenty of work down South. I'm sure someone willing to work could find some temp assignments.
Have fun! Be careful!
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I'd stay away from the big cities. There's plenty of work down South. I'm sure someone willing to work could find some temp assignments.
Have fun! Be careful!

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Ah... not really. It's a simple matter to do real backpacking in Europe.

A lot of young kids go all over the world with their possessions in a backpack, stay at hostel's, etc. It's called traveling on the cheap.

What this guy is referring to is more like living as a modern hobo. Nothing wrong with that, but I can think of more rewarding ways to spend my time.


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Check out this guy's blog - he "stealth" camps in San Diego

http://travel.baddalailama.com/2009/02/assault-on-san-diego.html


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lol pretty strong words for just reading a paragraph I wrote, but alright.

Yep. Strong words...Based upon the description of what you're doing, they fit. I don't like it when people choose to ignore their social responsibility.

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Cut him some slack, Tigger.  He's twenty.   Many of us were less than responsible at 20.  Some of us may even wish we'd been more adventurous and less responsible.

I'm not sure what he's doing is any more irresponsible than me taking a year after college to travel Europe, largely living out of a backpack and occasionally supplementing my fund with a little busking.


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Care to admit here what busking means?  Or just what it was you performed?  :)  

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Hey, when I was twenty I was slumming around Europe-or at least northern France-as well, though not living out of a backpack. I was wearing a suit, and knocking on doors in the rain. Great times, though.

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Cut him some slack, Tigger.  He's twenty.   Many of us were less than responsible at 20.  .

+1  Agreed.  I lived a similar life style in my early 20s for months at a time.  Hitch-hiking, "bumming around", staying wherever I could and occasionally working to finance my next ramble.  I look back at it as one of the best and most educational times of my life and I won't trade it for anything. Of course, it was in the late 60s which was an extremely interesting time to be on the road.  I say "do it when you're young.  You've got th rest of your life to be responsible to society."


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Care to admit here what busking means?  Or just what it was you performed?  :)  

I can tell from part two of your question that you know it's street performance.  I had a musical instrument with me (okay, a recorder) and would just play show tunes and Simon and Garfunkle songs--whatever I could work out by ear.

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Hey, when I was twenty I was slumming around Europe-or at least northern France-as well, though not living out of a backpack. I was wearing a suit, and knocking on doors in the rain. Great times, though.

You must be loving Doonsebury right now.

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You must be loving Doonsebury right now.

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