Do you have any debt? How did you tackle your debts? Do you live 'on the road' because of debt?
Tynan, Maneesh Sethi, the Faliaphotography girl, and Colin Wright have me literally obsessed with travelling now. I'm working on condensing my possessions down to nearly nothing, but I have some student loans hanging over my head. Fortunately, they are very minuscule compared to many, but it's still more than I can afford right now as I'm currently unemployed with few marketable skills it seems.
I didn't see this post anywhere, but I might have missed it.
I know Tynan just posted his gear post, but I'd like to suggest a few things to those of you who want to change around what you have or maybe you happen to be looking for something to try out.
First of all, I use this headlamp for everything. It uses 18650 batteries, which aren't cheap, but are rechargeable. The lowest setting seriously will last as long as they say it does. The brightest setting is incredible for navigating at dark if you really need that much light. I hike at night and fell into a creek with this on my head. Thankfully I had this, because it still works without issue!
Guyot Microbites are infinitely useful for me as well. I even cook my breakfast using the spatula. They snap together, are cheap, and easy to clean.
I can probably recommend more stuff, but I'm more intrigued as to what other gadgets people out there like. Interested in anything.
My wife has been using it recently to 'freshen up' on some math for school and told me they have some programming course on there.... is it a decent resource?
I have been interested in making a few tutorials on sewing recently since there seems to be enough of an interest and because I'd be working on this stuff anyway.
I'm not sure of whether or not I'd like to show how to make a light weight backpacking quilt, leather minimalist shoes, or a simple backpack first.
I'll eventually work my weight through a significant amount of stuff I think a beginner could handle, but I'd like to hear from you about which you think might be best to get around to first. I'll try to have each project end up being under $50 if I can so it's attainable.
I'll work on this tomorrow, I have been reorganizing all of my supplies and household goods in preparation of a move in the near future. Sorry about the delays everyone.
If you would like to get to work on the project it is a good time to order what you will be needing to actually construct your shoes.
You will need a thonging Chisel
Get a leather punch
A Roll of Artificial Sinew
As an introduction, I must say that I'm very interested in making my own things. From suits of armor to beds to clothing. You name it, chances are I'll take a swing at it!
Here we will focus on learning to make clothing and footwear, though. Maybe we'll let that bleed a bit into making some other accessories that are within reason.
My whole purpose in doing this is to learn for myself so I can make more stuff for myself, but, let's see if you can start sewing a bit too!
2013 has been the biggest year of my life. Between the birth of my son, starting a business, working with Tynan on his pack, returning to school, and educating myself along the way; I have been pretty busy!
For 2014 I know what needs to be done.
I am going to get my wife her drivers license ASAP. She is turning 22 in a week without her license yet and I feel it's my fault. There are a few other things she and I need to work on together as well like eliminating most of our things. We have noticed that we only spend our time with Walter, working, or on our computers doing something; but we have a television, Wii, full wardrobe of clothing, old toys, etc. She and I both have been slowly donating, selling, and trashing things while fixing up what we are keeping.
The potential final version of Tynan's life nomadic pack will be completed first thing. He and I have been talking about changes to his design and I have been coming up with new and easier ways to construct the pack along the way as well as discovering different materials that would be great to see in this market, but he'll get his pack mid to late January, depending on shipping and I'd love to see what other changes he thinks might be needed.
I need to add more to The Poor Man's Tailor. I'm passionate about making that suit for myself! My dad gave me a few of his tailored suits from the 1990's that I have been looking at for some insight on how these things are made, but haven't updated the blog yet since I am still working on my shoe tutorial. I'm going to show viewers how they can make a lightweight backpacking quilt, a tarp, a simple backpack, shoes, hopefully some parts of the suit, as well as a whatever else I can come up with. The goal here is to avoid machines as best as possible, but on the quilt and tarp they will probably be necessary.
I think what I saw in Tynan's RV was a futon... how are these things? I have little experience with them, but something about them really intrigues me.
I always love the scary/creepy stories. Maybe stories of vehicle break downs, disturbing places, creepy people, and fearful events in general.
Anyone care to share?
We just had our first and probably only child in mid October when she decides to tell me about how nice she thinks it would be to live in an RV...
I had been talking about this since sometime in early 2012 before a baby was a possibility and she seemed to always dismiss the idea.
It's only my wife, son, and myself. Is this a dream we should basically abandon? I think I remember seeing someone do this who had a child of their own, but I can't remember the name or much detail about it.
Admittedly it wouldn't be a permanent thing, but might be an interesting way to live for a little while.