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  1. Ben
    March 9, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

    If you’re interested in a philosophical ‘framework’ for a lot of what you are doing and talk about you should track down and read the book “The Last Night” by Federico Campagna. It’s far from perfect but an interesting read.

    http://www.federicocampagna.eu/

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    • Tom Allen
      March 9, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

      Thanks, Ben. I’ll check that out!

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  2. Mike Greer
    March 9, 2015 @ 5:26 pm

    Tom, look up Richard The Piano Tuner . He lives for the most part in and around London sleeping rough ( effectively homeless ) ! Paying his way by tuning pianos !

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    • Dave
      March 9, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

      Ah, good call! This is a really great post btw Tom, and reading it reminded me a lot of Richard. His story is incredible, and told in a beautiful film:

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      • Mike Greer
        March 10, 2015 @ 9:53 am

        Not only is it an excellent lifestyle they are both good people . Both living or have lived on their bikes !

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    • patrick
      March 14, 2015 @ 1:49 am

      I didn’t read very far into this post before itching to comment about richard

      . Of course somebody already beat me to it.

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  3. TOM RENNIE
    March 9, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

    The solution is an old campervan. For under £5G you can get a short wheelbase Autosleeper with cooker, shower, bed. Move it around when you have to, OK it will die soon but if you just need 12-18 months it’s the answer.

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  4. Mike Greer
    March 10, 2015 @ 9:55 am

    Not sure how environmentally friendly an Auto sleeper would be !

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  5. Marcos
    March 10, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    Why can’t you simply rent a room? I mean, in a shared flat, not in a hotel. Maybe not the best option but it would be cheap. At University areas shouldn’t be that difficult because of Erasmus students coming and going, so landlords/flatmates might be more flexible. That said, as a reader of your blog, I would surely enjoy a series of posts about “rough sleeping in London” 😀

    BTW, yours is a very inspiring blog, I’m starting to think about some cycling adventure this summer… so thanks!

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  6. Martin Holland
    March 10, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    This is a huge topic and one that I’ve been gearing up to write a lot about this year. I’ve slept rough in parks in Oxford and London for weeks at a time, squatted in the basement of a hostel in London *again for weeks), lived in various vans in Cornwall and Oxford (for about a year), and slept in lived out of my car in loads of places, including for a 3 month stint working as a quite highly paid consultant in Hereford. I slept in a plastic survival bag in fields just out of town for about 3 months, and would turn up to work in a suit most mornings! Apart from the money, it’s fun and exciting and there’s something thrilling about the cheek of it!

    I’m effectively homeless right now as I try to move into Bristol, and considering the van option again.

    Keep mining this vein Tom – good stuff will come.

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  7. Henk
    March 12, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

    I’m glad to read this. The only thing that I am wondering about is what you and I both have in common -what seems- is a fixed relationship and at one point you or Tenny want to have kids. How you think about that? The guy that is sleeping in parks doesn’t have any woman or kids he is taking care of, I suppose. How can you rais your kids in a responsible way and also have that financial indepence adventure freedom lifestyle? I have an answer but, you know, wondering what’s yours..

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  8. Alan
    March 15, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    Very inspirational in many ways and is great for singles or couples – not so great for families (as Henk says). I’ve been out of work (aged almost 66) for 15 months. Spent the last 7 months living with my family (wife – aged 43), son (aged almost 10) and daughter (aged 5 weeks!) in a caravan. Cheaper than a house or flat and includes all utilities except bottled gas. I don’t receive any welfare handouts at all. More comfortable and practical for a family than a bivi-bag. Major expense is running a car big enough to tow the caravan, but could opt for a permanent pitch and get a bike! At least we can go travelling in the school holidays. I’d be travelling all the time if I could as that’s mainly what I think about. But the realities of having a family make this impossible. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in 5 countries and travelled to many more – but I still have the travel bug!!! Once the bug has bitten, it’s incurable.

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  9. Vtstream
    March 19, 2015 @ 12:58 am

    What you need is a Benefactor. Surely not everyone in London is focused on making a lot of money. Some people already have that. A Benefactor is a sponsor who will carry you along for a while because he/she thinks what you are doing is worthwhile and valuable. It may be a form of charity but the small amount of money you’d require might be a pittance for some wealthy individual who likes you and wants you to succeed. Cultivating friendships in some upper class circles might be a good investment and difficult as it may be to believe, even the wealthy are capable of being decent and generous. Artists have sought such patrons of the Arts for centuries and I see know reason why you could not convince someone to simply sponsor you since your blog is quite useful and helpful to others.

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  10. Alex Wall
    March 22, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

    Great post, Tom!

    I’m 46. I just completed a journey across the US from Portland, Maine to California (where I am now). It took 100 days. Every day was completely accounted for. I walked a thousand of the miles, and raised money from my blog to take trains and buses. It was the time of life–exciting. I slept off roadsides over 30 times in every kind of weather and environment. I met so many people and wrote up summaries of their stories.

    I COMPLETELY agree with your description of the dilemma and stigmas (social, cultural, peer pressure, etc). Very, very well said. I’m thankful that others know the same issues that I face too, especially as a creative person who is trying to leave the “game.”

    I tried to do a Kickstarter to fund my book – “Manifest Destiny: America From the Bottom Up” – but failed to get it funded. I’m now renting a small 100 sqft cabin from a friend and doing video production work for his company, while continuing to write. The plan is to raise the $5,000 or so necessary to write the book and promote it. Would be great to have the royalties to help fund future adventures. I’ve been looking into

    Please be sure that I will keep up with your adventures! Great blog. Great comments from others too. Is there an “adventure” community that has an online forum?

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  11. thedeannaelizabeth
    February 7, 2016 @ 5:47 am

    Argh this is amazing! I feel as though I’ve arrived late to the party!
    Thank you for this post. I’ve been technically homeless since 2014, whilst working full-time, transitioning to full-time study, working on a couple startups and juggling a few jobs – and maintaining life infrastructure, of course.
    I use ‘homeless’ rather than ‘location independent’ because my lifestyle centers around a specific area. Great to read it’s possible or even advisable to live this way overseas. If I were male and theoretically less vulnerable, I’d sleep rough also.
    I live this way not only because the thought of a mortgage makes me feel ill, but because it frees me financially to pursue my dreams.
    Epic blog. Thanks, Tom!

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