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shoes
29th September 2007, 18:56
I mean a tramp as in a homeless person, a dropout from the system. I ask here because contracting has given me some time and some perspective. I don't think I can ever be a permie again, it's all based on such a load of bull. Contracting wears thin also. We all have the choice of never being part of this office life rubbish if we really don't want to, by choosing to live without money, as a bum. Has anyone else seriously considered this?

thunderlizard
29th September 2007, 19:02
I got the impression being a tramp is just something that happens to you, a bit like accountancy I suppose, rather than something you actively choose.
I was a doley for a short while, which is the tramp-lite option. Hated it.

Gonzo
29th September 2007, 19:43
Obviously I have considered it like I have considered everything.

But that idea got very short shrift. I would rather move back in with Mum and Dad than I would live on the streets.

If you want a less stressful life with nothing to call your own then I think a monestary would be the better option.

hth

NickFitz
29th September 2007, 20:40
Living on the streets isn't the only option. This university friend of mine (http://www.travellerdave.co.uk/) has lived in a converted Albion furniture lorry for the last fifteen or so years, moving between France, Spain and Portugal as the spirit (and the availablity of seasonal work) takes him.

Before anybody starts, he's not a pikey, he doesn't live off the state, and he doesn't steal. He's a guy from a normal middle class background, with a normal middle class education, who just decided to find what is, for him, a better way of living.

Cowboy Bob
29th September 2007, 21:03
Living on the streets isn't the only option. This university friend of mine (http://www.travellerdave.co.uk/) has lived in a converted Albion furniture lorry for the last fifteen or so years, moving between France, Spain and Portugal as the spirit (and the availablity of seasonal work) takes him.

Before anybody starts, he's not a pikey, he doesn't live off the state, and he doesn't steal. He's a guy from a normal middle class background, with a normal middle class education, who just decided to find what is, for him, a better way of living.

I did that for a while too. Lived in a transit van with a mattress and wood burner in it and went round a lot of the festivals that were around in the early 90s. I was probably what you'd have called a "crusty" (though I hate Special Brew). And yes, before you ask, I had dreadlocks as well.

beaker
29th September 2007, 22:54
I have thought about travelling up the east coast of Australia, living out of a van for a few months - surfing as I go. Don't think my wife would be so keen though...

xoggoth
30th September 2007, 10:34
Not exactly but I did spend a few months bumming around Europe in yoof. Sleeping in shop doorways and on park benches is pretty uncomfortable. Like all these things, great experience for a limited period if you don't HAVE to do it.

brownie74
30th September 2007, 15:07
fair play to him!

15 years is a long time to have diesel dick