Ahhh money…. It does come down to that, and not necessarily in a materialistic way. At a certain point you need some to provide the basics (food, shelter & clothing) if you wish to somewhat engage with society (i.e. not live off the grid as a hermit). Forgive the meandering response as I didn’t have time to arrange it in a manner commensurate with the importance of each topic (i.e. money is not the most important topic). Dennis, I have followed your travels somewhat intermittently, as “daily life” seems to interfere with my leisurely/intellectual pursuits. I don’t post much, as I have been waiting for my thoughts to coalesce over time, before making any comments. It seems to have taken quite a while. I have been very interested in seeing if you find what you have been looking for. Of course knowing what you are looking for is more than half the work, and a large part of the journey. I certainly identify with much of what you have written, and you have even inspired me to work towards leaving my current employer and heading out on my own as a freelancer (much as I used to be, before I succumbed to the myth of a “regular” job and stability-sucks the soul dry). Potential financial ruin be damned. You reminded me of how happy & fulfilled I was when I would work just enough to get back out on the road. I realized that I am also mourning the passing of a time when I traveled much more. I know that “happy and fulfilled” is not exactly a prominent theme in your writing, but to me it always seemed to be an underlying theme. My life is filled with more responsibilities now (married, 3 month old daughter, and a puppy), but I know my spiritual self is on hold. Mind you I don’t want to run away from any of them, but more that I wish I could take them all with me on the road. I’ve determined that feeling alive is what I’m after. My current daily experiences do not offer that feeling. Feeling alive has different meaning to different people, but that is what I’ve been able to distill from all my experiences in life and reading some of your writing (and many others). So, find what makes you feel alive, and will your life towards that. For many of the people that gravitate to motorcycles, long term travel on 2 wheels is something that makes us feel alive. For others feeling alive may mean mastering an endeavor and then moving on (the definition of a renaissance man). A desire for learning & mastering. A worthwhile pursuit I would say. I’ve always thought that a financial windfall would make me the busiest man in the world, as I would dedicate my life to mastering as many skills as possible.