Last week I read the story of Joseph Fonseca, a writer who took an unusual path after graduating college. Instead of looking for a conventional job, he decided to travel around the country and let his adventures inspire his writing.
He lives on less than $20,000 a year, and can pack everything he owns into “four medium-size cardboard boxes, a suitcase and one over-the-shoulder bag.”
“Possessions tend to breed more possessions. Once I started ridding myself of them, it became clear just how little I needed and how easy it was to live without.”
Fonseca is conducting this experiment in itinerant living for a reason. He budgets his money very carefully and is always prepared for the “worst-case-scenario.”
“The fact remains, though, budgeting is only half the story. Even the most fiscally responsible person is going to fall off track unless he has a purpose, a goal worth saving toward.”
His goal is detailed on his 10 cities/10 Years blog. I’m guessing that we’ll see a book deal soon.
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