Poll stay or go?

I asked three questions:
1. Should I stay or go?
2. Would you patronize a storyteller?
3. Any advice or comments?

I asked people I knew, and I placed an ad on nyc.craigslist.org for four days in the winter of 2003. I explained that I had a dream of traveling to collect and tell stories, and I was trying to figure out a way to make a living over the Internet. Problem was that I owned a bunch of stuff (including a cat), and did not have a lot of money.

Below are the responses.

24 out of 172 people said, “Stay!”

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it will be fun and enlightening. you'll grow as a person. but be prepared to be a little hungry and very humbled.


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I think that you should stay in NYC because of your cat, but, if you find a good person and your cat is not gonna end up in a shelter, then: GO TRAVEL AND ENJOY YOUR ONLY LIFE!!!!!!!! I am a new yorker, and I live in NYC, and you can also do your music here, here is the best place to be for this kind of thing. If I were you I think I'd renew my lease for 1 year, work, make some $ and then when you save go and travel, you could even buy a van and go travel with your cat! And you won't have to pay hotel room! Good luck to you and hope your year will be full of success!!!! Marcela


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Basically, you are another 'send me a dollar' site, only this time it's for travel.

But my question to you is, why would you expect other people to pay for your travel? That's not very nice. or realistic.

Also, how can you bear to give away your cat?

You really do need a job. Try to find something, anything, so your dear little puddy will have cat food and clean litter, ok?

You can do your writing here in NY.


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Save up first and then hit the road to pursue your dreams =)


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Follow your bliss


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Stay, find a job, bite the bullet and live cheap for three months, save up money, then travel. Got family you can depend on to help you out when you get back? Friends? Use 'em.


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let me get this straight... you're perfectly capable of working, but instead you'd rather travel around the world doing your hobby, and on other people's dime. sounds like EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET. don't hold your breath waiting for those donations to come rushing in. but good luck with your music.


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There is no easy answer to your problem. There may not be much keeping you in New York, but how will you support yourself if while traveling? At least if you stay in one place, you can find a job. Finding a job is not always easy, and it doesn't get any easier if you're constantly moving around. Go ahead and travel - to jobs. Use New York as a home base and try to book shows and what not in the places you want to travel to - have the venue pay travel expenses. Getting people to donate to individuals on the Internet, I think, is easier said than done. Check out the guy shortly before you who's trying to fulfill his "one dream of owning a ferarri." I have at least $20k in debt to pay off - I'm not sending him a dollar toward his ferarri.


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Finding a job is the 1st thing you gotta do. Hoping for donation is risky. When you save enough money you can go and pursue your dream (traveling etc) or find a good job that allow you to travel. (reporter, photographer)


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not cool to find a place for your cat..where is your commiment to something, someone other than yourself?

148 out of 172 people said, “Go!”

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Go, travel - it's all you've wanted to do since I've known you.


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Do it on your own, it will mean more.


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i think now might be one of those moments where scary chioces lie infront of you, and you need to just do it. Write this up, send it to a million magazines, news shows, see what hapens. Donate sperm (i know a guy that travelled on sperm donation and his general annoyingness for a year) Contact a magazine called Places published in North Carolina...they fancy themselves a sort of urban hipster thing. maybe they would stake you a few thousand and publish your travel essay. Tell everyone your plan, but i think you should go. Travel is magical, and it gives so much more than it takes. Goodluck and godspeed.


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Go busking (street performing) in europe, noone may donate online but youll find that if you're performing in peoples face theyll support you. like let you stay a few nights or feed you, you get the message. also amsterdam & everywhere else in europe is used to travelling artsy vagrants & used to suporting the arts. If you travel it all ends up working out, its truely amazing how when you know what you want and are on the right path you meet the right people and youre nitch is created!!!


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you'd have to put together something pretty slick to avoid being one of those terrible internet beggars. don't call it “donating money online” call it more like “buying a membership” or something to see the stories and stuff. it sucks that you can‘t depend on the kindness of strangers, but in this country, you have to convince people that you're selling something they want in order to get their money, most of the time. that said, i think it's a great idea. you should post lots of pictures..


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Do it man, what are you waiting for?! You'll never know if you don’t go. If you make it out to LA we'll jam...I'll put you up and make you dinner. Enjoy the ride and never settle for less. Good luck.
-KP


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I think that you are lucky to be alive and healthy and that if you want to travel sieze the day. Personally i would like the stability of being in one place and all that junk.. :) may your trips be blessed. Beth


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Try to live without money. It's hard, but it can be done.


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honey you are trying to live the same dream as the rest of us, if you can do it than i'm glad it can be done. but, do it while you can, while youre young enough to not mind sleeping on floors or trains or not sleep at all. good luck, maybe we'll cross paths some day


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I think you should go if you can survive in NYC on such a tight budget, you can survive anywhere also I heard of this one guy sho travelled around the world and he had a web site and people sponsored him and he had a place to stay with them in just about every city I think some people / companies gave him free stuff/ cash too maybe do a web search also I went to london for a year with no cash and no contacts- best year of my life and I am a scaredy cat
-Elissa


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I think that anyone with the balls to ask strangers to fund his nomadic tendencies and the intelligence to a website as his vehical for solicitation obviously has the hutzpha to make it as a traveling artist. If I wasn't currently searching for my dream job I'd donate money to fund your travels. If you go stop in shreveport, la in September-there is an awesome arts festival called the Red River Revel- In Longview, texas there is a similar festival called Alley Art that happens in June and July, and if you ever make it to LA I recommend trying Venice Beach and 3rd St Promonode in Santa Monica-all of these places are excellent Venues for talented starving artists. Good Luck.


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if you are a gardener you c ould look into WOOFing (working on organic farms in trade for food and shelter) - i traveled, i went way out in the world w/nothing but my backpack, shoe that i lost, a car that broke down adn a spirit as fierce and fiery as they come. i am a better, more directed, contented though still seeking person. do it.


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Be a minstrel


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Hello:

Admiring your excellent, quirky website and the craigslist posting that lured me here. If I saw you on the boston streets, I'd stop and hang out a bit. However -- just can't imagine you'll have any success getting folks to donate to your cause online. If you've got no attachments to speak of - then by all means: t r a v e l ! Here's a wish of peace and blessings from a bemused web onlooker. Best of luck to you in this world. So - you're not the only one looking for change in the internet's oracle today.

Take care, Vanadia.

Sharon
Cambridge MA, USA


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If you have no commitments, what's keeping you? Get off your ass and explore the world. Be grateful that you have the ability to be free. However, the world is not a safe place right now. Start with Mexico. People are to sleepy to start any shit. There are also a lot of pretty senoritas or hot cabana boys, if that's your preference. Don't be scared you never know who you will encounter along the way. Good luck.


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Well dude, if you have the means, TRAVEL. I moved out here to LA from small town ohio just this past august and I'm only 19. I live here with two roommates (normally, we're inbetween our 3rd right now) and I just work retail to cover my bills. And you know what? I love it and I'm happy. Go with what YOU think is best, not what everyone else thinks is best. I found that a lot of people weren't supportive of my move and tried to talk me out of it. But I didn't care, it felt right to me, so I left. Just like that.

Goodluck, man.
sam


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travel anywhere you want...do odd jobs in the meantime. Stay at hostiles wherever you go.


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NY is a tough city. If you have nothing tying you down, I would put together a plan allowing you to travel every place that you've ever imagined. The most important thing in your life is staying true to yourself. Only you ultimately can decide what is right for you.


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Make sure to visit Montana!


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I don't want to see you go away, but I'm only telling you what I'd want to do if I were you. Sounds like NYC is getting a little stale for you. Try someplace else.... If not travelling, then at least settle down someplace new.

But I wouldn't want to see you go.... :(

Ross


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Hey,listen I'm foreign here.I came from Yugoslavia,searching something better for me(cause of political and economical situation).So I was asking myself very often is it better to stay or to go.And one morning I just realised that I need to take a step,and than I'll find out.So I came here,now I need to find job to suport myself,and it's not easy,cause I'm not a US citizen. I'll just tell You-GO and let your dream come true.If You really.really want to do this,why you're in a riddle. But before you finaly decide to go,just make some calculation if you sell all of your stuff,will you had enough for your start,till you don't start to make your money,and your dream!:)) Just be positiv and just go for,you'll see that was worth! I'll wish You the best Dijana


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although, i picked those two choices, if i where YOU, i would stay in NYC and make it happen some how. traveling just gets old to me and its not a life i'd want to live. I like to have a place of my own etc.

i hope this helps. the only reason why i chose those two choices is because it is what you really want to do, but I much rather suggest you staying in NYC.

Brian Chapman


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you live once, so live. just don't try and get people to help you out if you can avoid it. when you're old and telling grandkids about your adventure, it gets a little less grand for every dollar someone else gave you. good luck :)


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there's tons of us who have toured and made enough money - hell if i had gotten rid of my apt/office and had no bills - i would've made out like a banshee. thing is you'll need a cell phone (and a laptop wouldn't hurt) to stay organized and book shows while out on the road. you can stay with family, friends, people you havent seen in years, strangers - and of course camp or motel it. you live off the 99 cent menu or shoneys or dennys and you find a sense of freedom unlike any other. leave the city that never sleeps - you can always go back and get that bartending job later.


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Have you heard of Landmark Education? I'm an actor/filmmaker 4 years ago I took a 3 day seminar called The Forum after which my life has never been the same. One of the thing I got from this course was "Commitment" (it's different for everyone) out of this I commited to being a working actor, and living in the "NOW" The choices you make in life/ come down to fear, do I or don't I is your choice, now just choose from your heart. You'll get by and probably have some amazing stories to tell. so I say go. I just got back from a cross country trip. it rocked. Check out Landmarkeducation.com this course is only to be described like "The Matrix" if you choose the BLUE pill you go back to living like you have been. BUT if you choose the RED pill you'd better hold on tight your life will never be the same and you'll have all of your question answered about everything in life. it's worth a million $ peace .Brett


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You could always be a drug mule. They travel AND make money.


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I have been in a similar connundrum. I ended up asking a million people what they thought but in the end you have to watch for your own signs. Everyone has an opinion and advice is good but you want to watch who is telling you. I believe the most success is reaped from the greatest risk. It sounds like you have already made up your mind and that you want to travel... so I think you should do it; but do it knowing that it's going to be tough, it'll be a bitch, and you may want to turn around and go home on the second day; but by God will it ever build character. Best of luck to you.


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get a job and travel - you can do both. you can even get a GRANT... whatever you DO, you have to LEARN how to be responsible with your money...whether it's saving money by using clever means to have other's pay your expenses (such as offering your place as a hostel a week out of the month etc...there are agents that specialize in this type of housing placement). i'm tired of hearing about artists who are irresponsible about money and expect other people to pay their bills just because they are "creative and interesting"...that's bull (and a cop out). everyone has a creative side to them. i've been an artist my whole life, put myself thru school, etc... at some point you have to grow up and learn how to take care of yourself, and not expect others to. i'm all for travel - but not for running away. get your affairs in order and remember you've taken on the RESPONSIBILITY of raising a cat - and you shouldn't slack on that either. learn how to make a living doing what you love to do and be a grown up about it. by the way - this is a great web site you've built - you've obviously got marketable skills.


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Get out there man.


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I am 32yrs old and female 8 days after my 18th birthday I packed my clothes a case of spagettios and some music in an army roll bag and threw all caution to the wind I wound up in Vegas got a job handing out change in Ceasars and wound up goint to UNLV my journey didn't stop there I traveled the whole USA and spent a large amount of time 11years in Southern CA mostly San Diego.Let me just say that when I embarked on this adventure I had $300 to my name and not only did I make it I had the time of my life if you let $$$$$$ make decisions for you in this life you'll never make another decision for yourself EVER I'm not going to lie I had some hard times went hungry had nothing etc....but every day I would wake up and be outta here and where theres a will theres a way if you want any more advise *****@YAHOO.COM


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Be a waiter for like 3 months, gather as much money as possible and go. Get out of NYC. See the world. YOu might find your dream job, a wife, a new living somewhere else. Or make enough money to fly to a tourist destination (i.e. Key West, Vail, Even the Hamptons) and work as a waiter or bartender there. I used to waitress in the Hamptons and make at least $6000 in three months.


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Give your cat to a no kill shelter or preferably a trusted friend who wont sell it for scientific experimentation. You should travel, you only live once. Besides, NYC kinda sucks right now.


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My in-laws are presently trying to get a grantto fund their trip to Alaska this summer.They will be taking pictures of their travels and writing stories about different places along the way. Their are many organizations that have grants available and you never have to pay them back. Also they will be making a profit off the photoes they take and sell.Only problem is you have to write a grant proposal and find what companies have grants you could qualify for. Hope this is a little helpful.


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definitely, give up all your "stuff" and go travel, live the life you were meant to live! However, you'd make money where you tell your stories but I don't think you should expect people to donate online for you.


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You answered the first question yourself. Getting money online might be asking too much, unless you can get a huge audience.


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Don't travel all over the globe for the rest of your life! Travel for a while and then settle down with that amazing woman from Germany (I hear you guys have been seeing each other a lot recently), who sends you romantic greeting cards that never arrive.


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You could work for pay as you travel along as well as do work exchange as you travel along... You sound like my situation... No real reason to stay in New York...


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travel this, i am a writer just moving to a great 350 acre space "in out of" waco texas. it is suited for other "artists" to come y hang for short periods--of relaxation y muse. if you want an unusual experience y zen like moment--visit, delight, muse you are invited.


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Take the chance while you've got it...you may never get the chance again. Imagine the adventures, the possibilities, the friendships and memories...and the stories. Found you on craigslist, you could post on there as to whereabouts you'll be heading towards and I'm sure people would be willing to help you. Maybe a sort of hitchhiking-via-internet sort of thing? Good luck, and I look forward to reading your adventures -- wish I had the guts to do something similar!


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I just left New York, I love it but it is so hard financially! I am in California, playing my music too. I think you are very artistic and your life should be artistic too...I think you sound very excited about traveling, it's scary, but fears are meant to be conquered. Best of luck, Sarah

Out of 162 responses, 21 people said they would patronize a traveling storyteller. 80 said they would not. 61 said maybe.

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I think you should go travel but save up first. dont depend on any one to support your dream! if thats your dream and you dont have kids then save up and begin to travel. sell your stuff you can always buy it after you get big money. trust me I know! I should have saved more money!!!!!


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If this is what you love, go for it! One of my clearest childhood memories is listening to your stories at family parties. Go share them with the world!


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But probably very few and small donations. Make your $$ on the road as you need it. And make sure you make contacts on the way that you can return to for future projects or whatever.

Get a good digital camera and document your journies as well. It may be marketable one day.


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Heh. I was in your boat once. Now I have four kids and a mortgage!


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Why don't you actually contact venues in different cities and see if you can't secure something for yourself in advance. Recruit friends in other cities to put out the word about your perfomances. This all seems obvious. As well as the fact that "experimental," struggling artists like yourself are probably never going to make much money "following your dream." But, I think you should be okay with that...and Im sure the cat will understand too.

West Coast: Hollywood, CA. H*******y Gallery. Shawna
Mention her friend Susan.
She books "readings" and artists like yourself to perform. The pay is little to nothing...but following your dream: priceless. (sorry.)


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Go! Tell your travel stories and pick more up on the way. Just don't get stuck somewhere you don't want to be. Save up just a little money and put it away somewhere so you can put your feet down if you get tired. When they do, you can re-tell traveling stories and begin the staying still stories. I personally like both.


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it depends on the quality and the perspective of the writing...are you sharp for interesting detail?


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Get a job with a tour co. that way you travel on you time off you do your thing, and you'll get payed to tell your stories to the tourists.


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Hi David, Sounds like something that I did a few years back. I am a professional keyboardist & composer. Do u write lyrics for songs? I Live in San Diego. Please get in touch. May be able to offer some advice. Also am going to do some traveling and it would be good to have someone along. Send me your tel #, and I'll phone u. Ciao bro, Bill


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seve money first. Its a great idea to go travel and work. But not without a little bit of planning. Get a room that is month to month rent, live on very little money for the next couple of months and save. Then go travel.


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i am in a similar position, but it is easier for me to tell you what to do. i think you should go. does anyone have a good reason not to? you may not be able to travel so freely again, so jump at the chance.


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Hey there. Don't assume your stories will improve if you are travelling. Maybe you will improve if you are travelling, your spirit will be reinvigorated and your soul renewed. It is always best to follow your dream.

My advice is to read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho before making any descision. If you can't afford it, I'll send you a copy. I have three.

Godspeed.
Kerry


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Don't rely on other people's donations to pursue your dreams. You are an adult, and you should be responsible enough to look after yourself. My friend and I are 19yr old girls, longing to get out of Ottawa Canada for the summer. We are spending our summer in San Diego, but we are doing it on our own. We are getting jobs here to make enough cash to pay for 2 months rent, then we are just going to rely on our own abilities to guide us for the rest. Good Luck!


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perhaps you should try to connect with people online from some of the places you'd like to go - it's always easier if you have _some_ kind of a support network, even if it's just one dude who'll let you crash on the couch for a couple nights while you find a temporary job. for jobs, check out fairs where you could maybe do storytelling or something crafty.

good luck, man.


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i feel that in the united states we are "free to decide" what we want to do in life. You just have to cover certain costs. I personally wouldn't pay for your stories of travel, i would rather save my money and travel when desired to make my own memories. but, i think the idea is definately worth trying, and if all else fails, become aware of LABOR READY employment they are all over the US, i'm not sure of other countries. Well good luck! tabatha, Los Angeles, CA


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You absolutely must do it! Life's short -- or too long when you're bored -- and what do you have to lose?

Be sure you find a good home for your cat.

I wouldn't patronize a traveling storyteller (probably), but I do think there are plenty of people here in Portland who would. And if you can perform (e.g., book yourself at 'spoken word' gigs, open mics, etc), you have a much better chance of getting noticed and then supported.

Good Luck!


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get a real job no matter where are???????if u can start with welfare help start like that ,later on u can have a good job ,how u can affort a computer!!


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get a real job no matter where are???????if u can start with welfare help start like that ,later on u can have a good job


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I want to see more multiple choice questions. Those are fun. :-)


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the online asking for money thing wont work - i've been there and tried that - and i actually had the "sappy" story needing help and wasn't just trying to travel... i also researched and checked other people who were also trying to get money from people online and no one had any luck.... ALSO - perhaps NY isn't your place... another city may have a job for your skills and be just as fun... AND as for selling your things - i would sell everything you can part with and put the rest in storage if that will save you money - then you can be a roommate in a cheap place and save more money that way.... (thats what i'm doing next year after i graduate college and until i get a decent job) any other help or thoughts - *****@aol.com... i've put a lot of thought into these type of questions because they're what i'm thinking about for myself as well :)


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book passage on ocean going cargo vessles. most will allow this, it's much cheaper and I imagine the experience would be very interesting.


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pursue your dream now before it's too late and you regret it the rest of your life. Life IS the journey.


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First, you must have some sort of plan. If this is what you want to do then do it right. My opinion is I think you should follow your heart and make your dreams come true. I know it's scary, but if you make this change it would be worth it. If you stay in NY and find a job living pay check to pay check...will that make you happy? I didn't think so. Follow your dreams while you have only you to think about. I am sure you will find a good home for you cat as well. The money you get from selling your belongings, use that to kick off your travel. As for people donating money to you, anything is possible. If they believe in what you are doing then I am sure people will support you, but don't take advantage of nice people willing to help, you must do your part as well. I wish you the best, because I too am trying to make a scary move. Remember change is good, get out there and kick butt. God Bless!


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it will be really hard but whats the worst that could happen?


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Actually, you should move to Sacramento, CA where I am, because you seem more interesting than a lot of the people here. I was dealing with the same dilemma about two weeks ago, when my roommate moved out to live with his girlfriend, aka my former best friend, and I was left sans roommate and sans best friend. But I changed my mind, because Sacramento is all right. Anyway, I was going to move to Atlanta so I could write. Didn't happen. Wish you the best of luck.


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If you want to go you should, however if you can't afford it you are doing something wrong.


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I saw your posting on craigslist and was intrigued. When I read your mainpage, I intended to respond with "would not patronize a travelling storyteller." It's just that there is a multitude of websites asking for donations for personal causes. However, after reading some of your stories, I changed my mind. I enjoyed many of your stories and appreciate the way that you incorporate digital photography. Good luck!


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see the hoover dam


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Start now, right where you are.

A Quote from David Vanadia-

"I could pursue my dream of traveling, performing, writing stories, and doing art projects with people all over the globe."

Ross


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go fuck yourself.


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Do what you want to do brother. You only live once and who cares if u fuck up, for every great idea there is always a much greater opposition. Nothin hard is easy to do. You create your own destiny. Live it up, whats life if yer not living?


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Suck it up and stop thinking about handouts. If you want to travel make it happen and STOP asking people for money.


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I love your site. I visit it almost every week. It's one of the few sites I go to for some quick, interesting reading. My favorite story of late was the one about the talking rat.

I really admire your spirit and energy too. And I think if you have the time and you're not bound down, you should go traveling. Why not? Tomorrow, you might suddenly find yourself surrounded with kids, or get hit by a bus, or a nuclear bomb could make all the electricity in the world disappear, making traveling impossible. So go now, while you're still young and healthy. Go so you won't regret it later when you're too old and weak to travel.

But, sadly, I have no money to give you. And I doubt many other people will donate money. Maybe a few kind-hearted souls, but not many. Every year, a friend or acquaintance will ask me for money so that they can fulfill their life-long dream of traveling the world. And I think they should. But not on my pocketbook. That money's earmarked for my own dreams. So do what you can...put yourself in debt if you have to (I have)...and pursue your dreams on your own. It'll imbue you with a sense of urgency and mission.

Best wishes.


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Just make sure your cat gets a good home and doesn't end up dead or at the SPCA then I will wish you all the luck.


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David, you never want to look back at your life with regret and ask yourself, "I wonder what would have happened if...?" I think within your lifetime you should pursue your dreams and have no regrets at all. However, in pursuing your dreams you must have a PERSONAL plan of action - that would include YOUR OWN PERSONAL FINANCES AND NOT RELYING ON ANYONE TO FINANCE YOUR DREAMS FOR YOU!! (Unless you had a loving and supporting spouse.) Trust me you would be inviting unnecessary frustration and disappointments into your plans. Don't do that. I suggest that you travel around the world like a tourist. Travel lightly and as long as you can find 1)shelter, 2) spiritual people who love God, 3) 99 cent stores and 4) $1 burgers -you definitely won't be cold, lonely, hungry or without rest! Good Luck:)


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You don't need much money to sustain your travels, just enough to get your airfare. Work along the way selling crafts from one country in another or work in hostels for a bit then move on. I've met a lot of people who work as the travel. That's probably the best way to do it.


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Follow your bliss and do what makes you happy.....Life is too short for ANYTHING else


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if you go, who would i play scrabble with... granted, my answers are purely self-serving... i say, you already know what it is you want to do. you are just torn by the idea of responsibility... like it isn't responsible for you to follow your heart? you know what you want to do... at least i think you do...


my spelling is bad, i'm sorry for that. i'm a traveler my self. most of the people in westrn world do not folow the dreams they have. look at that country, look at the world and see your self what it does. if you folow your heart and listen carfuly, you will find every thing you are looking for. and what ever way you choose, you should know, you alwais get the best for you. it might be hard sometimes, or you might think it's bad, but if you will steel folow your heart, you will find out that it was serving some thing you needed. so it is o.k to be afrade, feel that feer, but don't be the feer it self. every thing is temporary, every second you change, things around you change, it is the memory that makes you belive you are the same person, in the same place. try to live the present. if you do so you will get the pressiouse present that it holdes. you can alwayse find the way. every thing is posible, some times you just need to figour out the way. folow your heart, listen carfuly, the ansuers are all there, as much as you listen it becomes cleerer and cleerer. when you let go of your belongings it opens a new space for new things to come. every thing has ben writen ahead, all you have to do is choose the way. bombom......bombom... peace man- have my bllesings


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It's cheaper to travel abroad than to live in NYC without a job. Your cat will be fun - just go! You will need some money, though and asking 25,000 people to each send you a dollar is not likely to work. Personally, I find those kind of things offensive. I like your site, why don't you build web pages???


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People have been begging online a lot lately. It wasn't cute when they started and it ain't cute now. I know, "travelling storyteller", fancy way of saying, "Hey, give this stranger money on the internet!" Not gonna happen, story-boy. On the other hand, if you really wanna travel, go for it. Just work and deal like everyone else is in this economy.


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Work at greasy diners and dive bars. Work as a field hand. Work as a butler. Then write a book.

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