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What is Squat the Planet?

Discussion in 'Announcements & Feedback' started by Matt Derrick, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Matt Derrick

    Matt Derrick StP Founder, Admin, and travel addict
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    The Mission

    Squat the Planet (StP) is a travel community exploring nomadic lifestyles through minimalist travel.

    That’s a fancy way of saying we’re a bunch of nomads, migrant punks, hippies, and other misfit travelers that believe in the DIY ethic born out of the anarcho-punk counter-culture. Our community is centered around many different kinds of travel and the freedoms they provide.

    This is a place where people can come together, share what’s going on in their local community and help others new to the world of underground travel find a path outside of the social norm. It is our hope that by providing a space for people to come together and make real world connections, that we can help others live a more satisfying life and continue the growth or our community.

    Who this Website is for

    This website is for anyone that’s interested in unconventional travel. This includes hitchhiking, train hopping, vandwelling, sailing, bike touring, walking, and any other method of travel that defies the standard rules.

    It’s also for those tired of being told that everything has to have a price tag, and that the only way to see other parts of the world is by working most of the year and saving for that two weeks of freedom we call a ‘vacation’.

    In reality, commercial vacations only take you to another place to wrap you up in a safe little box in that part of the world. More often than not, these packages end up separating you from the people, places, and cultures you want to become a part of. When you reject this philosophy and remove the barrier of money from your travels, you will not only see more of the world for less, you will create deeper, more meaningful connections with the people and places you encounter along the way.

    So if you can’t see yourself traveling due to the costs involved, or you’re looking for an alternative to what society tells you is the right way to travel, you’ve come to the right place.

    The Website Itself

    First and foremost is the message board, where most of the real action happens. Meet other like-minded people, discuss topics of interest, learn about various styles of travel, and arrange real life interactions with others. With dozens of new posts a day, and even more new members every week, it’s the focal point of our community.

    The featured content page is where you'll find the most interesting content StP has to offer, as chosen by the website staff. You'll find all kinds of forum threads about different lifestyles, thoughts on the travel world, and our own adventures as well.

    We also have over 50 categories of forum discussions; everything from how to gear up for your trip to handling relationships on the road. If you're willing to do a little digging and a lot of reading, there's well over a decade of knowledge shared by thousands of users on just about everything you'd like to know about traveling on little to no budget.

    You can also filter content by using thread tabs; in the navigation menu above you can view threads with photos, videos, or useful resources posted by other members of the community. These filters are also available at the top of every forum category.

    Members often report back as they make their way around the world, and we hope you'll do the same! Our users have posted threads about DIY sea travel, traveling through Mongolia on horseback, what it's like to work on a fish processing plant in Alaska, and doing ridiculous things like riding a go-kart on railroad tracks, just to name a few.

    Our online library hosts a collection of digital zines and books related to underground travel and other topics important to our community.

    Other Projects

    With our website established and user base growing by the day, our next goal is to develop various projects in real life to educate and inspire others to reject what society tells us about capitalism and what it means to live a full, happy life.

    The StP YouTube channel is where we'll be hosting our travel video blog and a series of short documentaries exploring various alternative communities around the globe.

    The StP HQ project is where we are discussing the logistics of setting up a physical home base (or a series of bases) for travelers and those interested in learning more about alternative travel and communities.

    Join Us!

    So as you can see, there’s a lot going on around here. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in one of our projects, please contact us!

    The History

    I founded Squat the Planet in 2001 as a way to document my travels, but it quickly evolved into an interactive resource for anyone wanting to escape the social norm and travel by any means necessary. If you would like to contact me, please do so via our contact form.

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    -- Matt Derrick

    If you're curious, you can still view the 2001 version of the website here.
     
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  2. Nechayev

    Nechayev Just signed up

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    Very cool site. Just found it searching for what I have been looking for in my life and found Squat the Planet. Thank you for this awesome site. Great idea.
     
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    Awesome site! Exactly what I was looking for since I am currently saving for a van to live in and travel. Been watching Cornelius's youtube videos on Slab City. Cant wait to be there at the Range hopefully playing some music and just living free!
     
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    Matt Derrick

    Matt Derrick StP Founder, Admin, and travel addict
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    sweet, i'll see you out there this winter!
     
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    Hello to squat the planet. I just joined tonight. checking it out and posting my profile.
     
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    Miscreant in an awkward stage in my life learning how to wrap my head around the unknown. Thank god my fragile world fell apart.
     
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    Hello Squat the Planet! Excited to be a part of the community, and explore new ways to explore.
     
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    I plan to be there. Don't know if I'll be caravaning like before. Road trips are fun, but crazy long.