What's up, everybody? I'm new here.

Aug 10, 2018
Current Location
Bay Area, CA
Hey, everybody! This is my first post on Squat the Planet. My name's Erik and I've been wanting to travel nomadically for years now. For now, I'm finishing up my last year of high school, and once I'm done, I'm hitting the road!

I'm doing as much as I can to prepare for a traveling lifestyle in the meantime. I've been practicing dumpster diving, busking, sleeping in my car, and I want to try living on a few dollars a day while I'm still at home. I've also wanted to go on shorter trips on the weekend to practice traveling on little money.

My older brother and I want to go to Slab City during our winter break this year. I'm definitely going to be learning as much as I can on here about visiting the Slabs before we go. If anyone can point me to a good starting point for learning about this, that would be awesome, since it can be hard to know how much I don't know (if that makes any sense).

A little bit about me:

I'm from the East Bay in California. I've been growing up in a small, suburban city that has no counter-culture and I'm very eager to get out of here and see the world.

I'm very creative and love making zines, music, street art, patches, and telling stories. I've been a metalhead since I was a young kid, and I've been getting a lot into punk in the recent years. I play many instruments, and I plan on busking with my Baritone Ukulele during my travels. I've also been getting into direct action and activism lately.

I'm excited to meet all of you!

Looking forward to being part of this community! Looking forward to traveling!

Thomas Walker

Jul 16, 2018
Current Location
Indiana, USA
Out of curiosity, how much do you make with the bari uke? I have a tenor and im gonna rely on that for money once i get out there.

feral wanderer

Aug 14, 2017
Current Location
I'm in a very similar situation as you, training and prepping for the crusty kid life in my senior year of HS, just without a car. Where are you planning on going first once you're out?
Teller of Tales
Aug 10, 2018
Current Location
Bay Area, CA
Out of curiosity, how much do you make with the bari uke? I have a tenor and im gonna rely on that for money once i get out there.
I haven't done much busking yet. I've tried it once in my small, conservative town – which has no counterculture whatsoever – and made 5 dollars before I even played a note. Once I started playing, the money stopped coming in.

I also tried it in Portland, but I couldn't find a good spot that wasn't already taken. As I was playing on a noisy road, a local gave me a dollar and some advice on how to find a better spot, so I left to go find one. Once I came back to my original spot, he was panhandling there. He basically bought the spot from me, without me realizing it.

So so far, not much luck. I'm sure if I try it in more urban cities than my own, I could get a much better amount of cash.

However, the first time I went busking (before I had my uke – used a guitar) I had a sign that said "raising $ to help a friend" and I made 12 dollars in the first ten minutes. I was trying to help my friend raise funds for his top surgery, and people were sympathetic to the cause, so I got a decent amount from that time.

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