The Backpacker Manifesto: A text to release yourself

This is a manifesto written by a couple of Argentian backpackers who have hitch-hiked the whole world or most of it 🙂

It was in Spanish so I did my best work at translating it.. there was a part that I didn’t understand though, if someone from Argentina sees this please let me know how would you translate that to English.

Enjoy..

R.

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We believe…

That the human condition admits more possibilities than the diploma and the office. Our society sees people like specialized tools. Efficiency and productivity are prevailing values​​. Given this cut we propose to revalue knowledge and experience as values, and the journey as a privileged mean to access them…

That a society of individuals trained to be self-sufficient and not ask the hour to anyone is a neurotic hatchery. Of neurotic and future consumers of alarms and stress pills. When travelling as a backpacker, hitchhiking, we reestablish human contact, the shameful flame…

That to be responsible is to realize that life is one that is lived day by day, and that an old age pension does not justify an old youth. Being responsible not only means to assume obligations, but also to assume freedom and not unnecessarily tie down to things beyond our essence…

That nobody is old while they do not take charge of their age. It’s never too late for anything. Old is who does things that are expected of an old man, just because others expect that from him…

That the world is not a static place but a tangle of roads that thousands of people walk daily. Crossing frontiers, fording streams and climbing mountains…

That this world is still a good place to live, people who pass it share something that is much stronger than their differences, whether of race, religion or profession. These people are inherently good…

We believe that the universe takes care of us, and that a working day of 12 hours is more dangerous than hitchhiking… that no one is endangered by being away from home, we believe that cities are definitely more dangerous than routes, hills and lakes.

That money is an optional part of the luggage, because nobody eats money. Not only do things in exchange for money. To think that would arbitrarily carry trade relations to human relations. A timely smile can be worth millions…

That all travelers can learn from each other, no one is born knowing, that there is always someone going for the first time to that place we know like the back of our hand…

que el viento que nos da de lleno en la caja de una chata puede ser la vacuna contra la rutina… (<–HELP!)

That simplicity is something to be claimed, and is closer to a homemade bread on a side of a road than of a mortgage or two weeks paid vacations in three years…

That the goal is an excuse to let ourselves be rocked by chance and expose us to unexpected stops, hidden villages, thousands of intermediate possibilities, transforming each point of the map into an anecdote…

That with every car that stops in a side of the road we shuffle and give back, that exact moment somehow changes our trip and in that way, our lives.

We believe that the road is life (Jack Kerouac 1922 -1967)…

that hitchhiking is a beautiful way to learn about the lands we travel, its people and customs. Saving money is not the goal of hitchhiking, but rather the side result..

that a roadmap contains more adrenaline than Big Brother, that happiness does not depend on a heritage or a supermarket that “save” us and open the door to the DVD…

that constant happiness is one of the hidden ways in which death works. (Julio Cortázar, 1914- 1984)…

That the traveller is a prisoner of the paradox of wanting to turn around in an infinite circuit…

That if you got here reading you shouldn’t miss a minute to start thinking about your own world tour. As you prepare, you can find ideas in this blog and inspiration in our books

Those who do this page, above all, we want you to learn to love the road.

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