Hobo 2.0

WikiHow has a great LifeHack on how to become a Hobo.

The Hobo has become a romanticized symbol of American freedom and laziness. Made popular in the depression when scores of rugged self-starters took to the rails in order to get drunk and eat hobo stew, the hobo mystique is undergoing a modern renaissance.


According to the site:

The dawn of the Internet and increased dissatisfaction with the 9 to 5 routine have led more and more people to wonder if earning a living while on the road is a viable alternative to the daily grind.

Apparently programmers, coders and editors are in high demand and can pack up their handkerchief backpacks and live the real American Dream. And by real American Dream, I mean, of course, getting drunk all day, not working a regular job and sleeping in a Greyhound parking lot.

The site has many tips and tricks for modern Hobo 2.0’s. They recommend digital hobos keep a weapon on themselves at all times since “a nomadic lifestyle is a dangerous one.” The site is also careful to differentiate hobos from bums and tramps.

“Remember that, as a hobo, you enjoy traveling and are willing to work, unlike a bum or a tramp who also travels but will not work, and lives by begging for money or for food.”

Also check out the Wikipedia article on hoboing, which gives readers a list of popular Hobo slang, hypes the National Hobo Convention and translates the Hobo Code.


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