I'm about to go into my senior year of Uni. After I graduate I really want to do some traveling, around the States and the rest of the world.
I have a lot of friends (who unfortunately live SAD lifestyles) that go hitchhiking and panhandling (e.g. playing guitar on the sidewalk for money) across the country, and I'd like to join them at some point. But backpacking and hitchhiking around I won't be able to keep much food on me at any given time, and most stores (at least in the US) don't carry fruit that's ripe. I'm wondering if it's even plausible for me to maintain a RT4 diet, or a HCRV diet, and hitchhike/backpack? I know Freelee and Durianrider travel a lot, but they usually seem to have a hotel base or something where they can stash fruit, or they're in Thailand where you can buy already ripe fruit on the street.
So...long story short...has anyone gone backpacking/hitchhiking/etc. while on this lifestyle? How did you do it? I'm thinking most of my pack will just have to be dried fruit, or something? Or am I just worrying over nothing?
Thanks for your help:]
Dried fruit is convenient but expense. I'd still recommend taking some, though, because, well, it's fruit! I'm going backpacking for a month and plan on taking out a ton of rice and cooking it over a fire. Rice won't get destroyed in your pack, it won't expire, and has tons of calories/carbs for its weight and volume. I plan on bringing out nuts and seeds too and sprinkling them into my rice, since rice is pretty much fat free. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of calories for their weight and volume. Maybe when you're at the store, you can get ripe fruit and just eat it right after you buy it, so it doesn't spoil/get destroyed in your pack.
I wouldn't recommend hitchhiking anywhere in the USA unless you are with a friend or two. It sounds like your friends are doing it or have done it? I have known too many people who have been kidnapped or raped. Have you heard of Craigslist? If you are trying to get from city to city we have a website called Craigslist that has rideshares that are less sketchy than traveling with strangers (if that is what you are saying not sure)...
Any reason why you couldn't stay at hostels/arrange to stay with people online/etc as you go between cities? Then you could just cook normally... there are lots of websites with roomshares/taking in travelers, etc...
Look in to www.couchsurfing.com for short term rooming options
It can even ID hosts with a veg lifestyle.
Can't answer your Q about the food, but would like to inform that Hitchhiking is illegal in many states. Not worth it to risk putting it on your record.
Thank you for your responses!
Don't worry, I plan to go with people, and I don't intend to hitchhike on the side of the road so much, that was just the easiest way for me to summarize the general mode of transport. These are just questions floating around in my head as I think about doing this, but there's a lot more planning before I'd actually go. But I appreciate your guy's concern:]
I'm not concerned about maintaining a vegan diet, that should be doable. I'm more curious about maintaining a vegan diet that's high in fruit while on the road.
Ok got it.
Are you "backpacking in the city"? Usually backpacking is something to do away from civilization in the woods. Where are your friends sleeping at night? In tents? On the street in cardboard boxes? Hotels/motels/hostels/couches?