Welcome to TheDromomaniac.com!
Hi everyone! I’m Kent Foster, a native Californian, and this website will show the science and philosophy of traveling one way all over the world with a minimal amount of money and why it’s worthwhile to do so.
Who am I? What makes me qualified to talk about this? Who died and made me the Grandmaster of Cheap Travel? I don’t intend to sound like a know-it-all blowhard, like a psychic who’s never won the lottery. I’m not so boastful; I simply speak from experience. I have done this all my life and now I am unveiling all my tricks to show in detail how I do it. I’ve been to over 100 countries, I spend more time out of America than in it, I’ve never been in one place for longer than eight months AND I’ve been in prison in Ecuador with a teenage girl from Wyoming. (Dramatic pause) Well, OK, I was just visiting her, so my street cred isn’t 100%, but still!
Wait, I’m not done puffing out my chest: I’ve hitchhiked over 100,000 km, I can get by in nine languages on a good day, I usually sleep in 100 different beds a year (and not in a swinging ’70s way–now THAT would be a website!), I have mastered finding the cheapest flight and I’ve also been in prison in Nepal, Egypt, Thailand (twice) and Indonesia, again as a visitor–as far as you know…
Why my website?
I am telling you what I know with all my information gathered in one place that I don’t see anywhere else–and not charging you for it in an e-book, which I suddenly regret. There is no “correct” way to travel and anyone who has ever been on a longish trip is an expert. The photo here is of my 96 travel journal books over the years, a lifetime of solid data, useful anecdotes, evocative narratives and intensively rigorous scientific analysis that I am now sharing with you. (Actually, they’re all filled with stick figure doodlings, but that’s just between you and me.)
My website is for people thinking about traveling as well as those who have been around the block. (I can hear them now, screeching, “I know how to freaking pack my own bag!” to which I reply, “If you are so experienced, why are you weighed down like a peasant at harvest?!”) I still see plenty of knowledgeable travelers paying too much for flights, being close-minded about frequent flier miles and disdainful of hitchhiking or even rideshares–and then complaining about not having enough money to travel.
Though a common theme throughout this site is to show my fellow Americans that it is easier, cheaper and more worthwhile to travel than they may have thought, I don’t intend this to be so American-centric. Just about anywhere I go in the world I come across people who would love to do as I do, but are hampered by money, family responsibilities, debilitating jobs, difficulty in getting visas or various other freedoms, and yet so many people who are able to go for it don’t take advantage of what their passport provides, especially Americans.
The Dromomaniac = Superfreak
My way of travel isn’t for everyone. Most people don’t have the stomach for hitchhiking, using quasi-illegal fake onward air tickets, and making things up on the fly. This is just the way I do it. I travel in an open-ended, rambling, low-to-the-ground, inexpensive way without much planning. I don’t plan in the sense of making reservations and making a schedule, but I plan by researching my options beforehand to make more informed decisions later.
While a lot of my suggestions are based on my way of running around, my goal is for you to find enough practical information and inspiration to apply toward your own journey. That is the point: pick and choose things from my website and others and form it into what works best for you, and as your way of traveling evolves, you might find that a completely ridiculous idea of mine isn’t so retarded after all.
Hopefully it is all easily laid out for you in mind-numbing detail: nuts and bolts planning details, how to get around cheaply, stories and photos of past trips and a blog for stalking–I mean, following–me. Regarding the original question: Who am I, meaning, what do I look like? Pix are here on the Page o’ Narcissism!
Please send me an email for any reason at all.
Thanks for your time!
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