Changes to our Facebook group: Earth Vagabonds

rooftops in Fez, Morocco with the text, " - wandering since 2015."

Last Updated on July 5, 2023 by Ellen

The pandemic has changed everything about travel. It’s changed our lives. It’s changed this blog. Now I will change our Facebook group slightly, as we all work through the new normal.

When we were in Lisbon in 2018, I decided to start a Facebook group mainly to find other people like us. Up to that point, the only people we had met like us – early retired, slow traveling, on a budget – were our dear friends Todd and Damon. I thought: are there others out here like us?

Fellow Earth Vagabonds

The answer is: yes! There are! Our Facebook group Earth Vagabonds enabled us to meet several people as our paths eventually crossed in this big-small world. And we look forward to seeing those people again, and meeting new friends.

So meeting like-minded, authentic, slow travelers was a main reason to start this group. We weren’t vacationers. We weren’t digital nomads. We weren’t house sitters. We weren’t older retirees to a single country. There is nothing wrong with any of those – they just don’t describe us. Nothing available on Facebook described us.

The second big reason I started the group: to exchange information. We had learned a lot by 2018 about how to go vagabonding around Earth. But there is always more to learn.

The information exchange with people we’ve met, and with contributing group members, has really been fantastic. I want more of that, please.

My trusted moderator Chuck has long opined I should restrict membership to serious travelers and not admit casual tourists. To which I answered – maybe the casual tourist will be inspired to be a serious traveler. I could help people help themselves, so to speak. Another reason to start the group: I could inspire people to go further into the local communities in foreign countries and get outside their comfort zones — get outside the tourist zones.

But now I realize: it’s enough to lead by example. I don’t want to push anything on anyone. We will be more selective on the members we admit into the group moving forward.

We believe an authentic, slow travel lifestyle is still possible.

Wear a mask? Yes. Social distance? Yes. Quarantine when required? Yes.

I do, and have done, all of those things. And I’m not sorry: we are not staying home, and we are not “going” home. Especially now. America is an utter disaster. (I’ll save those thoughts for another platform.)

Changes to our Facebook group

If you are already in the group, and you are a vacationer, cruiser, all-inclusive bargain seeker, you are grandfathered in. We won’t boot you out. Of course, you always have the option to leave if you find this renewed group focus just isn’t for you. No hard feelings.

There are five changes to the group.

Three changes are geared at a renewed focus on the original intent of the group:

  1. Name change
    • From “Retired budget travelers: Earth Vagabonds” to simply “Earth Vagabonds
  2. Membership questions change
    • Answers to three in-depth travel questions (currently the questions are too easy, and if you don’t have the gumption to answer questions, you likely won’t contribute much to the group)
  3. Revised mission statement
    • Shorter, more direct about vagabonding around Earth

Two changes geared for us to lead by example with an authentic slow travel lifestyle in the ‘new normal’:

  1. We will post from, as it relates to the betterment of group engagement
    • Other bloggers cannot post outside the once-a-week thread like we will do.
      • This is a big content change!
  2. We will re-instate the Wednesday thread for others to self-promote their blogs, books, vlogs, rental units, etc.
    • This will be called “Where to Wednesday

As I said, anyone who doesn’t like the changes is free to leave.

Anyone who would like to join us, we’d love to have you!

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11 thoughts on “Changes to our Facebook group: Earth Vagabonds”

  1. Bravo! The changes make alot of sense & nice of you to grandfather in current members. I just so appreciate your blog & your FB group. It is so nice to not feel like an oddball choosing to live this wonderful lifestyle (even now) & know there are so many kindred spirits out there. I also love it when someone is looking for info in the FB group & so many pitch in to help. It’s lovely & so needed, esp these days! Keep up the good and selfless work you do in managing it all. It is appreciated!

  2. Alvina Labsvirs

    Although I won’t be travelling outside the UK for a while, COVID, family etc. One day I will be back out there…

    1. We aren’t exactly traveling either… we are kind of in limbo. But we’ll get back out there when it’s reasonable to do travel again!

  3. Very happy to be grandfathered in. Love the changes and yes I have been inspired by you and others, such us Chuck, to slow down with our travelling. We love travelling (nearly 1000 days now) but going too fast. I love the ethos of staying in a place for at least a month. Currently back in UK for son’s wedding, then we want to slowly explore Europe…when…who knows…going with the flow. Thank you for building a great vagabond community and hope we meet one day. Cheers Lindsey (and Tim), grownuptravellers

    1. Thanks so much, Lindsey! We look forward to the day we can meet up somewhere in the world. Congratulations on the addition to your family!

  4. thanks for the new updated information! By the way, how old are you two?

    My hubby and I want to travel more slowly and get emerged into the places we will visit. We’ve been to over 110 countries but want to cover less ground and stay longer. As you know, Americans are not welcome in most countries, so while we wait it out, we’re trying to formulate plans.

    Lisa and Mark Peters

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