Five Travel Tips from Renegades:
#1 – Get a Motorcycle
“In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it’s all moving by you boringly in a frame.
“On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing.”
― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
#2 – Stay in a Hostel
Get a recommendation for a hostel in the place you’re about to travel. The best hostels have more interesting art, architecture, views and (most definitely) people than fancy hotels.
You can chill out, smoke hash, and pick up a passenger for your motorcycle… all within a few hours. Most dorm beds run around $5 per-night. When you’re burned out, rent a nearby guesthouse with all the money you just saved. Then invite your friends over to party.
― From the Editor, Renegades Logbook
#3 – Drop Acid
“Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
#4 – Outsmart the Cops
Corrupt cops are everywhere when traveling in third-world countries and they treat foreigners like piggy banks. They want your money to buy whiskey and they want your drugs to re-sell.
“Fuck them. Don’t give them any money. Drive straight through.”
― “Binge” from China
Further explanation: When you see corrupt cop checkpoints, take a quick U-turn or just drive straight through — which is easier on a motorcycle. If you get stopped, tell them you have no wallet. If you’re totally busted, try to negotiate a fine (bribe) of 25 percent of what they wanted.
#5 – Fall in Love
Tonight, I want all of you tonight
Give me everything tonight
For all we know, we might not get tomorrow
Let’s do it tonight.― Pitbull, feat. Ne-Yo, “Give Me Everything”