Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you were indeed forced to live with less! I can’t imagine what having your backpacks stolen must’ve been like… and then $20 for an entire month, in the United States?! Now that’s frugal living!
I couldn’t agree with you more about the benefits of traveling without a car — even traveling by bus or train allows us to see and experience more of the world than we would from the privacy of a little cage moving down the road.
However, I think that certain circumstances require the use of a car and that as long as we’re open communal experiences and we take the time to listen and really live in the moment, we can supplement the sterile environment of our automobiles with a bit of “real world” stimulation! 🙂