The Vagabond Secrets Philosophy
The fundamental belief of Vagabond Secrets is that travel is the best therapy in the world, and that adventure is the key to a fulfilling life.
Greg Cayea – Creator
Guinness World Record Holder
Longest Journey by Car in a Single Country
How Vagabond Secrets Came to Be…
It all started when I was fourteen years old. I left high school in the middle of ninth grade and went to a rehab for thirty days. While there, I fell in love with a nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted hippie chick from Purdue, Indiana and broke every rule I could find. It’s safe to say my life was a mess…
I rigged the alarm system in my room and broke out of my room during lunch hours to impress my peers and see that nineteen-year-old heroin-addicted chick from Purdue who stayed one floor above me.
I wrote massive amounts of shitty poetry and paraded down the hallways doing all sorts of ridiculous attention-seeking shit. Eventually, they kicked me out. I was unsure how to fix my life.
I was desperate for help…
A small plane took me to Louisiana where a white van shoved me in the back and drove me off to Opelousas, a small town on the outskirts of Lafayette. I was almost fifteen years-old, and after six months of fighting off anti-Semitic threats and causing mayhem for giggles, I ran away with some hot chick from Lawrence, Massachusetts until I was picked up at a truck stop a few miles away.
I was eventually kicked out of there too.
I thought I had beat the system, but at four in the morning, two large men escorted me to the New Orleans airport and took me to Atlanta.
They shoved me in a pickup truck and drove me to small and very rural town called Dahlonega about two hours away, where I was thrust into a “therapeutic boarding school” that can only be described as a cross between a juvenile detention center and mental institution.
My life was getting worse…
I tried to run away but got lost in the woods and picked up by the sheriff, then sent to a wilderness program in Utah for five weeks by way of two more large men; another attempt to straighten me out.
After five weeks I was transported back to Dahlonega and stayed trapped there for two long years. I read every book by Jack Kerouac.
It was there that I became obsessed with the idea of travel and true freedom.
After many more horrific events, including an eight-day venture into the woods to endure a treacherous period of time they called “isolation,” I tried to escape one more time. That time, I made it. By then I was almost seventeen years-old. It was August 17th of 2001
Then 9/11 Happened…
The country was in disarray and it was a mission to find food every meal, clothing to keep warm, and shelter to sleep (without getting arrested).
I spent the rest of the year living on the street, spare-changing for food, and hiding out in different parts of the country till I was eighteen. I was hitchhiking from point A to point somewhere, and eventually I laid down some roots in Boulder, Colorado.
By the time I was able to get a real job (that didn’t require the work permit I didn’t have), I worked every position under the sun. I became deeply addicted to drugs—once again—and in the midst of it all, decided I was special enough to become an actor. I moved back to New York around the time I was twenty.
One more try to get my life together…
Suffice it to say that life took another wrong turn when my acting career fell on its head and I resorted to dark world of survival. Life got messier than ever.
I moved to Los Angeles after Brooklyn failed me. By then I had tried just about every form of help available to humans, short of goat yoga, which I hear is quite fun.
I got sober on October 15th of 2011 and decided to rebuild my life. One of the best tools I found to keep me sane was travel.
Travel gave me a purpose that I never found any place else.
Since then I have built a lifestyle around adventure-taking, and though I love to travel, the relationships in my life remain the most important asset I have.
I’ve written two books on travel, one a crazy memoir called The Drifter Chronicles, and another called Vagabond Secrets, which is about the core philosophy that this site is based on.
I contribute articles to magazines and specialize as a digital marketing consultant. My only education has been traveling. Adventure taught me everything I know, and that is why this website was built: to help people find the therapeutic value in travel that has given me the life I currently have.
Adventure is deeply important
My goal is to inspire you to travel more and give you all the knowledge I’ve gathered along my journey to make sure all your trips are memorable adventures filled with personal growth.