The daily prompt today was: Create a new word and explain its meaning and etymology.
Here is my word:
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: A penniless traveler
Etymology is the study of the origin of words. Literally, my word is a blending of two words with an already established meaning. Excursion (a journey, trip, travel, vacation), and indigent (a broke, poor, penniless person).
There are really people out there like this. Perhaps they are young backpackers…perhaps they are older people who have made a lifestyle of roaming around aimlessly…but they are out there. A friend told me about the time he won free plane tickets to Europe in a sweepstakes once. He was broke, but he went nonetheless. Upon arrival, he traveled around, slept on the train or on park benches, and found ways to earn small amounts of money for food. He made friends while he was there, and eventually was able to upgrade his lifestyle to sleeping on couches and hanging out with locals. For 8 weeks he traveled around Europe in this way. It wasn’t always easy, but he saw much of the beauty of the continent, made some new friends, and came home with an incredible experience under his belt…something that can never be taken away from him.
Hearing stories about people doing things like that inspires me. Many people assume it takes a lot of money to travel, and if you do it in the traditional way, it often does. However, some people have found creative ways to get out there and see the world…and they are better people for it.
Hats off to you, broke travelers out there…for you are living out your dreams without worry of how. When you are old, you will look back on your lives and have no regrets. For this I salute you.