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Becoming famous while hitchhiking China.
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The odd taste of Fame


I got a taste of fame the other day. I went to a TEDxIMG_5163 conference where Echo was a speaker, people loved her story and after the talk many went to speak with her. That made sense, what didn’t make sense was that many also decided to speak with me. Echo had mentioned me in her talk, and many people,  at least 20, decided to ask me about my stories traveling the world.

I told them and watched them gasp, clap, and throw their heads back in terror or laughter. “Your stories are so amazing” one girl said to me as she held out her bag “Sign this please.”

“The world is yours, don’t be afraid to travel it” I signed on her bag.


She started a chain reaction and soon I was signing bag after bag after bag with inspiration travel thoughts. Eventually I came to the last guy in the line. He wanted a signature  but he didn’t have a bag, so he had me sign his arm.  So I did. I guess this is what it is like as a star.

So any Idea why everyone wants my signature? Do they think I will be famous someday?  (My Russian teacher back in university once said that she kept my papers for the day I became famous  – I hope that was because they would be valuable, and not that she would use them to blackmail me.)

Hey, I’m Eric, is my travel blog. I write this website to show you how easy it is to live, work and travel all around the world. I’ve been traveling almost 8 years now. I’m just about to publish my new book Where the Wind Blows: Traveling around the World on $5 a day

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  1. I had a hard time getting your autograph, I tried to find someone to forge it, I couldn’t, so I forged it myself. lol

    Now you ill have to make yourself a super cool, special autograph that everyone will recognize readily. – Jan

    • My autograph looks like it just came through a war zone, think anyone who is silly enough to ask for my autograph will be disappointed by how unique it is.

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