What’s in a name?


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An itinerant is a person who travels from place to place with no fixed home.[1] The term comes from late 16th century: from late Latin itinerant (travelling), from the verb itinerari, from Latin iter, itiner (journey, road).[2]

Types of itinerants

* Drifters (rogues, rovers, vagabonds, vagrants)
* Perpetual travelers, including illegal aliens (migrants)
* Nomads, including hunter-gatherers and gypsies
* Hobos, including tramps, bums, derelicts
* Refugees and displaced persons
* Street people (street children, paupers, squatters, waifs, schnorrers)
* World citizens

Itinerants throughout history and today

* Freight Train Riders of America (freighthoppers in United States)
* Romani people
* Various indigenous peoples (indigenous peoples, including uncontacted peoples)

* Afar people in Horn of Africa
* Bajau of Philippines
* Banjara of India
* Bedouin (nomadic Arab people of the desert)
* Beja people in North Africa
* Bushmen of Southern Africa
* Dom people in North Africa and Southwest Asia
* Eurasian nomads of Eurasian Steppe
* Ghilzai in South-Central Asia
* Indigenous Australians
* Indigenous Norwegian Travellers
* Indigenous peoples of the Americas
* Irish Travellers
* Kuchi people of Afghanistan
* Nomads of India
* Pygmy peoples in Equatorial Africa and parts of Southeast Asia
* Quinqui in northeren half of Spain)
* Scottish Travellers
* Yeniche people in Europe
* Carnies (travelling show-people)
* Hippies, including New Age travellers and Rainbow Travellers
* Jossers (circus artists)
* Kobzari (musicians of Ukraine)
* Lightermen (bargees in England)
* Peredvizhniki (realist artists of Russia)
* Swagmen (homelessness transients in Australia and New Zealand)
* Circuit riders and Gyrovagues (Christian ministers and monks)
* Bhikkhus (Buddhist monks)
* Mendicants (beggars of Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Buddhism)
* Pilgrims (religious travellers)
* Sadhus (Jain monks)
*Global Circumnavigaters

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* Christopher McCandless
* Friedrich Nietzsche
* Jean-Jacques Rousseau
* Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
* Paul Erdős
* Gautama Buddha
* Historical Jesus

See also

* Anarcho-primitivism
* Human migration
* Illegal immigration
* Multiculturalism
* Simple living
* Travel

1. ^ Itinerant Synonyms, Itinerant Antonyms at Thesaurus.com
2. ^ Definition of itinerant from Oxford Dictionaries Online

Further reading

* George Orwell (1933). Down and Out in Paris and London. London: Victor Gollancz. ISBN 0-15-626224-X.
* Jack Kerouac (1957). On the Road. Viking Press. ISBN 0-14-118267-9.
* Rolf Potts (2002). Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel. Villard Books. ISBN 0-81-299218-0.
* Sean A. Mulvihill, Larry Kurnarsky (2007). “Living Luminaries – The Serious Business of Happiness” (documentary). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0447431/. “Life is a journey.”



  1. I love it. We’ve gone back and forth and hither and yon while thinking this over. Remember the moment when we wanted to use Cryptozoic? Refers to animals who adapt to settlement by people by living secretly alongside (raccoons, opossum, etc). Seemed like the perfect name for sneak-aboards. However…Itinerant really says it! I like the implication a work-as-you-go type of traveling, because that’s certainly us.

  2. I agree with Dena. However did you guy’s pick a name ? I assume ” Global Navigators ” is the one.I’m an embedded Hawaiian. hahahaha

  3. …It’s funny how we kept going back to that name, S/V S.N. Itinerant. It really does say it all. Nomad isn’t a bad name, it’s just not appropriate or rather, it’s not a complete explanation of what it is we’re doing with this boat but as you can see from the above… We Are sailing, We Are a sovereign nation and we are most definitely Itinerant, it just fits.

  4. Itinerant is the perfect name for the two of you and a good one for the boat but nothing could sound as sexy as “Sovereign Nation”

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