Hobo Code of Ethics | The Struggling Writer

Today’s Myths, folklore & symbolism post over at Julie K. Rose’s blog featured a symbol from the “US system of hobo signs”. I had no idea there was such a system, so I had to do some research over at wikipedia. What I found was very interesting.

– Paul Liadis, The Struggling Writer

These rules, established by what were essentially homeless migrants in 1889, mark rules that many international travellers still live by.  Though they my be entirely unspoken, or occasionally posted in part at hostels, this Hobo Code embodies the spirit of what became the Hippie Trail in the 1960’s, the Banana-Pancake Trail in the 1990’s. and a great part of the credo of modern vagabonds and unbound.