The Jolly Hobos Creed

Updated: Jun 25

Apparently:

Hobos are people who travel and work.

Tramps are people who travel and don't work.

Bums are people who don't travel and don't work.

According to the Wikipedia definition, a hobo is a migrant worker or homeless vagrant, typically one who is impoverished.


As we are homeless and itinerant, and we work when we travel (although it's remotely) - we have taken some creative license to describe ourselves as hobos - The Jolly Hobos.


* Disclaimer - should we stop doing any work, I think we will retain the Jolly Hobos name - no offence to tramps, but Jolly Tramps doesn't quite work for us! :)


Sometime ago Brad stumbled across the hobos creed or hobos code in a book which detailed out the code of ethics of hobos (created in the US at the 1889 National Hobos Convention). So we thought we would create a version of that for us to adopt that gave us some guidelines to live by as we spend our time on the road. These principals will guide us to how we think and act regarding our impact on the environment, how we engage in community, and how we can be value adders, not value detractors in our travels.

  1. Decide your own journey; don't let others control you, especially those that are fearful or have no experience.

  2. When travelling, always respect the local laws and customs.

  3. Don't take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.

  4. Always try to shop locally - by doing so you not only help a local business along, but ensure local employment.

  5. If you have the ability, promote the local area, its arts and industry - by doing so you help the local community thrive.

  6. Do not allow yourself to be a bad tourist that disrespects the local culture and gives a bad name to other hobos. Remember that we ride on the back of the good will created from those hobos that came before us and set the tone for the treatment of those that follow us.

  7. Always respect nature; do not leave garbage around anywhere that you travel. Live by the rule that you bring out what you take in.

  8. When traveling, do so respectfully. Don’t take personal risks, don’t cause problems or inconvenience for others, including the operating crew.

  9. Do no harm to people, wildlife, nature, architecture, and property - do not allow others to do harm.

  10. Support tourism that supports local wildlife and nature so that there is an incentive for local communities to preserve and protect.

  11. Provide advice, support, and help to your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed; you may need their help someday.

Let us know in the comments if you have a creed or code that you live by for your travels - we'll probably steal some of them to expand ours! :)



The Original Hobo Creed


This is the original hobos creed from 1889 - we have taken liberally from this to help guide our our Jolly Hobos creed - thanks to all the hobos everywhere for their wisdom!

  1. Decide your own life; don't let another person run or rule you.

  2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.

  3. Don't take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.

  4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.

  5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.

  6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals' treatment of other hobos.

  7. When jungling in town, respect handouts and do not wear them out; another hobo will be coming along who will need them as badly, if not worse than you.

  8. Always respect nature; do not leave garbage where you are jungling.

  9. If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.

  10. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.

  11. When traveling, ride your train respectfully. Take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad; act like an extra crew member.

  12. Do not cause problems in a train yard; another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard.

  13. Do not allow other hobos to molest children; expose all molesters to authorities – they are the worst garbage to infest any society.

  14. Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.

  15. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed; you may need their help someday.

  16. If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it. Whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!