Just recently discovered your site (after doing some Google about the AT), and am enjoying reading about your adventures and general philosophy/musings about travel, humanity, and life. I was reading your article on how you can afford to travel, and I can totally understand your reasonings for this particular way of living (tho it isn't for everyone), but I was wondering how do you handle the social/parental challenges of living below your "expected" means, ie. how do you deal/communicate your meager living (even when earning a healthy salary) to friends, potential dates, co-workers, and/or family? Granted, a large part of your personal philosophy is "hike your own hike" and throw established dogma to the wind (and I wouldn't want to associate myself with people who have false initial impressions about you instead of getting to know you as a person either), but does this style ever take a toll on you socially-wise (and if so how do you deal with it)?
Thanks and good travels,
PS. Feel free to move this if this is in the wrong forum.