When a “traveller” is not travelling, what phrase should we use ?

Hi Folks,

A good freind of mine was born in a caravan, on a designated “travellers” site. He now has a family of his own in the same place.

He does not like to be called a traveller, as he correctly points out that he doesn’t travel, except on holidays.

He calls me a traveller, as I spend quite a bit of time on my narrowboat, chugging around the Inland Waterways.

I hear on today’s news that a (quote) “travellers site” has built a small school-house, and I thought fair play & a good notion, but there is bother with the authourites to do with planning permission, simply because they are called “travellers”.

Although I now have bricks & mortar about me, in old hippy days I shared a purple double-decker bus with freinds, and ran into all sorts of social problems when in a town doing a bit of shopping.

I had odd clothes, long hair & a degree in Physics, but treated as an undesirable.

So where are we with this ?
Any notions ?

Bob

in the early sixties,i was a beatnick,long hair down to me bum.i travelled allover europe and down to india,plus north africa.good days,and learned alot etc.i had a proper birds eye view of traelling in those early days.prior to all of that i was 8 years in the army.during the mid sixties the hippy brigade came,lots of silly people dancing about like little fairies,faces painted,lsd,temple bull,really good stuff etc.then i met my first wife,we did a small amount of travelling,but oopps!,we got pregnant.i knew then we needed to settle down for the sake of our new born son.and i have never regretted one day since then.
the type of traveller you are mentioning,in my mind are not travellers,it just sounds better than pycky.lots of irish neer do wells ripping of people for bad work.building on land,making up their own rules as they go along etc.oh!,i must mention,i am also irish.

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