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About the BecomeNomad Blog and Team

The goal of this blog is to provide insights and resources for Nomads who are already on the road, while also offering inspiration to those of you who are considering a long-term nomadic lifestyle. I would like it to be resource to help people get unstuck, if they wish. Some of articles will even be relevant for non-nomads as they relate to other life aspects and general travel.

The BecomeNomad blog and my projects have been featured in the press, as well:

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My name is Eli.  I have been a nomad since 2010, constantly changing countries and cities.

My name is Eli. I have been a nomad since 2010, constantly changing countries and cities.

Until 2010, I was in a stable relationship, maintained a cat, and was a rising star in an accounting firm. Since then, everything has changed. I move constantly, and have lived in more than 30 countries, while traveling to more 60.

I decided to start living a Nomadic Life due to a lethal combination of:

1) I wasn’t too happy with the fact that every day of my life seemed like the day before, although it didn’t really make me sad either.

2) Life was gracious enough to push me out of my safe corner by separating me from my main attachments.  My relationship broke, I got fired from my job, and my cat died. When I was “normal”, I promised myself that if had the chance, I would take the leap and Become Nomad, and I am glad I did.

The nomadic lifestyle also fits my ideology, which is based on the following pillars: nothing is mine, everything is temporal, life is right now, and it is not serious.

I have to admit a lie, my cat (Rizik) didn’t die, I actually passed it to a friend once I decided to become a nomad. Rizik even has a Facebook page with more likes than our page, and shows no signs of following the nomadic path.

Although it sounds exciting to live as a permanent nomad, my actual lifestyle is not what you expect. I work about 9 hours a day, and only travel during the weekends. The only special element here is that I generally don’t stay more than 3 months in the same place, and my next destination is preferably a country I never been to before. You can read more about my nomadic structure of life here.

I am trying to make sure that the blog and podcast will remain a hobby which will hopefully cover the costs, since I want to keep my travels and life pure and separated from my income. While traveling, I am focusing on building cool stuff. I Am currently working on a global startup ecosystem map – StartupBlink, and sustain myself by revenue from LingoLearn, an  online language school I have co-founded in 2010.

As for the content of BecomeNomad, I have decided to avoid highlighting my own adventures and journeys (since those will honestly put you to sleep) and focus on the Nomadic Lifestyle instead. In case you need more personal inspiration, here are some great travel bloggers whom I enjoy following.

For those of you who find listening easier than reading, we also have my Israeli-accented Podcast.

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With all the hustle and bustle, a word of warning is in place. A surprisingly low number of people are actually practicing a nomadic lifestyle (I personally know only 2 nomads), and for a good reason. This life is not easy, frequent with separations, uncertainty and might result in emotional imbalance. Proceed with care, and stop when it’s time.

A presentation in Zurich about the Nomadic Lifestyle

Who is on the team?

Tal

Tal

-bojan

Bojan

 

 

 

 

 

Tal Imagor is the editor, writer and producer of the blog and podcast. Tal has recently finished an MA in Creative Writing in Oxford Brookes. Soon after, she moved to London to peruse a career as a writer. She’s an avid traveler who mostly sticks to metropolitan areas. Her next dream destination – Tokyo.

Bojan, our Nomadic friend from Serbia, is in charge of preparing the audio files for the podcast.

We would also like to thank our Past BecomeNomad team contributors, we couldn’t have done it without you!

I would love to hear from you, so feel free to ask any questions and give feedback by leaving comments on the site or contacting me.

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48 Responses so far.

  1. john sinemoii says:

    i dont give a f***

  2. Brandi says:

    Amazing site 😀 Signed up

  3. Zarriah Rose says:

    Just found this blog, and am so excited I did. 🙂
    It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  4. Geri says:

    Good luck with your goals! The site is very exiting.

  5. Rutli says:

    Feels great to discover fellow nomads. I am a nomad by heart and spirit and on the cusp of making a jump into full time nomad-ness 🙂
    Needless to say your blog is inspiring

  6. vuk says:

    Being a geo-static / shy / semi-asocial type, I must admit this blog is beginning to make its influence on me, too. I want to travel! Lisboa, here I come. Thanks to all you guys.

  7. Brian says:

    Thank you for helping me discover the way I live my life. This article has described the way I will continue to live my life!

  8. Vernon says:

    Just found your site. I am not young. I have travelled all my life as a traveller and as a merchant seaman. Have lived in various countries. Now retired and still “somewhere else”. Some people I have known say “You always change your mind where you will live”. This has bothered me at times. But now after reading your section on about what a Nomad is, it confirms to me, that is who I am, and that is what I will always be. If others don’t understand that, then, they are not Nomads. I think there are Nomads and there are travellers. They differer.
    Now I am in Bangkok where I “live”. In a couple of months I am off to the South Sinai ( again). Love what your site is about. I’ll be back!

    • elid1979 says:

      Vernon,
      that’s a inspiring story, thanks so much for sharing.
      I guess that you now made it clear to me that one of my goals is to tell people that a nomadic lifestyle is a way of life, some of us are nomads by definition, and that’s more than a great way to live life.
      Once we know who we are, we have a “stable” lifestyle that makes sense (even if it is all about the constant change of locations)
      thanks for sharing, and if you ever head to the holy land from Sinai, let me know, if I am there (on average one month- two months a year), it would be good to get coffee and talk.
      best,
      Eli

      • Vernon says:

        For sure I will et you know. I will be in Dahab. When I used to live there before, I used to go regularly to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. One of my favourite places and I miss it. I had many friends there but have lost contact now.
        Thanks again. From your description of a Nomad, I now know who I am, and isn’t that what we are all trying to find out. Society tries shape us to its norms, and sometimes it just takes a few words like you have written to make things clear.

  9. Otto says:

    Re: Nomadic Living -The book “The Songlines” by Bruce Chatwin comes to mind.

  10. Zoe says:

    Im only 16 years old, but ever since i can remember I’ve wanted to lead a nomadic lifestyle. You’re blog has inspired me to follow my dreams and lead a this life once ive come of age. A great bonus is that I want to pursue a career in wildlife biology which requires lots of travel, so it pretty much works out for me. Your blog has made me realise that it is possible to make my dream a reality and im determined to make it happen. 😀

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Zoe,
      That’s great, when the right moment comes, make it happen if this is what you want.
      If you find a career that can connect to the lifestyle, you are very lucky.
      Thanks for the feedback, and please feel free to keep in touch and update us on how it goes
      good luck

    • Joanna says:

      I hope it all works out for you!! you can definitely make your dreams come true, just have faith and believe in yourself 🙂

      “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

      Good luck!

  11. rudy says:

    even tho i have started fully ‘working from home’ state (3 months now) and do various freelance jobs (up to 50hours a week) i still cannot switch to as a nomad working state like you guys do. why? i see because mentally i still put my working mood on my desk. do you have any suggestion how to practice to more detach from our desk when we’re working? ive tried some weeks on some places, but failed (cannot focus). – web dev

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Rudi,
      2 things that might help solve this.
      The first, nomads have a home. Their home is the place they are at every time they change a location. That means that if working from home is important for you, switch locations less frequently, and stay enough in places to rent a home for 2 months or more and feel super comfortable.
      The second is to try out coworking. That’s as serious manipulation on the mind possible, you see people working around you, and in most places you can get a fixed desk, and feel like its your office for ages.
      Totally agree that as a web developer, you shouldn’t code from an hostel or a coffee shop, build the right environment for you.
      Good luck!

  12. Joanna says:

    Hello Nomads! 🙂

    I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Joanna and I’m a 21 year old who is considering the nomadic lifestyle. I’d like to explain to you my reasons, shall I? Well, I grew up with the most wonderful parents, in a household with loving sisters and a brother. I loved being with my family, I loved my life. But I have always been (still am haha) very shy and quiet and I was never allowed to go out and interact with people because my parents were very over-protective. But I didn’t mind, I liked being home. However, time passed and many things changed. My mother passed away when I was 16, my eldest sister passed away when I was 18, my brother went to prison and now the only family I have left are my sister and my father. However, my sister is older than I am & she’s married and has a home of her own. My father found someone he loved and got re-married just a few months ago. He is planing to move into a new home with her, and I’m not really included in their plans. But I understand, and I will always love my father, no matter what. The point is, I’m pretty much alone now. I am currently a Junior (3rd year) in college and I’m hoping to graduate soon, maybe pursue a higher degree (that will only take me 1 year and a half longer). I’m going to major in Business/ Human Resources. I know it seems really boring, but I think I’ll enjoy it. Although, that wasn’t my original plan. When I was 17 years of age (in the midst of all the chaos with losing my loved ones) I decided that one of my passions in life, is Photography. I love taking pictures from different angles, with different lighting, capturing moments in time that will never be repeated again. My original plan was to graduate high school and attend the Art Institute of California, to pursue Photography but that didn’t quite work out because my father didn’t approve of it. That’s how I ended up pursuing a Business degree, instead. Anyway, since I don’t really have any family left, I’ve been researching and I think I’d like to try out the Nomadic lifestyle. Of course, I would have to begin once I have graduated college, maybe worked somewhere for a couple years, just to get experience and save up money. There’s so many places that I want to visit, so many locations that I want to capture on camera. I have dreams, aspirations, things I want to do with my life, but I just don’t know if I can be brave enough to be a Nomad. I’m sure there are many positive things that come from being a Nomad, but there are probably some negative aspects, as well. I would like to ask for your advice.. Should I even consider the Nomadic lifestyle? Would a person like me be able to survive in such a lifestyle? What are the positive aspects? What are the negative aspects? Any suggestions? Any recommendations?

    I’m so sorry I made you read all of this! You probably hate me (Haha). I’d really appreciate your opinion. Thank you so much!

    • Rama says:

      Hey Joanna, looks like you and I might become friends 🙂 If you wish to, send me an email at dDOTramapriyaATgmailDOTcom 🙂

      Love this site

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Joanna,
      Interesting story, thanks for sharing. It seems like you have been through good and bad moments, I am sure it built your strengths, lose is a powerful teacher in life.
      Recommendation? Don’t make a decision if you are going to be a nomad or not. What is a nomad? If you ever do it, you will do it in a unique way anyway, no nomadic life resembles another.
      I advice you to go traveling, backpacking for a while (go for Europe, don’t do it in the states), and see if life on the road suits you.
      I would be happy to answer any more questions you might have, just send me a message on the contact form.
      eli

  13. Wonderful and inspiring blog, Eli & the team! We have been living the nomad dream for about 4 years now and absolutely love it! Thanks a lot for following us on Twitter! Travel safe and keep up your great work!!

  14. Nomadormad says:

    Good luck Eli on your blog. Seems like an interesting endeavor.

    כל מקום בעולם שיוצא לי להגיע אליו, עיר גדולה או חור שכוח אל שבקושי רואי זרים, תמיד יהיו או היו ישראלים בסביבה. כנראה גם במרחב הדיגיטלי 🙂

  15. Nomansland says:

    Hi Elid, Nice and interesting site. I can’t define the exact definition of the word ” Nomad ” because it has so many different aspects, but I would consider myself as being a traveler, and very interested in other civilizations. The last 22 years I’ve never stayed in one city or country longer as 6 months. The traveling part of course is always a pleasure and in my case something I can’t control, but “knowing” a specific culture is something that is even more rewarding..

    • elid1979 says:

      That’s amazing, 22 years, and no more than 6 months in a place.
      I hope you keep on being happy in your journey, and would love to hear more about your philosophy and reasons for changing locations.

  16. Wayne says:

    Hey Eli

    Thanks for the inspiration man! To be honest, I’ve been a nomad my entire life, but now there’s a viable way to do it and stay alive. I’ve had a life long struggle, like so many others I’ve come to see, to break free from this depressing, machine-like existence of go to work, come home, talk to people who aren’t the slightest bit like me, and repeat, repeat repeat. I’ve been breaking free now, and its great to see that more an more people think like me. I guess now it’s time to go the next step, and inspire the inspirers, right? To know more and more about the “others” in this world, is to know more about ourselves. Let’s live without borders, speak without deceit and love without limits. Thanks again for your thoughts. I wish you luck and enlightenment.

    • elid1979 says:

      Wayne,
      Glad you have found the right path for you!
      I respect your mindset of openness and trust, it is contagious and I am sure it will pay off 🙂

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  19. Michael says:

    Im a nomad by mind/heart 🙂

    and my dad is a lifelong nomad, he’s quite special hehe

    TM meditating “guru” who only eats beans and still lives with his mom @ 50years now

    I guess we both like focusing on the eternal now 😉 – my sparetime is more worth than anything in my life, I have few things I cannot give up, working on getting less things

    many people want more things, I try the lesser way

    I still got attachments though, not ready to break loose as a true normad 😛

    it was just astrology that said I was a normad in past life/recently this life, so had to check it out

    fits well, at least nomad by mind

    nothing is important, only being happy in the moment is

    nothing earthly can give me pleasure, except being myself

    a constant strive to just be, and learn

    never had any ambitions, just wanted to be myself
    never fit in etc..

    so maybe 50% nomad heh

    meditation and lucid dreaming is more important to me than anything in this world, except maybe my family

    I could give it all up tomorrow, but I wish to learn more, so I am still here 😉

    peace

  20. Michael says:

    and a constant strive all my life to just discover my local environment , learn, teach

    it just feels like i have to go out there

    friendships must wait, girlfriends must wait – i dont care much about that

    they get their time once a month or so , or once a week

    i prefer freetime much more than anything, if i still have time left after meditating/going out in the world locally i will socialize

    it’s just like nature calls sometimes, same with the meditation which i always spent much time on since 5 years old

    being around people removes my centeredness often, removes my inner connection easily

    after being around people I need to recenter, meditate more and more

    people can disconnect me slightly, I feel stressed out

    I feel my best with myself always, but I feel good around anyone , love to travel and meet new people – I just dont travel far, but locally

    sometimes I take a month for myself, and then feel like I have to go out 🙂
    just connecting with myself, and often I feel like a month was too little

    have often felt like it would be nice with a year just for myself in solitude

    you know that feeling? – solitude can be nice

    I got more hobbies than I can count, I could never run out of things to do/explore/learn

    so I guess the Nomad doesn’t have to travel, they can travel in their mind in the eternal now too maybe

    I feel much better in my mind when I am away from traffic,noise,pollution,people etc. – but after going into deep isolation for a few months I have to get back

    • elid1979 says:

      Michael,
      Mind travel is an amazing gift, I could never do it, so I have to go for the experience itself. I always wanted to travel while staying in the same place by awareness and consciousness, but it proved to drag me down.
      It seems like you are doing fine, I wish you a balanced and happy life.

  21. FOREVER FREE! That’s the motto of the digital nomad lifestyle… and your website is the perfect guide on how to do just that. Kudos 😉

  22. Meg says:

    Hi Eli-

    don’t know if you will see this but I have a few questions for you as I am considering this lifestyle and want to know everything that I can before I’m able to venture out

    1) is there anywhere where I could find a list of the places that you’ve been? I’ve been working on doing a tiny bit of research so that I know kind of where I want to go but I don’t have a good idea of a lot of cities

    2) is there any way that I could find a list of jobs/work that can be found in places that are not online? (such as waitressing, etc.)

    3) not a question, but thank you so much for your blog! I absolutely love reading and getting tips on how to experience life in such an amazing way

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Meg,
      Will try my best to answer.
      1)No list, I want to work on a map of places. I wouldn’t spend much time where I am usually going to since I usually avoid digital nomad hubs which provide a lot of social life (I am now in Belarus for example). Try googling Nomad list for a good idea on the best hubs for nomads.
      2)No idea about this one, I really want to try it myself. I do know about people traveling while using “help exchange” and “Workaway” , try googling them.
      3)Thanks, that really means a lot!! 🙂

  23. Sarah says:

    Talking of animals, my cat has lived in five different houses and three different countries in his five years of life because my circumstances kept changing. The last two times he has lived with other people because I moved to a flat. Never a complaint, he’s always happy and friendly and everyone loves him (even those who profess to disliking cats) – maybe he’s a nomad too!

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