Living a Nomadic Lifestyle
A nomadic lifestyle may seem like heaven to some of us, but it may seem unrewarding and bitter for others. Just like everything else in life, being a nomad has some wonderful advantages, and a few substantial disadvantages. The rapid development of Technology is decreasing the number of ancient nomadic tribes who are settling down. On the other hand, more people to adapt this lifestyle as Digital Nomads who leverage technology to live a life of constant travel while working remotely.
Let’s go over some of the major characteristics of a nomadic lifestyle.
- A nomad constantly changes locations, switching from one place to another. Most nomads have some kind of place that they can call home, which is usually where their family or childhood friends are located, but they wouldn’t spend more than a few months a year there. Nor would they settle down in a new home, they just keep on changing a place, never feeling really at home, change is home. This actually might be tough since everybody needs some stability and a private comfort zone from time to time. Being a nomad, you never really have a feeling of a real home – something you’ve been upgrading, decorating, and designing. It always belongs to someone else (i.e. a hostel, short rental, a friend’s place) and is always temporary.
- The nomadic lifestyle is more important than anything else, including career, relationship, or assets. Once this is not the case, it is not a sustainable lifestyle since it is quite hard to maintain. Once you have decided that your nomadic lifestyle comes first, you will figure a way to sort all other aspects of life accordingly.
- Avoiding attachments- A nomad breaks away from her/his attachments before taking the journey, and stays away from attachments while realizing this unique lifestyle. So, what is an attachment? The answer is clear, anything that keeps you away from realizing a nomadic lifestyle. Let’s make it even clearer, it is anything you have (or usually think you have) and can’t give up on. The perfect job that you can never find again, the dog you love so much and can’t leave behind, the amazing girlfriend that will not agree to join you traveling. A quick interesting insight- if you have those, and feel happy, don’t give up on them. But if they are not perfect and don’t really make you happy, say goodbye to all your fake attachments and either find better attachments, or choose the nomadic path instead.
- Nomads usually become quite smart, easy going and interesting people. The reason for that is clear, they are exposed to many lifestyles, cultures and situations. This constant process of change is a great learning experience, and when you learn, you know more and become a better person.
- Nomads don’t take life very seriously. Think about it. If you keep on changing, and keep on losing everything you had in a prior place after you changed to a new place, then the basic understanding dawns on you: “everything is temporary and nothing is yours”. After you understand that, you can’t really take life too seriously, even if you tried… When I was younger, I had a big problem with accepting life’s “little surprises” (the negative ones), since I was used to my routine, and things working out. Alas, even if you are not a nomad, everything is changing and some for the worse. Every time there was just one thing that didn’t go according to plan, I became very frustrated. Since I’ve become a nomad, life taught me that it was an illusion. In a way, this nomadic journey changes you from within and is recommended for people who have some kind of a problem accepting things the way they are (even though the journey may be difficult).
- Nomads travel light, your bag is your home, but since home is not that important, you better off be free and “things” are an attachments as well (if you can’t afford to lose an item in your bag, you can’t leave it alone, thus you are not free).
- Nomads are respectful, smiley and above all curious. If this is not the case, why would you choose a path of a constant learning process? But even more than that, one of the greatest enemies nomads have is loneliness. Humans are social animals, which means that without company, we wither and become disconnected from ourselves. If you are not smiling, happy, and curious, by all probability, you will be lonely. Unlike most of us that are loved by our families no matter whoever we are, and by our friends that learn to appreciate us over time, a nomad has to “prove” themselves socially quite fast, since soon they will leave to the next location. You get the point, be happy. Digital Nomads are trying to deal with the issue of lack of social life by choosing locations that are slowly becoming Nomadic hubs where they can meet like-minded people.
- Nomad think and adjust fast. As a nomad, you are with an inherit lack of information problem – everything is always new. You don’t know what’s cheap, you probably can’t speak the native language, you are most likely unaware of any special ways of saving money, and so on. It means that is you can’t make quick calls in an environment of constant lack of knowledge, life will become quite expensive and unsafe. The good news is that experience shapes you up, and give you learning tools to make you better at this. So, if you are scared of your own shadow and find it really hard deciding about anything, it might be quite a beneficial experiment for you to become nomad for a while.
There are many different types of nomads and each of us is different. Over time, each nomad customizes their own nomadic lifestyle, like the one I have created and constantly adjust. This was a brief review of the main characteristics of living a nomadic lifestyle, now it’s time for you to decide if this is something that is worth the risk for you, and if so, just make it happen.
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