Living a Nomadic Lifestyle

Living a Nomadic Lifestyle

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 its advantages and disadvantages, so 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. You can read more here about why would you like to take the decision and become nomad- The advantages of becoming a nomad.
  • 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, with fresh perspective (A consultant or a guru in a way). 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 become smarter.
  • 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,
  • 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.

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.



65 Responses so far.

  1. chris says:

    i want to dive into the nomadic lifestyle because i notice my loved ones become happy or dissappointed at the things they have. or dont have. nomadic lifestyle seems to be the answer so i dont suffer the same fate, not to mention i have a divine connection with my maker. my “zen” is away from this “american dream” that leads to unhappiness in everyone i know.

  2. elid1979 says:

    Hi Chris,
    thanks for the comment!
    The only advice from me as a nomad for the last 3 years is to actually dive into a nomadic lifestyle if it makes you happy. It is not the only “true” lifestyle, and not necessarily suitable for everyone. Give it a try, and if it feels good continue, and if not, time and luck will show you what lifestyle is best you.
    good luck!

  3. peter says:

    Hello, cool article. A litle comment on point 3 though. You can take the dog you love so much and the amazing girlfriend that you can’t live without with you, as I did ;-)

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Peter. You are very lucky that you have found a girlfriend and a pet that are willing to adopt a nomadic lifestyle.
      You are right of course, if you can all go together, then there is no need to leave them behind, happiness is better when shared. (I will change the post accordingly)

      • Mike says:

        I like that: “lucky you have found a girlfriend and a pet that are willing to adopt a nomadic lifestyle.”

        I get that girlfriends have a say in such matters, but I didn’t realize that anyone bothers to ask whether a pet is “willing” to move.

  4. James says:

    I had a few questions, the first of which is, do you travel by foot or vehicle or bike? Do you gather your own food from nature? Do you travel with tent or tarp? Is it hard to find ways to make money on the road?

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi James,
      My travel style is not as exciting or nomadic. I am working while traveling on some online projects, so I find regular accommodation (hostel or shared apartments), and spend my days working on my laptop, and the weekend to traveling. Every month or two, I change to a different city or country.
      I switch places using a bus or train usually.
      As for making money on the road, this is one of the tough parts, to do so, you have to decide if you are going for a digital nomad option, or working in your location for locals.
      There are some articles about this, in the Nomad Revenue sources Section in the site
      thanks for commenting,

  5. Ferms says:

    im 18 live on the border and im in med school in mexico across the border and im aspiring to become a doctor but would like to maybe take a year off to really add some excitement to my life before settling down and travel across the country, working anywhere and after a month or less take the first bus out of there to another state, city etc. to really have a grasp on what enoying life really means and meet different people with different perspectives on life.
    any comments on my thoughts would truly help

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Fer,
      If you feel like you should go for it, than I would suggest to take the leap and make it happen.
      As you know, life creates attachments, your career as a doctor might stop you from taking long breaks, you might enter a relationship that will require some stability.
      If you go for it, do it in a smart way, plan ahead (especially on money and style of traveling), and be happy while on the road (and if you are not, just stop)
      We would love to hear about how it goes for you.

  6. Jeremy says:

    I have a fantasy that me and my bestfriend if our life gives way to us we will take what we must and roam our country exploring and makig an insane journey of fun exciting time and frustrating times too

  7. elid1979 says:

    Hi Jeremy,
    no reason to keep it a fantasy, traveling is not difficult, it’s only being you in another place.
    If you have any questions, let us know and we will do our best to assist.

  8. phillip says:

    So being nomattic is a lot. Like free loveing hippies. And across. From cave man days. Aquireing places to stay.sellingthings to make money to live on and to make your own cotrubutions for paying your way. Evaluateing how to best navigate thrugh different laws and ways of life. What about relige in different cultures. In some of these cultures you had better be part of that religion or lose your do you cope with. And servive to move on

  9. phillip says:

    Religion is the word

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Phillip,
      Nomadic religion is indeed the Word! :)
      As for your question, the countries where you encounter difficulties due to religious reasons are quite rare, people from around the world are receptive to the idea of traveling and don’t really want to change travelers.
      And if there are problematic places, I just avoid them, the world is big, and the variety is huge so you can always aim for the tolerant places (that are the vast majority of countries)

  10. Stephanie horan says:

    This is really cool,

  11. Ness says:

    Hi, interesting artical! I went travelliing on my own a couple of years ago & had to walk into places to socialise on my own, got me out of my comfort zone & shell really fast & gave me a lot of confidence. I felt like I found a new me, travelling changes you. I met a lot of foreigner & found a new respect for all cultures, whereas if I was still sitting at home I would be still judging from my couch. It felt amazing, like I was alive & seeing the light for the first time. I felt at home. I remember feeling more socialble travelling on my own than I was travelling with a partner, because when your with someone you tend to stick to yourselves more. I lived a gypsy lifestyle as a child. I feel frustrated all the time like I have to leave, like my time here is up & I’m wasting time sitting here. The career choices I make have to be something that I could just get up & leave on short notice, or travel with. I am a photograher and are thinking of tenting it alone for a little while backpacking style, but not sure how to make money as a travel photographer. My life is boring, I feel like I’m stuck in quick sand. There is another life out there that I know I belong to. And if I know how to master it so I can survive on the road then I will be out this door right now. This is where my two values clash – financial security & freedom…if I win lotto it would solve all my problems Lol. Do you have any suggestions? Or know what I can do to make money as a travel photogapher cause I don’t think National Geographic is ready for me yet. Lol. And I’m still trying to figure out how to make a Blog…they are not easy! PS: sorry for the novel! Ness :-)

    • elid1979 says:

      Great comment Ness!
      This awakening feeling while changing locations is a powerful sensation that shouldn’t be missed.
      As for travel photography for a living, I honestly don’t know. It is a dream job for many people, so the competition is fierce, but if you are on the top 1%, you can surely do it.
      If not, it might be wise to “pivot” to another profession that has to do with your core skills and allows you to have a nomadic lifestyle.
      If it would be simple everyone would do it. So your two options if 1)Struggle, be creative and try to make your dream work 2)Go to automatic mode, not suffer and keep on sinking in the quick sand. I have done them both successfully.
      Whatever you do, take it easy, in 60 years, it won’t matter anyway.
      All the best and keep us updated.

  12. Dan says:

    Hey I’m 18 with 6 months graduated from highschool,made a lot of bad choices,been mentally hurt ALOT. An For some time now my thoughts have been real mixed & negative.An I have this inner thought like I myself don’t even know who I am,basically saying (I believe) I suffer from low self-esteem an depression an all that garbage..Anyhow now to the point,for a VERY long while I believed I just needed to get away & wander aimlessly almost in search for myself..iv heard that a Nomadic lifestyle will almost bring you at peace with yourself,do you think it would help me? An if I did pursue this path,how do I tell family? And also I was curious as to if you had any direct links to people who have lived 100% nomadically? Ex.No Electronics,Just the cloths on their back

  13. elid1979 says:

    Hi Dan,
    Tough call. But from what you say, I would have to intuitively say the answer is that a nomadic lifestyle is not the best solution for you.
    You see, a this lifestyle is tough, mainly since you get to spend a long time with yourself, in constantly changing situations.
    People shouldn’t “run away” to this lifestyle, but switch to it when they feel it can improve their lives and make it even better.
    It great that you consult with all available sources, and I encourage you to keep on doing so until you will make the right decision for yourself.
    All the best in your journey.

  14. I need the reasons that make the Nomadic Community to be refer as special target

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Abdulhadi,
      Nomadic communities are quite interesting, and quickly disappearing.
      I have to say I lack info on those communities, and I only investigate the topic of individual nomadism. I hope to gain more knowledge about Nomadic communities in the future.

  15. Claire says:

    Loving this site!
    I’ve been traveling for the past 4 years and come to realize that I love adjusting and setting up camp but once I’m settled I want to discard the familiar and move on. I seem to have a maximum expiration date of 3 months and then I have to go or I’m unhappy, stifled and unimaginative! Travel breaths life into me; makes me feel free and alive and bursting with all kinds of creativity!
    It’s defiantly a nomadic life for me :-D

  16. Ritu says:

    that was a cool article…..
    do you really need to have a constant source of income or money at all when you begin??
    isn’t it possible to earn doing odd jobs on the way?
    after all, you need money to fulfill only your basic necessities and transportation..
    and travelling is a matter of courage and not money..

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Ritu,
      It is possible, but I am more focused on the digital nomad revenue source, so that’s the only thing I can write about.
      Working online allows me freedom, and some certainty, instead of just going to a place a bit dependent looking for a job. With that said, if you have a skill (e.g. Chef) you can indeed do odd jobs on the way, I think it also allows you to connect to the place better while actually working there.
      One of the problem is that if you work on odd jobs, you will probably do it illegally since you don’t have a working visa, so this is something I am avoiding by working for clients out of the country.
      I think traveling is also a matter of money and not just courage. (Life is actually a matter of money and courage combined)
      If you get this job of yours, please send me an update, I would love to know your story and maybe share it with the readers.

    • BRENT says:

      I’ve lived this way for atleast 15 years, skills are needed to sustain this lifestyle along with some very helpful people , weather its family, women, friends etc. You manipulate everything around you and everyone but thats how you keep going. Hard work is involved also, labor intensive jobs as well as running into very different types of people. Don’t get me wrong I’ve learned a way of life but sacrificing relationships and “things” come with this.Happiness replaces “things” when its achieved so in all essence the things you’ve given up and relationships you have thrown away become very unnoticeable at the time of happiness. ….This is my short version so happy travels because if you’re reading this you’ve already become a Nomad;)

      • elid1979 says:

        Hi Brent,
        15 years is impressive. Skills are indeed needed, and this lifestyle is definitely not for everyone.
        I am interested to hear about the “price” paid after you stop living this lifestyle. Did you feel that you are worse off because the 15 years spent as a nomad when deciding to settle down? How did it feel to finally stop, does the nomad “itch” disappear and you can find peace staying in the same place?
        Thanks for your comment!

  17. Vovk says:

    My ancestors lived a nomadic lifestyle for most of their history. It’s been well over a thousand years, but I’ve always wanted to renew their legacy. Thanks for the tips.

    • elid1979 says:

      That’s a really nice new angle for the discussion.
      Nomadic lifestyle used to be the mainstream, and now it became a rare exception.
      I wonder which generation is more happy, ours, or our ancestors.
      Thanks for the feedback

  18. Nerra says:

    Hi there. I love this article. I am a college undergrad and my parents are struggling (financially) right now. They can barely afford another semester. This may sound negative but I feel kind of happy knowing that there’s a greater chance of me not going to school next semester.Honestly, I’ve never really been a fan of lectures and exams. I am more of the adventurous type with a bad case of wanderlust. I’m 17 and i really REALLY want to adapt the nomadic lifestyle. I am so tired of limiting my knowledge to textbooks and lectures. Do you think it would be a good idea if I earn money online and just wander about? I really need your advice on this.

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Nerra,
      Great to hear from you.
      I hope you don’t find my advice disappointing.. I love the nomadic lifestyle, and becoming a nomad is probably the best decision I have taken in my life.
      However, if you ask me, 17 is too early to start with it. In a way, you can only appreciate the nomadic lifestyle, when you have a few years of the “daily grind” of a job or university.
      The nice thing about it is that you can start being nomadic in any age, it is never too late, but it might be too early.
      If you ask me, do your best to continue another semester, graduate, work hard to make it happen, seek programs that can back, try the regular lifestyle. Win this.
      Then, if you still want, change to nomadic, from a position of power. The lifestyle is not an easy solution for daily struggle, it is simply an upgrade to normal life for some of us. Being a nomad works, but only when you are strong, and strong means mastering the normal life of study and fixed place, before taking the plunge to a more challenging lifestyle.
      Good luck, I hope you find the best path for you!

      • Nerra says:

        Thank you for the advice. Yes, it was somehow disappointing but I came here for a sensible advice and got one :) It was a good thing I sought for opinions before I made a decision that might haunt me for the rest of my life. I am going to pursue college and graduate before diving into the nomadic lifestyle, then. Thank you again.

        • Donovan says:

          I would also suggest you look at getting a degree or experience in a field that will enable you to pursue the nomadic lifestyle. It’s great that you are soul searching at such a young age. A little work now can really set you up for a lifetime of excitement with the benefit of not having to struggle so much to live that way.

          • elid1979 says:

            I like the idea you brought up, if any of you are choosing a nomadic lifestlye, it only means that you have to work super hard on your skills before you take the journey.
            In order to sustain yourself on the road, unlike working in a regular 9-5 job in your city, you actually need to deliver a lot of value in order to sustain yourself and getting paid.
            Building a set of skills and expertise is critical for a succcessful nomadic lifestyle, may it be cooking, website design or whatever skill that is your art.

  19. Gordon says:

    Have enjoyed reading this artcile and then following comments.

    I am a 56 year old male. Was born and grew up in Zimbabwe (the Rhodesia). Moved to Canada in 1988 with my wife and kids and became a Canadian citizen.

    The past few years have been very tough on me – the loss of my 21 year old son to suicide and the break-up of my marriage. I went back to Africa for a few years and that was great but I couldn’t stay there and had to come back to Canada.

    The idea of a nomadic lifestyle really appeals to me as I am literally sickened by the rat race of the “normal” capitalist lifestyle.

    Does anyone have any advice and suggestions for an older-generation nomad wanna-be ? I would prefer to get away from the cold of Canada too so places further south in USA and Central/South America would be great.

    Look forward to hearing more ….

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Gordon,
      Sounds like you are going through a lot in the last few years, stay strong.
      I think nomadic life for the older generation is probably more challenging than for the younger one, for various reasons, starting from health, and especially the ability to connect to new people.
      However, I can say the following, if you are doing it right, coming from a super positive place, and you are ready to face with the difficulties of the road (loneliness and some bad experiences), it should be fine at any age.
      It all has to do with the attitude, and how happy you are as a person.
      All the best,

  20. Man says:


    I’m interested in expenses of nomad life…I’m planning to start traveling in about a month,and my budget isn’t very big. It could hold me for some time, but then i’d need some sort of income..Im not interested in any sorts of luxury along the way. All i need is food and water actually, and maybe some other stuff that will be mandatory for me to survive.
    Any experienced thoughts on that subject?
    Where do u get your money while traveling?

  21. elid1979 says:

    so let’s start by saying that you will need to make money while traveling if you are planning on a long term nomadic lifestyle.
    Check out this link for some revenue ideas:

    And also check out this article about how to spend less when traveling:

    The truth of the matter is that when it comes to making money, you just have to take a decision on what you are betting on, and start building this revenue source. With time, it will be fine, but you have to start building your revenue source as soon as possible.
    Good luck!

  22. Jess says:

    Ah, all your posts inspire me so much. I can’t wait to begin!

  23. cyclone says:

    Hi Eli,
    I have enjoyed much of this webpage. It has been fulfilling. I’m very happy you have taken the time to respond to your posters.
    By your definition i have been leading a nomadic lifestyle my entire adult life and part of my childhood. Unfortunately my travels haven’t taken me all that far from home almost like a magnet. Hearing your advice to disconnect i think will be the key to my exodus. But i feel i would need a great distance to sever what ties me down. Would you suggest international travel? if so, what all do you think i would need to have, to cross national boarders? What if i don’t intend to return?

    Thank You for Your advice so far.

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Cy,
      thanks for the feedback!
      I have to be more careful with the word disconnect, since in the end, the goal is connecting (at least for me).
      I recommend international travel for sure, you get exposed to other cultures and ways of thinking, so I would at least give it a try.
      As for not intending to return, I personally try not to make those declarations about returning, never returning, staying or leaving. One of the main advantages of nomadic lifestyle is the flexibility it offers you to do whatever you want. I would keep flexible and take the best decisions based on the situation and how you feel about it, and not on self made promises. But, that’s just the way I do it, not necessarily the right way or the only way.
      Safe travels,

  24. Jon says:

    Awesome article; I came across it while googling and reminiscing about the experiences I’ve had while traveling and planning another getaway.

    I’ve moved a lot in my life, several times against my own will (as a kiddo) and I’ve found that the itch has never left. I lived in one town for 6 years, reached adulthood, and then decided to drop everything and go on a bicycle tour.

    I ended up getting into an accident and had no money or insurance. However, I had an acquaintance at a communal house of about 20 people. I continued my journey but had to quit after another 250 miles due to the injuries. I took a train back to the communal house with just my bike, and planned to stay at the communal house and mend my injuries for about 2 weeks. I ended up staying there for 2 years.

    Six months ago I got a new spot in Seattle, signed a year lease on my own apartment. I work in the tech industry as well, and it breeds a sedentary lifestyle which is causing me health problems. I can’t stand it.

    One of the hardest things about my journey is dealing with attachment. Not to things, as they can be easily replaced, but to people and experiences. I long to go back in time and join the collective communities from which I came from (my tribes). And as I dream about backpacking in another country, I always think of my friends and my “homes,” as my memories are both profound to me and bereaving, knowing that I can’t have those experiences again.

    In addition, while I haven’t concluded this, I’ve determined that I’m running away from myself, due to some self-alienation and being in consistent isolation (living/working, detached and online isn’t helping with this, that’s for sure). Nonetheless, I realize, yet again, that my fundamental path to happiness is on the road. Once my lease is up, I’ll see about re-assessing my job situation and going away and chucking all of “my” physical things again which held no value in the first place.

    Anyway, thanks for jotting down your inspiring words. It’s a solid reminder, and I can’t wait to reacquaint myself with the road again.

    • elid1979 says:

      Thanks for the comment, looks like you have it all in place.
      few comments about things you brought up.
      Attachments and loneliness connect. Loneliness might be the worst disadvantage of a nomadic lifestyle. Nostalgia is a killer, it grounds you. I am lucky enough not to have it (strong genetics? stone heart?)
      If for you, happiness is only true when shared, then make your tribe move with you. If you manage to pull it off, please please send me a few lines on how you managed to pull it off.
      All the best,

  25. Shelby says:

    I love the article and I myself have only tasted the nomadic lifestyle for a little bit. I’ve only moved around my state in Montana over the last few years, but I’m ready to keep moving. My family is worried that I’m making a wrong decision. They bought me a car when I graduated a few years ago and they use it as a leash almost. I’m fed up with it. I’m a proficient hiker and camper. I have hiked for weeks on end through the backwoods of Montana. I just need to know, is it worth it to just drop everything and start now because I feel like I’m ready, however my head has never stopped having that nagging feeling like I’m disappointing everyone.

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Shelby,
      My family was also worried when I started. I have to admit, I took their worries into concern, since I know they have my best interest in their minds, and try to deal with what they are worried about. The first thing was lack of family, which I find irrational, since I can start a family late. Their second worry was my career, they didn’t understand how I will make a living and not be in a situation that when I get back to normal life, I will have nothing. I dealt with that by trying to build sustainable businesses, and I think I am on the right track. The conclusion is, try to figure out if some of their concerns are justified, and try dealing with those. From experience, I can tell you that at least 50% of the things that concern your loved ones are true, and you have to find a way of dealing with that.
      It’s your life to build. Try choosing a stable and sustainable path that makes you happy. I keep on repeating a mantra which I believe in: If you go nomadic because you are running away (or fed up), it will probably be a disappointing experience. Try going nomadic from a position of power and improvement of what you have.
      Just like any decision in life, this one is yours to take, and I hope you make the best one.
      good luck!

  26. Shaman says:


    I’m a 53 year young Rasta Shaman, I raised my Sun and he recently graduated this summer. All his life, I wanted to unschool and travel, with our dog; he didn’t!

    We are originally from Santa Cruz, CA and relocated to Northern Minnesota In 2002. I own a tiny home, but am developing a virtual presence such that I could do consulting for guidance and readings and have the dogs too!

    Like the gentleman from Africa, I”m tired of the rat race!

    I have in the last 2 years taken at least 3 long road trips including with my Sun and his friend, who is now 17. Sleeping in our SUV, with the dogs, stopping across the country. We visited the Hempfestival in Seattle! Highly recommended~

    I think at 53, we have become very flexible, and are even better are adapting to new situations, friends, at least some of us?

    Then again, I wasn’t raised in the Midwest, many my age here seem far less flexible in terms of their thinking?

    I would like to nomad in an RV or Bus and have a home base somewhere would be ideal! Boat would work too.

    Love the thread!


    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Shaman,
      sounds like a fun trip, congrats!
      for the RV culture, try the youtube movie “American Nomads”, much of the movie is dedicated to this topic.
      I think that it is a perfect age to go nomad, after you are more mature, balanced, and know what you want of life.
      Good luck!

  27. Mo says:

    As of lately, I have been interested in adopting the nomad lifestyle. In a sense, I am already a nomad, traveling around the country at least once a month for a couple days to a week. I’m 22 yrs old, a college graduate, with two jobs, my own place, and my own car. Even with all of this, I am still able to travel, and every time it is time for me to return back “home” I always think..there has to be away I can just travel and get up and go whenever I please. So my only concerns are about money. Being that one of the jobs I have now is as a waitress, I figured it is always easy to find a serving job to make quick tip money to survive in any city. But I don’t want to have to suffice to just that! My ultimate goal is to be a filmmaker so I figured I could document my journey but I know that will take a while before that produces substantial revenue. What do you think? And I am also worried about my car..I have a Jeep Wrangler that I absolutely love!!! So I would want to take it with me but I know in some places or for some travels this wouldnt be fitting. All in all, what are your suggestions?

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Mo,
      sounds like you have your two feet on the ground, which is something I like in potential nomads :)
      As for money, the only thing I came up with is working online. why? 1)Legally, when you travel to other countries you cant work there 2)it allows you to go to low cost countries while working for clients in developed countries.
      A car, just like any other attachment, has a good side to it, and a negative side to it. My opinion is worthless here since the benefits and prices paid on this attachments are personal, you know what’s best.
      Film making sounds like a long term project, so I encourage you to also have something as a cash flow operation, while growing and working on your film making project.
      All the best,

  28. Jeremy says:

    Hey there! Jer the Bear (wicked name, right? jk) here. I totally dig the article and the life you live. I’ve recently been talking to a couple friends of mine and we are all of a like mind in regards to picking up and traveling. I just have a couple of questions for you.

    First of all, in your experience, do you feel that traveling alone or with a group (whether it be two or even ten) is better? I know it is probably a personal preference thing but I just wanted to see where you weighed in on it.

    My second question is as follows. I read a few of the previous comments and responses, you’ve been on the road for three years now? Is that right? That’s awesome, btw! I was wondering if you had any extra information for me, websites that dive deeper into the lifestyle or just things you’ve picked up along the way?

    I’m looking forward to this coming stage in my life, to learn in ways that would be impossible while in the box I live in now and to experiencing life to its fullest potential, both ups and downs. I’m really grateful that I stumbled upon this page.

    Safe Travels,

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Jer,
      Good to hear from you.
      You got it right about traveling alone or together. It is personal preference.
      If its backpacking lifestyle without work involve, I would probably say that if you have cool people to travel with, by all means, do it with them.
      A usual nomadic lifestyle however, involves work most of the day (usually online, or any other work). That means that you are actually building your own life and routine wherever you are. That actually means that you are alone, or many other digital nomad do, travel as a couple, not many options in between.
      As for the information presented here, it is my creation after 4 years of traveling and confronting situations.. However there are definitely some blogs I follow and inspired by, check them out at the top menu (nomad blogs).
      All the best and feel free to shoot additional questions.

      • been on the road for 25 years. use carpentry for income & some family help in tight spots but that is over with. this is the advice: you must learn meditation to be happy. to be in aloneness is fun as apposed to lonliness which sucks. lonliness will be amplified on the road but aloneness is totally exciting, all is new, a celebration ,a temple. the internet has made nomadics a riot of laughs, never isolated. spirituality is the key here find a system that works for you. with an rv, camper or truck its all sweetness & light. you can find a routine of places you visit yearly with ‘for real’ people that accept you.’ever let your fancy roam happiness never is at home’. learn to eat cheap by going vegan or veggie style because health is number one, you can not afford to be sick. boats tents vans shacks caves all add to the fun. never a boss to tell you anything, no hurry just keep ahead of the food so its no stress & enjoy!

        • elid1979 says:

          Carpentry sounds like a super cool of making a nomadic living without being stuck in front of a laptop, nice going! Nice reflection about aloneness and loneliness. All the best in your journey.

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  30. Daniel1977 says:

    phew….!! this is soo wonderfully awesome….to the extent that, me , who never thought of moving away from ‘home’..had sudden thoughts of diving into Nomadic lifestyle…..sounds very very different !


    • elid1979 says:

      That’s one awesome feedback.
      Glad you have awaken, and also glad it was just a sudden thought that will not keep you away from home.
      Take care!

  31. bruh69 says:

    Thanks for the info

  32. Gavin Chan says:

    Thank you for this, I was looking for a solution to work and travel at the same time where my current situation is suitable for this where at the moment I am not bound by attachments and currently building my skills and portfolio to be able to freelance web design/development online. Thanks again great read! :)

  33. novoa2015 says:

    Hi im having trouble with fear the fear of uncertainty being killed or robbed or assaulted is north america on a scale of 1-100 a good place to nomad?i would love to be a nomad my family is from el-salvador and we have moved 5 times i believe since i was a youngling but now that im older i want to go my own way which brings me back to fear ;_;

  34. […] you’ll face when you choose a nomadic life. The points will range from the obvious, “A nomad constantly changes locations, switching from one place to another…” to things you might not agree with at all such as, “People look stupid when they cry. […]

  35. Tom Tucker says:

    42 years ago I toured the USA and I loved it. I found I did not have enough money to be nomadic and returned to California and worked hard and long hours. I was forced to retire at 62 due to a brain disorder. I am 63 at this time and I am a full time caretaker for Bickel Camp in a remote spot of the Mojave Desert. I find I am still around too many people. I am the only person living in this remote area and my closest neighbor is eight miles away yet since this is a historic camp there are many visitors on the week ends. I wish to have more time alone and wish to camp at various remote spots in the BLM wilderness. I am now planning to resign from being the full time caretaker in two months. I am going to purchase a “Runaway” travel trailer which is eight feet long, four feet high and four feet wide. This will keep my life simple and I will be able to live in the remote areas I desire. I seek to have solitude for meditating which brings me serenity which brings me happiness. I know most people would find this a strange desire but it is right for me. I have an income and do not need to be anywhere for any reason. I am a Taoist and think this lifestyle will enable me to find the peace and quiet I long for. I have very few possessions and very few desires as I believe desires and possessions bring unhappiness. When I had the most possessions I was most unhappy.

    I enjoyed reading this site and appreciate your sharing your thoughts. Thank you.

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