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 can also be unrewarding and bitter. Just like everything else in life, being a nomad has some wonderful advantages and a few substantial disadvantages. In this article, we will discuss some of the main characteristics of the nomadic life. But first, we start with a short discussion of the current status and trends of the nomadic lifestyle.

The single major factor which affects nomads is technology which has two related impacts. On the one hand, the rapid pace of technological advance is decreasing the number of ancient nomadic people, since it produces more reasons to settle down. On the other hand, the internet allows people to work remotely and become Digital Nomads, a way of life which allows anyone to work online while enjoying the flexibility to constantly change locations.

Here are 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. For nomads “Change is home”. Not many people can stick to this lifestyle on the long term, since most of us need a little stability and a private comfort zone. Nomads have no real home they can feel comfortable in, and spend most of their time in someone’s else accommodation (i.e. a hostel, short rental, a friend’s place, or couchsurfing).
  • The nomadic lifestyle is more important than anything else, including career, relationship, or assets. A nomad will avoid any attachment which forces her/him to be tied to a specific location. Once you have decided that your nomadic lifestyle is first priority, you will have to sacrifice to make sure it stays sustainable. Many nomads find the Buddhist religion as a good fit, since it focuses on non-attachment and letting go of everything you have. A nomad lets go and clicks an imaginary “reset button” as they move between locations.
  • Avoiding attachments- A nomad breaks away from her/his attachments before taking the nomadic path, and stays away from attachments while living as a nomad. What is an attachment? Anything that keeps you away from realizing a nomadic life. It is anything you have (or actually, think that you have) and can’t give up on.  The perfect job that is impossible to get once you quit it, the dog you love so much and can’t be left behind, the amazing girlfriend/boyfriend that will not agree to become a nomad. A quick interesting insight- if you have those, and feel happy, keep 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 ones, 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 constantly changing situations. This constant process of change is your teacher. If you are ready for it, it will make you a better person.
  • Nomads don’t take life very seriously. Think about it. If you keep losing everything you had (friends, home) every time you change a location, 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, there is nothing to defend.
  • Nomads travel light and have a minimalist mindset. It means that they consume experiences instead of accumulating Stuff. Life is short, and the only thing we are guaranteed not to lose is great moments experienced. Those of us who keep on over consuming and increasing their possessions will find it very frustrating to carry on their backs while constantly changing locations.
  • Nomads usually travel slow. Even for the rare few who can live life without having a home, it is important to create emotional stability by staying longer in each location (usually 1-3 months) in order to establish routines and make meaningful friendships.
  • Nomads are respectful, smiley and above all curious. If this is not the case, why would you choose a path of a constant change? Being positive also helps to mitigate one of the greatest disadvantages of the nomadic life, which is loneliness. We are all social animals, which means that without company, we wither and disconnect from ourselves. Since nomads have to keep on rebuilding their social circle wherever they go, being happy and positive is crucial. Regardless, one of my favorite nomadic quotes is “If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company”. Nomads spend a lot of their time alone, and should enjoy it as well.
  • Digital Nomads are trying to deal with the issue of lack of social life by choosing global locations that are Digital nomad hubs. This greatly increase the chance of meeting like-minded people.
  • Nomad think and adjust fast. As a nomad constantly changing locations, everything is always new.  You have to put effort in finding what you need, and probably can’t speak the native language. It means that you must learn to trust your intuition and make quick decisions.

There are many different types of nomadic lifestyles and each of us better customize their own. For example, with time, I have developed a set of nomadic routines and rules which I follow and adjust. Now it’s time for you to decide if the nomadic life is a beneficial experiment to you, and if so, just make it happen.


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167 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!

    • Richard says:

      Hi , I’ve been a nomad my entire life. The majority of the time it was because my parents were nomads , and so when I went on my own into the adult world I was molded already to be the same way. It’s interesting to see a website describe my life , I just want to say that there are always going to be some people who just don’t know any other way of living. I enjoy my life , being exposed to different cultures all the time is the greatest gift of life to me .

      • elid1979 says:

        that’s very interesting Richard, most nomads I know had to come to the conclusion of being nomads alone, so it is nice to see the influence of parents on your life decisions 🙂

      • Sara says:

        Hello Richard,
        I would like to ask can you live a nomadic life and at the same time have the money to travel? And.. how do you start this kind of life?
        Thank you.

  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.

      • Leah says:

        Hi you people make me feel so jealous, I wish I had the courage to live a nomadic lifestyle, unfortunately I feel I waited to long had five children and now three grandchildren

        • Ton says:

          It’s never too late to follow your heart. I raised 4 kids, one of which is 15 and travels with me. I homeschool him so it’s a great learning environment. I have 3 grandkids, and two more by the end of the year. I say, Go for it!!!!

        • Eli says:

          What Ton said 🙂
          Milarepa’s quote comes to mind- “My religion is to live and die without regrets”

    • Wyatt says:

      How are you supposed to earn money if you live a so-called nomadic lifestyle? what jobs allow you to live this lifestyle? Are they easy or hard jobs? I mean I wanna be a nomad by all means, but I was wondering, I have autism, SEVERE Anxiety, HORRIBLE ADHD, is it possible for me to manage that lifestyle? If not, back to my anti-depressant medication.

      • Ton says:

        You don’t need to stop taking your medicine, however the outdoors is great medicine. I have anxiety as well as brain tumors. I can’t think of a better way to spend my life. Try looking up wwoofingusa for temporary employment, housing and food along your travels.

      • david s. says:

        a nomadic life style would be your best medicine, in short yes a care free life full of trials and tribulations would be just what you need, you just need to take the leap!

  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,

    • david s. says:

      do it all no wrong answers here

  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)

    • Hector says:

      Well…no exaclyt nomadic lifestyle is just for religions….
      I think Imore goes for lifestyle
      Nomadic person never feel complete or in home always looking for the perfect or close to the best macht lifestyle desires.
      Me….I still looking for it…and is really hard..

  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 😀

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Claire,
      3 months is also more or less my timeline between changes.
      Good luck in your nomadic life 🙂

    • Erick says:

      I find it interesting to hear a few of you specify a timeline of about “3 months.” When I look back at my life and think of all the times I was happiest, they do seem to be after a major environmental change has happened. The in-between parts seem to dilute the overall richness of my life. I’ve alway done almost everything I was told to like focus on my college education and career. At 31 years of age I am now a successful Graphic Designer stuck in the same company doing the same exact routine every month. At this rate I will never be able to dig myself out of the debt school has caused. My creativity is stifled here, and I realize that on this current path the in-between period for me will be for the next few decades. It feels like looking down a gun barrel with someone else’s finger on the trigger. My gf feels the same. She has always moved around her whole life and loves adventure. Between the two of us we make nearly 100K. I’ve been poor, seen hunger and know how hard it is to make money when you have none. I also know that in the long run it doesn’t make you happy.

      So, we’re getting rid of our stuff and loading up our recently purchased used travel trailer to start out on the open road. I’m not sure what we will do for money, but I know better than to worry about it. There are many resources out there. We’re both smart, young and opportunistic. Life is very short and precious. I’m not going to wait until I’m almost dead to start traveling and enjoying my short stay on this planet. These past few months I have researched what it would take to become nomadic and I believe this is the perfect resolution for us to get what we want out of life. Quite frankly I keep kicking myself for not coming to this realization sooner. I hope to see you guys on the road somewhere…

      • elid1979 says:

        Sounds like a great plan.
        I never regret for the past. It’s the mistakes and moments of sadness which makes us grow and take good decisions in the present and future, and it looks like that’s exactly what you are doing. I started my nomadic path 5 years ago when I was 31, and I would never trade the experience of the daily grind of the 9-6, it is exactly that which allowed me to take the decision to go nomadic.
        Happy travels to you!

  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.

      • Erick says:

        Remember to consider also, that school is expensive. I wonder now how much I would be worth if had I not gone to school and been working the whole time. I feel like I just started out at 31yrs because I caught up in school for half a decade of my life. My net worth is now -60K. That’s a lot of money I owe. I am working in my field, but I still debate if it was worth it. I’ll never be able to pay that money back at this rate. Quite frankly no one has ever asked to see my diploma. I’m not suggesting you run around and lie about it, but school literally gives you credentials that get put down on a 60K+ chunk of paper. I think skills are more important than paper. If there’s any reason I feel this way it’s because I have skills, confidence and experience in many things. It’s not your credentials that will get you far it’s what you do. Talk is cheap. It’s never too early to start building skills. I might suggest going to a vocational school. It’s really hard to get paid for ideas and thoughts. You should consider what service or product you would like to provide the world and start learning the basics of that. Also, if you’re serious about this, some research on primitive survival skills will insure you are always able to survive in the worst of cases if you do decide to leave. I’m not going to say as a young person to not do it, but respect the decision. Make sure you have the skills needed to handle yourself before you get in too deep. Always have a back up plan.

        • elid1979 says:

          Erick, totally with you on skills. We spend so much time in schools, and get really low amount of skills, I hope this will change in the future.
          As for the focus on net value, you and I both agree that net value is not the most important element in life, but the experiences you have are. If you had good time in school, learned about yourself, experienced life in a different way, than you should probably take this factor into account as well.

  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.

  29. 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!

  30. bruh69 says:

    Thanks for the info

  31. 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! 🙂

  32. 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 ;_;

  33. […] 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. […]

  34. 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.

  35. Brianna Knowles says:

    See I’m 19, and been thinking about this quite a bit… but the thing is I don’t where to start, and I am afraid to just go alone but I wanna do this… any advice?

  36. Sarah says:

    My husband and I kind of fell into this lifestyle, however I do see some differences from the article. After my husband retired at 42, and not knowing what to do, we decided to take a vacation…this 3 month vacation wound up being 1.5 outside of the USA; with that you see life in a different perspective. Our online business took off and we decided to come back to the United States once we landed we started hopping from place to place not really staying in one specific place. Now, we get to travel and see parts of the country we have never seen. We’re especially enjoying the National Parks.

    I do agree with the socializing part, it’s great to have my husband and we are our social but at times I do miss having friends…

    • elid1979 says:

      That’s a great change you have done with your husband, congratulations.
      You helped me realize that the infrastructure to freedom is the ability to be location free, and that’s why online businesses are so great.
      As for the social part, I recently discovered that working in coworking spaces wherever i go helps a lot.
      All the best,

  37. Maxime Passiant says:

    You mentioned starting the nomadic lifestyle whilst depressed or trying to escape / run away might not be the best way to embark on this journey, but I feel like it is the only way I can find happiness, which I haven’t felt through my current sedentary university student life in way too long and it’s absolutely driving my insane. Any recommendations on how to begin my journey would be greatly appreciated and thanks for everything, this page has been quite an interesting read.

    • elid1979 says:

      Nice hearing from you.
      I just think running away to a nomadic life is not a good idea. I do think that it might be the most amazing lifestyle out there, but I rather switch to it from a position of “I am ok now, but can surely be happier as a Nomad” than “I am miserable now, let’s run away”. I hope you come from the same place, since this lifestyle requires a lot of stamina, emotional strength, and some special characteristics as well. How to start? easy. No big declarations, take a nice trip to another country for a few months, and see how it goes..

  38. septembernepal says:

    i was really frustrated with life but i started liking nomadic life style…im26 single with lots of positivity and ideas in my mind..i am searching for a true life time traveller…if you are ready to start please contact me….i am not a rich guy but i have great thoughts and a true heart…hope to hear from a lovely lady….i am a nepali citizen and hungry to learn more….stay positive….just believe in your always.

  39. Pedro says:

    I am 39 years old, never nomadic, but traveling and restless often. To the college kids….. I can’t speak as an expert, but at 22 I was totally spent from my first job after college, so much that I felt like just running and being nomadic. In retrospect I am glad I stuck it out because I took my lumps. That lifestyle is awaiting me and not going anywhere should I ever choose it, but it will be a situation where I can walk to it on my terms rather than cling to it. The daily grind sucks at times, a lot in most cases, but if you plan to live a long time just remember that you aren’t going to be physically young forever, and a decade goes by in a flash, so use your best discretion and don’t let a bad few months or semesters or job push you into defensive mode if it’s in you to get a foundation of skills and a Plan B in another way. Whatever you do, be happy!

    • elid1979 says:

      I agree that choosing this lifestyle on your own terms puts you in a much better position, and gaining skills to live this life is critical.
      All the best to you when and if you start (and also if you don’t) 🙂

  40. Wow, this is a great overview of nomadic lifestyle. It really is a constant journey of learning and can be very difficult at times when one becomes lonely. Some would say the solution is to travel with someone, but that doesn’t make up for the lack of community. My partner and I have been travelling for years now and will be heading back to our ‘starting point’ (aka once “home”) at the end of the year. I am hoping we can follow your brilliant advice and follow on with our Nomadic lifestyle in our own country, even once we have children, though I’m sure it won’t be easy..

  41. Stan says:

    Hey, great article. I have the girl and the dog and the mortgage and it’s driving me mad, I want to leave it all behind and just ride off on my motorbike with a backpack and work my way round the world. I’ve thought about little else for a longtime now and feel I just need to bite the bullit. Gonna start in Europe see where I get. Did you have a stack of money saved before you went?

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Stan,
      the girl and dog sound nice, make sure it is not you who is driving yourself mad before you leave, because you can’t leave yourself behind even when becoming a nomad
      Europe is good, if you are on the budget, go for east/central Europe and Balkans.
      If you don’t have a clear idea on how to make money on the move (usually working online), going with enough money makes a lot of sense so you give yourself a real chance to make it before you run out of money.

  42. Kai says:


    I enjoyed reading your article.
    I will explore more of this site now, but couldn’t resist making this remark.
    In point 3 you wrote “girlfriend” and by that excluding all heterosexual women and gay men from your envisionment of the nomadic lifestyle. It looks like I’m being picky but when it often happens to me, as a woman, I sometimes feel like pointing it out. Hope you can appreciate that critique.
    I feel like everyday I am taking small steps to a nomadic lifestyle, as I pushing myself to think other than in the lifestyle “as it should be by society” and opening my mind.

    • Kai says:

      I do see you wrote “his/her” there, so that’s cool. 🙂

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Kai,
      I guess I write more about topics which relate more to my situation, but of course, everyone should have the freedom to be a nomad, regardless of gender and sexual orientation.
      I think traveling as a man, woman, heterosexual or gay all have their unique challenges, and require different mindset to be safe and happy on the road. I have to admit that sadly, nomad “straight guys” face less challenges than all other groups which are more vulnerable to prejudice and harassment.
      In any case, I think everyone can become a nomad, and facing the unique challenges is probably the biggest “Win” of this lifestyle anyway.
      All the best in your nomadic adventure.

  43. Emmanuel says:

    Nice article. I’m writing a research paper on nomadic turbulence, do you mind if I quote from your article? Besides, are there any books or e-materials you can recommend? Kindly let me know how you would like to be quoted, as well as the source of this article. Thanks a million.

    • elid1979 says:

      hi Emmanuel,
      Sure, feel free to quote it. No books on the topic i know of other than Vagabonding by Rolf Potts. The source of the article is my own writing. If you need anything else, or want to schedule a skype call, please send me a message via the contact us form
      take care!

  44. Monique says:

    Loved reading this! Never actually thought about the nomadic lifestyle until i started questioning myself as to why i always find a next place to be, only after a short amount of time, like i cannot be content.

    I believe i was born at least half nomad! haha. I do obtain jobs and rental places for short amount of times, but i am 23 years old this year, and in 16 days i will be off on my 27th move/house. I have moved more then i have lived, and no longer will i question it, it is who i am!

    • elid1979 says:

      great hearing from you Monique 🙂
      oh, and if you are a nomad, you should always question who you are. That’s the point of never ending change.
      All the best to you.

  45. Mohsin Ali says:


    I am leaving my home for my journey. I just want to learn nomadic lifestyle and experiences. Kindly guide me about how can I earn money to meet my basic needs like food while traveling. Kindly give me some suggestions please

    • elid1979 says:

      earning money on the road is never easy, I suggest you develop skills to make it easier, either by working wherever you go (e.g. work as a chef) or work as a digital nomad (by learning programming, content writing and so on)
      It really also depends on what you would like to do, and if you prefer to become a digital nomad or work wherever you are.
      Would love to hear more about your plans, send me a message on the Contact us and I will try to help.

  46. Lazarus says:

    I could never become a nomad unless I had someone with me. I want the lifestyle and I know it’s something I’d love; I dream about it quite often. But I can’t without a friend. I hate loneliness too much for it. I know a lot of people who would want to become nomads. To travel together as a caravan of sorts across all of afro-eurasia is what I always dream of. Playing music on the road, selling and buying items, sleeping in tents/carriages/etc(depending how we get around) is the only nomadic lifestyle I cloud handle. If I get at least one friend to join me in a nomadic lifestyle, maybe I’d see you on the road one day

    • elid1979 says:

      I know what you mean, but nomadic life in some point connects to the idea of total flexibility, non attachment and ability to change.
      I have a feeling that if you need a stable community, embarking on a full nomadic life might feel frustrating and lonely and time.
      In any case, I hope you find the best way to do it, while also finding good companions.
      all the best,

  47. […] In January 2013, two kayak instructors from New England, Emily King and Corey Smith, decided to run an experiment to test just how realistic it could be to travel the United States living a nomadic lifestyle. […]

  48. Matthew says:

    What about food? I work from home and I do not eat meat. I do not plan to work for another and I do not plan on eating meat. What is one to do about food and water whilst traveling the Earth?

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Matthew,
      I also don’t eat meat. It is not that hard to find places that have pasta , or rice with Tofu. Especially if you have a kitchen and you can cook you should be fine.
      There is food and water everywhere, go travel 🙂

  49. TumaYah says:

    Please subscribe me to the nomadic lifestyle , the subscribe option didn’t work above.

  50. G4331 says:

    If a Nomad becomes angry, are they then a Yes-mad?

  51. bonnie jeremy t.j says:

    Me , Bonnie and t.j my cat have been on the road for two years.We stop get jobs donate plasma and we get a place to live and we help out other people and we get the itch to see new beaches and new waves and enjoy God’s gift to us we love this lifestyle but it is hard sometimes we wake up and thank god for a new day and the hit open road again. For people who need help on the road we use 211 on our phone and we get help with food and clothes. We go to church and tell our story and we meet great people.

    • elid1979 says:

      That’s very interesting to read, thank you for sharing since it is a totally different way of travel, very vulnerable and uncertain, that’s maybe the magic of it as well. Although I probably couldn’t do it, I hope it works for you, and best of luck to you and t.j

  52. Brandon says:

    I’m 25 and a have excelled at the grind I’ve saved for a house and the future, but it has never set well with me, so I have bought a dual sport motorcycle and plan on leaving my apartment when it’s up in May, and traveling the US for a year maybe more. I want to meet new people and experience new situations, I plan to wild camp way off the path,and I’m a skilled mechanic to help me earn a little when I can, My question is what steps should I take when entering the nomadic life. what types of places to avoid when I first set out. and how do I keep from being taken advantage of, and I wanted to know if anyone carts a weapon with them for protection?

    • elid1979 says:

      Sounds like an amazing plan! Unfortunately, my lifestyle is based on digital nomadism, which means travel while working online so my advice would not be much of use.
      I think that the steps has to be with making sure you have enough money to sustain yourself once being on the road (shouldnt be hard if you only take a year off), and making sure you are spending time in places that make you happy.
      I never thought about carrying a weapon, but I travel in a different and more stable style.
      One thing you might want to consider, which is relevant for many traveleres, is a saying that i dont find 100% right, but it has some truth in it: “Happiness is only true when shared”. Maybe you should find a partner for the road. All the best!

  53. Toni says:

    Great article! I relate on so many levels. My son and I had been talking about selling everything and venturing off for about three years. In Winter 2013 I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had one brain surgery to remove part of the tumor but part of the tumor remains. This was absolutely the best thing that could’ve ever happened in my life. Dec 21, 2014 my son (was 12 years old at the time), sold everything and bought a mini van. We’re just coming up on our 1 year mark and I’ve loved it. Although doctor appointments keep a short string on our journeys. But we’ve been places we wouldn’t have otherwise visited. We’ve met all kinds of people and walks of life. I began homeschooling my son and I believe it has been a great life learning tool. My son previously attended a special education school and our nomad learning lifestyle has increased his self esteem, broadened his ideals and gave him experiences far beyond what a classroom ever could. He’s connected with other homeschoolers along the way and developed relationships that he maintains online and visits every few months. He’s volunteered at a ranch with horses, goats, chickens, mules, etc… swam in a creek in the Sierra’s with a bear about 10 feet away. He explains it as “one of the most beautiful experiences, both bear and human at peace with nature”. He’s saved a baby hummingbird from a river and nurtured it back to health.
    I adore the relationships built along the way, connecting to strangers on a deeper level. Sometimes its a bitter sweet departure as we leave, a bit sad leaving new friends but moving onto the next adventure and along the path to learning.There’s always something new to learn. I think of it as a piece of our heart is sprinkled along the way.
    My struggle lately has been a love attachment. Ran into a gentleman that took a big piece of my heart. The struggle as to when do I stop my nomadic lifestyle to settle down. My need to move on is very short compared to your article and others comments. My max is two weeks. I begin the nervousness and urge to move on. It’s interesting as I write this that my son and I originally stated we would give the lifestyle a year and then decide whether we continue. As the year mark approaches I wonder whether our journey has led us to a new home and a new adventure of settling down.

    • elid1979 says:

      This is incredibly inspiring, thanks for sharing.
      I think you are living the nomadic life in a differently other (and probably better) than my own, as a digital nomad glued to my laptop..
      I recommend you read my following article about the way I actually live my life, and maybe you can prepare your own version for it, mine keeps on changing, maybe yours should as well?
      The idea is that you learn how to live this type of life, constantly adjust it, and understand yourself better through it. After 5 years, my pace of learning is the same, there is so much to discover about the right way for each of us to experience life. With that said, there is a right time to stop, and you better catch to it the minute it is time (you will probably know when time comes if you are honest with yourself)
      In any case, looks like you are doing a great job in living life to the fullest, you wake up call is something most of us need.

  54. Janet says:

    Freedom is having nothing—
    For a long time ppl said I’m this free spirited nomad kinda girl. (Not the slutty type either just to clarify)
    I never really understood what ppl were seeing in me. Now that I’m bound by my child in a home with her dad, I realize…. Tho I love my child & nvr leave her, I realize I miss the part of being free. I’ve no relationship with her father, detached from the world, my family & not interested in living in our house. I often have thought I need to leave in order to live… But feel bad to think that cause of my responsibility to my child. I say my life’s on pause, because I’m here for her but when she’s 18, I hope to be able to roam free again. My love will NEVER stop for her. She’ll just be her own person, joining me if she wants.

    • elid1979 says:

      Sounds good Janet.
      However, I have to say I don’t like hearing people saying “my life is on hold”. Life is too short.
      You have some constraints and attachments, but it can still be quite interesting. As someone who has the same problem (the travel drug in order to live), I recommend working hard on mindfulness and awareness. Google and practice those and you might be surprised of how you can have the same feeling, although staying in one place.
      It’s very inspiring by the way that love is stronger than anything for you, I am sure you can combine those two!

  55. Kibbs says:

    I wish to join this life style for the fact i think it to be the most natural way of living. I don’t like this cog machine idea that i have been born into. What joy in life is it to be born,raised, live, then die with no story to tell? no legacy? I want to live freely and see the earth how whatever god intendid it to be…..not staying put and working for something that will sooner or later die off anyway. travling will never die off.

  56. Sara king says:

    I am a nomad. I’v been living on the go most my life. Crossing the United States every witch way. From redwoods to the Joshua trees. From the coast to the high mountain. I’v seen every big city and small gems no one would know existed. This is the only way that makes sense to me. It’s the only way of living that is full of life and has meaning. But here in the US it is not easy. The government and society shuns it. It’s not an excepted way of living especially with children. People have their opinions of how they feel children should be raised and but that opinion out for all children. Americans have this silly way of thinking that their way is the only right way and the government, child welfare and law really have it out for nomadic families. It’s truly illegal in the US. Not surprising when looking into Americans past. If our government cannot keep track of you, then you are a threat of some sort. It’s kind of a Nazi way of thinking. As a young mother I had seen countless children taken from their families on the road by CPS. I thought; they must be doing something wrong and not wrong as in bad parenting choices. But wrong in they slipped up to let CPS catch them. I thought it would never happen to me and my children. We lived in a beautiful converted school bus with all the amenities an RV had. My children where fed home cooked meals with all sorts of fresh veggies and fruit. And my children are extremely happy and very smart. We unschool all day every day 24/7. My children where exposed to more enrichment and activities than any normal American family. Nothing could go wrong. We where living life full and happy. But that was not the case. Child welfare caught up to me. I guess it was only a matter of time. We too had a number on took me an arm and a leg to get my kids back. Sold everything we had. Had to get on government assistance and now for the past couple years live in a crappy small prefab house in the middle of a city. Now scared and emotionally damaged My children are not happy. They do not like or understand the rules of an institution school setting where people fight and teachers are controlling, demanding and mean. All my children have been labeled as problem or educationally behind although they all by far pass the children in their classes. They are all in special schools for behavior kids although they do not have any aggressive behaviors. I was told they have never seen children that don’t fit into any category of services so the only alternative to the public school class is a modified behavior class. Ugh!!!!!!
    So the question is,,,, where can we regain our peaceful happy life’s together where we don’t have to worry about being imprisoned and my children taken away by horrible legal kidnappers. Where is this place. Can we do this in Canada??? Is it legal there???? What are the stimulations? And how do I make it possible? We would love to create a network and nomadic family up north or elsewhere!

    • anon says:

      OMG thats horrible! It the SS# tattooed on our backs at birth, so that we can be governed & monitored for “their” needs & to keep us controlled” I so feel your pain. And see where America has gotten us…Idiotcracy at its finest! Public school no longer teach cursive writing—My child is taught by me so she can read anything cursive. Go back to homeschooling. Do it legally. I recommend online schooling as it gives more control to you as a parent as well as freedom. However you will always need to provide the State with info on your child’s progression (in relation to schooling) and such. Try PALCS, if you intend to live in PA. Have you heard the news on the loop hole for having tiny homes on wheels, gov has caught on and wants to tax it somehow. And of course they will find away. Such nonsense. All because of power & money. Every hear of Ethos? Best to google that. Honestly if I knew back then what I knew today, I would have been “Nell” (Jodie Foster movie), gave birth to my kid in the woods & stayed off grid. Good luck with everything!
      Peace to all.

  57. Steve says:

    Hi I’m 38, male, and known I was living a fantasy life for a very long time now… But it’s tough now because the more I find another place… I’m getting more and more attached with the co workers with whom I work with… I’m a Exhibitionist among one of the things.. I’m not gonna write my life on this post.. Not sure if beginning a Nomad is even rite or smart move or if I’m welcomed…. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks..

    • elid1979 says:

      If you find yourself getting attached to coworkers and friends, that’s very normal, but will make a nomadic path very difficult. Attachments are good for most people, and if you are happy with them, there isn’t a real reason to break them by moving from location to location

  58. Merry says:

    I’m not sure if you already answered this or not, since there are many comments that I didn’t go through, however I was wondering what would happen if you, for some reason, didn’t find a place to stay by nightfall? For instance if you moved on to a new city and got pick-pocketed. Do I need to carry a tent around? I’m an 18 year old girl and I’m tired of living a life where I constantly have to impress my peers around me by what I have and don’t have.

    • elid1979 says:

      Hi Merry,
      Yesterday, at 10pm I was stuck in a Belarusian town called novagudrok, since I missed the last bus. The terminal was deserted, other than a few drunk homeless people whom I gave money to. I sat down, drank water, and booked a place for the night on
      As for pick pocketing, I am with a money belt, so you really need to be unlucky to be without anything after an armed roberry, never happened to me, and in other retrospective, escaping an armed robbery alive even without your belongings should be celebrated.
      Don’t look for trouble and it won’t find you, don’t worry too much since it will paralyze you from doing.
      As for your pears, and current life, you are 18, and it is still shaping. I know a lot of people living in one place without any urge to impress anyone. If you are in this position, it is not your city, or your life that have made this decision for you, only you decide on how you feel and what you do.
      All the best!

      • Hector says:

        Hello elid…
        Always I dealt and I’m still feeling like I want to go back to florida(central florida)where I spend my last 4 to 5 years there and I love it the problems there is the ppl so rude and jobs sucks pay rate and used to jab 2 jobs so I can make it there that is the bads
        The goods…the environment I log it
        I love the ocean the beach
        I love camping ect.
        Now I’m in Texas austin and this is the 5 time I moved from other states like Indiana( ppl so weird unfriendly) lol here in austin
        And I want 2 time to Florida Orlando 2 times try to make it but is I said
        I never feel sooo diferents and sooo many personalitys and sooo ramdom(talking bout here lifestyles, personalities, cultures,
        And ppl here some are friendly smile to you and said hi….other you can said hi and smile and the person don’t even looking at you sooo weirdunfriendly and serious
        I said to my self( why this ppl are like that the other state worst that this litter capital here like
        Now i feeling empty again and planning to go back to florida or thinking to go up north like Oregon state that someone tell me about it.
        I hope I read me and write back when you can
        My email is:

        Or I can read you over here too

        Have good trip and God bless.

        • elid1979 says:

          thanks Hector for sharing.
          everyone of us enjoys different locations, so i guess you just have to find the ones that fit your personality.
          all the best in your travels!!

  59. Rose says:

    My husband and i want to do this. We have a son we are already on the agreement to home school. We dont see the point of sitting at a desk looking at pictures. When he can go see things. We just arent sure how to survive this way. Any tips woukd be helpful. Please shoot me an email!! Rose.windham8@gmail.con

    • elid1979 says:

      Rose, I am not an expert about traveling with Family, especially with Kids, I travel alone for years 🙂
      I think the blog is full of tips, but also check out other blogs focusing more on the revenue side. What is your biggest concern by the way?

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  62. Rania001 says:

    Hei there. I am very interested in committing to the nomadic lifestyle . I am currently 17 and finishing off High School. I am sure that this lifestyle will suite me. I am just concerned about the financial status of this lifestyle. I don’t care about money or being rich. I just wonder what possibilities there are to make money on the go and which of them would be the best one. Is it better to study first, work for a bit, save money or dive in straight away. Also do you guys think that having a partner at that age who wants the same is a suitable travel buddy. I’m just concerned because we are still pretty young and I don’t want to risk that this is too early. Travelling alone or with him and hope on happy ever after?

    • Eli David says:

      Hi Rania,
      I recommended to a few younger nomads to do one of those options:
      1)Live a few years of the normal life, and then become nomad as you grow up and learn more about yourself and your goals.
      2)Do a backpacking trip after you save some money for it.
      I think that a nomadic path for someone as young as you is not recommended, you still have a lot of time, use it to build some skills and grow as a person before considering this lifestyle. In any case, that’s just my opinion, good luck!!

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  68. Nicole says:

    I’m 18 years old and finishing off high school in May. I have been interested in the nomadic lifestyle for about 6 months now and I was extremely determined to say screw college and start being a nomad next year. With guidance, I came to the conclusion that that probably isn’t the best idea. Especially considering how I have not even began to save up. I’m definitely going to school next year and plan for my nomadic lifestyle later in life but theres just one thing I’m not sure of. Should I go away to a university (which is what I really want to do) or go to a community college so I’m not in much debt when I start out my nomadic lifestyle? I feel if I go to a university I have a much better chance of meeting someone that can potentially be a travel buddy but if I go to a community college I’m saving so much money, I feel as if I’d have no worries at all when I start out my journey. Also, I don’t want to have to start paying back my college debt while I’m traveling. Do you guys have any input or experience on this?

    • Eli David says:

      if it seems like the nomadic life is what you want to do, then I think i would avoid student loans, and get good quality education without the debt and attachment it creates.
      Education is great, accumulate it, as it will help you face challenges and make money when no big company will be sheltering you as a nomad. I would study as much as possible, with as little debt as possible. Ivy league unis are there for ego for the career people, but the debt and status it brings is of low value to future intelligent and resourceful nomads.

  69. Hale says:

    I would love to try the nomadic lifestyle but my issue is finding a job, I have like no experience that could get me an online job and my education stops at highschool.. Also I would more than likely have to live in a tent so I need to figure out how to not eventually look like the cliche homeless person and keep whatever clothes I do bring looking decent enough.

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  71. Alejandra says:

    I feel very lucky to have found this article. Thank you for creating. I finally asked at work for a 3 month leave of abscence that I will use to visit India. Deep inside I don’t want to come back to my current lifestyle after that, I believe this is the beginning for a change and those three months will become a year or five years, who knows. I don’t believe my boyfriend wants to join me, he’s afraid of loosing stability, but maybe after a few months he will join me. Is there a specific way to get organized regarding the routes, etc? are you living out of a backpack? Do you use Couchsurfing? How do you spot the places to stay away from with the world now having more political conflicts? Do you stay connected with your loved ones via Facebook or does that make you sad? Any other important tips you want to share? Haha sorry about so many questions!!!!

    • Eli David says:

      hey Alejandra, good luck in your new path! I work full time, so things I did in the past (couchsurfing, backpack) became Airbnb and a suitcase 🙂 Find your own style and experiment with what works. There aren’t that many places with a political conflict that will influence your travels (Syria, Iraq, Venezuela style) and then ones with low scale distress (Ukraine, Israel, Cuba, Colombia) are usually the most interesting places to visit. I do skype calls with my family and facebook/whatsapp with my friends, but it doesn’t really make me sad to be away.. Read many of the articles in the blog and I think you will find many answers.

  72. Jacob says:

    What job do you hippies even have on here? Talking about being nomads and all, what exactly do you do for a living? Few jobs allow you to be a “nomad.” You just use my tax dollars to stay in motel rooms and smoke weed while I’m busy working my butt off. Some of you probably even steal.

    I expect an answer, especially from you “Eli David” as you seem to frequent this blog.

    • Eli David says:

      comment of the year.

      • Jacob says:

        I love how you avoided the question as did others. You hippies sure are busy, huh? All that drinking and partying consumes a whole lot of your time.

        • Caroline says:

          100% not trying to be rude but I truly feel bad for you, that’s the problem with the world honestly. People like you who are so concerned about what EVERYONE else is doing. Honestly good for you, you work your ass off! Other people aren’t okay with living their life working 9-5, paying bills, and living a mediocre life with the same thing every damn day. Good for those people, I am so proud of them. They don’t follow what society tells them to do. Since you think the way you live life is the right way to do it, props to you, but some people don’t prefer that way of living, including me. I find it boring and I don’t want to be a walking robot, who follows what the crowd is doing just because that’s what I was told to do. You do you, and you work that job making 80k a year, but to some people, money isn’t everything to them, it’s about experience and seeing as much as you can see before you aren’t able to anymore. But congratulations! You’re just like every other hard working American in this country! I have no problem with anyone who chooses to live their life that way, but what I do have a problem is when people try to shit on the people that choose to do something else, great with their life. It is not YOUR life to critique. What also bothers me, is the fact you came on this page looking to say rude things to people, you have no place being on here if what you’re planning to do is diss what this website is all about. Like I said, not trying to be rude, but I was personally offended.

  73. Jacob says:

    Well, Caroline, I don’t know if you turned off replies or something, but I can’t seem to reply directly to you so I’ll reply here. I don’t have a problem with you hippies living your nomadic lifestyles. Just don’t use my tax dollars for it.

  74. Ofelia Johndrow says:

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  75. Zach Madsen says:

    Trying to use this piece in an essay I’m writing which is to define the concept of a nomad. Can you tell me who the author is that wrote this and what credentials they have writing about nomads? (even if their credential is that they themselves travel this lifestyle and consider themselves a nomad) Cheers!

  76. Dom says:

    I’m heading that way in2018. I believe its my destiny after3 marriages not being stable and I tried so hard.I’m going yo follow my real destiny. Nomad but I’m on SS. And multiple myeloma how good is that. No not good but the cancer has taken a tow on my loved ones. Plus steroids are very bad for your brain. Wich is a combination of my treatment.any way no one loves me no more. I’m leaving on my HD and live as a Nomad. JR.

  77. Wim says:

    How does a nomadic lifestyle affect you financially? It must cost so much to do this, to travel around.. At a certain point you must be broke a’d thus completely homeless etc? That’s my only concern. Is it possible without money?

    • Eli says:

      hey Wim,
      nothing is possible without money 🙂
      There are a few elements that actually make this lifestyle more sustainable financially than regular life, search for our “Cost Arbitrage” article for more information on that point

  78. Nomads have a unique lifestyle that my brother wants to do someday and he needs to know that he has to avoid attachments to be successful. I think he will be more respectful and flexible if he gets travel advice from a nomad’s experience. This will be especially useful once he realizes that he needs to travel light and be minimalist as you said.

  79. Don says:

    Looking hard into this. Can you do this with a car, bank account? I am a 100% disabled veteran and don’t like looking to others for help. Can this be something I can do as a 40yr old?

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