Nomadic Travel – Is It For You?
Nomadic travel is not for everyone!
We have been trying to embrace nomadic travel for the past six months. Having just finished a house sitting job in Belize. In that time we have been to Minnesota, North Carolina, Germany, Belize, Florida and a few other stops along the way. At this time we still have another three weeks or so to go before we get back home to our own humble abode. I can tell you right now, I am so looking forward to sleeping in our own bed again. We have been camping and sleeping on an air mattress in a tent for the past six nights.
We know now that the nomadic travel lifestyle really isn’t for us.
Here is a definition on what Nomadic Travel means (Urban Dictionary):
- One without a home who moves around or travels freely without ties holding them back.
- A constant or full-time traveler.
Nick and Silke Love to Travel!
Don’t get me wrong, we do love to travel, but we also love to come home after a few weeks/months of being on the go. We drastically down sized our belongings over the past year, yet it is still very important for us to have a place to call home. To see our own pictures on the walls, to cook in our own kitchen with our pots and pans, to walk around our neighborhood and visit with our neighbors, friends and family.
Have you been reading fellow travel blogs only to get caught up in the Nomadic Travel allure?
Lots of people in all different age groups have been writing about their travel experiences. From the twenty somethings just out of school, to semi-retired middle aged people like us, and even older folks are embracing the travel bug and throwing caution in the wind. The all American ‘Own Your Dream Home’ doesn’t seem quite so important any more.
Here are some questions to help you to figure out if Nomadic Travel is for you:
- Do you like waking up in your own bed every morning?
- Is a daily routine a must in your life?
- Do you feel out of sorts when you’re not in your comfort zone?
- Can you adjust fast to new situations?
- Do you like to surround yourself with your personal belongings?
- Is being close to friends and family important to you?
- Does the thought of living out of a suitcase/backpack cause you distress?
- Do you like to be ‘in charge’ at all times?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to one or more of the above questions than nomadic travel probably is not for you… and that’s alright!
Instead of jumping into the nomadic travel lifestyle head first, and selling all of your earthly belongings, you can always take a ‘year of absence’ or ‘several months sabbatical’ and give it a try. Looking back at our own six month sabbatical I know we’re glad that we took the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and had such amazing experiences.
Would we consider another out of the country house sitting job? Absolutely.
Do we want to be nomadic travelers? Heck no!
Are you a nomadic traveler or inspire to become one? Please tell us more in the comments below.