A nomadic lifestyle may seem heaven to some of us, it may seem ungrateful, bitter for others.
Like everything else in life, being a nomad has its advantages and disadvantages, so let’s review some of the main features of a nomadic lifestyle.
A nomad constantly changing places, moving from one place to another. Most nomads have a certain kind of place they can call home, which is usually where their family friends or childhood, but they would not spend more than a few months a year here or there. They would move into a new home, then change again, never really feeling at home, the change is home. For some folks this can actually be difficult since everyone needs stability and private comfort zone from time to time. Being a nomad, you never really have a sense of a real place you call home – a place where you update, decorate, and design. The place a nomad call home still belongs to someone else (ie, an inn, short lease, the place of a friend) and is still temporary.
For a Digital Nomad, the nomadic lifestyle aka “vagabond lifestyle”, is more important than anything else, including career, relationship, or assets. When this is not the case, it is not a sustainable way of life as it is very difficult to maintain. Once you have decided that your mobile lifestyle comes first, you’ll find a way to sort all other aspects of life accordingly. You can read more here why do you make the decision and become a digital nomad- The benefits of becoming a nomad.
Avoid ATTACHMENTS- A nomad takes his / her attachments with them before taking the road, and stay away from attachments while making this unique lifestyle. So what is an attachment? The answer is clear, anything that takes you away from achieving a nomadic lifestyle. Let’s even more clear is all you have (or usually think you have) and can not give up. The perfect work that you can never find the dog you love and can not leave behind the amazing little friend who will not agree to join your travels. A quick insight- interesting if you have them, and feel happy, do not give up on them. Probably a Vagabond Lifestyle aka Digital Nomad Lifestyle is not for you. But if you don’t have a near perfect life and you are not really happy and want to say goodbye to all your false attachments then consider the nomadic lifestyle and put it way up on your list. Click Here for a resource or blueprint to consider your new lifestyle design.
Nomads usually become smart enough, with a fresh perspective (A consultant or a guru of sorts). The reason 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 more intelligent and well grounded. Here is a site that shows you the best cities to live and work remotely, Nomad List.
Nomads do not take life seriously. Think about it. If you continue to change, and continue to lose everything you had in places before after changing to a new location, basic understanding dawns on you: “everything is temporary and is yours” After you understand that. You really can not take life too seriously, even if you tried … When I was younger, I had a big problem with accepting “surprises” of life (those of a negative sort), I was used to my routine, and the things that are working. Alas, even if you are not a nomad, everything is changing and some for the worse. Every time there was one thing that is not going according to plan, I became very frustrated. Since I became a nomad life has taught me that it was an illusion. In a sense, this nomadic travel changes you from the inside and is recommended for people who have some kind of problem to accept things as they are (even if the journey can be difficult).
Nomads travel light, your bag is your home, but since the house or place to stay is not that important, you better be free and “things” are an attachment (if you can not afford to lose an item in your bag, you can ‘t leave him alone, so you are not free).
Nomads are friendly, smiley and especially curious. If this is not the case, why would you choose a path of constant learning process? But more than that, one of the largest nomadic enemies is loneliness. Human beings are social animals, which means that no company, we wither and become disconnected from ourselves. If you are not smiling, happy, and curious, with all probability, you will be alone. Unlike most of us who are loved by our families, no matter who we are, and our friends who we learn to appreciate over time, a nomad must “prove” socially are fast enough because they will soon leave to the next location. You get the point, so be happy.
Nomad think and adjust quickly.
As a digital nomad, you are with a lack inherit information problem – everything is always new. You do not know it’s cheap, you probably can not speak the native language, you are probably aware of any special ways to save money, and so on. This means that is you can not make quick calls in a context of constant lack of knowledge, life will become very costly and dangerous. The good news is that experience shapes you, and give you the learning tools to make you better at this. So if you are afraid of your own shadow and find really difficult to decide something, maybe this a very beneficial experience for you to become mobile for a while.
This was a brief overview of the main features of a nomadic lifestyle, it is now time for you to decide if this is something that is worth the risk to you, and if so, just make it happen!
Firstly, the site has spurred a documentary on digital nomads which raising funds now. Donations end in a few days, so if you’d like to help support it: see http://digitalnomaddocumentary.com
Where to go from here;
1- Nomad List (http://nomadlist.com). It’s a site that shows you the best cities to live and work remotely
by Vagabond Elmer, founder and curator of the Vagabond Lifestyles blog, a community for those people interested in living a simple, economically sustainable, and nomadic lifestyle.
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