A nomadic lifestyle may seem like paradise to some of us, but it can also be ungrateful and bitter. Like everything else in life, being nomadic has wonderful advantages and some important disadvantages. In this article we will discuss some of the main features of nomadic life. But first, we will begin with a brief discussion of the current state and trends of the nomadic lifestyle.
The only significant factor affecting Nomads is technology, which has two related impacts. On the one hand, the rapid pace of technological progress is to reduce the number of former Nomads, because it produces more reasons to settle there. On the other hand, the internet allows people to work remotely and become digital nomads, a way of life that allows anyone to work online while taking advantage of the flexibility to constantly change location.
Here are some of the main features of a nomadic lifestyle.
- A nomad constantly changes location, moving from one place to another. Most nomads have a kind of place that they can call home, which is usually where their family or childhood friends are located, but they would not spend more than a few months a year. Would they have moved into a new house. For the Nomads “change is at home”. Few people can stick to this long-term lifestyle, because most of us need a little stability and a private comfort zone. Nomads do not have a real home in which they can feel comfortable, and spend most of their time in another accommodation (i.e. an inn, a short rental, a friend of the place, or couchsurfing).
- The nomadic lifestyle is more important than anything else, including career, relationships or property. A nomad will avoid any attachment that forces him to be attached to a specific location. Once you have decided that your nomadic lifestyle is the first priority, you will need to make sacrifices to ensure it remains sustainable. Many nomads find the buddhist religion as a good fit because it focuses on non-attachment and letting go of all that you have. A nomad lets go and clicks on an imaginary “reset button” as they move from one place to another.
- Nomads generally become intelligent, easy-going and interesting people. The reason for this is clear: they are exposed to many changing lifestyles, cultures and situations. This constant process of change is your teacher. If you’re ready, it’ll make you a better person.
- Nomads don’t take life very seriously. Think about it. If you continue to lose everything you had (friends, home) every time you change places, then the basic understanding becomes clear: “everything is temporary and nothing is yours”. Once you understand that, you can’t take life too seriously, there’s nothing to defend.
- Nomads travel light and have a minimalist mindset. That means they consume experiences instead of accumulating tricks. Life is short, and the only thing we are guaranteed not to lose is to great times experienced. Those of us who continue to consume too much and increase our possessions will find it very frustrating to carry on our backs while constantly changing locations.
- Digital nomads try to address the issue of lack of social life by choosing global locations that are digital nomadic hubs. This greatly increases the chances of meeting people of spirit.
- Nomad thinks and adapts quickly. As a nomad who constantly changes places, everything is always new. You have to make an effort to find what you need, and probably cannot speak the mother tongue. This means that you need to learn to trust your intuition and make quick decisions.