When someone tells you they are living a nomadic lifestyle, you might think they are trying to make fun of thousands of homeless people living in the US. You might think, “you have a decent place to live, money on your hands, and food to keep your bellies warm. Why do this?” This kind of judgment is one of the main reasons why few people try out this kind of lifestyle. The other is that it’s challenging.
To make sense of a nomadic lifestyle, we have to look back to our ancestors’ thousands and millions of years ago. Our species back then weren’t made to settle in one place. We were always on the move, hunting and living off the land whenever we can. Although this is not the same lifestyle that nomadic people do now, some principles stay the same. One of which is that they don’t really have a home.
They go from places to places, live in them for a couple of days, and then move again. This isn’t the kind of lifestyle for many people because it’s quite challenging. But it is certainly adventurous. If you’re looking to add some thrill and adventure to your life, consider starting this kind of lifestyle right now. Here are some ways to get you started.
Plot Your Journey
The first thing you’ll have to do is plot your journey. If you’re planning to be a nomad for the rest of your life, here’s the truth: our current world doesn’t support this kind of life anymore, so there is a 99% chance that you can’t sustain it for long. There are many reasons for this. It may be for financial reasons or your dwindling determination to live such a lifestyle. As we have stated earlier, this kind of lifestyle is challenging especially when you are just starting.
With this in mind, you have to consider the goal as well. Is it a place out there you want to visit and live for a couple of months? Or is it a state of mind you are trying to achieve? Whatever it is, you’re going to have to plot it in your journey.
As a new person to such a lifestyle, consider making your first nomadic life here in the US. Plot areas where you have family and friends and ask them if you can crash in their place for a while. This is to prepare you for home sitting or asking strangers whether if you can stay in their place or not. Fundamentally, you learn this because you’ll be doing this a lot when you visit foreign countries. Another thing you’ll have to do is go out camping a couple of times. Camping will be one of the ways you can live cheaply in your nomadic life.
Once you’ve plotted your journey, it’s time for you to head out. As we have suggested, start here in the US first. This is going to be your training ground for this future lifestyle.
Prepare Your Health
Some nomads prepare their health by starting the lifestyle as early as they can. However, this can be detrimental to your health as it will be a sporadic change. If you can, try to prepare your health beforehand.
We’re talking about being fit and well before being a nomad. You can always read some lifestyle magazines on the internet for this. They give you many activities you can perform to keep yourself healthy and fit. But what you are primarily looking for is the average weight for your age. If you’re way above that, we suggest that you don’t live a nomadic lifestyle because it will affect your health. Consider losing some weight before starting. Additionally, if you have adverse health problems, don’t force yourself. Most likely than not, this kind of lifestyle isn’t for you.
Buy Your Supplies
The things you’re going to need are some camping materials, a few clothes, and some general supplies like canned goods. You’ll want to travel light, so you’re going to be a minimalist for a while. Consider only the most essential things you need alongside your smartphone. Your smartphone will be your main companion during this trip, and it’s going to be your lifeline in cases of accidents and such. Aside from these essential things, you don’t really need much to live a nomadic lifestyle. This is why it’s considered to be one of the cheapest lifestyles out there.
Living a nomadic life can be really fulfilling once you’ve reached the end of your journey. You should try it out at least once in your life. It will bring a new perspective into your life and appreciate our lives back then.