A Day In The Life Of A Nomad
To some, the life of a nomad can seem like a very lonely one. With a lack of attachment to any one location or a single place to call home, those that don’t understand the lifestyle may not truly understand that pull that some have to this unique way of life. However, for someone who has chosen the nomadic path, the sense of freedom and no real responsibility can be extremely liberating. Here, we’re going to take a deeper look into the nomadic way of life, what the 21st century has done to change it, and why you should give it a shot – just don’t forget to renew your EHIC before you go!
A Brief History
The nomadic lifestyle has been around for centuries, dating back as far as the first settlers of America who lived out on the Great Plains and hunted buffalo as their only sustainable food source. The buffalo also provided them with bones to make weapons for protection and further hunting, as well as providing hide to create shelter in the form of tepees. This material was perfect for shelter due to its insulating qualities and waterproof nature. The traditional nomadic lifestyle, however, is becoming outdated and has been forced to adapt to the 21st century – but how?
21st Century Adaptation
Because of the need to work and have a constant stream of income in our modern life, some leading the nomadic lifestyle have adapted by becoming digital nomads. Digital nomads do work, however they tend to work remotely and have full flexibility and control over when they work – this makes fitting their hours around their ever-changing lifestyle and location. For some, this lifestyle is not all it has cracked up to be, with many finding that issues such as isolation and unreliable internet connections are a constant intrusion on their day to day work life, meaning that they cannot keep up with their preferred way of life due to the irregular income.
Sense Of Home
Every individual living a nomadic lifestyle is likely to have had a place in which they were born and raised and where their family tend to reside. However, due to the nature of their lifestyle, the individual is only there for a few months out of the year, if that, before moving onto the next location and beginning again. This isn’t just beneficial in providing familial contact, but because it could also allow them to have a part time or seasonal job when they do return home, which in turn provides a little sense of stability.
Within the nomadic lifestyle, self-discipline is extremely important. You are in control of every aspect of your life and without effective self-discipline, this could ultimately turn out to be a downfall. Whether you are living a completely nomadic lifestyle and completely off the grid, or you are living life as a digital nomad and returning home from time to time, the act of self-discipline is vital. In particular, productivity is completely up to you, as you have no set schedule and consequently all sources of income are completely dependent on the amount of work that you complete within the month.
By choosing the nomad lifestyle, you could be giving up the comforts you’ve grown accustomed to. However, you are also gaining plenty along the way, including a whole host of unforgettable experiences that you won’t get when sat behind a computer! You’ll have complete freedom to do as you like and enjoy everything the world has to throw at you, so why not give it a try? Happy Travels!