Okay,Many whe they hear about travel nomads of this daily age the
first thing they think about is,Damn dude you living a fine life but
they hardly know that i takes much than the word its self. nomad
Lifestyle of this age(digital era) is a lifestyle of the person that
works online while traveling. You can also call an individual “digital
nomad” if he/she is working or running a business while actively
traveling. Now you know what it means then these are the uncomfortable
truths about the lifestyle;
1. You live life 24 hours at a time, maximum.
A schedule, what’s that? Uncertainty becomes your best friend and
flexibility is your mode of operation. Not always a bad thing, but you
might lose your ability to make long term plans. Even when you attempt to
plan, you know in the back of your mind that irrationality will overpower
reason when presented with an awesome alternative like an invitation to
crew on a trans-Atlantic yacht. Your future is always in flux, so forget a
five year plan, its a stretch to think about where you will be in the next
2. Your resume is spotty.
It’s tough to maintain a steady job when you’re constantly checking
Skyscanner. Nothing can contain your itchy feet once you have just enough
money in your bank account to vagabond for another year. A series of
under-the-table gigs like working in hostels, picking fruit, bartending.
and digging ditches do not make for a pretty CV. By choosing to be a nomad,
you limit your career opportunities by a great deal. However, you should
have a lot to show for your impressive streak of mini-careers and
3. Society considers you a ‘lost soul’.
Explaining where you live is difficult. You’re not homeless, but you don’t
have a permanent address. A few people get it and congratulate you for
managing to maintain a transient life. However, the majority think you are
at least slightly deranged and in need of help. As a nomad, you have chosen
to reject their notion (facade?) of a fulfilling life. You choose to march
to the beat of your own drum and have the courage to strike out on an
uncharted path. You are lost, but not astray, and you would not have it any
other way. After all, can you really expect to make any profound
discoveries if you’re not lost?
4. You’re perceived as a slacker/bum.
On your pursuit to grow rich with experience, your idea of success deviates
from the norm. You embrace a work-life balance that leaves you with a tight
budget. Continuing to live the dream might require resourceful practices
(and experiential delights) such as hitchhiking, train hopping, dumpster
diving, and bartering.
The line between a nomad and a bum can become pretty thin at times, but the
important distinction is that you choose this lifestyle. You cherish
resourcefulness, because exploring the world another day is the ultimate
goal, but it can come at the cost of being perceived as a bum.
5. It’s a life full of farewells.
Life on the road means always saying hello and always saying goodbye. It
gets old and it’s exhausting to build relationships from scratch week after
week. The inevitability of moving on causes relationships to take on a
strange dynamic. You know it’s only a matter of time before you will be
saying goodbye, so in many cases you limit your emotional investment.
Tearing yourself away from familiar stomping grounds and old friends is
6. You’re not rooted in a community.
Without a steady social sphere it’s difficult (but not impossible) to climb
the pyramid of Maslow’s basic needs towards self actualization. There are
ways around this with technology, but not being part of a familiar and
tangible can take its toll. You know it’s bad when you start personifying
your possessions. I would like to introduce my skateboard Woody, my
headlamp Luzy, and my van Dorothy.
7. Romantic companionship can be almost impossible.
This is the ultimate sacrifice. Unless you have found that perfect partner
to roam with, it’s possible that you’re setting yourself up for a lonely
existence in the long run. Or at least, it can feel that way at times.
However, the fact is that love can strike overnight and when it trumps your
intense lust for the road then it’s probably meant to be. If your wildest
fantasies come true, you will meet a nomading partner and you can enjoy the
best of both worlds together. Until then, embrace the discomfort.
8. Clean undergarments are a novelty.
Uncomfortable indeed. Most times it’s not a matter of supply, but
practicality. There just isn’t a place to change on that overnight bus, or
you can’t stand to spend a second longer than absolutely necessary in that
fetid water closet, or it’s just not pleasant to take your pants off while
van dwelling in the dead of winter. At times you must redefine the meaning
of clean when you are drifting about.
9. It is an addiction.
After roving for an extended amount of time, good luck returning to ‘the
real world’ anytime soon. A routine just cannot compete with the daily
excitement and freedom you have become accustomed to while on the road. You
are hooked and it will take some serious therapy to get you off the
ever-wandering horse. Best of luck coping with the withdrawal syndromes.