How realistic is a 100% Nomadic Lifestyle

 Baron Wright (@BaronWright)6 years, 7 months ago

Its a beautiful and romantic idea to fantasize about and I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of true freedom and travels. What I really want to discuss is just how realistic a 100% nomadic lifestyle is in our current society. For whatever reason your vacation or your long adventure either has or will come to an end and you will return to a normal life. Can the current breed of humans in our advanced day and age truely survive on their own. What’s stopping you from dropping all of your possessions and backpacking or driving the world till you die?

October 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm
YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Money

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Well money would certainly make it more comfortable and get rid of some uncertainty.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craigslist_Joe

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Yea, that’s just an excuse really. It takes a lot of courage probably. That link is a pretty cool story, I’m glad wikipedia summed it up so I don’t have to watch the documentary.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

I would say it’s still worth the watch, but only if you feel like feeling a bit better about humans for 90 mins.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Shit that kind of outcome is priceless. Too bad I have to go to work and feel bad about humans for several hours.

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Try out the death stare. Scares off at least a few people from putting their asshole tendencies all up in your face.

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Lol. I’m death staring you, right now, wherever you may be. Can you feel it?!

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sian (109) (@siantastic) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Sorry bruh, I was sleeping. Better luck next time :D

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Nothing really.. Maybe the research that it would involve. Ie I would probably wanna buy a tent, knife, maybe lock up my possessions, find a good location to do it both in terms of people and availability of food. I’d also have to research the naturally occurring foods in the area.

It would be nice to do it with people too.

I think if I really wanted to do it I would do it though.

What do u think? Where would you go? Where would u choose as your base?

I’m just looking for a place to buy a plane ticket atm man.. I’ll do the rest lol. Just wanna find a place that’s not too cold in winter.

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Jay (9) (@StoneAngel) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Hey,

http://zerocurrency.blogspot.ca/

https://sites.google.com/site/livingwithoutmoney/

http://www.peacepilgrim.com/

I’m not offering any advice other than just go at, unless you already have in varying degrees. Figure it out yourself, that’s the best way to go. The above sites are some interesting readings I have found over the years — two people who have lived with zero money. (One uses a free blog via the public library, the other is dead but it is a tribute to her life)

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

wwow zero currency has been an absolute hit with me as soon as i read it.

do you or anyone else know anyone who’s actually up for doing this for real?

i have a feeling it would be better to do it alone to start with.

but im really talking shit right now. I’m not ready to do this right now.
I want to . But i dont know how to make the choice.

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Jay (9) (@StoneAngel) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Yes, I felt the same way when I read Zero Currency a few years ago. He does bring a very comprehensive Christian perspective, which I did not grow up with. I find it fascinating.

I feel like you, wanting to go 100% nomadic. To me, I see myself becoming a pilgrim, taking a vow of poverty and living as a wandering monk/priest. It is not something many people do… and a class of people that are very necessary despite their limits. Every path has limits, I guess one has to find what resonates with them.

I work and have an apartment. I take a traditional kung fu class, the focus on practical application and fighting, which keeps me tied down right now. Plus, no children yet. I know [nomadic living] will happen at some point, so I guess I do not really worry about what my future brings. I focus more on a state of being than what I do and other wordily matters.

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

I completely understand your sentiment about focusing on a state of being. I think that’s something I can be doing too.

I do feel like I gotta take action at some point. I have left my country of birth with the express intention of never coming back! At least not permanently.

I also want to find a new home.a new place to settle down and chill.
I have a couple options. I could just start walking from where I am now, spend as little as poss/zero. Walk around a while.
Or I could get a plane ticket and just show up somewhere and kind be nomadic in that sense. Where I just trust my highest purpose to manifest and everything to be cool.

I left because I wanted to find a place to settle down permanently, didnt feel like I could do so in the UK.
so I’m kinda stuck right now when it comes to decisions.

I have about half a month left to decide though.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

A bit of a tangent, got slightly off-topic… but bare with me.

A settled and yet nomadic lifestyle is very possible and I do see it in the future as the norm (although right now it is also very possible by saving for a few years, selling all you got, then buying a plane ticket and never going back, in which I attend to do eventually). If we were to live in small, tight, organized, 100% sustainable, self-sufficient, self-governed, communities that are all connected on a global scale, this could easily happen. This is our future, and if it is not, we will most likely have gone extinct. What I described above is very broad and could be done in an infinite number of ways. They could be any number of sizes and be done in infinite ways. We need to head towards a communal, sustainable, organic style of living, today. This can be done. Look at Burning Man. Basically, an entire city or large-scale village is created out in the middle of the desert. Imagine this on a lush green farm, smaller the size by a bit, with all up to date sustainable technology at hand. Your 9-5 business job that is paying the bills and fueling this facade of a system will be replaced by loving, feeding, and growing with a tribe of people, that is in-return connected to the entire web of communities world-wide. Instead, we spend most of our time going to a job to obtain money in which we need to live (shelter, food, etc). If these things are already met and will continue to be, why go to a job? Why obtain money? Going to our jobs today is helping fuel this economic system that is currently working against a majority of humans on this planet. Of course, we all have to do it until these communities are put in place, but in reality, if we were all fed up enough and had the discipline to do so, we could build these communities in a week. This is assuming a vast majority of people help with this process.

Capitalism is a necessary step into the world we all know is possible deep down. However, we are slipping. We are on a sinking ship and instead of jumping off and swimming to safet, we’re all frozen out of fear and/or hypnotized into the idea that the ship isn’t even sinking at all. But it is. It’s sinking fast and it is taking as many species and forests as it can with it. All we have to do is have faith, take the leap, and swim to the island that’s been waiting for us.

Or wait for it to sink and deal with the shit that goes down from that..

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

I’m in

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YHVH (462) (@spaceghost) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Btw it says I posted this and I quote, “Right now ago.” HAHAHAHA

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

You made that post a while ago about doing what you WANT to do.. Which I have just read again now, and it has affected me. I think it’s pretty much my life philosophy atm.

I just want to know how you justify putting off this dream of yours until eventually?

I don’t mean to attack or anything, I want to hear your answer to better understand my own patterns.

How are you going to know when is the right time?

Also are you thinking like a saving up for an Earthship/bit of land type time period, or are we talking, tent, knife, firestarter, couple solar panels and toothbrush type deal??

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Well I am currently going to school, went back a few weeks ago. Thought an education and spreading the message of this type of living and how the current system is working against us and how we need/are transitioning right now is more important for the time being than actually living this way. I plan to one day live this way as to show in example, but for now spreading the message is more important to me.

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

right. sounds like a great idea.
Do you have any idea of how you would find a bit of land?
Would you do that using money or is it more of a squatter kinda deal?

Lots of questions.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Well I was originally going to go to Valhalla but they aren’t really doing that quite yet. However, once they get the funding I might hop on board with them or if I am successful enough, start my own.

I want to first vagabond as much as possible though.

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jjj (32) (@crackedout6pack) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

so 100% nomadic.

RIght fair enough, yeah I hear what you’re saying.
Well may be worth exchanging contact details for the future.

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Summer (15) (@bigbonerr) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Paradise is in your mind

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Anonymous (12) (@) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

Agree

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ceruleanswim (59) (@ceruleanswim) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

I also romanticize the idea of being a true nomad. The things that tie me down are 1) student debt. I live pretty low-impact, but I have to make enough to pay my debts, or else the burden will fall on my family. If it was just about me living on a shoestring, I’d probably have left yesterday… 2) creative tools – my camera, my paints, canvases, charcoals, papers… these things take space, and I love to create. so I have to return to a studio every so-often.

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Ray (4) (@brainofmorbius) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

I think the realistic aspect of it would depend both on the particular geography you are talking about (are we referring to being nomadic within one country, or across borders?) and how much money you have saved for basic necessities.

Have you read this story? Its inspiring for those with a core wanderlust mindset:

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O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 6 years, 7 months ago ago

If someone else is doing it, then you can do it too.

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