Nomadic lifestyle/Indefinite traveling

Ellie (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 9 months ago

Does anyone here have experience with either living nomadic for a period of time or travelling indefinitely? I suppose these could be considered synonymous.
I’ve been wanting to do this for at least 8 years now but I’ve been too scared. Well I’m getting to the point where I’m more scared to NOT take risks than to do what I feel inspired to do.
I plan to just travel the US (at least at first). I’d rather have a travel partner, but if I can’t find one, I’m going either way… Any information would be helpful since I’m not sure where to start. :)

December 12, 2013 at 11:30 am
SedNo1 (128) (@Sedentary-Nomad) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

^^ If I made $65 every hour on my laptop I would travel the world, many times over… fucking advertisements, man.

I have only done a bit of travelling by myself, and that was to Colorado where I stayed for a year. I mean I lived and worked there but never ventured farther than 80 mile radius, I guess it was just new and there was enough in that area to hold my attention. e.g. Sedentary Nomad.. I would love to explore more territory though, most def.

O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m working towards it. I’m thinking that soon, I bail out of my current comfortable, but low paying job, go back up north to an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous but high paying job in the mining industry. Do that for a year or two and build the funds. I did it awhile ago to get out of debt. Once that was gone, it was the biggest load ever off of my mind. Anyways, just bust my ass, and earn, then fly down to Mexico and start making my way south till I get to the end and then fly to Australia or something. Find a job over there in their mining industry if it’s possible. Find jobs along the way. Volunteer in some places, perhaps every country if only for a couple of days. Couchsurf if I have to. Teach English. There are lots of options. Personally, I love the idea of a location independent job or business. I can’t think of a way to make that happen yet, but I can work on that in my spare time when I want to.

So far, the best I’ve done is 3 weeks backpacking in Peru and it was an adventure. Drank ayahuasca in Iquitos. Got spit at by a llama. Destroyed my shoes on the Salkantay Trail and had to buy some ridiculous looking shoes at the town at the base of Macchu Picchu because they were all I could find and I desperately needed my shoes to be replaced that day. Slept overnight in the airport on two separate occasions. Meditated at Lake Titicaca: the earth’s chakra point according to something I read on the internet. The point is that you’ll have interesting adventures. Do something to make it concrete. Anything.

Hope to see you on the road.

stoker92 (7) (@Brennan-Avans) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@oreilly, dude can i ask you you how old you are and how old were you when you went down to peru? i myself feel the vagabond calling iam even considering doing some frieght train riding for the summer. what is your opinion on that? or even bike across America not sure yet i just turned 21 and i feel like time is running out and iam not sure what would be more reasonable life on the roam or school? any input

weallareone (4) (@maestro311) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

In January I will be flying into Bogotá, colombia with 2 close friends and backpacking for 4 months through S. America. As the days draw nearer and nearer, an excited anxiousness looms over me, but i know I am doing the right thing. I am 23 years old and I feel its the perfect time to do something like this, I have no plans after the trip is over so who knows, maybe ill end up living down there teaching english, falling in love or finding serenity. Travelling in my opinion will help me find out who I am and how i relate to this existence. Many people criticize me for wanting to do this; they say, you need to get a job with security and benefits, but i say fuck it, I’m young and curious, theres not a better way to live than to travel on a shoestring. I urge anyone to do the same.

Mike (42) (@DLLRE) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, I’ve been pretty nomadic for my entire life. I’ve lived in ~40 homes and I’m only 20. It wasn’t military or anything. We just moved throughout the U.S. a lot. I’ve got to say it rounds you out quite a bit . In a good way, that is :). I’ve been wanting to travel myself, but I’d like to take care of some debts I have (stupid decisions)
first. I was thinking of doing workaway for a while so that I can stay in areas for a little while and not have to pay for hotels ^_^

Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, save up a few thousand dollars and just go. If you’re staying in the US taking a car might not be a bad idea. However, if you’re going to another country like say Thailand, which I recommend since it is MUCH cheaper once there, then just get your passport and go. Don’t plan too much. Be spontaneous and follow your fears.

Nick Robare (11) (@journeytoparadise) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

same boat as you :) how beautiful would it be to travel without anything holding you back…ah. that is living.

i found a website with a TON of info on this exact subject. the author is a sweetheart, gives amazing advice, and writes back when you email her with personal questions. i know from experience. i have been emailing her the past few weeks looking for advice on how to travel with student loans and she emailed me immediately. highly recommend. good luck, i hope we both learn the ropes and get to travel our asses off so we can leave a free life as we deserve!

Nick Robare (11) (@journeytoparadise) 8 years, 9 months ago ago
brice (9) (@treesnseas) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21, Im not sure through what means you want to travel the country. regardless you should start practicing living aloof in your home town. Become a connoisseur of place to set up camp always have an eye for water sources. I set for the Carolinas about two years ago, did the Art Loab trail came through Tennessee and now have settled in Texas (for the time being). But before I left home I lived out of my truck and pack for six months. Still worked a regular day job I just did everything on the move. Showered out of a jug, washed clothes behind the seven-eleven, simply found my trail legs. You could be amazed at the free time you can find when you don’t have a TV to watch or even a couch to sit on. Free time that is great for conditioning, learning foraging skills, or just taking time to think. It was hard living sometimes, but when I look back theres nothing I would do different.

krkrich (148) (@krkrich) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m kind of in the beginning stages of this. I was living in San Diego with my parents after I graduated from college. After a year of living at home & working shitty part time jobs, I saved up money, quit & went backpacking in europe & egypt for month.

I came back home jobless & basically with no money to my name. Out of no where, this random opportunity in a small town in Delaware came up & I took it. I had enough money for a one way flight & like $20 for food. Lol. So I’ll be working here & saving money. This job is temporary, so when it’s done, I plan on going back to europe & then maybe going to canada or Colorado to work on a ski resort for a season to save more & then travel back to europe or somewhere else. Who knows, another opportunity may come up & completely alter my plans.

I guess my advice would be to be open to whatever opportunities come up along the way. I never thought I’d end up in fucking Delaware. You may not end up in ideal “vacation” locations but it’s still traveling, which allows you to meet new people & experience something different.

Kink (0) (@kink) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid21 I’m currently living in Hanoi teaching english… I left the UK 5 days before my 21st birthday, which I celebrated in Ho Chi Minh, did a 4 weeks intensive teaching English course (CELTA) and travelled north to Hanoi, where I’ve been living (alone) for 8 months. I could talk for ages about the woes and perks, but it’s late and I have work tomorrow morning…and also, I think that’ll only add fuel to the fire of your overthinking.
In short, it boils down to a core part of my ideas – ‘The act of embracing the unknown (Growth), is how we gain perspective (Awareness), and therefore appreciation (Value).’
You gota decide what you want in life; if you want to grow, you need to step outside of your comfort zone, and every second outside of you comfort zone will have something for you to learn from.
If you are committed to growing, then go for it; you’re not going to die, and ultimately even the goriest of things that could happen would eventually just become a part of your everyday existence. One of the biggest lessons for me here has been to chill the fuck out, I’ve always been a purpose-seeking overthinker, and now I know that every path is OK as long as you’re staying true to your values and ideas. Read Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, very helpful in giving you a nudge, but in reality again, it’ll just fuel your overthinking – just try it, and do so optimistically, you’ll learn from it either way.
If you want more brainfood, or to ask any questions of a less-tired me, check out my blog – for more ideas and maybe some more motivation.

P.s: Personally I’d say go it alone, you’ll learn a LOT more about yourself, and a lot more paths will be open to you (you can meet travel buddies on your trip anyway!).
P.p.s: I’m motorbiking alone across Laos, Thailand and Cambodia over 3 months, starting January – shameless plug (for charity):–2/x/4947979 – people have told me they’d be scared to do something like it but fear hasn’t even crossed my mind. Why? Not because I’m some badass warrior ninja, simply because I know it’s what I want to do, and I can’t conceive of anything logically deterring enough to stop me doing it…

O’Reilly (804) (@oreilly) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m 32 and went back in October. Riding the freight train or biking across the country sounds like it could be fun. My biggest advice is to do your research. Scour the internet looking for information. Try to meet people who have done what you want to do before. They will be the greatest sources of information and have all kinds of tips that you may not have even considered. You’ll do great as long as you’re prepared. Also, I suggest having a backup fund that can use to fly home or bail you out of situations when the excrement connects to the oscillator. Being stuck in a strange place without any money is not a situation most of us would want to be in.

Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@blankey, “follow your fears”. Now there’s an expression I’ve never heard but completely appreciate.

, good tips since I’ll be remaining in my current town at least a few more months. What you described is pretty much exactly what I want to do. Start off just staying in America and live out of a car.

, yeah I’m not really looking to end up in ideal vacation locations or anything, pretty much just looking to spend a lot of time in nature, away from certainty and routine, and meet lots of people.

, you described exactly how I view it. Whatever my worst fears are, it’s very unlikely that I will die. I am a chronic over thinker as well, so I am trying only to plan the most basic aspects of this.

Dalton (6) (@waterbuffalo) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

@tangledupinplaid, Maybe you will find this website helpful: Then click on “host list”. This is a way that I am considering traveling and seeing new places. It may not seem ideal. Most of the time you will be staying with a host for a month or several months at a time, working a few hours a day, and they provide shelter and food (usually), and you get free time to explore. Minimal money spent, and no money earned. Consider volunteer opportunities like this, because there are other ways to travel if you aren’t trying to use a lot of money. And think of all the exciting experiences! Not forcing how it will happen or expecting what it will be like.
Good luck on your travels!

MonkeyZazu (1,865)M (@monkeyzazu) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

So glad I came across this thread. I was just thinking about this last night actually. The plan is to get all of my college debt paid off in the next 2 or so years, then once that’s done I’m selling all my stuff and hitting the road. For some reason I’ve been really craving the minimalistic/frugal lifestyle lately.

, I came across this blog post about living on the road when I was looking stuff up ( There are lot of examples of people making a living from the road. She also lists a lot of ways to generate income while traveling too.

Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 8 years, 9 months ago ago

Thank all of you guys for your replies and information. Btw anyone who sees this and has been looking for a travel partner please message me :)

Blah (363) (@tentninja) 8 years, 2 months ago ago


have you made an account on there yet???

if you want a travelling buddy!!!! that is the best place to find one :P

if you haven’t used the website before send me a message and i’ll help guide you through it if you need me too :)

Anonymous (1) (@) 8 years, 3 months ago ago
Blah (363) (@tentninja) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

haha :P thanks for passing that around!

pdmishh (0) (@eturak) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

I just got a job teaching English in Spain and I’m terrified! But I’m also extremely excited. I would love to live like a vegabond and just travel, live and meet people but I’m afraid the thing that holds me back is my shyness but I’m also trying to challenge myself to overcome it by branching out. I’m not scared of new places or doing new things but learning how to adapt. So I’d say: go do what you want! I have travelled around and I’ve met a lot of great people and it’s so rewarding. So even though it’s scary to picture yourself on your own, I’m telling you, you won’t be for long! And of course, if you realize the lifestyle isn’t for you then it isn’t and you can always reevaluate your next move :) never worry.

Derek (11) (@wailingmoonman) 8 years, 2 months ago ago

I recently left my job and my city, I have saved enough money for transport, and I intend to travel around using Helpx. So far I have met some truly wonderful people – exactly the kind of people I want in my life.

HarmanDS (0) (@spyker237) 7 years, 5 months ago ago

Read travel blogs/books

Nomadic Matt

Matador Network

the runaway guide

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