40 Photos to Inspire Life as a World Nomad

“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”Jack Kerouac

{This post was inspired by Corbett Barr’s “50 Photos to Inspire Life as a Digital Nomad”}

How often do you catch yourself day-dreaming about travelling the world?
Do you ever imagine yourself going with the nomad’s wind and living a life on the road or just far away from home in different places without a ticket home?

If so, this post is for you.

I’m a very visual person and really enjoy photography. Instead of just sitting on a million and one pictures that I have taken travelling and living around the world over the years, I would like to share some with you and hopefully instil a desire of “Hell yeah, I can’t wait to get going too!”. Because you know, you can do it too.

I did it, so can you.

The life of a world nomad is exciting, breath-taking and continuously mind-altering. Sometimes it’s intense, overwhelming, frightening, and lonely. But I hope these images show you that it is always stimulating for the mind and eye. 

Living everywhere is a lifestyle you chose. It’s the best I have come across. Come try it.

All this, it’s out there, waiting for you to discover it.

{I shot all the photos myself and also did the post-production. If you like you can use them, they are all licensed under creative commons. I would just appreciate a little link back, that’s all}


 “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
Henry Miller

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
Miriam Beard

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
Bill Bryson


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Kashmir, Himalayan Mountains, India

Mabul Island, Borneo, Malaysia

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Shanghai, China

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Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

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Hostel Life, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Mabul Island, Borneo, Malaysia

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Life out of a Backpack, Bangkok, Thailand

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Hong Kong

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

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Street Food Stand, Shanghai, China

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South Thailand

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Big Buddha, Hong Kong

6am in Shanghai's biggest park

Hanging out at 6 am, Park in Shanghai, China

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Ladakh, Himalayan Mountains, India

Kuranda, North Queensland, Australia

(Alex)anderplatz, Berlin

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany

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Mabul Island, Borneo, Malaysia

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Hong Kong

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Brunei, Borneo

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Washing Machine, Shanghai, China

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Havelock, Andaman Islands, India

Longhouse, Borneo, Malaysia

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Shrinigar, Kashmir, North India

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Life as a World Nomad on a Budget, Amritsar, India

Wannsee, Berlin, Germany

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Hong Kong

The Middle of Nowhere, Far North Queensland, Australia

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Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

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Shanghai, China

Found on the Beach, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

The Hard Life, Koh Lanta, South Thailand

Ladakh, Himalayan Mountains, India

After Cyclone Yasi, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia

Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Bonus Photos by Foued 

He is an amazing U/W photographer and came along with me and my student one day, which is when these photos were taken. Check out his website here.




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7 Responses to 40 Photos to Inspire Life as a World Nomad

  1. Bird says:

    With three weeks until the end of my current RTW trip I have just about decided to keep on going… as in to keep on travelling. Though the conventionalist in me isn’t totally comfortable with the term nomad (I have too many visions of donkeys and deserts) I suppose that is what I will be. What is for certain is that I have no desire to return to the 9-5 (or rather 8-7) unbalanced lifestyle I had before and there really is just so much of this world to see…

    Please keep your inspiration coming so that my small niggling doubts about this being the wrong decision don’t creep in!

    Bird x

    • Conni says:

      You know what you want, you know what you don’t want. So how can this be a wrong decision? What’s the worst that could happen?

      I say: Congratulations! You rock! You’re following your passions, you’re following yourself.

      I met so many travellers, who came to the end of their RTW trips and dreaded going home. I said to them: “Don’t!”. But most of them said: “I have to!” I don’t believe in have-tos..there are always ways. Even if you’re dead broke, there are always solutions to figure out a way to not go home (I know from experience ;))..
      Going home, “returning to reality” as many people call it, and staying there is not the only choice that we have.
      Too bad most people don’t see it that way!

      Proud of you!!!

  2. Milan says:

    Please keep it up as you are truly an inspiration..

  3. Thanks for sharing those, Conni. It gave me a small flavor of being across the other side of the world. I appreciated Bill Bryson’s quote. I think he’s onto something there, and so well put. I’ve never traveled foreign, but I can see the allure. To me, one of the things it seems it would represent is a fresh perspective of one’s surroundings, along with seeing the different perspectives of people from all over. A new place is a new time, irrespective of linear progression, but lost somewhere at some unknown point in history.

    • Conni says:

      You are right, travelling abroad, seeing different cultures, meeting people from all sorts of countries.. it gives you a fresh perspective. It also lets you reflect on yourself and where you come from, your own culture.
      I love getting to a new country, and feeling the excitement of adventure. It’s not always easy, but it’s the unknown and having to deal with it, and the strength you get out of that process, that makes it worth while, every time.

      You should try it.

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