Why Live a Nomad’s Life?

Why live a nomad's life?

I recently came across a documentary film project called Nowhere.

On the website, the filmmaker, Jola, announced that she was still looking for nomadic people to portray. So I sent her an email.

As a reply, Jola asked about my motivations for my nomadic life and the reasons for leaving places to move to a new ones. As I sat down, thinking about her questions, I realised: Wow, I have never truly answered them to someone who was genuinely interested.

The following is what I came up with. This is why I live the way I live:

Being a nomad is in my blood.

Just as other people feel safe when they have a home base, I feel good and happy when I move and vagabond the world.

The world is too exciting and fascinating to just stay and live in one place, one country, one continent your entire life. 

I don’t just love traveling, but also living and staying in places longer, getting to know them properly. (I’m actually not a very good tourist)

I love new experiences, the novelty factor of getting to new places and the process of getting to know them. I love meeting new people from all over the world.

I love not having a routine.

I love testing my comfort zone and stretching my personal boundaries. It’s not always easy, sometimes it’s super fucking hard, but most of the time it’s so worth it.

I love living out of a bag and not owning much. At this point, I have 35 litres of stuff in my name (plus my dive gear) and it is really all I need. It takes me 5-10 minutes to pack everything up and move to a new place, country or continent. The longest I lived out of a bag was two years and I never ever complained about it. It makes nomading the world THIS much easier and enjoyable.

Consistency, stability and a fixed home make us very comfortable, too comfortable. I don’t want to get used to that.

But at the end of the day, it’s the freedom. I experience an immense sense of freedom as someone without a fixed address. The world belongs to me and I am free in my mind and heart. 

Putting down roots…that’s like putting on chains, voluntarily.

The questions “Why do you keep moving? Why do you live a nomadic life?” are just as absurd for me as asking a person who has lived their entire life in one country or city “Why do you not move?”.

Ask me any questions you have in the comments! 

3 Responses to Why Live a Nomad’s Life?

  1. Lulu says:

    How did you start your nomadic lifestyle at 15?

  2. Amy Winterbourne says:

    Hey conni, I found your site as I was searching for information about a nomadic lifestyle for my dissertation. I’m a student in Cambridge, UK and studying Interior Design and really want to investigate peoples dwellings as they travel, where they stay, what motivates them to keep travelling rather than settle in a conventional ‘home’ and also, how their environments adapt as they go. I was wondering if you’d be able to tell me a little more about where you stay in places, do you have a van/tent/boat or do you meet people and ‘couch surf’?!

    I’m fascinated in this lifestyle myself and have a real desire to up and go once my degree is out of the way so really anything you can tell me in a bit more detail about your experiences, motivations and lifestyle would be great!

    Thanks very much :) happy exploring!

    Amy

  3. Your story is inspiring. Keep livin’ the dream!