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!