Based on a study, there are approximately 30 to 40 million nomads globally, and three million of them are in only one of the largest nomad groups in the U.S. Most of these people are traveling around the country using their mobile homes, usually in their recreational vehicles or RVs.
It seems like a fascinating lifestyle to just be living a life on the road and off-grid. And with films like Nomadland winning Best Picture at the 93rd Academy Awards and bringing this lifestyle back into mainstream consciousness, more people are becoming interested in trying it out.
So, how can you start living like a nomad? It’s not as easy as packing your bags and putting everything you own in your RV like a local moving company transferring them to another house. You have to plan it carefully.
How To Become A Modern Nomad
It is a big adventure to live a nomadic lifestyle, but you have to understand that it won’t be easy. Just because you’re camping and traveling all the time, it doesn’t mean you have lesser responsibilities to think about. But, to make your transition into a nomadic life easier, here are some tips that we have for you:
Organize your finances first before you pack up your bags.
Living in your RV and being on the road means not having to pay rent, especially if you gave up your home. But there are other bills that you have to allot money for. These things include your fuel, food, camping gear, RV maintenance, and many other things.
Also, during the harsh winters of the year, you may find yourself unable to live in your RV in the freezing temperature, which will cause you to rent a hotel room.
Additionally, if you have any debts, it might be a good idea to pay them off first. Because leaving your house for an indefinite time might give the people and companies you loaned money from a wrong idea if they wouldn’t be able to reach you.
Do some research and careful planning before you leave everything behind.
So, you are financially capable of living in an RV and travel like a full-time nomad, but you also have to plan things carefully. You can Google some information like the best and cheap places for nomads to park their mobile homes because that isn’t free. You may also need to start your journey a few months before winter starts so that by the time it gets freezing; you will not be lost and helpless in the middle of nowhere.
By the time you have made up your mind, you can start selling things you don’t need to have extra cash. If you have any health issues, you may also want to ask your healthcare provider if this is the best idea and stock up on medicines if you are on medication. Lastly, notify your friends and family of your decision. Don’t just disappear on the
Consider having a stable source of income while traveling.
Camping and traveling regularly have their perks, but unfortunately, they can be a little expensive. So, besides having savings – which we hope you do when you decide you want to be a nomad – it would be wise also to have a stable source of income even if you will end up spending more than you earn
There are several ways you can go about looking for jobs as a nomad. Your best choice is to work online, where you can find tons of jobs as long as you have a stable source of internet connection. The jobs that you can get online range from writing, teaching, transcribing, virtual assisting, bookkeeping, marketing, proofreading, and website designing. You can also create a social media profile dedicated to your nomadic travels, and once you gain a following, you can earn from sponsored advertisements.
Alternatively, you can also get work in some factories, fast food restaurants, or supermarkets for a few months before you drive your RV to your next destination. This option might slow down your travels, but if you need some form of income, it could be an excellent choice to try it out.
The world is a vast place, and there are many uncharted places you can discover and explore by being a nomad. While on the road, you can also meet many people living the same lifestyle. Once you’re on the road – a decision you hopefully didn’t make on impulse – then start enjoying your new life.