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9 Apr 2009

Many types of Modern Nomad -take heart!

There's many types of nomadic lifestyles. Sometimes you may feel a nomadic way of life puts you into a state of minority.
But that's not unnecessarily true. In this day and age more and more people are enjoying the education of travel.

Here's a few to consider:

1) The backpacker.

2) The campervan time-outer

3) The migration worker. Blue collar. Oil and gas,

4) The Business traveler. White collar. Working for a corporation or self employed generating new business

5) Gap year students. Students in general. Fruit picking in Australia, charity work in Africa. Summer work in Newquay.

6) The semi nomadic. That's me at the moment. A mix of movements.

7) Your traditional homeless person. After speaking to the homeless many prefer to be frezzing to death on the streets than be tied down in provided accommodation with people they'd rather not associate with.

8) Retirees. Most aim to settle down in a new location, somewhere warm. But not all. It also doesn't always work out this way.

9) Live aboard boats and yachts; rivers, moorings and dropped anchor offshore.

10) 2nd homes. I would call this a situation where society ingrained people respond to thier want to move and be free, but aren't prepared to go outside the norm. So they buy a 2nd home in order to have their peers look at them oddly. An easy solution for the rich.

11) The professional / academic sabbatical.

12) Couchsurfers (staying with friends temporally, and inviting them over in a similar way)

These are many categories. All the way from doctors and business owners down to the homeless guy on the street. Most people take an interest in travel. SO take heart!

Some are more nomadic than others. Some enjoy big freedoms of movement, some are a compromise.

You have to find what is right for you.
For some, just a simple campervan to get away at weekends can be enough to take the edge off the rat race. You could then extend this with a day off on a Friday/Monday. And so on.

Personally I have a mix of ways of staying mobile.
- campervan
- stay at a girlfriends
- work at sea
- visit friends abroad

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