FAQ About Why and How I Decided to Go Nomad & Wander the World
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Did you ever think about going rogue – just going nomad and ditching the expectations of the world for a woman “of a certain age?”
Sometimes, meeting the expectations of others is not the route to happiness.
My baby has left the nest and I don’t want to live in an empty one. After 24 years of raising my beloved children, sitting at home with a pile of cat hair and books just doesn’t appeal to me. I’ve always been a wanderer, as anybody who follows my other website, TheOrganicPrepper.com, knows. We’ve moved frequently, traveled often, and gloried in new experiences.
So, as my last baby goes off to seek her way in the world, so will I.
There are a few questions that people ask when I tell them of my plans.
“What are you doing with your dogs and cats?”
If I didn’t have a good solution for them, I wouldn’t be going. I’ll be leaving them in the capable hands of my daughter and helping her out with the bills in exchange for her assistance. Pets are family and a lifetime commitment, and our furbabies will stay in the family.
“How can you afford all this?”
Well, I’m certainly not rolling in piles of money. But I’m in a good position to wander. I can take my business with me wherever there’s an internet connection, so I’ll still be earning the same living I did at home in the US. My income should remain steady.
Secondly, housing will be affordable. When you rent an Airbnb for a month, you get a hefty discount. All your bills are rolled into that payment: rent, utilities, internet, etc. I’m not staying for long periods of time in expensive hubs like London or Paris. My goal is to stay in less expensive countries, near the beach when I can, and ride the shoulder seasons.
Transportation will be expensive once. My flight over to Europe will be the biggie, but after that, transportation will not be outrageous. Once you’re in Europe, you can inexpensively fly to other countries, generally for less than $100 USD round trip. Personally, I plan to take trains and see more of the countryside.
I’m planning to stay in walkable areas. I won’t be way out in the boondocks with no way to hit the grocery store. I’ve mapped out a series of “Old Towns” that are pedestrian-only – no cars allowed. Within these areas, it’s easy to find shops, markets, cafes, and bakeries to fulfill your day-to-day needs. So – no more car payment, no more insurance, and I sure won’t need a gym membership.
“Where are you going?”
Wherever the spirit moves me. Most of my time during the first year will be spent in Southern Europe. I’ll be staying in places anywhere from 1-3 months, aside from some quick weekend trips to destinations that I want to visit but don’t want to actually live in.
Some of my first-year destinations include Croatia (I love that place!), Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovenia.
What are you taking with you?
This is a work in progress, but currently, I’m planning to get everything into two bags. I’ll have my laptop, an external hard drive, a Kindle, chargers, adapters, my clothing, a couple of coats, 4 pairs of shoes, some survival gear like a bivvy, a water filter, a good knife, and a multitool, and some toiletries.
Talk about downsizing!
Why do you want to go gallivanting all over the world?
The better question here is, why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t I want to see all the things I spent my first 50 years reading about, like the city of Pompeii, the Acropolis, the pyramids, the wonders that so far I’ve only seen in photographs?
I figure I have 25 good years of nomad living in me. I’m going to live them to the hilt.
What this website will be about
Well, I almost called it The Midlife Crisis Blog, if that tells you anything about it.
I’ll be sharing the things I learn by immersing myself in other cultures, budget-friendly travel tips, blogging business tips, photos, midnight epiphanies, what it’s like living out of a suitcase, and my super-duper-fluffy thoughts-and-feelings.