From the Road
Saying I have ‘no home’ when I travel has always been a bit of a challenge. I suppose you could say that my home is South Florida—it’s the place where I base myself. But ‘home’ is a loose definition. There is no true distinction about what home means—which makes it difficult to describe my circumstances.
At least 3-4 times per month I’m off on a new trip. This can be thrilling, amazing, awe-inspiring, and sometimes, exhausting. Often I miss important events like family get-togethers, celebrations and times that are usually very crucial to others’ lives. This is nothing new; I’ve been traveling for years—so I’ve thought a lot about this and how I feel about constantly being away.
There are some definite perks. I’ve seen almost every corner of the world, had experiences that most would never dream of, and I’ve learned to enjoy seeing friends and family when I can. If this doesn’t deter you, here are some ways you can develop a more nomadic lifestyle.
Don’t collect things
One of the hardest aspects of constant travel that I’ve found is that you can’t collect a lot of stuff. Even when I lived in Southeast Asia, I knew that I couldn’t purchase very many unique souvenirs in order to take back to the U.S. with me. Now and then I will pick up something small for my sister or niece, but even then I try not to burden myself with too many things—it makes it easier to pick up and go.
Still have a home base
While backpacking can be a blast for those on a budget, I like luxury travel. This means I can’t hop from place to place as easily, and I need to have a spot I can come back to after a trip is over. I wouldn’t consider Florida my ‘home,’ but it’s a place I stop before heading out on my next adventure. Because all of my travels are ‘work,’ I need a place where I can rest my head and wait for the next one to come around. We all need a little downtime after traveling!
“I’ve seen almost every corner of the world, had experiences that most would never dream of, and I’ve learned to enjoy seeing friends and family when I can.”
Know you can still have friendships
One of the most common misconceptions about travel is that you are going at it entirely alone. Yes, there are some times when traveling can be lonely—especially when it has been a while since you have made it back to your home base. However, the internet makes it easier than ever to remain connected to those you care about, and you also have the opportunity to meet new people on your travels.
You need to have a gig
While it might be nice for the extremely rich and wealthy to be able to pick up and leave any time they want, most of us have to have some source of income. Fortunately, I make my living entirely by providing services to the travel industry; this allows me to work wherever I am.
Not having a home can be a double-edged sword. But if you’re up for the challenge, you can find a rewarding and incredible life by thinking slightly out of the box.