The blog started right after we got to our first stop here in Panama, but the dream and the planning of going nomadic began about six months prior.
I think Todd's reasons for going are similar to mine, but I'll speak for myself for now.
Traveling has always been one of my favorite things. Ever since I was fortunate enough to go to Taiwan when I was 13 (Thanks Charlie!), I had the bug. Not only to travel, but to go off the beaten path. Honduras is more appealing than San Francisco.
For many years I'd go on a cruise or two every year with my friends, Jonah being the most regular compatriot. I loved two things about cruises - being totally removed from the millions of things going on in my life, and getting to see many new places in a short period of time.
Last year Todd and I were in the office, waiting to go to a movie nearby. We had an hour to kill.
"Hey, check out this video!"
Todd showed me this video :
"Doesn't that just make you want to travel?" he asked.
Yes, it does. We agreed that we'd go on some random trip somewhere and would buy the tickets before we had to leave for the movie.
We searched around and found good prices on Tokyo and Morocco. Tokyo won out for no reason in particular. We bought our tickets.
We flew to Tokyo with no plans. We had nowhere to stay, nothing to do, and knew no one there. It turned out to be fantastic.
I had a big realization when we were in Tokyo : The United States isn't definitively the best place on earth. In fact, I preferred Tokyo.
I had always grown up with the idea that the US was the best and everywhere else could only hope to be second place. I still believe that the US is the best place for some things, but it's not the undisputed champ of the world.
Still, the trip didn't make me want to move to Tokyo. It made me want to see EVERYWHERE. Surely there was somewhere I'd like even more than Tokyo.
Meanwhile, the US continued its decline under the wise leadership of Bush. Freedoms began to go down the drain and our international reputation started to become a joke. Ron Paul came along as a glimmer of hope, but the was totally ignored by the mainstream media.
In short, other parts of the world were pulling my attention and the US was pushing it away.
Without actually committing to going, I thought I may as well plan a trip. I wrote down a list of all of the countries I wanted to go to. Then I went online and looked through almanacs to see when the weather was best. Local festivals and events were considered too.
It had to be sustainable so that it could be "Life Nomadic" and not "Vacation Nomadic". I narrowed down the list so that I could stay in the same place for a couple months at a time.
I was hanging out with Todd at the time, so he helped me plan things. By the end we were both commited to going. It was his idea to get tiny backpacks and bring almost nothing. We liked our style of just going without planning anything.
We randomly picked a day, January 7, 2008, to leave. If we didn't just commit to a day we knew we could put it off forever. There's never a perfect time to disrupt your whole life and build a new one.
I have committed to reading all of your blog posts tonight and tomorrow from day one. You two guys are awful inspiring to watch...entertaining, too.
hello guys, just wanted to say i like what your doing. i am thinking of doing something similar, but not so extreme. i am going to be doing a eurotrip in the summer, i spent 3 months in america last summer, and it was awesome. if you get a chance, checkout South Beach Miami. i loved it. if you go dont hesitate to mail me for info!
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You guys are an inspiration to my wife and I. Our 12 year old son died 5 months ago and since then we've decided that the best way to deal with his passing is to travel. We've been to Argentina and Brazil for short trips, but soon plan to just go wherever the wind takes us. Thank you for the information.
Ty, it seems like a lot of your income is passive and thus somewhat self-sustainable, so won't the "work" eventually run out? At that point "Life-Nomadic" and "Vacation Nomadic" will be the same thing!
I have thought of the same Tynan, but as it stands I do not have a way to make income over the net like you guys.
But I have thought about it and just bussing or riding the train around the U.S for a few weeks and seeing the country. Take a backpack, my mac, my camera, my ipod, and my phone.. About all I would need. Same as you both. But.. on a smaller scale :P
Great article. I'd love to hear more on how you guys did your prep (selling everything, jobs, etc.).
My friend Todd and I were waiting in the office to go to a movie. It was 8:00 and the movie started at 8:45. He showed me some weird video of a guy dancing in a lot of different countries.
"Doesn't this just make you want to travel?" He asked.
It did. Within a few minutes we resolved to go on a trip, and to buy the tickets before leaving for the movie.
My time in Paris was a fun journey. It was a school trip last year. Took a lot of saving and bag packing to get there but in the end it was worth every last cent.
As we had teachers with us, who were flute in French. It wasn't hard getting around and finding fun places to eat and relax as they have been there so many times before. The only bad thing about my holiday in Paris was the hotel. As it was on the outside of Paris. It took about 30 minutes maybe more to get home each night. And to be honest the hotel wasn't that nice either. It was small and if you kept your window open at night you could hear cars and people going by. As we got to the hotel at about half 10 or 11 each night you had time to relax before you take shower and go to sleep like most of my friends they went on there phones but no not me. You had to get a wi-fi code and everyone else has a different one to each other. And just my luck didn't work not even one night for me.
We went to I think every site there is in Paris. I was so tired walking around everywhere. My favourite place was of course Disney land. It made me feel like a 10 year old kid again. Running around to all the roller-coaster and hearing the Disney music everywhere you go. I was so happy going around with a smile on my face the whole time.
We went to loads and it was so amazing. I was so lucky to go on that amazing experience to Paris and see the thing I always see in movie and photos and touch them to see if they are really real and that I am really in Paris.