Becoming A Nomad: What does it mean?Posted: August 30, 2011
According to the dictionary the definition is:
1. A member of a group of people who have no fixed home and move according to the seasons from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.
2. A person with no fixed residence who roams about; a wanderer.
Based on the last two months, I think I am beginning to own a bit of each of these definitions (more on this below), hence the title of the blog . I am intrigued by the idea of being a nomad in a time when most people have a place, a routine, a comfort zone. Change is a big part of wandering. But more importantly, I am interested in seeing the world in a new way. Over the last several years, I have come to love food and travel, which will be two of the main focuses for this blog (although I may from time to time include other things.)
My experiences, so far, as a beginner nomad:
Last winter my husband and I decided to begin a 9-12 month period of travel. He will be working 3-4 months in one location and then we will move on. He is a physical therapist (high demand) so we have the luxury of picking (for the most part) where in the country we want to be. The first place we wanted to go was Alaska. It turns out, getting to Alaska was all part of the journey.
Packing it up:
It was a whirl wind summer (to use a cliche). In July, we got married and went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We returned to our Michigan home for two weeks (I furiously packed the house). We drove (11 hours) to Ohio to drop off some of our stuff. Continued on two days later to Pennsylvania to drop off the rest. Two more days and it was time to board a plane to Alaska. We were officially without a permanent address.
South Central Alaska in 17 Days:
During this period, we camped, hiked, stayed in hostels, one B&B, and spent time in the Alaskan back country. This was nomad at its height. No car, no home base, 4 bags with everything we needed. It was an amazing beginning to our journey.
So here is the quest:
Embrace change. Explore the people, the food, and the land in each new place. And then, decide if this changes or deepens the way I see the world.