Are There World Nomads

Are There World Nomads
Lome, Togo West Africa
Tuesday, August 14, 2007

My answer is no.

Some I would say are so disorganized they are resemble Nomads. They will enter a continent and just follow around anyone or any groups of people that says this is the way to go. They travel until they run out of money and they go home, not really ever leaving one continent or region of his planet. I call them cling ons, a person who follows or clings so they have a path.

Characteristics of a Nomad

1. No Fixed Home
2. No planned destinations
3. Search for food or in today world money.
4. Do not need a house, they carry their hotel on their backs, can more or less stop and sleep where they wish.
5. Live or advantage from the resources available at present location.
6. Does not have pre-knowledge of the destination, must arrange all the living, food, shelter on his or her own without prior preparation.
7. Weather, move in accordance with the weather or seasons.
8. The travel plans change daily.
9. They return to good resource areas.
10. They do not leave on rain days or travel in bad weather.

I would say the pivotal phrase, needed to hear, is probably no fixed home.

The money, get me the money, the money is the problem, how can a traveler be a Nomad unless they have never ending source of money. I suppose I am moving technically more from a Hobo to a Nomad.

I do know a few close to Nomadic world dwellers, or people who go from place to place and establish fixed home for times between six months and two years. I met one in Lome, he more or less travels from Teaching position to Teaching position around the planet.

The greatest travel challenge I could envision would be to grab my passport, leave all the money behind, walk out the door with only the clothes on my back, and try to travel around the planet using no prior friendships or relationships to find help.

I am sure the Nomad conditions above, haphazardly listed is lacking, however, again, I will say, I do not know any Nomadic world Travelers. There are probably a few Nomadic wonderers in some countries, however even in Mongolia with their Ger or the Tuaregs of Niger transform and utilize a tent for a fixed home.

I tend to think their be Hobo more, people who travel from place in search of work. I am 100 percent sure there tramps and bums are very easy to find.

Are There World Nomads


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True world nomad speculation.

I suspect that to walk out with only a passport and be a zero plan world nomad and avoid the money game would require a SERIOUS wilderness AND urban survival skill set. Similar to what Tom Brown teaches at the Tracker school for instance.

In the wild; bush craft, a knife and poncho may be needed. And trade the hostel in for a lean to. In town; sleeping on the hard and scavenging for food.

You'd have to live off the land en route and be fit enough to travel mostly by foot or hitch free rides here and there.

In this scenario, wouldn't crossing borders without money be THE problem? Might one be able to sell wild bounty at markets for a bit of money? Keeping the passport dry might be tough as well.

It sounds pretty difficult to pull off but who knows, I think it's possible, if only for a hardened few. Transitioning from a soft tech-nomad(ish) lifestyle to a true nomad would be a massive step for most.


Agreed, and it would be a step too far for me. I like the idea of roughing it for a few days, and perhaps applying bushcraft skills etc like the Right Honourable Ray Mears (check him out - he is a legend), but after a few days I would be hankering for the internet and my mod cons.

We have been exploring this concept for the last several years, and recording some of the experience on my blog, True Nomads. What we have learned in the effort is that the rewards far outweigh the difficulties, and that it is possible to rewrite your worldview or story, no matter how entrenched. The true freedom that is waiting for us is worth the plunge into the unknown. Travel on!

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