It has taken a couple of years for me to realize that my “nomadic phase” wasn’t just a phase.
It is the way I want to live my life.
Constantly on the move. Experiencing different places. Exploring.
At first, I felt like I would have to *eventually* settle down and start being an adult.
But what does that mean?
Just because my husband and I absolutely love being in different locations and not knowing where we are going to be next year, does that constitute as NOT being an adult?
Modern Nomads are people who give themselves the freedom to roam wherever and whenever they want.
In the last 6 years, my husband and I have…
- Lived in San Diego, CA • Denver, CO • Fayetteville, NC • Palo Alto, CA • Cambodia
- I traveled around South East Asia for 2 months, while Chucky was deployed in the Middle East
- We went on a 4-month cross-country road trip visiting 15 National Parks
- Backpacked through Europe for 3 months
It has been such an incredible and rewarding experience and the fact that I found someone else who loves this lifestyle as much as I do is so special.
Our Worlds Colliding
I had just graduated college and had recently gotten out of a relationship with a guy who wanted me to move in with him and start a family.
I was 21 years old, eager and ready to explore this earth, and had no plans of “settling down” in the future.
It was obvious that he and I would not work out. My hopes and dreams were to travel and live in different places, become a Peace Corps volunteer somewhere remote, and be wild.
Meanwhile, in another universe, was a man from Indiana who grew up daydreaming about living in a rainforest with nothing but a loincloth and a knife (joking.. but not).
He, too, had been in relationships where the girls could not fathom leaving their hometown. Chucky’s ticket out to California was by way of the Navy.
He knew being an active military member meant moving around constantly, going on deployments, experiencing the world, and having change be the only constant in his life.
There was no way he would be able to have a relationship, or even find someone willing to be in such a crazy and unconventional lifestyle.
Until we found each other one night at a bar in San Diego.
Deciding this Life Was For Us
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
Since Chucky was in the military, we had no choice but to go where the Navy took us.
That was the start of our nomadic adventures.
We became pros at moving, minimalizing our things, and being spontaneous because we really didn’t know where we would go next.
It was thrilling!
I then got accepted to become a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia, which was a dream come true.
With that came the whirlwind of me moving to another country, Chucky getting deployed, and our lives being lived out of backpacks and suitcases.
The crazy part was? We both flourished in that lifestyle.
We wanted to make this the way of life, not just a phase in life.
Making It Work
Unfortunately, Chucky and I are not made out of money.
However, we still make this lifestyle work for us. And that is because we WANT to live like this.
Chucky ended his military career and does get a little bit of money from the VA.
We saved A LOT by reducing our spending, eating in, opting out of some fun trips our friends asked us to join.
It’s all about shifting your priorities if you want to make it work out.
We are living intentionally by deciding the nomadic lifestyle is what we want, and we make plans accordingly.
Our Road Ahead
We have taken the last year to learn about ourselves individually and as a couple.
It is super important to make sure both of us are on the same page at every moment because this lifestyle isn’t for everyone.
Chucky has been in a super intense coding school gearing him up for a remote job (hopefully). If he doesn’t get a remote job, then we are open to moving to a couple new cities.
As for me, I am slowly falling into the digital nomad category by chugging along on this blog. I’m enjoying every step of the way learning a lot about myself and my passions.
Together, we are open to where the road might take us in the next couple of months. It might be van life, or it might be us living in a studio in a city, or even a cabin the mountains.
The possibilities are endless.
I want to hear from you!
Are you currently a modern nomad? Have you ever thought about it? I would love to know all about the journey you have been through or are currently going through! Comment below 🙂