In today’s day and age, more and more people are forgoing the typical life path. Young people in particular are more inclined nowadays to either take a gap year after graduating from high school, or even take a gap year (or multiple years) after graduating from college. And although these gap years can be comprised of a lot of different activities such as interning or working for a charity, more often than not they are comprised of traveling the world.
And this is what nomadic traveling essentially is. The term “nomad” refers to someone who has no fixed home and instead travels from place to place on their own accord. And although nomads back in the day were often associated with hunter gatherers who traveled the earth primarily in search of food, nomads today are more colloquially attributed to backpackers who travel the world to enjoy what life has to offer.
However the key distinction between a typical world traveler and a nomadic traveler is the seemingly aimless nature of nomadic traveling. Nomadic traveling is not contingent on pre-defined schedules on where to go and when to either leave to the next place or return home. Instead, nomadic traveler is more of a lifestyle choice in which the traveler goes off into the world and has no definite plans on where to go to next, or when to move on to that next location, let alone when to actually return home.
When someone travels the world in this manner, it truly means that they are only concerned about the present and not the future, which can definitely be a good thing. Rather than focusing on getting a job to support themselves and provide a better life for themselves (and potentially a future family), those who practice nomadic traveling focus on life’s adventures and living life to the fullest. I think we can all admit that working an office desk job is not exactly living life to the fullest, which is what most Americans do straight out of college. Nomadic travelers have a much more nuanced perspective on life and what it means to truly life, and that perspective leads them to the nomadic lifestyle that “The Ego Tripper” is all about.
In most cases, nomadic traveling typically involves going to Middle Eastern and Asian countries in particular, and this is for two key reasons. The first reason is that these places are a lot less industrialized, and leave a lot more natural habitats to be explored. Going to a civilized city in Europe or America can be fun, but it only perpetuates the cultures of those societies – cultures that go against everything that nomadic traveling stands for. On the contrary, less industrialized places such as the Middle East and Asia promote the simplicity of life itself, which is something that draws in nomadic travelers. And the second reason is because these places are a lot cheaper than more industrialized countries. Because many nomadic travelers are traveling the world for many months and many years on end, it makes sense that they would want to be able to make their money last as long as possible.
Overall, while nomadic traveling is not exactly new, it has definitely been given new life particularly by young people around the world. Although it is not something that everyone would be inclined to do, it is definitely something that can help give you new perspective on the world, and on the meaning of living life to the fullest!