NuNomad, Digital Nomad, Technomad, Lifestyle Designer, What the Heck am I?
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O.K. – so I’ll be honest. This last year I spent many months underground in the nomad world for various personal reasons (and also working on our new book!). However, I’ve realized I can’t turn away from my passion and I’m back now with a vengeance, determined to make a place in this nomad world. Upon my return to the land of the ever-moving I have found a total explosion of nomads – especially on Twitter. At first it was pretty intimidating to see the number of folks out there who have jumped into the tidal surge. On the other hand, it is exhilarating to see the idea of this alternative lifestyle really taking off.
What I’m finding is a community of independent, adventurous people all trying to put a name to our love of extended travel and permanent freedom from the cubicle. There are a lot of terms flying around out there and I’ll be the first to admit that our term, NuNomad, is just another one in the pool. Digital Nomad, Technomad, Lifestyle Design are a few of the most common. Of course, Timothy Ferriss’ 4 Hour Work Week has a lot to do with the surge as well as the term lifestyle design.
I had to ask myself, are we at NuNomad different than any of the many nomads out there in our approach? Certainly we overlap more than not. However, something came to me last night that I would like to make a statement about.
So much tech talk
If you’re an avid fan of reading nomadic sites and blogs you’ve probably noticed a preponderance of tech talk. Everything from discussions about wifi and the lightest laptops to the necessity of learning how to make a fortune online is out there. Some sites will leave you believing that if you can’t set up your own personal web empire (via their method which you pay for, I’ll add) then you may as well resign yourself to punching the time card.
This pisses me off. Yes, you’ll find a lot of tech info and advice on this site but let’s be clear – being a techie is just one way to skin the cat. I mean, come on, we’re a community of rabid independents right? And in such a community you’re never going to tell a person there’s only one way to do things! If you want to nomad you are only limited by your own creativity. Does it take organization, planning and determination? You bet. It probably will also take some time to get all your ducks in a row to make the thing happen. But you can make your nomadic life happen your way. That’s why if you’ll read some of our past interviews with nomads you’ll see a huge variety of backgrounds. Along with a healthy gang of more tech oriented folks we’ve also interviewed photographers, trapeze artists, balloon artists, film makers, bio-fuel enthusiasts and coaches. My next targets are salespeople, biotech people and real estate folks. All these professions and more are nomadable.
Lets talk about something else!
So, let’s put a stake in the ground here and say that we’re here to brainstorm with you about your ideas on how and where to be a nomad. We’re here to support you along the way. And we’re here to learn from you as much as you from us. Let’s build a great community for all nomads alike!