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Sacrifices to Living a Nomadic Lifestyle

What kind of life do you want to lead? And where do you want to live it?

The life I’ve chosen over the past few years is a nomadic one — meaning constantly on the move to new places and experiencing new cultures and people. But, though I wouldn’t trade it for the world, such a life is not always as rosy as people think.

Here are some of the sacrifices you’ll need to make:

  • You’ll have no “home” for months at a time
  • You’ll go months and months without seeing your best friends in person
  • Comfortable couches, and beds, are few and far between
  • No peanut butter for hundreds or thousands of miles
  • Watching anything other than futbol (soccer) is amazingly hard
  • You’ll experience a slew of dropped Google Voice and Skype calls due to weak internet connections
  • Constantly fighting time zone differences trying to communicate with family and friends
  • No money to spend on DVD’s, fancy clothes, or other materialistic crap (that you don’t need). Not really sure this one is a sacrifice — at least to me, it’s not :)
  • Depending on your location, going days without seeing another Caucasian
  • A comfortable overnight bus ride? You’re dreaming.

Still want to live the nomadic lifestyle? If yes – do it. You just need to set your mind to it, make the sacrifices to save money, pack your backpack, and get on the plane.

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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