We've talked quite a bit about WHY we live as a technomads or what
ever you want to call our open ended, non-stop world trip as a family
for almost 6 years now ( 42 countries on 5 continents on $23/day per
person) on just about every interview we have done and regularly on
We're thriving as perpetual world travelers and also find it cheaper
to travel the world than live at home in the USA and more rewarding in
every possible way. I can't imagine a better way to raise a family.
Greater freedom, more time to bond as a family, best possible
education ( especially for mononlingual parents raising a trilingual/
trilterate kiddo) are what we are doing as well as seeing awesome
places like Bora Bora, Bhutan, Barcelona, Jordan, Bangkok etc.
"Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion" - Hunt
Once one really experiences the total freedom and aliveness of this
kind of dream life, I think it would be very, very hard to go back to
a "conventional" so called normal life.
"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and
driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in
order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car,
and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in
— Ellen Goodman
I think the WHY's of doing this are pretty clear....certainly after
one has done it for a little while. It's a dream for most people and
the reason 4HWW was such a mega hit. ( We are case studies in it but
doing this and blogging about it long before it was written, same with
Art of Non-Conformity).
Tech is making it easier than ever to do it and the economy is forcing
many people to try.
We've become minimalist because it just helps with the freedom and the
longer one does this, the more one realizes how little one really
needs. We just went around the world in 8 months ( 22 airports) and
just took a small carry on each..most of that was tech. This year will
be even less.
I'm the one who says we "follow the weather" because it sure makes
things easier, so we are always in spring or summer and if we want to
ski we'll pick a place like southern Spain where one can ski in the
morning and swim in the sea in the afternoon.
We thrive on always summer, always Saturday. Who wouldn't?
And you don't always have to be in a van or tent or only southeast
Asia to do this. We mostly live very luxuriously in hotels, sea view
furnished 3 bedroom/2ba luxury rentals, resort campsites in our RV in
Europe etc etc and have spent more time in Europe than any where so
far, but also New Zealand, Australia, Kauai etc
"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed
between man and the universe" Anatole France
I think that is the unifying them....wandering/freedom/choosing life
on your own terms.
I like it that we live a very green life. I love the simplicity. I
love it that I have more time in nature. I love what knowing other
cultures deeply does for my child. I don't have to count how many
things I have or have the latest gadget. For us, it is about the
freedom above everything else. Also travel keeps one more alive than
anything else & why I love this quote:
"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to
experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a
position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for
granted." -- Bill Bryson
I think if you are controlling the travel and digital nomad life
style..ie not having to work for someone else on their time...but
doing things on your own timing, more like native nomads ( who may
spend seasons in different areas and do have some duties to animals &
each other, but mostly are very free and truly cherish that
freedom)..then that is the great value of a technomad world traveling
One is a world citizen, living in much more freedom than most and even
above most bureaucracy.
Freedom is the big why.