Amy Scott

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Life of a Nomad

April 3, 2013 | , ,

Have you ever looked at someone’s life and thought, Yeah, but how do they DO it?

What do their days look like? How’d they get from here to there?

In particular, if your nomadic soul is crying out for something different (and I bet it is, if you’re reading this post), then you probably also wonder, How do they decide where to go? How do they book tickets and rent apartments and plan road trips and research visas and run their businesses and have lots of adventures?

Yep, me too.

Lots of people write lots of inspirational stuff about how to create your ideal life, but they don’t really show you how to do it.

In my own Nomadtopia, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes as my husband and I hit the road, stay put for a while, or explore a new destination.

And while I certainly talk about it on this blog, cover it thoroughly in my group program, and allude to it on Facebook and Twitter, it just hit me last night how much I’m not showing you.

I’ve decided it’s time to get real.

Introducing… Inside Nomadtopia!

It’s a no-holds-barred look at the inner workings of a nomadic life.

I’m pushing back the curtain to show you what’s really going on and how we’re making this lifestyle a reality. It’s not just a bunch of smoke and mirrors and a wave of the magic wand.

OK, a little magic certainly helps, but sometimes, it’s simply putting one foot in front of the other: deciding what we want, figuring out how to get it, doing the research, and taking action.

Sharing all the nitty-gritty inner workings isn’t meant to deter or overwhelm you—quite the opposite!

I hope that as you follow along it will inspire you and get your creativity flowing. I want to show you how we do it so you can see that it really is possible, if you put your mind to it.

You can pick and choose what appeals to you and start creating your own Nomadtopia. And because I’ll also reveal a lot of my secret tricks and resources along the way, it’ll be even easier for you. Score!

In Nomadtopia (just like in any life, I suppose), there are fun days, boring days, average days, inspiring days, grueling days, and over-the-top-holy-shit-I-can’t-believe-this-is-my-life days. You’ll get to see them all.

Right now, our life feels kind of boring and normal. Which may be part of why I don’t write about it too much. But this is also a real part of Nomadtopia for us, and it’s no less valid (although perhaps a little less sexy).

After spending nearly six months roaming the United States last year, we’ve been in Buenos Aires for almost four months now, and we’re planning to stay for three more. It’s a city we know well, so we’re doing a little less exploring and a lot more working. That way, we’ll have more time for gallivanting later this year.

The exciting part of life right now is that as we regroup, we’re creating our plans for the rest of the year (and beyond) from a nearly blank slate. It’s not only exciting, but often daunting! I know it can be done—I’ve done it before, many times—but there’s a lot to figure out, and it won’t happen overnight.

For those of you who are thinking that technically, we could just hop on a plane and magically arrive in some fabulous destination overnight: you’re right, and that sounds fabulous!

But I know from experience that to make this sustainable for us, and to avoid (as much as possible) some of the possibly expensive and complicated mistakes we could make if we don’t do our research, we need to take the next three months to set things up. And I’ll be honest, it’s nice to stay in one place for a while now and then!

This inside look at our planning, scheming, and adventuring is meant to give you ideas and inspiration for your own Nomadtopia, whatever that looks like.

Updates from Inside Nomadtopia will appear right here on this blog, frequently interspersed with other kinds of posts.

I hope you’ll come along for the ride, and I’ll see you on the road somewhere, someday!

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