The Bare Essentials for a Nomadic Life

October 4, 2013 | , , , , , ,

I know how easy it is to get bogged down in the logistics of creating a nomadic life, which can seem really complicated sometimes.

(If you’re not sure you want a nomadic life, read this first.)

But let’s put it all in perspective, shall we? To have the freedom to go anywhere in the world, there are only a few things you really need.

(Every time I’m in a cab headed to the airport, I start to panic over all the things I may have forgotten, and then I remember: I have a credit card and my passport; I’ll be fine.)

A Passport

OK, some nomads find there’s plenty of exploring to be done in their home country, but if you want to be able to go anywhere in the world whenever the mood strikes, you’ll obviously need a passport. (Some places will also require a visa, but that’s not an essential because you could easily travel only to countries that you can visit without a visa.)

A Credit Card

For things like plane tickets, car rental, and hotel bookings, especially online, a credit card is often the only way to pay. Unless you plan to travel overland and pay cash in person for everything, I’d say a credit card is essential.

An ATM Card, or a Wad of Cash

Some places only accept cash, so you’ll need a way to get your hands on some. Bonus points (and more cash in your pocket) if your bank reimburses you for ATM withdrawals at other banks worldwide. Yes, you can get cash with your credit card, but the interest rates are high (and start adding up immediately), so I would only go that route in an emergency.

Something to Carry Your Stuff In

I’m all for packing light, but unless you’re literally traveling with just the clothes on your back, you’ll need something to put things in: a backpack, a suitcase, a duffel bag, a plastic bag, whatever works for you.

A Way to Make Money from Anywhere

Or plenty of savings, or income from investments. If you’re making money online, you’ll probably also need a laptop and easy access to the Internet.

I know that last one isn’t likely to happen overnight (unless you already have a mobile business and/or savings and investments—in which case, what are you waiting for?).

There are a lot of posts on Nomadtopia about money and business; check these out for more information and ideas:

So although not everything on the list is easy, it’s important to get back to basics sometimes and realize we probably need a lot less than we think we do.

According to this list, are you ready to live a more nomadic life? If not, what action will you take to get closer to your ideal life?

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