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Think You’re Not a Nomad? Think Again…

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I hear from a lot of people who say, “I don’t want to travel the way you do, but something about the freedom and flexibility of Nomadtopia still resonates with me.”

When I hear this, I think, perfect!

These people have already identified what kind of lifestyle they don’t want, which is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Much better to recognize you don’t want to travel long-term like I (sometimes) do than to convince yourself it’s what you want and be totally miserable. (Or maybe you’re pretty sure you’d love it, but you’re just not willing or able to do it right now, and that’s OK too.)

If this sounds like you, don’t click away just yet! Nomadtopia has something to offer you, too.

I’m not necessarily espousing a life of nomadic travel for everyone. But I believe many people have a nomadic soul that is begging to be expressed in some way, and that expression is different for everyone.

I want to help you find the lifestyle that’s right for you.

During my interview with Greg Berg of Radio Enso, I shared my definition of the word nomad:

A nomad is someone who goes where they can find what they’re looking for.

So when you think about it that way, you might discover that you’re more of a nomad than you thought you were!

After all, you might want to be able to go where you can get the artistic community you crave, or Pad Thai from a street vendor in Bangkok, or community with others, or some rest and relaxation. Or maybe all you need right now is a comfortable home base (and the freedom to leave it if you change your mind!).

By my definition, a nomad might:

  • take her family on an extended trip to visit good friends every summer
  • take a sabbatical to work on a passion project
  • be able to travel if a dear relative has a health crisis and needs someone to take care of her
  • homeschool his children so they can travel frequently to visit family abroad
  • keep a home base but travel as much as possible
  • work really hard and then take time off to travel
  • volunteer for a month every summer
  • sell her house to travel indefinitely
  • easily follow his spouse who gets offered a great job in a different city
  • make herself available as a pet- and house-sitter for friends all over the world
  • spend part of the year in a favorite place abroad
  • take seasonal jobs in different places to satisfy his need for variety and adventure
  • simplify things at home so she can easily take advantage of cool opportunities that arise
  • …the possibilities are endless!

I describe Nomadtopia as “your ideal life, anywhere in the world.” It’s the embodiment of your passion for freedom, exploration, and whatever else is important to you.

The truth is, no matter what your Nomadtopia looks like, the more flexible you are, the more freedom you have to do any of the above (or anything else that strikes your fancy) at any time.

And when you step out of your normal routine (and, in many cases, your normal surroundings), there will be things to take care of, like making sure you have Internet access (or knowing how to handle not having it), paying bills, taking care of yourself, staying connected, and so much more. Not to mention the fear and uncertainty that often arises at the same time!

So stick around.

I’m here to help you figure out what your ideal life—your Nomadtopia—looks like, and give you the tools, inspiration, and confidence to live it.

Even if you’re not the hard-core-traveler kind of nomad, if you’d like more freedom in your life to do things like those on the list above, my coaching, podcast, resources, and community can help you get where you want to go—just check out the links in the menu above, and sign up for updates below.

I’d love to hear from you—what does your Nomadtopia look like? (Or how can I help you figure that out?)

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2017-10-21T15:41:27+00:00September 9, 2013|FAQs, Inspiration, Nomad Life|24 Comments


  1. Monika + John @Entrepreneur'sOdyssey September 9, 2013 at 8:48 am - Reply

    This post couldn’t have been more timely Amy. Hubby and I just announced our new nomadic lifestyle today and we can’t wait to take off in March and do this location independent thing for good.

    I’ve always been a nomad… travelled the world… worked in four countries while still employed and never felt as if I wanted to settle somewhere for long. Bur we’ve been in Australia 16 years. I can’t believe how time has flown and how settled we’ve become… so now it’s time to uproot life, take our business onto the road and do this for good.

    • Amy Scott September 9, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

      I love it! Yes, it’s amazing how easy it is to get settled… I was in Argentina nearly full-time for six years, which I never expected either. It’s great to find a place you enjoy being, but it’s also important to revisit your dreams and goals and see whether you’re happy with how things have ended up or it’s time to make some changes. March will be here before you know it! 🙂

  2. Lisa Grace Byrne September 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Oh Amy- You are speaking my language, sista! I felt myself in so many lines of this one…Brava!

    • Amy Scott September 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that, Lisa! As you know, our conversation was one of the things that inspired this post. Thrilled to know it resonates with you. 🙂

  3. Loralee September 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    That’s me. Not “full time nomad” but always wanting to simplify so I can grab cool opportunities that come up & travel anytime. Great post Amy

    • Amy Scott September 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, that’s totally you! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  4. Vicky September 9, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Love that definition of ‘nomad’ Amy: someone who goes where they can find what they are looking for. Most of us are seekers of one kind or another. My version of nomad now is going somewhere for a few months, somewhere I can settle a bit and go deeper with people and my surroundings. When I was younger I did more of the moving every couple of days – can’t even imagine doing that now. I too want to simplify even more to be free to go wherever I want, whenever i want! Great post!

    • Amy Scott September 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      That’s a great point, Vicky, that our vision can change over the years. It’s a good idea to revisit every now and then and make sure that we still want what we think we do!

  5. Christie Halmick September 11, 2013 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I have a nomadic soul that requires a home base! I feel really good about figuring that out and Amy you’ve been a key part in helping me come to terms with that.

    • Amy Scott September 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Awesome, Christie! I’m so glad you’ve gotten clear on this, and that you feel good about where you’ve ended up. Happy to have helped you get there!

  6. Emily September 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I answered yes to almost every example you gave of being a nomad, so I guess I’ve found the right place 🙂

    My challenge is being able to bring have my beloved dog and earth angel with me when I travel for extended periods of time. He’s 45 lbs and not very well behaved when he gets excited! Xx

  7. Christine September 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Hmm, have never thought of myself as a nomad, but we have lived in three different continents the last 6 years, so I guess I (and my family) am! Not sure if I have found what I was looking for, but I have found a million things I didn’t know I was looking for, all over the world. I love to travel. Last weekend I crossed off a new country on my list and on Sunday I’m off to Europe and then Asia. Happy!

    • Amy Scott September 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      Yep, that sounds rather nomadic to me! 🙂

      I love that idea of finding things you didn’t know you were looking for; I’ve definitely had that experience. It’s a nice added bonus on top of the things you were looking for!

      Happy travels.

  8. Bianca September 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Awesome post, Amy! This particularly resonated with me (with lots of inspiration): “the more flexible you are, the more freedom you have”. My Nomadtopia would be all about freedom and creativity and I see elements of travel, art, and entrepreneurship in there 😉

    • Amy Scott September 11, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Bianca! That “flexibility = freedom” is really what it’s all about, I think.

      Bringing together travel, art, and entrepreneurship sounds like a beautiful mix!

  9. Cathy September 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Amy, I love reading what you write. I am a born nomad. I can think of about 300 different ways to spend the rest of my days….lol and I am settling for lots of “vacations”….You live the good life.

    • Amy Scott September 12, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

      I love that, Cathy! I can definitely think of lots of different ways to spend my days, too. Lots of vacations can be a good compromise in order to get everything you want. Good for you!

  10. Randi Buckley September 12, 2013 at 2:42 am - Reply

    I love that you’ve spoken to the nomadic soul so many possess but discount. I think people get stuck on how something could never work out for them, without realizing the answer to ‘how’ is often code for ‘no, I can’t’.

    You’ve expanded the definition such that you invite others into this amazing world, which you so richly share and encourage for others. You’re a great example, Amy. And your suggestions on ways to nourish a nomadic soul, are excellent.

    • Amy Scott September 12, 2013 at 5:09 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Randi. Yes, that’s exactly my goal, expanding the definition to invite others to consider the possibilities instead of writing it all off as something out of reach.

  11. Llyane @FrenchOnSkype September 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I love this the most: “A nomad is someone who goes where they can find what they’re looking for.”

    Happy to be a nomad! 🙂


    • Amy Scott September 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Llyane, I’m so glad that resonates with you! 🙂

  12. Erika Awakening November 4, 2013 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Awesome! I was caught in exactly this bind a year ago. My day job had been history for quite a while, my mortgage was suddenly paid off. I really had become a location-independent entrepreneur. And yet I didn’t see how to balance my desire to keep my home bases and my plants and my cats with all this new-found freedom.

    Now I’m living into it. I don’t want to travel all the time, at least not right now. My blind spot was who would take care of my home and my cats. Yet the answer was easy. Just find a really trustworthy person who wants to be a nomad him or herself for a while to watch over everything while I’m gone. I can’t believe it took me so long to see such an easy answer. So now I’ve traveled 12 weeks abroad this year and have several volunteers for future trips. Best of all worlds. Thanks for writing about this 🙂

    • Amy Scott November 4, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

      That’s great; I love how you found a creative solution so you could get the best of all worlds and create your own version of Nomadtopia. That’s what it’s all about!

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