Perpetual Nomads You Should Read

By Nomadic Matt | Published July 13th, 2009

There are a lot of travel websites on the internet. It seems that anyone who has ever hit the road has also started a travel website. But most trips only last a year before people head back to the infamous “real world.” And when they do, they stop blogging. Yet some of us don’t ever want to go back, and so we keep going, finding creative ways to pay the bills and pursuing our dreams. We give up regular nine to five jobs and find a way to make travel work for us. Our goal is to travel the world and have a flexible work schedule to let us do that. So if you’re feeling down and need a travel or inspirational pick-me-up, the following nomads can help you and show that any lifestyle is possible and there for the taking:

Almost Fearless
Christine gave up her well paying job at a Fortune 500 company to follow her dreams. Since then, she has traveled extensively in Europe, lived in Spain and Guatemala, traveled South America, and soon has plans to make her way to Asia and India. She’s currently pursuing her dreams of being a writer and has vowed never to return to the cubicle. Her digital nomad lifestyle is inspiration for many people who want to follow in her footsteps.

Everything Everywhere
Gary has been on the road for over two years and has visited over 40 countries, 90 world heritage sites, and taken more than 10,000 photos. Over that two years, his website has grown with the number of stamps in his passport and he has now over 6,000 RSS subscribers and 78,000 twitter followers. Gary’s site is easily one of the most recognized travel blogs on the web. Though Gary is on the tale end of this trip, he has already started discussing his next one.

Indie Travel Podcast
Craig and Linda have been moving around the world since 2007. They were English teachers in two countries, Europe as well as Australia, and are now back roaming the lands of their Native New Zealand. They use their English and writing skills to finance their extensive travels and then share that travel knowledge on the award winning Indie Travel Podcast to inspire others to pursue the world on a budget.

Uncornered Market
Audrey and Dan have been traveling for over 900 days now and show no signs of stopping. In 2006, they left comfortable jobs in Prague to explore the world and never looked back. To them, seeing the world change is more important than reading about it on the news. They are currently roaming Central America, photographing and writing all that they see. They use their extensive writing and photography skills to help pay the bills because, as far as I know, they have no desire to return to an office.

Benny the Language Hacker
Benny decided that knowing one language wasn’t enough, so he went off to learn seven more. After realizing that still wasn’t enough, he moved to Prague to learn Czech. I believe his current goal is to learn 12 languages. He has lived in 10 countries in the last 6 years as he as pursued his dream of becoming a human universal translator and uses his language skills to pay the bills. He plans to tackle Asia next where he plans to learn Thai and Chinese.

The Professional Hobo
In 2006, Nora Dunn decided to take the plunge. She sold her financial planning practice in Toronto, Canada and got rid of all of her belongings in order to free herself for the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, she has been traveling, both in her own country and abroad. She uses her writing skills to help pay the bills, but has also produced content for World Nomads where she got a free trip around Australia. She’s still currently in Australia planning her next adventure with her boyfriend.

Brooke vs the World
Brooke is another twenty something world traveler. In 2006, she decided to take on the world, and in 2007, she left the states to explore what life outside the US had to offer. She fought the world through Central Asia to learn Russian, taught in the Ukraine, explored ruins in Central America, and visited historic Europe. She is currently in Sydney, Australia teaching and blogging. But like all nomads, she’s always planning her next big trip.

The Longest Way Home
Dave has been traveling for over four years as he searches for a place to call “home.” He’s roamed Asia, Africa, and Europe in pursuit of his goal. He’s currently in the Philippines to see if that is a good place to call home. Sadly, I couldn’t find a photo of Dave but I am sure we can all imagine him off having fun somewhere.

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Thanks for the link love Matt, you’re the best :) It’s an honour to be included in such a short list! Especially from yourself (I don’t think anyone else could possibly know the travel blogosphere better!) I especially like your “imaginative” introduction :P I don’t remember ever specifically mentioning 12 languages or Chinese directly after Thai, but hey, why not? :D

I’d also include the same people – as you say, there are plenty of excellent bloggers out there, but at the end of the day travel is just temporary for most people. I don’t believe in the real world myself. As John Mayer said, “It just a lie you’ve got to rise above”! You, me and all the bloggers will hopefully eventually convince the world of that! ;)

NomadicMatt

Benny,

I could of sworn in an email you mentioned 12 languages and chinese. It was when you were discussing Thai too. I’ll go back in check but if not, then here’s a challenge to you!

these are all fantastic travel sites. thanks for the reminder!

I am currently on leave of absence at my job. I don’t want to do the 9-to-5 anymore. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when on June 22, I found myself crying in the stairwell of the hospital where I worked. I’m taking this time out to ‘start’ a travel-related career – be it writing, blogging, sales, whatever’s achievable! And I draw inspiration from people like you, Nomadic Matt and Gary Arndt! Thanks, guys!

Shawn

Jen, I just clicked through to your site and the photos were immediately striking. Awesome! I hear ya on the “not doing this anymore” angle. I am 6 months away from the date I have set to pack it in and leave. I’m planning to do the web site thing like the folks in this post – and yourself – also. So I’ll be enviously following along on your site now :)

Thanks, Matt, great list. I hope to be on next years version!

You got it that we don’t have plans to head back to the cubicle! Handing in our resignations was probably the toughest part of this journey – scary, but so liberating at the same time. Everything else fell into place once the decision was final.

We don’t plan to travel full-time forever, but still have the rest of South America and Africa/Middle East to explore before finding our next base from where to work independently and travel. We’re thinking somewhere in Asia or South America, but we’ll see…

Thanks for including us in this inspirational list!

Cris

Oh no!! Even more travel blogs in my Google Reader now..
Like this, I am never going to find time to work. :)

It’s worse keeping up with it all when you’re actually on the road! Trust me, following RSS feeds at work is easy.

What a great list Matt, I am honored and grateful to represent families. Yes, indeed, we are living proof that living large on little while traveling the world IS an option for ordinary families. 70% of families dream of extended world travel and my passion is to let them know that it is cheaper, easier and more enriching than most people realize. We live large on just 25K a year total for a family of 3 and find that we can travel the world for MUCH less than we ever did at home…in comfort and style…including some 5 star hotels!

We don’t “live” in Spain, but have just wintered their in a beautiful 15th century tiny village by the sea for the last 3 winters as a base for this continent where we immerse deeply & my child goes to a local school for consistency and to strengthen her 2nd language. It is similar to how you base in Thailand, Almostfearless bases in the US etc. It has allowed us to know Spain & Andalusia in a very deep way.

Slow travel on 4 continents ( over 88,000 miles, mostly overland) & deep immersion has added so much to our journey as we have seen much more of Europe than most people ever see. Not just the cities, but driving, biking and hiking all the obscure corners and treasured highlights and meeting wonderful locals as we go.It is really the only way to travel with a young child in an educational way that has prime impact and while we bond deeply over amazing shared memories from cargo ship forays to sailing in Turkey’s Turquoise Coast to swimming with dolphins in Portugal to riding camels in Morocco’s Merzouga dunes.

We are looking forward to a long stay in our next continent (Africa) soon, but have endless gratitude for all that we have seen so far. Our trip’s primary purpose is to educate our child and we firmly believe this is the best possible way to educate a 21st century global citizen. We expected it to be good for her, but have been astounded at just how good it has been for her and us. Our daughter was 5 when we began and is now 8 and you are right, she certainly is learning more than she EVER would in school, already doing algebra & 6th/7th grade math and reads at an adult level, fully fluent in two languages, plus advanced at both piano and violin ( which travel the world with us). Travel 2.0 & Classroom 2.0 make an unbeatable combination in these changing times.

Yes, don’t we all prove that by taking control of ones life & finances ( and in our case full responsibility for our child’s education via homeschool) one can live such a free life.? Extended travel/digital nomads/lifestyle design/ Location Independent …what ever one calls it, has really become a trend, especially in the last year where we have seen so many new people jumping on board this year ( often influenced by the economy).

I think that trend will continue by just looking at the popularity of The Four Hour Work Week which has had a profound impact on many. We are thrilled to be featured as a case study in the new edition because we want families to know that it is not just for singles or couples and you do not have to be in your 20′s or 30′s.

ANY one can work, school, live anywhere as they please today. Perhaps the word “vacation” will eventually go out of use as we all learn to live the life of a permanent vacation! So many kids write to me ( we take thousands of homeschool & disadvantaged public school kids with us virtually) that they wish they could travel. I encourage everyone to take your kids with you!

Matt,

Thanks for the inclusion. Didn’t know you were looking for a photo, I could have sent you something.

I think I have everyone’s site listed here on my RSS readers.

Always good reading to be found there.

Dave

Thor

This list makes me angry with myself, other people are doing what I’ve daydreamed about since 10 why not me?

NomadicMatt

Thor,

this list is proof that what you have been dreaming of is possible. go do it. people of all walks of life have- you can do it too.

Hi Matt,

Like everyone, Linda and I are proud to be on this list and glad to be part of the travel-blogging community. It’s great to be in touch with so many interesting people doing exciting things.

Thanks for including me, Matt! I am honoured to be counted amongst this crowd…

Great list, Matt! As always, you have managed to pick the most intrepid folks on the road to date.

Man…didn’t make the cut….maybe next year, haha.

Good list, did not know about uncornered market, will definitely check them out!

Cheers,
Greg

Nice nice, mostly the popular folks, although I must say that Andy Hobo Traveler should be added along with Steve is lost. I have been following Andy’s blog for a while now and he is quite impressive with his travel style and over ten years of traveling.

I think Gary tops the best long term tourist, however.

Liz @ ExtremeTelecommute

“Like all nomads, she’s always planning her next big trip.” Glad to know I’m not the only one to be sitting in a brand new destination, googling the nearest new place. :)

Thanks for the adding me in, Matt :) And its true. I’m still dreaming of where I could be right now…

Nothing like a wee bit of travel to broaden your horizons.

I love to travel, but I have learned due to experience that I like to stay in the same place for at least 9 months or more, it lets me truly get into the heart of my new home.

Hey Matt!
Kudos to you and all of these great travelers! We follow most of them on Twitter and enjoy their (and your) world romps!

We have also taken on the wandering lifestyle — after 25 years of childrearing. We sold the house, all of our belongings and hit the road! We haven’t regretted a minute of it!

Thanks for the post!
The Gypsynesters

love these sites – thanks for sharing!

Matt, I think Brooke’s link is wrong on her listing. It takes me to a domain parking site.

Does the length of the travel and number of the countries really matter? We believe that more important is leaving with a one way ticket and not leaving anything behind. This changes the mindset to global nomadic mode.

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