I call myself a modern day nomad, but what exactly is a nomad?
Google it and top of the page you get:
member of a people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home
a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer
itinerant, traveller, migrant, wanderer, wayfarer, roamer, rover, gypsy, Bedouin, transient, drifter, vagabond, vagrant, tramp
Urban dictionary followed with:
one without a home who moves around or travels freely without ties holding them back
a constant or full-time traveler
Personally, "a person who does not stay long in the same place; a wanderer" is the closest to my version of a modern day nomad - and a little more appealing than some of the alternative synonyms!!
The best definition or explanation I have come up with in response to the many questions asked around my constant moving and the concept of a modern day nomad, is 'someone that simply cannot imagine settling in one place - not now, not when they have kids, not when they get older, not ever.....'
'over many years they have done just that - kept on moving - then, now, with kids, with or without friends or partners. They do not have a home or house or place they are tied to; they cannot imagine settling in one place.'
Its about that lack of a home. You don't go off travelling for a year or two and then come home to the same city or house - you just move on yet again. You probably hold a home in your heart - either a country you grew up in or a country you adopted, or the place the majority of your family is, but although you can visit as much as you like, and sometimes you wish you could, you simply cannot stay for too long.
It is different from someone that travels a lot from wherever they live, or someone who spends a few years on the road but settles when they have children, or someone who moves because of their job. Their life all the way through is about movement and change from one place to the next, and the rest of life fits around that core need - houses, kids, work, money, friendships.
Don't get me wrong - it is not to say that the experiences and lives of people who travel a little or a lot are any less than those of a nomad - it is simply different. A long term traveler has to cope with things a nomad may not have to, as a nomad may take the journey slower stopping for a year or two in one spot. However, a nomad will have to deal with the different issues of living what is essentially an unusual life and what can be a lonely life - especially as one gets older and friends settle more and more. But more on that later......
Is it you? Do you resonate. I would love to hear from you if it does (genuinely) - it is not often I meet another one!