When traveling on a road trip, you can consider yourself a temporary nomad. Lugging your toiletries and clothes, you stop every night at a place of shelter: a hotel, motel, Holiday Inn, or a friend of family member’s house. Even A stranger’s house or couch is not out of the question! Despite the foreign surrounds, there is comfort that the real place where you lay your head is back where you call home. But what happens when you don’t have a stationary home and you go to sleep in different locations every few months, every week, or every night.
Our Journey towards Nomad-dom
It took us forever to finish up cleaning the house we were renting in Central Florida. Once we were wheels in motion, we only had a few hours to get to St. Augustine, Florida before night fell. We luckily didn’t have to worry about our kids because they were safe and secure in Los Angeles with their grandparents. So despite the long days of driving and short stays in a new town, we were excited to be on the road. Over the next few days, Michael drove the bus and I tagged along in a 22′ rental truck towing our SUV.
When we finally reached Northern Virginia on the morning of July 3rd, 2015, we wasted no time. We spent the afternoon putting our large furniture and work tools in a storage unit. After heavy lifting in temperatures as high as 103ºF, we summoned enough energy to gather a dinner of champions: beer, wine, chips and salsa.
Make It Memorable (Or At Least Remember It)
Sadly it is because we mixed such gluttonous consumption with a full day’s work that we cannot recount our first night as nomads. I can’t remember if we even took advantage of the absence of our kids to christen the bus with some sexy times. Sigh … I hope this won’t be the case for fellow converters waiting to embark on your nomad life. Whether you write it down, record your voice, or video tape your equal parts excitement and fatigue, we urge you to preserve the experience.
Comment below on what your first experience as a nomad was like. Feel free to link to your blog post that sheds light on that night.