Nomad Problems

These are the articles to turn to when you’re facing travel burnout, getting sick, going broke, and going through all of the other “nomad problems!”

When Nothing is Ever Good Enough for You

  Do you know that feeling of utter dissatisfaction? It's that feeling of... not good enough. I know that feeling oh so well, and I think it's an epidemic among travelers.   We've got this freedom to be anywhere, do anything, and yet... often it's still not good...

The Truth About Going Home

  Did you know that even if you fly home return to your old job fall into old relationships and live out the old patterns that you thought you unlearned you can never go back.   Ever.     You can never go back. You can never go back. Seriously… you can never go back....

How to Find Your Soul Tribe While Traveling

  When I first set off to travel the world on my own, my biggest concern was loneliness. I wondered if I’d be wandering the streets of a city, exploring deserted beaches daily, and sitting in a restaurant in the evening, all on my own.     As soon as I showed up at my...

Live Like a Gypsy… Without Going Broke!

  If money didn’t exist, there would be a whole lot more gypsies in the world.   Every day I receive emails from blog readers telling me that they want to live the way that I’m living, but they’re scared they can’t afford it. Every day I meet people on their one-week...

How to Go Home After Traveling… Without Going Crazy

  Sometimes I wonder how I’ve had an easier time adjusting to living in the remote jungle, or eating unidentifiable street food in Asia, or navigating the hectic maze of Morocco, than I have simply coming home.   I wonder how the shock of what’s familiar, can sizzle...

24 Ways to Find Happiness, No Matter Where You Are

  Have you ever noticed how much easier life feels when you’re laying on a tropical beach? Or watching the sunset from a sailboat? Or sleeping in the mountains under the stars?   Have you ever noticed how there are places that instantly, magically, seem to pull you...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

The Best (and Worst) Things That Ever Happened to Me Traveling

  Do you ever find yourself getting caught up in the “worst case" scenarios?   Obsessively analyzing the probability of what may or may not happen? Doing everything you can to ensure that nothing goes wrong? Feeling nervous to chase after a dream because you wonder...

Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like

  How often do you open Instagram to see lustful photos of paradise, and wish that were your life?   I’m willing to assume it happens every single day. It even happens to me.     A snap of an umbrella clad cocktail in the foreground of an infinity pool. Or a selfie...

The Hardest Part About Leaving Home

A follow up to my post The Hardest Part About Coming Home     Yesterday I was hula hooping in my pajamas with my Mom.     I was blending green smoothies for breakfast and driving myself to ecstatic dance.     I was taking steamy showers and snuggling on the sofa with...

The Hardest Part About Coming Home

I originally wrote this post on Go See Write when I first arrived back to Seattle after 9 months away in Southeast Asia. It still speaks to my feelings about reverse culture shock today.     One week ago I was living in my sarong and floating in still cerulean water....

How I Stay Grounded When Traveling

  For as long as I can remember I’ve walked on my tiptoes.   Seriously.     I bounce around like Jan Brady, my feet never fully making contact with the ground. Friends tell me they can spot my gait a mile away.     Originally I assumed it was the result of wearing...

I Don’t Want to Be a Backpacker Anymore

  I don’t want to stay in another cluttered noisy dorm room.     I don’t want to ask and answer the same tired questions:     “Where have you been,” “Where are you going,” “Where are you from?”     I don’t want to interact on a level of continuous superficiality with...

What You Leave Behind

  For many of us the word travel is synonymous with escape.     Abandoning the responsibilities of our daily lives for a week of pure pleasure.     Soaking in the sun. Enjoying the sights. Losing our inhibitions.     Laying on a poolside lounger with an umbrella...

When Traveling is Hard

  Rain hails incessantly, transporting leftover scraps of meat, noodles, and egg along a grimy gutter river. Chihuahuas hide under the eaves of brightly lit shops selling sunglasses, hats, and pajamas. Motorbikes liberate opaque brown puddles. Their masters fly clad...

Become a Nomad in Five (Not So) Easy Steps

  I often receive emails from readers who are desperate to travel freely, but really have no idea how to make it happen.   The truth is, there is no easy or clear process in following the highly unconventional path of a nomad. There will be plenty of moments where you...

Where Do I Belong?

  I remember when belonging did not matter. I would run in circles naked in my yard screaming "I'm jungle boy."     I had a bowl cut from repeatedly snipping my hair when my mom wasn't looking. I thought shredded carrots with balsamic vinegar was better than candy.  ...

When You’re Stuck in the Airport

  I’m sitting here in the airport in Florida my first time on US soil in six months surrounded by English speaking humans and hot dogs in culture shock exhausted and overwhelmed.     I have already been traveling for over twenty-four hours I have not slept and my...

How to Survive a Taxi Ride in Latin America

  A few days ago en route from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Granada, Nicaragua I found myself once again screwed over by a taxi.     The details are irrelevant. He lied. I believed him. Why?!?!!! I ended up in a less than desirable situation stuck at the Nicaraguan...

How to Feel at Home When You’re Away

  Today I am meeting my mother at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is her first time leaving North America in my lifetime, and her first time ever traveling South of Mexico.   I am nervous.     Will she be comfortable? Will she be overwhelmed? Will she enjoy...

I Am (Home)

  I am sitting here writing to you from my new home.   The first space I have called mine in more than a year.   My eyes scan the room and I envision a fresh coat of white paint, Moroccan textiles, and tropical leaves leaning in tall glass vases.     I imagine stacks...

What Makes a Great Travel Companion

  Two days ago I bid farewell… for the second time… to my travel companion and childhood friend Marissa.   The first time was in Costa Rica, when she departed on her journey to Nicaragua and I stayed behind. We reunited in Granada after I spontaneously hopped a bus...

Travel Does Not Fix All of Your Problems

  There was a time when I believed that the moment I stepped off of an airplane, planted my feet on warmer land, changed out of my parka and rainboots and into a sarong, life would be better. Easier.   Life would be perfect.   The problems of my past, the patterns I...

Why Are We Happier When We Travel?

  I have been back in my hometown for the last twenty-eight days.   Twenty-eight days of driving in traffic. Twenty-eight days of checking my cell phone. Twenty-eight days of binge eating on five varieties of baked goods. Twenty-eight days of stuffing my feet into...

How to Transition Into Your “Real Life” After Travel

  Two weeks ago I returned to my hometown.   It is cold and rainy here.     I am living on my mother’s couch. In a suburb across a bridge from the city.   The nearest beach has pebbles for sand and swimming in the water will literally give you hypothermia. There is no...

10 Fulfilling Ways to Take Care of Yourself When Traveling

            When you return home from traveling from your day are you rejuvenated or depleted?   Do you feel healthy? Or in need of detoxification?   Many of us know the toll that travel and life can take on our body on our mind on our spirit.   Often we are so...

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Nomad Problems

These are the articles to turn to when you’re facing travel burnout, getting sick, going broke, and going through all of the other “nomad problems!”.

When Nothing is Ever Good Enough for You

  Do you know that feeling of utter dissatisfaction? It's that feeling of... not good enough. I know that feeling oh so well, and I think it's an epidemic among travelers.   We've got this freedom to be anywhere, do anything, and yet... often it's still not good...

The Truth About Going Home

  Did you know that even if you fly home return to your old job fall into old relationships and live out the old patterns that you thought you unlearned you can never go back.   Ever.     You can never go back. You can never go back. Seriously… you can never go back....

How to Find Your Soul Tribe While Traveling

  When I first set off to travel the world on my own, my biggest concern was loneliness. I wondered if I’d be wandering the streets of a city, exploring deserted beaches daily, and sitting in a restaurant in the evening, all on my own.     As soon as I showed up at my...

Live Like a Gypsy… Without Going Broke!

  If money didn’t exist, there would be a whole lot more gypsies in the world.   Every day I receive emails from blog readers telling me that they want to live the way that I’m living, but they’re scared they can’t afford it. Every day I meet people on their one-week...

How to Go Home After Traveling… Without Going Crazy

  Sometimes I wonder how I’ve had an easier time adjusting to living in the remote jungle, or eating unidentifiable street food in Asia, or navigating the hectic maze of Morocco, than I have simply coming home.   I wonder how the shock of what’s familiar, can sizzle...

24 Ways to Find Happiness, No Matter Where You Are

  Have you ever noticed how much easier life feels when you’re laying on a tropical beach? Or watching the sunset from a sailboat? Or sleeping in the mountains under the stars?   Have you ever noticed how there are places that instantly, magically, seem to pull you...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

The Best (and Worst) Things That Ever Happened to Me Traveling

  Do you ever find yourself getting caught up in the “worst case" scenarios?   Obsessively analyzing the probability of what may or may not happen? Doing everything you can to ensure that nothing goes wrong? Feeling nervous to chase after a dream because you wonder...

Enough Bullsh*t, This is What Being a Nomad is Really Like

  How often do you open Instagram to see lustful photos of paradise, and wish that were your life?   I’m willing to assume it happens every single day. It even happens to me.     A snap of an umbrella clad cocktail in the foreground of an infinity pool. Or a selfie...

The Hardest Part About Leaving Home

A follow up to my post The Hardest Part About Coming Home     Yesterday I was hula hooping in my pajamas with my Mom.     I was blending green smoothies for breakfast and driving myself to ecstatic dance.     I was taking steamy showers and snuggling on the sofa with...

The Hardest Part About Coming Home

I originally wrote this post on Go See Write when I first arrived back to Seattle after 9 months away in Southeast Asia. It still speaks to my feelings about reverse culture shock today.     One week ago I was living in my sarong and floating in still cerulean water....

How I Stay Grounded When Traveling

  For as long as I can remember I’ve walked on my tiptoes.   Seriously.     I bounce around like Jan Brady, my feet never fully making contact with the ground. Friends tell me they can spot my gait a mile away.     Originally I assumed it was the result of wearing...

I Don’t Want to Be a Backpacker Anymore

  I don’t want to stay in another cluttered noisy dorm room.     I don’t want to ask and answer the same tired questions:     “Where have you been,” “Where are you going,” “Where are you from?”     I don’t want to interact on a level of continuous superficiality with...

What You Leave Behind

  For many of us the word travel is synonymous with escape.     Abandoning the responsibilities of our daily lives for a week of pure pleasure.     Soaking in the sun. Enjoying the sights. Losing our inhibitions.     Laying on a poolside lounger with an umbrella...

When Traveling is Hard

  Rain hails incessantly, transporting leftover scraps of meat, noodles, and egg along a grimy gutter river. Chihuahuas hide under the eaves of brightly lit shops selling sunglasses, hats, and pajamas. Motorbikes liberate opaque brown puddles. Their masters fly clad...

Become a Nomad in Five (Not So) Easy Steps

  I often receive emails from readers who are desperate to travel freely, but really have no idea how to make it happen.   The truth is, there is no easy or clear process in following the highly unconventional path of a nomad. There will be plenty of moments where you...

Where Do I Belong?

  I remember when belonging did not matter. I would run in circles naked in my yard screaming "I'm jungle boy."     I had a bowl cut from repeatedly snipping my hair when my mom wasn't looking. I thought shredded carrots with balsamic vinegar was better than candy.  ...

When You’re Stuck in the Airport

  I’m sitting here in the airport in Florida my first time on US soil in six months surrounded by English speaking humans and hot dogs in culture shock exhausted and overwhelmed.     I have already been traveling for over twenty-four hours I have not slept and my...

How to Survive a Taxi Ride in Latin America

  A few days ago en route from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to Granada, Nicaragua I found myself once again screwed over by a taxi.     The details are irrelevant. He lied. I believed him. Why?!?!!! I ended up in a less than desirable situation stuck at the Nicaraguan...

How to Feel at Home When You’re Away

  Today I am meeting my mother at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. It is her first time leaving North America in my lifetime, and her first time ever traveling South of Mexico.   I am nervous.     Will she be comfortable? Will she be overwhelmed? Will she enjoy...

I Am (Home)

  I am sitting here writing to you from my new home.   The first space I have called mine in more than a year.   My eyes scan the room and I envision a fresh coat of white paint, Moroccan textiles, and tropical leaves leaning in tall glass vases.     I imagine stacks...

What Makes a Great Travel Companion

  Two days ago I bid farewell… for the second time… to my travel companion and childhood friend Marissa.   The first time was in Costa Rica, when she departed on her journey to Nicaragua and I stayed behind. We reunited in Granada after I spontaneously hopped a bus...

Travel Does Not Fix All of Your Problems

  There was a time when I believed that the moment I stepped off of an airplane, planted my feet on warmer land, changed out of my parka and rainboots and into a sarong, life would be better. Easier.   Life would be perfect.   The problems of my past, the patterns I...

Why Are We Happier When We Travel?

  I have been back in my hometown for the last twenty-eight days.   Twenty-eight days of driving in traffic. Twenty-eight days of checking my cell phone. Twenty-eight days of binge eating on five varieties of baked goods. Twenty-eight days of stuffing my feet into...

How to Transition Into Your “Real Life” After Travel

  Two weeks ago I returned to my hometown.   It is cold and rainy here.     I am living on my mother’s couch. In a suburb across a bridge from the city.   The nearest beach has pebbles for sand and swimming in the water will literally give you hypothermia. There is no...

10 Fulfilling Ways to Take Care of Yourself When Traveling

            When you return home from traveling from your day are you rejuvenated or depleted?   Do you feel healthy? Or in need of detoxification?   Many of us know the toll that travel and life can take on our body on our mind on our spirit.   Often we are so...

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