Neo-nomad. Neo-Bedouin. Hobopoet. 4-Hour Workweek Wanderer. There are lots of ways of describing the modern version of living a free and nomadic lifestyle.
After a wonderful recharge on the island of Maui, Tomoe and I are nomads again! In fact, we are finally making this “official”. We’re giving up on the idea of having one “permanent” home base, and are instead opting to base ourselves in Osaka, Japan about half the year; and split the remaining time between international travel and the west coast of the USA.
Our travels have already begun. Currently visiting family in Indiana, we head to San Francisco next week. A week later we are on to Osaka, Japan.
I’ve been watching a lot of Anthony Bourdain recently, so I am very excited about exploring the food of Japan (and of Osaka and Kyoto in particular). We even bought the Michelin guide to this region– I’m becoming a Japanese foodie 😉
Osaka will be the only place that we’ll have a “permanent” residence– in other words, the only place we’ll rent a place year-round. We plan to get a small cheap place in central Osaka City and to keep things simple.
We won’t, however, be spending too much time in the apartment… with our usual SE Asia Winter Tour planned, plus many more travels on the horizon, including: Hanoi, Vietnam (November), Sydney, Australia (December), Bali, Indonesia (December), Singapore (Dec/Jan), Thailand (January), Japan again (Feb), Vietnam & Bali again for work (Mar), Reno, San Francisco & Hawaii (April), Spain (May), Japan again (June-July), Reno & SF & Hawaii (August-Oct)…..
I now it’s not for everyone, but I’m very excited about our travels. For me, there is nothing like being on the road. “Going from, towards…” as Thoreau put it, is the central process of living. Nothing awakens my senses like traveling. Nothing provokes growth like traveling. Nothing meets my need for variety like traveling.
I’m blessed that Tomoe shares this love of travel… and blessed that she’s also happy to live a nomadic international lifestyle (that perfectly matches our international marriage). I’m also fortunate that she manages to remain calm and centered in the midst of all this motion and change (one of us needs to be!).
Which just goes to prove, to me anyway, that Thoreau was correct on another point:
When you advance confidently towards your dreams, doors unimagined open for you.
[Not an exact quote, but this the spirit of it]. Too many worry about the consequences of living an unconventional life and truly living exactly the kind of life they most deeply enjoy. Yet I have found that the details all seem to work out when you have faith and push forward towards your own vision and your own unique “genius”.
May you discover the same truth….