Weird Q about becoming a Nomad

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by daan, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Ok, so the other day, my wife told me she wanted to sell most of our “stuff” (house and contents), pull the kids out of school, and just kind of live in our camper, moving from place to place as we (she) felt like moving. Honestly this idea has absolutely NO appeal to me, at all... and would never occur to me to do, either. I asked my co-workers about this, and all four of them said they would live this life at the drop of a hat. So how weird am I here? How many of you guys would drop everything and go be like dirty hippys living in a van :) ? Maybe I should add here that my dad was in the Army the whole time I was growing up, so the idea of moving just makes me tired... oh, and I went to school to do what I do, and have finally gotten a modicum of stability in my job...
    I’m totally in the minority here, aren’t I?
  2. IronSchef

    IronSchef Squier-holic

    Jun 18, 2012
    Flew here on my Dragonfly
    Sounds pretty appealing, actually!!
  3. MississippiRob

    MississippiRob Squier Talker

    Dec 14, 2017
    Baton Rouge, LA
    I live in my travel trailer.
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  4. snivlem

    snivlem Squier-holic

    Jan 25, 2018
    yeah I would love it but can see why you might not....
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  5. SkeeterSkooter

    SkeeterSkooter Squier-Meister

    Jan 9, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    I have a bunch of friends who bought into the whole ‘tiny home’ thing before it hit mainstream so they have been doing it for about a decade.

    Of those who were coupled up when they downsized half have since sold their tiny homes and either split up(a few blamed the small space) or bought a normal sized house.

    For sure try to live in your camper for a month or two while it’s parked at your home. The constant close quarters and lack of being able to ‘get away’ from the kiddos is going to be the deciding factor.

    And this all assumes you follow the golden rule....happy wife, happy life.
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  6. Been done before back in the late 60's early 70's. Tiny house ^^^ perhaps. ;)
    Cheers, Barrie.
  7. wonkenstein

    wonkenstein Squier-holic

    Feb 3, 2017
    I don't think it's weird that you'd rather not pull up all of your roots and stability right now while the kids are still in school. But the nomadic lifestyle is very appealing to me now, with retirement right around the corner in 5 or 6 more years. My wife and I have talked about it already. My kids are in their 30s and self -sufficient, so it's just us. She thought she'd like the idea of living in a motor home and going from place to place in the Continental US, but I mentioned that a motorhome is asking for another mortgage. Small camper or trailer is out of the question unless I dump all but one guitar.....

    That 'simple' nomadic lifestyle has trials and tribulations of its own. Your dad was in the service and your family moved all the time.... I stayed out and played music full time for 13 years living out of the van and various hotel rooms gig to gig in my younger days, but for retirement I'm thinking easy access to warmer weather and no snow is the way to go. You got to have a plan, man. Good luck. If there are any big disagreements you might be stuck in a tent.
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  8. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    1) income source and 2) healthcare benefits. Those are the 2 things that prevent me and my family from moving off the grid as such.

    I prefer a home. I'm not a camper, I like a home, places for my things, security, a bit of routine.
  9. jimbojo

    jimbojo Squier-holic

    Jun 30, 2010
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Living in a van, down by the river!
  10. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    I think it's fine for adults with no dependents. Home schooling, lack of peer interactions, and the shock of changing lifestyles have to be considered with kids. I don't think it's a good idea.

    Besides, where would you keep your guitars?
  11. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I have so many questions!
    How is it going? Are you in one area, or do you move around a lot? How many in your party? Do you mind all these personal questions? :)
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  12. VealCutlet

    VealCutlet Squier-Nut

    Aug 9, 2011
    Brookyn, NYC
    It works for some people, but it looks like you're enjoying some semblance of stability. Everyone has to do what's right for themselves and their family. It seems you have a lot more talking to do about this.
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  13. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    Behind the power plant! Right!
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  14. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I asked The Boss about this, and her solution was “When we need $, you can just work odd jobs.” Uhhhh... right...
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  15. RoyalWe

    RoyalWe Squier-Nut

    Sep 5, 2012
    Eugene, Oregon
    A couple that my wife and I are very good friends with is about to be doing this, moving into a van to travel for a few months at least. I had talked to my wife about what if we decided to do something similar and I was surprised when she was more for it than I am hahaha. I’m more with the you Daan, the idea of living in a cramped space without an address or a guaranteed place to park doesn’t sound that great to me. Now...if you guys made a family band, you could just be “going on tour” and that changes everything.
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  16. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

    Feb 10, 2010
    That's easy to do when you're not the one who has to do it. No disrespect to The Boss.

    I could never live with those unknowns. Some people can.
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  17. Davey

    Davey Squier-holic

    Mar 31, 2015
    Monroe WA
    Not a chance in hell I would do that.
  18. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Some people's very nature calls for being on the road. Others are totally the opposite. And many (most?) fall somewhere in-between.

    Contentment is not an easy thing to reach. If we don't have it than the search is on -- and physical movement can appear to be the answer. -Just a the old proverb says: "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."

    And of course it may actually be.
    And it can, indeed, be fun to check it out.

    An old man who I was friends with when I was a very young man used to with some regularity remind me that "the Devil will follow you where ever you go." His point -- one that he endlessly saw the need to drive home to me -- was that what drives a person from place to place, or situation to situation, is often something inside them -- and that if that is so the endless movement will avail them of nothing. -That contentment has to come from within.

    Now I am now almost as old as he was then.

    Are his words "true"? I think they can be. So much seems to depend on attitude. So much so in fact that I have come to think that our attitude creates the world in which we live. And that'd be as true for a person on the move as one in stasis.

    Love life. Live it.
    If there are patterns come to see them and understand them. Otherwise moving on will be of little help.
    There's that devil you know! That devil!


    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
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  19. Stratlover84

    Stratlover84 Squier-Nut

    Jun 16, 2016
    No easy answer, as we all have different situations, lifestyles and preferences...

    But if I could do it... I would rent out my house/apartment, and use that money to finance my nomad way of life and ¨visits¨ to other states. Living off of odd jobs won't always work out, so if you can rent out your house or apartment that is one way you can continue to have an income while out on the road.

    With children still in school though, that will be tough. I wouldn't do it until they are at least independent and self sufficient.
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  20. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-Nut

    Jan 19, 2018
    GA USA
    Between the military and being on the road as part of a touring performance company I had enough of the nomadic lifestyle. I couldn't see doing this again. I have been offered at least $50k more a year to travel for work and I've turned it down.

    Some people like life on the road though.
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