Nomadic Life – Location Independent Modern Nomad

I dreamed of living a nomadic life for many years and on September 30th 2015 I left Austin Texas to live a life of slow travel. Starting out with a long-term road trip around the USA and Canada, I am not sure where or when my lifestyle experiment with location independent living will end.

I wrote about my plan for the first year of nomadic life but the list below has the most up to date info on my past nomad homes and future nomad locations.

September 30 to October 13, 2015  – Alpine Texas and Big Bend National Park
October 13 – 15 – Las Cruces New Mexico (only two days in New Mexico?!?! I know…I must return!)
October – November – Tucson Arizona
December – Palm Springs California
January 2016 – Carpinteria California
February – Oakland California
March – Portland Oregon
April – Port Townsend Washington
May – Vancouver British Columbia
June to early August – Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary Alberta
September – Bozeman, Montana; Fort Collins Colorado; Santa Fe New Mexico
October – November – Alpine and Austin Texas
December – Lafayette Louisiana
January 2017 – Oxford Mississippi
February – Birmingham Alabama
March – Lexington Kentucky
April – August – Calgary Alberta (helping out my 85 year old dad)
September – Des Moines Iowa
October – Lafayette Louisiana (2nd stay here)
November – Austin Texas

Read highlights of my first 6 months of nomad life, road tripping from Austin Texas to Portland Oregon.

The most time consuming thing about switching to a nomadic lifestyle was the getting rid of stuff stage. It was like having a part-time job each evening. I spent hours reviewing documents and sorting the papers I wanted to scan, keep, shred, or toss in the recycle bin.

It felt great to get organized and have all my documents scanned. It also gave me a bit of anxiety in the beginning. Changing up routines can be scary.

I am booking all of my accommodation with Airbnb (if you haven’t tried it out yet click here for FREE travel credit) and I have also heard good things about VRBO and HomeAway but when I have checked their sites the prices are higher than I see on Airbnb.

The biggest challenge with nomad life so far has been trouble with internet access. In both instances the Airbnb hosts told me that previous guests had trouble with internet – but they didn’t resolve the problem as no one seemed too stressed about no internet. I found out that I turn into a crybaby when I have no internet! And coffee shops are not a practical internet option for my bookkeeping business.

I started researching co-working spaces as a backup internet plan while I’m on this long-term road trip adventure. In Tucson I visited Connect Coworking and they gave me a tour of the space. I was impressed. Definitely a viable option for a work space with secure high-speed internet in Tucson.

I am keeping my schedule (for previously on-site) client work basically the same as when I lived in Austin Texas. The main reason is so that my clients can rely on a set schedule for when I will be working on their bookkeeping. The other reason is that I need some sort of order and discipline with my schedule, otherwise I would procrastinate and never get any work done. And I already have enough temptation to go out and play instead of work!

If you have any questions about living a nomadic life or long-term road trips please email me at:

Susan@SoloTripsAndTips.com

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