Nomad lifestyle: how often do I see my family?
One of the main questions I get asked being a nomad is how often I get to see my family. Now - here’s the thing, it’s however often I want. 🙃
Before you get annoyed with my snippiness, just hear me out.
I talk to a lot of nomads that are lonely and trying to find themselves in the world by traveling. 🌎Experiencing new cultures is VITAL to intellectual growth and empathy. I love it, I truly do. However, I prioritize mental health first: for myself and my family, always. 🤷♀️
As someone that’s super extroverted I understand how I might not be the best person to talk about having a tough time meeting people or struggling with loneliness while on the road - I get that I am comfortable putting myself out there and not everyone is. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments where I know that I need the people that truly get me.
I tend to work proactively when I can instead of scrambling to find solutions after the fact.
Part of the way I battle this is by seeing friends and family so often. I’m not a nomad that simply surrounds myself with other nomads, in fact, I’d say they’re a very small percentage of my community.
My family - even with my travels and work, are always going to come first. ❤️
I have actually changed the continent I will be on so that I can see them more. I’m not saying everyone should change their plans based on this, you should always do what’s best for you, but I know that my siblings are my world, so I do make changes.
😍 Let’s get down to it. This is how I get to see my family so often:
I prioritize seeing them during big days (for example - my nieces birthday, family vacations, etc.).
I’ll make stops when it makes sense. If I’m flying from Europe to Mexico - I can stop in Boston to see my sister.
They travel to see me (and no, we don’t have a lot of money). Recently I stopped in Philadelphia for a few days, my brother’s a couple hours away at Lehigh so he drove to Philly to hang out with me for the day.
We DON’T prioritize holidays. It’s super expensive and adds additional costs for all of us - while we’d love to see each other, we realize that it makes more sense to save the money and see each other during the year.
We see each other separately… I have three sisters and a brother, by planning meetings apart, it makes it a lot easier to work with our scheduling than if we were to try to all meet together.
We plan mutual interests. For example - my sister loves music festivals, so we planned that I’d go to Montreal (where I wanted to go anyways) when Osheaga was happening so that we could go together.