Living Alternative Lifestyles – Let’s All Be Gypsy Nomads

Since I went Nomadic, and often enough when I tell people about my lifestyle people just can’t fathom how I live this way. People always ask in shock “what do you mean you have no house, how do you not live anywhere “.  A few people, including family members think it is reckless. Personally, I think the concept of man being allowed to own land a bit of a joke. Imagine the thoughts going through Australia’s Aboriginals or America’s Native Indians when white man arrived and forced them to sign pieces of paper in a foreign language that stated they have the rights to a certain section of the world, this section is shown using imaginary lines on a map, and land marks as borders. Further to this, the oceans now have imaginary lines that declare which section of the ocean belongs to which country, and which parts are international waters. Air space same deal, rights to oil and minerals and next on the list is water. Yes, there is companies such as Nestle trying to privatise the water supply. All these lines created on maps create separatism that fuels disputes. I believe the world is here to be shared equally amongst all humans and animals, everything that states somebody owns land or any part of this world is a story made up that the world has made enough people to believe through conditioning of the mind and the use of violence and/or detention. But, I guess that is the hand we are dealt, if I dive to much into this topic people might start calling me an Anarchist, Communist or out right delusional, but this post is about living the life and living the change you would like to see in the world. That’s the best we can do as individuals.

Growing up in society, with the pressures of friends and family, conventional schooling and with the ideas forced into your brain through advertising most people believe that for one to be successful in life they must, attend school, study at university or another similar trade, get a respectable job, buy a car, buy a house and then drive 2 hours in traffic every day to a job you must attend for 8+ hours to pay for the house you don’t even get much time to spend in. This lifestyle is built on ego driven superficial and materialistic desires. To me, it sounds terrible. For those who don’t know, I travel the world, work about 20 weeks of the year, have no residence or investment property. I live a life of spiritual enrichment and cultural understanding.

The way I see things is, your  life is your adventure, the path you decide to take is for you to decide in your heart. Nobody has the right to influence your choice, period. By all means, if you look up to someone, respect them, trust that their judgement has your best interest at heart, then keep their opinion in mind. But ultimately, the decision is yours.

The time has come to break out of conventional society and re-invent your own dream!

 Decide how you will gauge your success in your life’s aspirations

I gauge my success on happiness and health, if I am healthy and happy every day, then I am on the right track. If you have specific goals that you wish to achieve in life, then make these clear to friends and family. You shouldn’t have to answer to any one, but this helps keep them off your back. Explain your reasoning as to why you have chosen this path in life and how your decisions boost the health and happiness of your self, and hopefully others around you. This can really take time for people to understand and accept. I still battle with this issue. Unfortunately, family members take pride in your success, if they can’t demonstrate to the extended family and friends you are doing well, they take it as a dent to their own ego. Give them the information they require to pass on to any one they talk about you to.

Aim for goals that can be understood and respected

Everyone who travels loves to have a drink and party. Though if you are traveling around non stop and do nothing but sun bake and party, it will be harder for people to accept. When you choose your alternative lifestyle, aim to incorporate some productivity such as learning about a new culture, volunteering, learning a new sport, or some sort of adventure. I have lived a season in Ibiza, the party capital of the world. It was full on, there was not much else to do there except party hard. I put those 4 months down as 4 of the worst in my life as a whole. I hated it. Though many love it and go there year after year. If this is your passion go for it, it is your life. But if you are having issues with loved ones accepting your lifestyle, just try and incorporate something that looks productive.   A great idea I suggest for people is study via correspondence, it is so much cheaper to live on islands in Asia and you still can get fast internet. This can be cheaper then exchange and studying abroad. Think outside the box of conventional society!

Be independent

If family or any one does not approve of your choices, they will use your weaknesses to illustrate this. Be smart and set yourself up to be self sufficient, even in the case of bad health and accidents ( Though, if you are in an emergency do seek help). This will include keeping a stash of money stored incase you need it at some point for survival reasons. Everyone should create their own safety net, the quality of this net will depend on their lifestyle. As I live a life that is on the extreme side of things, always engaging in high risk sports, being extremely active, pushing myself to the limits I have to have a pretty quality back up plan. Personally I have income protection, if I get sick or injured and can’t work I get paid a wage that is enough to support me until I am healthy again. If I am disabled, this insurance lasts for life. I also have high quality medical cover incase I need surgery etc. I always get travel insurance and make sure it covers the activity I decide to engage in. I know this is not affordable for everyone, but for those who can’t afford such protection, maybe you need to be mindful of what risks you are willing to expose yourself to. Though I have tried to clear my life from most of the items I owned and really cut back in new purchases, I still kept enough to set up a nest somewhere for myself if required. I have a bed and some kitchen equipment etc. If something happens, I will be able to set up a room in my hometown extremely fast. This advice also covers not asking friends and family to give or lend cash to fund your lifestyle. This would be a huge weakness and demonstrate your life does can not compete with conventional ideology.

Contribute to those who assist you

For example, if others decide to live a conventional life and are happy to let you sleep on their couch for a duration of time, try and contribute by cleaning, cooking, some house work or adding input in some way to release the stress in their lives. One of my best mates, his girlfriend and house mate always let me sleep on their couch in their penthouse. So I have let him borrow all my music studio gear, as well as that I try to clean and do little tasks here and there. More importantly, is to try and leave no footprint of your stay. Clean up after yourself and leave cheeky thank you notes. I enjoy writing ridiculous items on shopping lists that friends leave around the kitchens. The amount of animals my friends would own would be ridiculous if they didn’t realise I was sabotaging their list. If you are in a foreign culture with people you don’t know, you will need to respect their way of living, try and get involved where possible as well as teach them about your lifestyle with out being ignorant. More information on this can be found on the Couch Surfing website.

The Good Life

Implementing this plan will take a lot of thought, and some time. If it helps to write standards down that must be met, do so. Create your own way of living an independent alternative life as this lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, especially for those who crave their own space and routine.  It has it’s ups and downs. As I write this I am actually sitting in sydney looking over the ocean trying to figure out where I am sleeping tonight, as well as that I realise I now have to pack my stuff up just so I can go to the bathroom. In fact, one of the worst battles of traveling on your own is trying to go to the bathroom with a suit case and no one to mind it. These small issues, as well as some big ones are obstacles that we must over come to live our dreams.

Let your creativity and imagination be your limit, not society. 


Ian at Bucketlist

Hi, I’m Ian and I have made it my life mission to travel and experience everything this world has to offer. Follow me on my quest to live outside the boundaries of conventional society and see the world through the eyes of all our fellow inhabitants. I hope to inspire and motivate you to make your own path in life and push your own limits.

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  1. George. August 23, 2013 1:41 am  Reply

    Whilst I think the idea of more people living a nomadic lifestyle or being more accepting of it is awesome, didnt you say somewhere that it wouldn’t work if too many people lived that way?

    And could you please clarify the difference between nomads and gypsies? Because I always assumed they are the same sort of thing

    • Ian Hard August 23, 2013 9:50 am  Reply

      Sorry, I can not remember where I posted that? I guess this depends on how deep you would like to think about this. Some Anarchists push for a stateless society with no private land, this could make people Nomadic in a way. Also there are many cultures that were traditionally nomadic such as the Mongolian Nomads. Also off the top of my head I think the more inland Australian Aboriginals were nomadic. If it became something for everyone, I am sure communities could adapt. In my title I wasn’t trying to say that the whole world should turn nomadic if that’s what you are getting at. This wouldn’t work due to do different climates and geography around the world.

      As far as I am aware a Gypsy and a Nomad is much the same, I have noticed girls prefer to adopt the Gypsy title and Men prefer Nomadic in Western culture.

  2. Chris August 23, 2013 3:04 pm  Reply

    Nice post Ian. Being the house mate whos couch you crash on, It’s good to see the mantra out there for all to see.

    Keep up the good work mate 😛

  3. Peter July 23, 2014 11:10 am  Reply

    Actually, Gypsies were an ethnic group that were forced into a nomadic lifestyle during the middle ages.. These days, not all Gypsies are nomadic

    • Ian Hard July 24, 2014 11:32 am  Reply

      Thanks for the comment, I was actually unaware they were forced into living as nomads. I am now inspired to learn more about this group. Have you seen the movie called Latcho Drom? It’s great.

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