Why Are We Nomads?

Since we launched on this Full time RVing journey, I’ve been thinking a lot about WHY am I so pulled to be a nomad.

“They told me to grow roots. Instead, I grew wings”


I looked up the meaning of the word nomad. Its definition is a person who travels from place to place. There are a lot of other words that describe this lifestyle and, since I was indulging my curiosity, I just went with it.

Wanderlust – a strong desire to travel
Sojourner – to stay or reside temporarily.
Wayfarer – a person who goes on a journey.

I especially like the term Sojourner. For some unknown reason, I’ve been keenly aware most of my life just how temporary is our stay on the planet.  Now that I think about it, that’s one of the main reasons this lifestyle resonates so deeply with me. Everything about full time RVing reminds me that life is temporary. I consider this awareness a blessing. With each new person, town or view, the thought in the back of my mind is, “I probably will never have this experience again.” This state of mind makes my travel exquisite.  Every moment is elevated.  I am not just existing.

As I was preparing for this post, I read research that shed some light on my big WHY question. It was of some help. Here’s a brief excerpt and a link to more.

“Humans are amongst the most curious and exploratory species that has ever lived upon the earth. This drive to travel and break through to unknown places can be described through genetics.”  

He goes on to say that approximately 20% of the human population has a gene that causes them to seek out new and different experiences.

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake.

The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Did you ever have an experience as a kid of going away to camp, and coming back feeling like an entirely different person? Multiply that by a thousand when you’re a nomad. The road reveals new lessons to those of us who are brave enough to keep moving forward. These experiences and challenges we’ve chosen to live are molding us into someone we may or may not have ever met before!  Full time RVing nomads become quite intimate with their intuition and, by necessity, able to make quick decisions. We’re exposed to various lifestyles and constantly changing situations. This constant process of change is our teacher if we’re ready for it.

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese


Being a nomad arouses a desire to observe more as I travel. Constant change feeds my curiosity to see everything more clearly, including myself.  So the next big question I encounter in myself is “What does home mean to me?”

Have you heard the term “home is where the heart is?” As nomads, it’s up to us to define the meaning of “home.” Generally, we think it means the place you reside and represents the feeling of stability and comfort. How do we as full time rving nomads create that sense for ourselves? It can be as simple as our RV is home. Or, for some, constant change can be a felt sense of home.  For me, Stephen, my husband, is home. We can be anywhere on the planet, and I will always have the feeling I’m home if we’re together.

Here’s another thought.  Do some of you consider that you feel “at home” with yourself and therefore feel comfortable everywhere? My post on Impermanence explores the idea of home more deeply.  I would love to hear your thoughts.


Tomorrow we leave my first “home” in Anoka, Minnesota where we’ve been visiting family and friends. We head eastward now to our ultimate goal of the Canadian Maritimes.  Been here 6 days and eager to continue our journey. Going to change our course a little bit and traverse Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (heard it was beautiful) and enter Canada At Saulte Ste. Marie.

Creating a weekly post takes about 3 days and I am not getting enough time in between thinking about, writing about and editing the post to pursue other things that are important to me.  I want time to do artwork, shoot and edit more video, and launch a podcast about RV relationships as well.  So, starting now, I’ll be sending you a post every other Thursday.  Be looking for it!