My Life as a Nomadic Traveler
On September 2nd, 2012, I left the USA for a four-month abroad trip to Hong Kong in Southeast Asia.
The adventure involved over 3 countries throughout SE Asia. The trip prompted me to travel as much as I could.
It was exactly three days into my first trip back in 2012, as I celebrated the first time traveling by myself, when I became infatuated with a permanent addiction to world travel. So addicted in fact, that the thought of returning home literally made me sick to my stomach. Therefore, without any other option, I made a decision to change a few things in my life. Instead of going home to follow my original goal of living with friends and maintaining a desk job for the foreseeable future, I now continue on a mission to transform myself into a nomadic traveler so that I can extend my travels, and more importantly, continue learning from those travels for as long as possible.
Ever since I traveled to Hong Kong, I'm always in search of that eye-opening first-hand reaction that only travel can provide me. I don't travel to simply check countries off my list. In fact, as a nomad, I have minimal interest in the tourist attractions that a particular destination may offer. Instead, preferring to focus on the human interactions and lessons learned along the way as I travel all over the world.
And, when I think the rewards that traveling provides, with the fact that I can pack my belongings into my one bag and hop on a train or flight to anywhere in the world on any given day, shows why I don't plan to give up this exciting new part of my life anytime soon. ~ Dan Hellinger