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How To Live With “Itchy Feet”


The nomadic lifestyle isn’t for some, but for others staying in one place just won’t cut it

I have moved around a lot. Almost a house a year which I know for some is a horrendous prospect. For others that constant fresh feeling and a new set of norms to acclimate to sounds like an exciting adventure and a fun challenge.

One thing that never gets easier, however, is the move itself. No matter how light you pack there’s always something that goes wrong or goes missing.

If you have itchy feet there are a few things that you want to put in place to make life on the move as easy as possible. From work to friends, this guide will hopefully help those who seek to see more of the world find some stability in a life filled with intangibles.

Things Get Lost; Be Ready

The amount of stuff that I have lost over the years is ridiculous, and I’m not just talking about the odd pair of sunglasses. I have lost computers, photo albums, kitchen equipment, and so much more. Often losing things is just one of these things that happens amid a move that you need to deal with.

Whether it has been left at your old place or got lost in transition, it is never easy to start your new adventures having already lost some of your essentials. So, where possible store backups - photos, videos, work - if it can be saved onto a device then save it.

Get a high-quality hard drive from a reputable vendor like ETB technologies and back everything up as you go, it makes life on the move so much easier.

As for physical possessions - cheap out. If you shop at charity stores and get your essentials from second hand stores, while it’s still a financial and emotional hit, it’s at least not a huge financial burden to replace.

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Find Some Niche Hobbies

When moving around a lot, your friend groups are going to change fairly regularly, and sometimes it can be hard to make new friends when you don’t know anyone. Everywhere that you go, you will want to engage with the local community, but for the sake of stability, it is always great to partake in some niche hobbies.

Often these hobbies, like surfing and martial arts, come with tight and welcoming communities that will help you find a friend group much faster. It will help you find like-minded people with a shared passion from the get-go and can help you build a wider network of friends.

Work Remotely

It is easier than ever to work remotely. There are so many roles from web design to accountancy to translating that lockdown restrictions have uncovered are doable from home.

So long as you’re okay with some changing time zones which may lead to funky hours, finding a professional role that can be carried out remotely could offer you some long term stability. It’s time to get working while on the move!

It also eliminates the stress of finding a new job in a new place where you may not quite know the language or local culture.

If you work in a field where remote work is possible, it’s worth looking into - or better yet - go freelance. Work on your own time and move around with no oversight.

Do Your Research!

To be clear there’s so much more to a nomadic lifestyle than just this, but it’s a starting point that covers some of the less commonly mentioned basics.

It is essential to do some in-depth research about this lifestyle before committing to it.

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