The human race started off with a nomadic existence. Moving around constantly in order to exploit resources allowing their continued survival.

Then along came the Agricultural revolution and our ancestors settled into a lifestyle of farming. Rather than roaming the land in a hunter / gather type existence.

This switch gave rise to the fixed settlements, allowing specialisation of skill sets and trade. Paving the way for complex societies to develop from the foundation.

But the urge to move is still there, John Steinbeck wrote about it in the 1960’s while talking to people across the US in his novel “Travels with Charley”. No matter where people were there always seemed to a burning desire to be somewhere else.

Motivations behind the urge to move are varied from the curated #wanderlust experience portrayed on Instagram. To the fringes of society forced into a nomadic existence due to their limited resources. With a plethora of people located in between the two extremes.

Those forced by circumstances into an uncertain and mobile state. Unfortunately don’t have a choice in the matter with their location and associated choices made literally being an issue of survival.

But for the rest of us, leading a nomadic lifestyle in an otherwise consumerism driven world. Can help open our eyes to other cultures and the faucets of sustainability and minimalism.

We only get one life to live, so why spend it frozen in place?

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.

— Wendell Berry, A Place on Earth