A home and the objects within reflect and shape the identity of the inhabitant. Nomads, however, have no home and very few possessions. How does this affect our ability to grow, maintain and change our identities?
Learn how to ration your data when travelling with limited Internet plans, allowing only your essential applications access while blocking others.
Imagine civilization as a great machine, and every person is a cog, playing some part. Is there room for a nomadic cog? There may be, but it is hard to find, and whilst searching, one’s sense of self-worth suffers.
Second part of the New Zealand South Island travel guide, featuring classic Nintendo games, timeless mines, dolphin swims, helicopters, earthquakes and much more.
Join me on a road trip through New Zealand's dramatic south island. This first part includes mysterious boulders, tragic castles, ancient petrified forests, daring swings, fjords and a lost gypsy bus.
Help me understand your decision to live a geo-static life by answering two quick questions about your decision to do so.
Infrequently Asked Questions about Sydney. Find answers to what might kill you, the sex-appeal of the locals and what mental disorder the Sydney Opera House suffers from.
Your guide to Sydney’s world famous Mardi Gras, including little black dresses, leather straitjackets, bishops, fair days, parades, harbour parties and an explanation of LGBTQI.
Learn how to access your money from abroad while avoiding cross-border fees, how to keep your cards from becoming blocked and other travel tips.
Gratitude is a state of mind. Far too often, we lose sight of it, and not only do our own lives become poorer for it but also the lives of those around us. This article explores the art of gratitude and its life-affirming qualities.
This is an analogy between the seemingly harmless mistake of falling asleep on the sofa instead of going to bed, and life at large where many push the work towards a better life (the bed) to a tomorrow that never comes.
I spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a gay nudist B&B eco-farm. Read on to find out how I became the king of this place, and many other stories from this my least-traditional holiday season ever.
A year review of 2012 where I look at where I've been, accomplishments, failures and the future of The Modern Nomad.
A Christmas greeting to all my wonderful, handsome, clever and funny readers, from a rather bizarre place.
Learn how to create impressive panoramic photographs using any digital camera and the free software Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE). It is surprisingly easy!
We are more than our work. Yet the question, “What do you do [for a living]?” is ubiquitous. Why is that? Are there consequences? What can we do about it?
On a drive from Auckland to Wellington, I saw the glowworms of Waitomo, walked around Turangi, visited Mount Doom in Tongariro and fought Gollum over fish at Taranaki.
I had a hellish journey from the US to New Zealand. But, hardships teach us lessons. Click through for seven unorthodox travel-hacks and a story of perseverance!
Naked paddle boarding, golden beaches, frozen mountaintop sunsets, Arrakis-styled wormholes and running over lava – it all awaits you in Hawaii!
Is the nomadic life doomed to forever be devoid of deep and loving relationships? Is a nomadic partner too much to hope for?
Today, I do not exist; I am trapped in the Twilight Zone! Click through to find out why. Happy Halloween!
Is a nomadic lifestyle inherently bad for the environment? Many think so, but I disagree. Read on for details on the carbon footprints of a nomad and a wider theory on how to avoid global warming.
My Los Angeles weekend including a motorcycle ride, charity work as a sexy clown, Gay-days at Disneyland and country-western dancing!
Can you afford to be a nomad? What does it cost? Am I broke yet? Find out in this financial review of my first year as a nomad!
My personal experiences from Burning Man 2012, including a Black Rock Cock, two sad goodbyes at the Temple and a talk on nomadic lifestyles. (and lots of pictures!)
Audiobooks are a fantastic way to read. You can read while e.g. commuting to work, and a masterful narration will breathe life into any book! You’ll never be bored again!
My travel guide to Buenos Aires, designed as a four-day itinerary sprinkled with some social commentary.
A personal retrospective on my five months in Buenos Aires. I go over what I've accomplished, where I struggled, the friends I made and what I plan to do next.
Salta is a popular tourist destination in the north of Argentina, but does it live up to its reputation?
The Waterfalls of Iguazu are one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and for good reasons! Click through to see why this should make your list of places to see before you die.
You can get into great shape without going to a gym. P90X, a 3-month home fitness program which I've just completed, is a great way to do so, and it's perfect for nomads. Click through for a review, before/after photos and a video guide.
Tango is like a dominatrix - sexy in its strictness, as well as sumptuous, sensuous and seductive! Click through for your tango survival guide and a video of my progress as a tango dancer!
Living in a country where you don't master the language is difficult. The practicalities can be dealt with, but the social problems are much more insidious.
Colonia is a day-trip from Buenos Aires that offers a UNESCO World Heritage historic centre, crumbling cobbled streets, vintage cars and a history of war and conflict. What more could you want? How about a renewed Argentinian Visa?
Photos, videos and random observations from my long weekend in Mendoza, the wine country at the foot of the great Andes. Expect dead dogs, overcome police barriers and serene beauty.
Nomads and tourists share a love for travel, but the way they travel and what they get out of it is very different. Any budding nomad should be clear on these differences!
Our minds sometimes turn against us. This post explains why nomads in particular need to worry about these mental monsters and how best to deal with them, no matter if you are a traveller or not.
My main writing goes into The Modern Nomad, but I occasionally write articles for other sites or give interviews. This is a round-up of the recently published items that I've been involved with.
Is your life on-track, or are you falling helplessly towards a messy end? What if you can’t even tell anymore? You may not if you’ve moved far enough from your normal frame of reference, and that is where the real adventure begins.
An update on my first three weeks in Buenos Aires, where I am staying and how I'm settling in. The post includes a video walkthrough of my new place and a video of a crazy hailstorm that ripped holes in our skylight!
An update on where I've been, what I've done and with whom I've done it during my three weeks between leaving Switzerland and arriving in Buenos Aires.
Ever noticed how your personal growth comes in bursts, often after a period of frustration with the status quo? This post explains this using a metaphor of nested cages which we must escape to keep growing.
I spent a month and a bit in Switzerland. This post is a personal recap of what I got up to there as well as some fun facts about the country.
Nothing can paralyse like a blank canvas. Non-artists face similar situations too, especially nomads.
This post explains why we freeze like this when starting something new and suggests ways to deal with it.
Afraid you might lose your data? You should be. They are out to get it; you know they are! This guide to backups might just save you from their evil schemes.
In this post, I elaborate on geo-independence, sustainability and eudaemonia, the three principles of my mission statement and a successful nomadic life.
Through the power of Tarot, my future has been revealed to me. But I’m greedy, and so I want your interpretation too.
Nomads fly a lot and therefore need a good airline patron to keep their travel flexible, cheap and smooth. But they come with certain risks.
We all want to do great things with our lives, but unless we know what they are and put them ahead of everything else, we won't get there. This post is a guide to how to do this in time for a brand new year of possibilities!
A summary and review of 2011.
A short Christmas greeting to all my subscribers.
I'm done with Mexico City! This is my wrap up post, featuring comments on traffic, salesmen, running green men, sinking pyramids, wrestling dwarf parrots, dancing mummies and me being thrown out of a convent.
Every year, millions of visitors visit the Virgin of Guadalupe, a miracle apparition of the Virgin Mary on an apron. But the most fun is to be had just outside!
My weekend trip to Hidalgo, featuring potent pulque, a beautiful hacienda, the place for human lemmings to die and a joke gone wild.
Norm-breaking lives raise the question of purpose. Why do you do what you do? It is a question rarely asked of those who follow the norms. If you don't, then remembering your purpose is particularly important.
Teotihuacán is an amazing and mysterious archaeological site featuring two enormous and beautiful pyramids. Who built them? No one knows. Probably not aliens.
A quick catch up on my first twenty days in Mexico City.
Frequent goodbyes are an unavoidable part of the nomadic life. It is, however, more complicated than a matter of scale. Read on to find out what makes the nomadic goodbye different, for better and worse.
My unlikely friendship with Don Kendrick made me reflect on the importance, particularly for nomads, to be able to make friends across cultural and ideological boundaries.
I tried being a carpet cleaner for a day. It made me realize that I am free to try any odd little job that I can find. What a great opportunity that is for gaining new experiences.
I spent a weekend in Palm Springs, and there explored two amazing hiking spots: alpine Mount San Jacinto and desert Joshua Tree National Park.
This is the wrap-up post for my five weeks in San Francisco, summarizing my experience of this foggy but fun city.
How do you deal with homesickness when, as a nomad, you don’t have a home?
Folsom Street Fair is the largest open-street fetish fair. It is the perfect place to discover this often-misunderstood sub-culture.
Not entirely safe for work.
I am no longer a rodeo virgin. I competed in three events: Goat Dressing, Steer Deco and Chute Dogging. Click on to see me manhandle an animal three times my own weight.
A short update on the days I spent around Lake Tahoe after Burning Man, including a video from a zip-line tour.
The most important part of Burning Man is the community, and to understand it, you must understand the ten principles that shape it.
Burning Man is an annual festival in the Black Rock Desert. This post covers the fundamentals of what you might see and do at this unique event.
The ghost town of Bodie is an eerie snapshot of a Californian gold rush town. There is no gold to be found here now, but Bodie has yet many treasures.
Mono Lake is not only a beautiful high-altitude lake; it may also hold the key to life on other planets.
An update from New York, Long Beach Island, Los Angeles and Long Beach. Read on for luxury bidets, an epiphany on a motorcycle and a handsome group of burners!
The Norway massacre made me reflect on ignorance and how, through travel, we can fight it.
America has many small ecological farms that occasionally host open-day events full of local delicious food and country music. This post describes my visit to one such farm: Blooming Glen Farm.
I returned to London for a stag weekend. Read on to find out what I think about strippers and mad hatters!
Even nomads have to make a living, and an option is working remotely. I've just finished a two month remote project, and in this post I will share my experiences of working from home.
Allemansrätten protects everyone’s right to enjoy the Swedish nature. One great way of making use of this law is going canoeing in one of the many lakes.
GTD is an amazing productivity system that helped me organize everything that I needed to do to leave London and start my new nomadic life. I recommend you take a look at it, even if you just want a stress-free everyday life.
Everything you need to know about the Swedish midsummer, from the Big Bang to the inevitable hangover.
I love traditional storytelling. If you haven't tried it then this post explains why you owe it to yourself to do so. I also describe the Ljungby Storytelling Festival.
When making big changes in life, there are a lot of benefits from taking a time-out in between the old and the new. Read on to find out what.
My unconventional guide to some of the hidden gems in London. Bring your towel and don't panic!
I finally left London. This post reminiscence about what the city has meant for me as well as whines about the amount of work involved in breaking away from your job, city and country.
This post launches the Society for Nomadic Culture, a club for books, games, DVDs and CDs that travel the world, jumping from one owner to another.
If you need to quickly get rid of your stuff, don’t throw them. Throw a give-away party instead!
Today was my last day at work. Read on to find out why I slept in the office last night and the meaning of friggatriskaidekaphobia.
Midnight rendezvous with Mr Crociere, a man who found inspiration to his nomadic life in atheism.
In the second post about my Mediterranean cruise, I describe the places we visited along the way: Venice, Bari, Katakolon, Santorino, Mykonos, Athens, Corfu and Dubrovnik.
This is the first post about my week-long Mediterranean cruise where I write about the cruise, but not the destinations.
Today was my 30th birthday. I picked this day to announce my nomadic plans to my family, work colleagues and friends. This post explains why I picked my birthday for this and how it all went.
Becoming a nomad means leaving the safety of normality. Naturally, this is quite frightening. The fear can do strange things to your mind though, so be wary of it.
I was promoted at work today. Money and titles are great temptations. Should I settle for the money and give up my dream of a nomadic life?
Time to get rid of my stuff! As a mad control-freak, I naturally began with a full inventory of everything I own. Does it sound dry? Perhaps. I bet the booty at the end of the post will spice things up though. No sneak peeking!
When I start a big project, I create a visual map of how to do it. In this post, I explain how I did this for my goal of becoming a nomad. Read on for details on this productivity trick.
Minimalism is living life with few possessions. This is relevant to a modern nomad for three primary reasons: focus, mobility and work options. Read on to find out why.
On New Year's day, I reviewed my life and realised that I needed a change. I decided to leave both my job and London, the first steps in becoming a modern nomad.