My name is Gustav Andersson. After working a 9-5 job for five years, I realized that I was slowly stagnating into a comfortable routine — a personal nightmare of mine. So I quit my job, sold my flat and walked away from the well-trodden streets of London. Thus began my new life as a modern-day nomad.
The nomadic life is an experiment. Can you live a full life without a fixed address? Can you work and love as a nomad? Will you go mad living out of a backpack? Is the freedom of the road real or simply a mirage?
I would be honoured if you’d care to walk with me on this journey. I hope that my experiences on the road may inspire you in some way, and I sure could use the company!
Why you should read this blog
My mission statement is “To explore how a modern nomadic life can best be geo-independent, sustainable and eudaemonic.” The blog should serve the nomadic community both as a source of practical information as well as inspiration.
Over time, however, I have drifted towards a secondary mission statement, “To inspire people to actively choose how to live their lives, and to make that choice with bravery and passion.”
I want to inspire people to reach a little further, think a little clearer and live a little more excitingly. Most of all, I want to help people live intentionally. Too many live their lives the way other people expect them to live. I want to free people from that prison and put the power over their lives back in their own hands.
Nomadism is my way of intentionally living my authentic life. I hope my rather extreme life will remind people that we can shape our lives any way we want. People shouldn’t follow me into nomadism; they should choose for themselves how they want to live their one and only life. (And if that happens to be nomadic, great!)
Where to start?
If you are new to the blog, start with my Mission Statement where I explain further the principles of my nomadic life. Then check out these highlighted posts or let the photos that best catch your eye on the image wall lead you astray. For an insight into my daily life, check out my Daily Photo page.
And remember that both you and I will enjoy the blog much more if you engage with it. Leave comments on the posts (I read them all.) and share them on your favourite networks. (That last bit really helps me and I will be ever so grateful!)
I was born in Ljungby, Sweden, but spent my twenties in London where I studied Computing at Imperial College (2002-2005) after which I worked for UBS, one of those big evil banks everybody hates these days, going from coding monkey to soulless IT manager (2006-2011).
I strive towards a dynamic and multi-faceted life. I love to sample new aspects of the world. This drive to explore life is my defining personality trait. It underpins my love for travel, which has taken me to less common destinations such as Jordan, Siberia, the Nevada Desert (Burning Man) and Iran.
Travel isn’t everything however. Other hobbies are tango, storytelling (traditional and RPG), board-games, programming, photography, modelling and writing.
Things I’ve learn from a nomadic life
Autonomy. I constantly have to make choices. I cannot solidify recurring choices into a set routine that I can then simply follow, which most people do. I have to choose and figure things out all the time. This is tiring, but it is also an amazing freedom and a terrific teacher.
Alternative Relationships. I meet and fall in love with people around the world, spending a few intense weeks with them before moving on. I don’t try to own any of them, and enjoy the relationships for the time that I have them. You also learn an awful lot about the nature of friendships.
Personal growth. Travel is a wonderful antidote to stagnation as well as a rich source of experience. With any luck, I might even turn my experiences of the world into wisdom, and through it, I hope to achieve Eudaemonia. (For more info on Eudaemonia, see my Mission Statement.)
Strong mental health. The nomadic journey can really play tricks with your head, and you must be able to recognize these mental monsters and fight them.
Minimalism. Living a life free from gathering and owning a house-load of possessions bring with it a wonderful sense of simplicity and freedom.
Identity. On becoming nomadic, you strip away many aspects of normality from which we normally draw our identity. This can be traumatic at first, but over time, you search a little deeper and find a new bedrock for your identity which is grounded in your inner-most sense of self.
Time dilation. Our brains compress long periods of time doing the same thing into a perceived short time span, and vice versa, a period of many diverse experiences will be remembered as longer, since the brain need to enumerate them one by one. So at the end of my life, I will perceive it as a very long, full and rich life, with many diverse experiences making my life feel like an aeon. I hope then, that I will die content and happy.