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Nomad Expenses Living Life on the Road

Some say that you can save a lot of money by living nomadic but is this accurate? It all really depends on the person because all people are in different situations and have different wants and/or needs. You can live a life of luxury living as a nomad if you’re able to do it and you can live very minimally as well. Nomad life isn’t strictly confined to one group of people. There are a variety of nomads out there so we’ll try and cover all the aspects of nomad expenses living life on the road.

How many expenses are there?

Well, this varies depending on the person. Some people have credit card debt and student loans while others are required to pay child support. If you’re a person that falls under this category then living nomadic can be beneficial since you won’t have rent or utility bills to pay on top of those bills. If you just happen to be a backpacker living nomadically then you can get away without having to pay any expenses other than food.

Types of expenses:

  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Phone Bill
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Entertainment (Netflix, Prime, etc.)
  • AAA
  • Internet
  • Eating Out
  • Activities/Events/Tickets
  • Propane
  • Campsites
  • Coffee/Wi-Fi
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Tolls
  • Gym Memberships
  • Laundry
  • Water
  • Miscellaneous/Unexpected Expenses
  • Parking Tickets

How much are expenses?

This is another thing that varies depending on the person and how luxurious they want to live. If you’re a person that has a strict budget then you obviously can’t live too luxurious. Are you a person that makes instant coffee in your vehicle or are you the person that goes out to a fancy coffee shop and pays ten dollars for a Peanut Butter Mocha? A ten dollar mocha everyday will certainly add up but man are they good!

Here are a few examples of the monthly costs associated with nomad expenses:

  • Vehicle Insurance – $100
  • Phone Bill – $50
  • Fuel – this varies depending on how much you’re traveling
  • Food – $250
  • Entertainment (Netflix, Prime, etc.) – $30
  • Eating Out – $50
  • Propane – $20
  • Gym Memberships – $20
  • Laundry – $20
  • Water – $20

What expenses don’t nomads have?

Well nomads don’t have to pay rent which is AWESOME! As most of you know rent can be pretty expensive and can consist of one-third of your monthly income or even more depending on where you live and how much money you bring in. Eliminating monthly rent payments can save a person a nice chunk of money. Nomads don’t have to worry about utility bills either.

Essentially it’s just rent, mortgage, and utility payments that nomads don’t have to worry about.

Nomad Expenses Scenario #1

Alfred just finished college and he has tons of student loan debt. He couldn’t find a job in the field he went to school for so he couldn’t afford rent. He decided to sell his car and buy a van to live in. He found good paying seasonal jobs so he’s able to travel and live a fulfilling nomadic life. He works 6 months out of the year and travels the other 6. He can’t be too frivolous otherwise he’ll run out of money early. This is what he pays for monthly:

  • Vehicle Insurance – $80
  • Student Loans – $200
  • Phone Bill – $50
  • Fuel – $$400
  • Food – $250
  • Gym Membership – $10
  • Laundry – $20
  • Water – $20

Alfred lives rather minimally but the adventures that he goes on in his van make him happy. Actually, he’s much happier living nomadically than what he was living in an apartment.

Nomad Expenses Scenario #2

Margo works for an IT company and they offered her the opportunity to work from home. Her friend introduced her to vanlife so she bought herself a brand new Sprinter van and hit the road. Margo makes pretty good money so she’s able to live a bit more luxurious than other vanlifers. Here are what her expenses look like:

  • Vehicle Insurance – $121
  • Phone Bill – $82
  • Internet – $55
  • Fuel – $400
  • Food – $420
  • Gym Membership – $42
  • Laundry – $40
  • Water – $20
  • Coffee/Wi-Fi – $119
  • Activities/Events/Tickets – $132
  • Campsites – $205
  • Eating Out – $132
  • Entertainment (Netflix, Prime, etc.) – $40

With Margo’s income she is able to splurge a bit from time to time. She gets that Peanut Butter Mocha five days a week. Lucky her.

So as you can see it all depends on the person. Everybody has different expenses along with different paying jobs.

Am I forgetting any expenses in this article? If so, use the comment section below and let me know what I left out.

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How To Fund A Nomadic Lifestyle

Living nomadic has seemed to have spiked over the past few years and the dilemma is how to fund a nomadic lifestyle. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have already obtained remote jobs where they can work anywhere as long as they have a laptop and an internet connection. Unfortunately, there are other people out there that are technologically illiterate meaning that they don’t have a whole lot of knowledge working with computers or technology. With all that being said lets dive into it.

Types of work to fund a nomadic lifestyle

There are several ways to earn a living on the road and it’s all dependent upon what skillset you have. There are several categories where you can group together the different types of ways to make money on the road. I have went ahead and came up with short-term intensive work, the digital nomad, location-based work, passive income, and dirtbagging.

Short-Term Intensive Work

One of the most popular ways to fund a nomadic lifestyle is by working intense jobs for short periods of time. Many of these types of gigs are high paying but can be strenuous, stressful, and might consist of long hours. I’m not saying all short-term gigs are like this though. Lets go over a few examples of these types of jobs:

  • Summer Camp Instructor
  • Hostel Employee
  • Tour Guide
  • Seasonal Produce Picker
  • Commercial Fishing Boat Hand
  • Traveling Nurse
  • Cruise Ship Employee
  • Handyman
  • Delivery Truck Driver
  • Holiday Retail Worker
  • Festival Worker
  • National Park Employee

Here is just a short list to name a few. Some of these jobs can be labor-intensive but include high payouts and usually last two to five months. Room and board can be covered with some of these jobs which mean you’re able to save more money and if you’re already a vehicle dweller then you won’t have to worry about paying rent somewhere because your vehicle is your home. For a nomad seasonal jobs can help you save a nice chunk of money which should tie you over until the next season.

The Digital Nomad

This is the area that I fall in. The term “Digital Nomad” is relatively new since it wasn’t until the last decade or so when people were able to make money with just a computer and an internet connection. A digital nomad either works for a company or is a freelancer that does computer-based work and is completely location independent. Some digital nomad jobs may include:

  • Translator
  • Life Coach
  • Language Tutor
  • Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Writer
  • Proofreader
  • Copywriter
  • Social Media Manager
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • SEO Specialist
  • Customer Support Representative

There are a lot more digital nomad jobs that aren’t listed here but this should give you a general idea. It can be tricky getting into “digital nomadism” since it requires some type of computer-based skill.

Location-Based Work

This type of work usually involves a type of skillset that one can use all over the place and is beneficial because it allows a person to set their own hours. This type of work generally doesn’t make a person a whole lot of money but it can keep a person afloat. It is recommended to have some backup funds before engaging in this type of work since it’s not always guaranteed. This type of work can include:

  • Musician
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Message Therapist
  • Tattoo/Body Artist
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Bartender
  • Tutor
  • Dog Walker
  • Uber Driver
  • Landscaper
  • Model
  • Artist
  • Glassblower

As you can see these types of jobs aren’t always guaranteed which means there could be times where you make no money and other times where you make a lot of money. I have met a lot of people that have these types of jobs and they normally barely get by. They make just enough money for food and gas but for some people that is all that they require.

Passive Income

Bringing in passive income is a great way to make money if you’re a nomad since it usually requires little work. It usually involves creating a business or making an investment that brings in monthly income with little maintenance. As a digital nomad I bring in passive income from web design clients. I charge monthly web hosting/maintenance fees and I bring in money from Google Ads. Here are a few ways that a person can bring in passive income:

  • Airbnb
  • Rental Property Owner
  • Stock Owner
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Software/App Publisher
  • Web Hosting/Maintenance
  • Digital Assets
  • Published Author
  • Online Advertising
  • YouTube
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogger

Acquiring passive income can be rather tricky and usually takes money to start out with or time to get started. This is usually a long-term process and isn’t very common in the nomad lifestyle. I have met a few people that make a living through passive income but it’s more rare.

Dirtbagging

Although this term might seem offensive it really isn’t but I guess it all depends on how you define it. I look at dirtbagging to be a lifestyle that is very minimal that basically eliminates the need for money. It’s a very “off grid” type of lifestyle and I have met quite a few people that do this and they tend to be some of the nicest people that I’ve ever met. Some people choose this lifestyle while others are actually forced into it. A few examples of dirtbagging can consist of:

  • Wandering Hippie
  • Farm Worker
  • Long Distance Hiker/Biker
  • Train Hopper
  • Hitchhiker
  • Beggar
  • Sign-flyer
  • Gas Jugger
  • Dumpster Divers

I suppose this type of lifestyle doesn’t really involve making money but rather becoming dependent on the kind-heartedness of other people. Volunteering and work-trade is pretty common with dirtbaggers and it usually comes with free meals and shelter. This type of lifestyle can be dangerous and it’s advised to have a fallback.

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Parking tips for boondocking

If you’re new to boondocking you probably don’t know the “ins and outs” to parking. Finding solid parking locations while living in your vehicle can be rather tricky at times. There are many different factors to consider when seeking that perfect parking spot whether it’s just for one night or 2 weeks. Here are a few parking tips for boondocking that we would like to share with you.

Business establishment parking

Several businesses will allow people to park overnight in their parking lots, including Walmart, Cabela’s, Cracker Barrel, Camping World, Truck Stops, Casinos, and Home Depot. Not every store allows it though so it is recommended to call the store manager first to see if it is allowed. Keep in mind that as a token of their generosity you should perhaps consider spending some money at the business to show your appreciation.

Where not to park

If you’re new to boondocking then you may not know where not to park. It takes a bit of time and experience before you start to realize what places aren’t great to park in. If you’re parking out on public lands make sure that you don’t park in washes. They tend to flood from time to time and you could find yourself in an unpleasant situation if it just happened to flood while you were sleeping at 2am. Stay clear of locations that have high homeless populations or areas with high crime rates. Getting your vehicle broken into isn’t uncommon so be careful where you park.

Using the sun to your advantage

Before you park it’s best to take advantage of the sun. If you’re in colder climates you’ll want to park in areas where you have the most sunlight available to provide warmth. If you’re in warmer climates it may be a good idea to park in areas with the least sun. Always remember that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Using a tactical approach could have beneficial factors. If you’re a person that uses solar panels to provide power throughout your vehicle then you’ll certainly want to park accordingly.

Keep an eye out for no parking signs

You can prevent the late night police officer knock or avoid getting parking tickets by keeping a lookout for no parking signs. If you’re driving late and your tired and you just want to pull over in a residential area for sleep make sure you read the signs. Many street parking signs only allow parking during designated times. Parking tickets can be pricey unless you don’t mind paying $20-$100 for an overnight parking spot. It can be annoying having the police knock on your door at 2am and asking you to leave as well. It’s not fun driving around aimlessly at 2am trying to find a parking spot.

Analyze the noise factor

Some parking areas can get really noisy at times and if you’re a light sleeper you’ll want to analyze the area a bit prior to parking. Keep an eye out for trains, planes, and automobiles. A busy highway can get pretty loud. If you’re near an airport then you can expect planes flying over you ever hour or so. Trains can be extremely loud depending on how close you are. They’ll definitely wake you up multiple times throughout the night.

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What is it like to live nomadic

Before we get into it we should first establish what a nomad is. A nomad is an individual that moves around from place to place with no real “stationary home”. Some nomads travel on foot while others travel in vehicles. Other nomads stay in Airbnb’s or Hostels while using planes for their mode of transportation. There are a number of nomads that have a “home base” where they can go back to and that usually consists of a friend or family members house.

Why does one choose to live nomadic?

There are a number of ways to answer this question since nomads enter the nomadic lifestyle for many different reasons.

Freedom

This is one of the obvious answers to the question. Having the freedom to go wherever and whenever you want is a very satisfying feeling. Being chained down to one specific location, working the same job, and paying ridiculous prices for rent or a mortgage can really restrict a person. It may not bother certain people as much because some like stability and security but for freedom-seekers this is one of the main reasons for stepping into the nomadic world.

To Save Money

A person can save a lot of money without having to pay rent, mortgages, utility bills, car bills, or whatever other bills that are associated with the non-nomadic lifestyle. For example lets say you live nomadically in a car. The only bills you would have are car insurance, gas, food, and your phone bill. Now this is living pretty minimal though. If you work a fulltime remote job then just think of the amount of money you would be able to save.

Forced Into It

Lets face it, some people are forced into the nomad lifestyle. Sometimes life gets hard and things change dramatically which can force a person into living nomadic. It’s unfortunate that some people are put into a situation like this but they just aren’t given any other options.

Self-Improvement

Some of us venture out on this nomadic journey to fulfill a healing process. A person can go through some rough times in life and it can get to a point where you just need to get away. Spending time by yourself can be a great way to create a better version of yourself. Being around people all the time can take the focus away but having that time to start new hobbies, exercise, explore, reflect, read, learn, and just focus on oneself can really make a huge difference on self-improvement.

Happiness

Many philosophers point out that the meaning of life is happiness and I agree with this statement. What is the point of living an unhappy life? There is a difference between living and existing. I have talked to lots of nomads over the years and I have found that 95% of them are living a happier, fulfilling life now that they chose to live nomadic. You only live once so make the best of it.

Social Media

Social media has obviously glamourized nomad life and I’m sure it has influenced a number of people to jump into the lifestyle. Terms like vanlife, buslife, skoolielife, and nomadlife have really caught attention over a number of different social media platforms.

The advantages of living nomadic

Living as a nomad can be very gratifying. The advantages can be different depending on who you are talking to but here are a few to start off with:

  • Less bills
  • More freedom
  • Self-Improvement
  • Exploration
  • Travel
  • Meeting new people
  • Everyday is different
  • Reconnecting with nature
  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Escaping the 9-5
  • Builds character
  • Unforgettable experiences

The disadvantages of living nomadic

Living nomadic isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. It can get stressful at times and negative experiences can happen. I’m not going to get into the fine details so here are a few disadvantages:

  • Loneliness
  • Vehicle break-downs
  • Vehicle break-ins
  • Running out of money
  • No stable job
  • Constantly stocking up on supplies
  • No showers
  • No toilet
  • No internet
  • Uncertainty
  • Missing friends/family
  • Getting mail

Characteristics of a nomadic lifestyle

  • Living nomadic is more important than anything else such as a career, a relationship, or assets. Most nomads that get hooked into the lifestyle consider the lifestyle as top priority meaning that a nomad will avoid any attachment that forces him or her to be tied down to a specific location. This may not be accurate for all nomads but most of them will agree that living nomadic and staying nomadic is top priority.
  • Most nomads grow to become interesting, easy going, smart, open minded, and free-spirited human beings. Nomads meet lots of people which exposes them to different lifestyles, cultures, and changing situations. The teacher in this situation is the constant process of change and it can really change a person.
  • Nomads tend to travel at a slower pace to create emotional stability. Many of us tend to follow the weather meaning that we stay in specific locations for weeks or months at a time. Staying at locations for longer periods of time helps establish routines and create meaningful relationships.
  • Nomads generally adjust pretty quick to situations and are fast-thinkers. The constant change of locations and situations makes you rely more on intuition and quick decision making.
  • Traveling light is the way of the nomad. Most nomads are minimalists meaning that experiences take precedence over material items. Life is short and I truly believe that life experiences are the most important aspect of living a fulfilling life.
  • Living life as a nomad, you start to realize that everything is temporary and nothing is yours so nomads don’t usually take life seriously.
  • Most nomads are curious, happy, and pretty respectful for the most part. Nomads have to be happy and positive in order to rebuild their social circle since they’re always on the move meeting new people. Nomads tend to spend a fair share of their time by themselves as well so in order to build up new relationships one must be in a positive mindset.

What are your thoughts on living nomadic?

There are thousands of nomads out there and we all have different experiences. What is it like for you living nomadic? Feel free to use the comment section below and tell us a little bit about what it means to be nomadic.

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Nomadic Thanksgiving Gathering

You’re invited to our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner potluck with provided main courses, entertainment, and great company. During the event we will host demonstrations, games, music, and a clean up contest with big prizes. Plus we will have many goodies for attendees and volunteers.

Location of Event

The GPS coordinates for the event can be found here.

Calling all nomads and environmental lovers

We are looking for a volunteers to help in our registration/information tent and meal tent on November 17-28 for a couple hours a day, every other day. In return you receive 3 square meals a day, a lenient schedule, and gratitude of helping with a very important environmental project.

Contact Us

If you would like to contact us in regards to this event you can call us or email us.

Email: steve@nomadicmanagement.com >> Use “Event” for the subject

Phone: 480-869-3193

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