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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #50 on: January 18, 2021, 09:43:40 PM »
I guess all nomad life or expectations have been destroyed by the pandemic. Many countries will not be open to foreigners until at least 2022.

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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2021, 12:16:08 AM »
I guess all nomad life or expectations have been destroyed by the pandemic. Many countries will not be open to foreigners until at least 2022.
If you live in a big country you can probably be a nomad fairly easily and safely there. Longer term rentals in various places or camping. Maybe the full time RV or boat thing. Lots of choices. While my own near-future travel plans aren't going to happen I can still see myself being a full time nomad for a long time in the US. Although bike touring probably won't happen but tent camping by vehicle is doable.
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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #52 on: January 20, 2021, 01:30:26 PM »
I'm snowbirding for 2 months in Florida with a friend.  I drove down with as little contact as possible, and am basically sheltering in place here rather than alone in Michigan.  It's going really well, and my mental health is much improved over last winter.  We're not really doing anything, but not being alone and sunshine are wonderful.

I've been exploring doing a camper van, traveling in the cold months, staying at home in the warm months. The biggest concern at this point is being alone - loneliness and safety.  I think i would probably enjoy it for a while then get tired of it.  Is "a while" several years or several months?  How much do I need to spend to find out?  Maybe I should do some monthly AirBnB's first?

My current plan is to wait at least a year on buying a camper van.  Once the pandemic is over, I imagine there will be some good sale prices.

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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #53 on: January 20, 2021, 02:11:40 PM »
Also spending Feb/March in FL, by then other places will get warmer and the options in the USA really open up.

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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #54 on: January 21, 2021, 09:06:41 AM »
I've also been snowbirding between AZ, UT, NV, and CA this year - mix of camping in my van and long term airbnbs.  There are so many great little visited parks and trails.  It feels quite safe and nearly sun every day.  Helping maintain my mental and physical well being.  I probably want to start moving north around April, watching the restrictions in NM, the only state I haven't visited in the western US.  Might hit NM and CO on the way to the midwest for summer. 

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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #55 on: January 21, 2021, 09:24:21 AM »
I'm snowbirding for 2 months in Florida with a friend.  I drove down with as little contact as possible, and am basically sheltering in place here rather than alone in Michigan.  It's going really well, and my mental health is much improved over last winter.  We're not really doing anything, but not being alone and sunshine are wonderful.

I've been exploring doing a camper van, traveling in the cold months, staying at home in the warm months. The biggest concern at this point is being alone - loneliness and safety.  I think i would probably enjoy it for a while then get tired of it.  Is "a while" several years or several months?  How much do I need to spend to find out?  Maybe I should do some monthly AirBnB's first?

My current plan is to wait at least a year on buying a camper van.  Once the pandemic is over, I imagine there will be some good sale prices.
You should give it a try. Snowbirding (or Sun birding in my case to get out of SoCal during the hot weather to somewhere colder) is a very different experience then being a full time homeless nomad. Knowing you have a home base to return to if SHTF (like... oh I don't know... maybe a worldwide pandemic ;-)) and not having to deal with your stuff makes it easy. However there are drawbacks. Costs are higher, you may worry about the home base and may end up going home more often then you though rather than continue travelling.

As for going solo check out @JoJo blog. She's done tons of solo trips and road trips to some remote areas of the world safely.  Lots of women do it alone (including me) and while we take extra precautions for safety it is in general pretty safe. As far as loneliness, pandemic aside, it is pretty easy to meet people or join meet up groups while travelling.

ETA: As always the "try it before you buy it" rule should apply. Rent a van or RV or do some longer solo road trips via camping or AirBNBs to see how you like it first. Its a good way to discover your personal nomad or snowbirds travel style before making big life changes.
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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #56 on: January 22, 2021, 09:50:20 AM »
I'm planning to rent a camper van for a long weekend to go camping with friends this summer.  One issue I have is parking.  If I do buy a van, I want it to not look like an RV so I can park it at my condo.  I don't do a lot of driving at home, so mileage is not a huge issue.  I don't want to have a car and store an RV.  I've considered converting a Ford Transit Connect, as it would be the best option for home use.  The low roof would not be the best option for camping, though.

I am also thinking to try the monthly AirBnb in the Southwest next winter, wandering by car.  I have to go read JoJo's journal.

OF course, all plans are still tentative due to COVID.

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Re: Nomad vs. Settling down - How to choose and can you cheaply do both?
« Reply #57 on: January 22, 2021, 10:59:31 AM »
I have a ford transit connect, I have been camping the equivalent of 3-4 months each of the last 3 years.  I keep on meaning to organize it a bit and take pictures or youtube video or something.  I like it for one person.  two people would mean no leg room.