This past Thanksgiving weekend, half my time was spent driving from DC to Atlanta and back. What would normally have been 10 hours each way, turned into a two-day trip due to holiday traffic. When you’re alone for 15+ hours you tend to do a lot of thinking and reflecting.
When I considered the idea of spending the night in my car, I realized that it sleeping in a reclined seat isn’t a comfortable option. That’s when the idea of living as a new age nomad came to mind.
I’m Not Talking About Going Off the Grid
Think about it. What are the basic necessities of life?
- Fitness and Hygiene: I have an LA Fitness membership and they’re spread across the nation. This gives you access to showers.
- Connectivity: Smartphone with a data plan coupled with an abundance of wi-fi spots across the nation. If you have a laptop and a decent pair of headphones, you’ve got your entertainment needs taken care of.
- Food: This may get expensive if you eat out every day. However, if you have knowledge of cooking and access to a grill or portable induction oven, then you’ll be well fed.
- Transportation: Ideally an SUV or van would work. Having a reliable bike at your disposal would be good too.
- Comfortable Place to Sleep: Check out How to Convert Your Car into a Camper
How Much would it cost?
- $50/mo – National gym membership
- $200/mo – Smartphone + data plan
- $250 – 450/mo – Vehicle lease, I’m thinking a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. A used 2010 model goes for under 30 grand.
- $250 – $500/mo – Fuel, if you have a gas or hybrid vehicle.
- $400 – 1000/mo – Food, depending on how much you eat out
- $350/mo – Groceries and supplies
- $150/mo – Set aside for vehicle maintaince
- $500 – 800/mo – Health Insurance (If you’re self employed)
Excluding the cost of health insurance, In the end the monthly cost of living would be around $2000 a month. If one has passive revenue from an online business of sort that’s generating that amount or more, consider yourself free to wonder the continent.
How About a Sponsored Web-Based Reality Show?
It would be interesting to try this for the course of a summer, or perhaps even a year. Traveling and documenting one’s adventures very much like how Ibn Battuta did in his journal.
Except, instead of just a written journal or blog, the journey can be shared in a vein similar to what I did with a couple of “Browntourage” episodes.
If I were to ever execute on this idea, I doubt I’d call it “Browntourage.”
“New Age Nomad” is already taken by someone living a minimalist lifestyle, off the grid. I think a good description of the experiment would be “Journeys of a Curious Adventurist, Inspired by the Son of a Duck.“