Today is my tenth nomadiversary.
If you had asked me 10 years ago what I’d be doing now, a decade later, I can pretty much guarantee you I wouldn’t have said that I’d be ‘still on the road’.
Quite honestly, I really thought this nomadic phase would have been long done and fulfilled by now, perhaps after maybe a couple years?
After all, just how much is there to see and do that would take more time than that??
Could living life in motion really be sustainable financially and emotionally for the long haul?
Ten years ago, I would have been doubtful.
Apparently, I was wrong.
As I shared two years ago in my 8 Year Letter Back to Myself, all my fears were unfounded and this is a completely thrivable lifestyle for us.
We’re excited to not only still be on the road, but to be starting a new chapter on the water.
After a decade of full time nomadic life, I can say from the bottom of my heart – it’s a big fricken world! And I still feel like we’re just getting started in scratching our wanderlust!
Ten years has flown by (errr… driven by?), and we’ve not even left the Americas yet. Crazy.
And the best discovery of the past decade has been that we’re not alone.
Definitely not alone.
10 Years Ago..
When we hit the road 10 years ago, we felt like we were the only ones doing this young/working-online/nomadic thing.
There were extremely limited resources available for working aged folks like us, and no online communities to connect with our peers. Heck, the online communities we all take for granted now were still barely even getting started.
It’s not like we were true pioneers though, there were others successfully living this lifestyle.
We just weren’t all able to connect easily back then.
There were even bloggers that we looked to for some inspiration – Sean & Louise of Our Odyssey (now on the water), Nick of Gypsy Journal (now part-timers), and Chris & Jim of Geeks on Tour (now part-timers) all were on our radar a decade ago.
And of course, there’s Steven Roberts, the original Technomad (he started in the 1980s and coined the term!!!), who originally inspired Chris and even our own Technomadia moniker.
The Escapees RV Club of course existed long before we hit the road, as did the FMCA and Good Sam. But it felt like they were clubs for retired folks – and at the time it seemed like they didn’t have much to offer to 30-something geeks who were more focused on connectivity and working online than grandkids and tourist traps.
Hitting the road by choice in your early 30s at the height of your career while working remotely was still a relatively novel concept.
There were some early retirees around, and younger folks taking a year or two off to see the country.
But the mobile middle class that is abundant today? A decade ago it was unheard of.
The state of mobile internet pretty much kept mobile workers trapped at home. High latency slow satellite connections, primitive cafe Wi-Fi, and rare trickling 3G cellular connections were the height of connectivity at the time.
It was barely workable for even the most technically adept mobile workers.
So we were in many respects making things up as we went.
And as Chris and I merged our lives to travel together, we started a little blog called Technomadia to share our mutual journey on the road.
That was 2007.
Seeing Shifts in Resources Over the Years
In Christine Gilbert’s 2013 Brief History of Digital Nomading piece, she places us as ‘Early Adopters’ in her timeline. And we do feel we were at the start of something.
This has given us a particular vantage point to have seen many shifts over the years in how nomadic community and resources have come and gone.
This biggest change of course is just how many peers we now have out here on the road, from so many different walks of life.
It’s no longer a rarity to encounter RVers of all ages working remotely – enjoying a mobile lifestyle long before retirement.
There’s also an almost overwhelming number of places for getting information about this lifestyle – countless blogs, YouTube channels, books, and online communities are constantly popping up.
It is easier than ever for absolutely anyone to share their perspective and experience.
There’s content out there now from such a variety of viewpoints that hopefully anyone nomad-curious can find a voice that helps propel them to the road.
And we’ve definitely seen a shift to more and more content creators building income streams out of their sharing. We applaud anyone tossing their hat into this ring, and we are glad the internet has finally reached a point where there’s enough of an audience for some to support themselves with this effort.
Unfortunately, we’ve also certainly seen our fair share of resources launch only to fade away almost as soon as they’ve begun to take off.
As hot as nomadic topics are, it’s tough work to build up resources for a relatively small community made up of independent minded individuals called to carving their own paths.
No Better Time to Be a Nomad
At no point in our years on the road have we ever seen so many resources to help a new-nomad get started. Particularly when it comes to the RVing lifestyle, it seems instead of there being a lack of content, it’s almost an overwhelm.
Here’s some of the up and coming organized resources we’re watching that are taking on the task of helping new folks hit the road:
RVers Online University – by Escapee’s RV Club
Of course we helped the Escapees launch Xscapers just over two years ago, creating a community and resources for the working-aged RVer. Xscapers are meeting up all over the country for Convergences now.
They just had meet-ups in Quartzsite, Joshua Tree, and Coachella. And in this upcoming year they are meeting up at a Bluegrass Festival, Alaska, Solar Fest for the Eclipse, and a Caribbean Cruise this winter.
And brand new, the Escapees have just announced RVers Online University – taking their very popular and extremely worthwhile RVer’s Boot Camp to an online audience for learning about ultra important topics like RV systems, weight management (of the RV, not you), tire safety, personal safety, driving, towing and more.
You can join their sign up list to learn more when they’re ready to take enrollments.
In addition, the Escapees are also teaming up with RVing enthusiasts to host free Webinars on a variety of topics – we’ll be presenting on Mobile Internet for Working Remotely next Thursday evening at 6pm – come join us!.
RV Entrepreneurs – by Health & Alyssa
Health and Alyssa have been full time RVing for about 3 years now, have managed to get sponsored by Winebago (and others), and last year started a podcast called the RV Entrepreneur.
They’ve now interviewed 60 working on the road RVers sharing their stories (we’re episode 009) – all extremely inspiring and helpful.
They also host a Make Money and RV Facebook group, and have been constantly growing this community.
A couple months ago, they hosted an RV Entrepreneur Summit in Texas that was a resounding success – filled with seminars full of inspiring speakers.
They intend to keep at it – so definitely keep an eye on these two. They are creating so much – I don’t know where they get the energy and tenacity. I’d say youth, but I don’t even think in my 20s I could keep up with them.
RV to Freedom – by Drive. Dive. Devour
They started it as a very rapidly growing Facebook group, where they happily field the same newbie questions over and over again. (They have more patience than we do, that’s for sure!)
They’ve told us they have plans for turning this into a business, and we’re excited to see what they’re up to.
Update: They officially launched there new RV to Freedom website with a 8-week beta of their interactive course called Roadmap to Full-Time RVing.
RV Success School – by RV Love
Also just turning 3 years on the road (is there something about that milestone??), Julie & Mark just announced they’re gearing up to launch their own eLearning series about getting started RVing.
They’ve not shared details yet, except it’ll be a paid resource, while they will still be continuing blogging & YouTubing about their personal journey.
Update: They’ve launched RV Success School, which is a series of classes on various RV Lifestyle topics.
Of course, all of these resources are RVer focused – not more generally nomadic focused. We’ve seen similar programs come and go on the global scale too. And there’s more free resource in blogs and video content than we can shake a stick at.
Such an amazing wealth of resources compared to a decade ago!
Our content here on Technomadia will remain free – shared when we have time and energy to do so.
It’s been our joy to share as our hobby and we have no aspirations of changing that to turn Technomadia into any sort of paid site. The content will always be a reflection of the topics currently noodling on our brains.
At our core, we are technomads regardless of the substrate (RV or boat).
We actually silently made our No Excuses: Go Nomadic series an entirely free resource (instead of ‘Pay as you Wish’) – covering topics like Income, Banking/Taxes, Healthcare, Domicile/Mail, Pets and Safety. We also have an entire RVing Resource Center setup bringing together all our guides and in-depth articles on RVing into one place.
We do also offer our own Mobile Internet Resource Center (our business focus). We feel extraordinarily blessed that we’ve been able to turn content creation into a sustainable business model (and one we LOVE!). The site will see a subtle shift in the coming months from being just RVer focused to also including some US waterways cruising content too. After all, the challenges in connectivity between RV and waterway cruising are not all that different.
Cheers to the Journey Ahead!
It’s hard to believe that today marks my 10th year since I pulled out of my driveway in a tiny trailer with Chris, this dude I met on a Prius forum. While we dreamed back then of eventually hitting the water, I still pinch myself that we’ve made that dream come true!
Thank you for joining along virtually for all these years (or days if you’re new to the blog) – we truly appreciate having you as part of our community.
We look forward to continuing to share the adventures ahead by land, water, air, or even perhaps space!
To kick off the next 10 years, we just updated our short intro video (3m):