With a few exceptions, we tend to measure our quality of life based upon a few basic ideals. Shelter, security and sustenance are at the core of these ideals in our pursuit of happiness. We tend to gather and remain where we can maintain adequate shelter, security and sustenance with little need to move on. But it has not always been this way. Before the advent of society and civilization, human tribes were nomadic, following their sources of food and traveling across great distances.
We could argue that we have become complacent in our society, and that too much has been provided for us. One only need travel to the grocery store for food and return to permanent structures that protect us from the elements year-round. We could also argue that we yearn for our nomadic roots which can be exhibited in our affinity toward contact sports, adventurous and thrill seeking hobbies. But not all of us have settled for the safety and security of settling down.
There are some in our society that has turned away from permanent structures and have made renovated vans or campers their permanent home. Never remaining in one place for very long, they travel and explore the country. This lifestyle presents its own unique challenges, but these modern-day nomads adapt. So what is the appeal that entices them toward the pursuit of adventure?
We must first understand that, for the modern-day nomads, adventure is not a hobby but a lifestyle. Perhaps we may opt to take two weeks off from work and travel to a new city for vacation. Those of us from smaller communities in rural areas experience that sense of awe and wonder as we catch our first glimpse of a major metropolitan city on the horizon. And from that moment on everything we experience is new. The people we meet and see around us are unique to us and we are also unique to them. It is no accident that we can typically spot tourists within a crowd.
Ironically, modern-day nomads are much more difficult to spot regardless where they may happen to be anywhere in the country. Over time, they have become accustomed to the routines and customs of the people of a particular region. Perhaps more importantly, they have developed the ability to adapt to the various societal norms existing within each region.
This becomes an important adaptation as modern-day nomads often must integrate smoothly into the society of the particular region in order to maintain income.
Among the most significant things we consider when we must move to a new region of the country is that we do not know anyone there, and we are unfamiliar with the landscape. This is not a burden of modern-day nomads as they often have developed friendships and connections everywhere they go.