Over dinner, one couple shared that they were selling their boat and giving up cruising after only one year. It was just too hard.
A new RV owner sought encouragement online as she coped with never-ending rain and mud while cooped up in her tiny, rolling house.
But what broke my heart the most was the cruiser fighting back tears while her husband berated her for being unwilling to take the helm of their 45-foot boat. She had never handled a boat before. And she was over 70 years old.
With twenty minutes and YouTube, you can learn how to hook up your propane system or build a composting toilet. There’s no shortage of books on sailing, anchoring, and docking.
But how do you learn about the most challenging skill of nomadic life? Managing yourself?
Few tell you that the hardest part of backing up a huge rig into a tight campsite or making your anchor stick is dealing with the tension, anxiety, and just plain fear that turns up during the process.
Here’s the big secret you need to know before considering the nomadic life:
Travel changes you. But you don’t become a different person. You become more of who you really are.
I’m not a therapist. I don’t have all the answers. I’m just a nomad who lives on a sailboat and has spent more time crying than anyone who loves her life should ever have to.
Emotional Nomad will show you that you’re not alone. You’ll gain ideas for managing the emotional side of the traveling life. And once you understand your emotions, everything will become so much easier.