Nomadding With Kids – What’s It Like?

crater lakeEver since starting this blog, I’ve received a lot of questions from people asking me about what is it like to be living the nomadic lifestyle while having kids. Well, first of all… it’s great fun. It’s one of those things that’s not easy, but it’s worth it in the end. You will see that being a nomad with kids is going to ask a lot of you, in case you were ever to try this lifestyle out for yourself. You need to become an expert planner in case you would ever want to do this and get it right on the first go. And let’s face it, ¬†you probably would not get it right on the first go. You will require to developed a lot of patience. Kids can be demanding. They’re not going to go easy on you just because you decided to become a nomad and saddle yourself up with a homeless, drifting existence!

But like all forms of parenting, you will get used to being a nomad parent in due time. All parenting is hard, let’s get that out of the way first. But parenting from a trailer is extra hard. Especially if you’re going from one place to the next. You have to home school your children, for starters. You can’t expect them to get used to a new school every time you move from one location to the next. Heck… we never stay long enough in one place in order to find a new school for our kids. Home schooling is basically the only option here. Traveling is an absolutely fantastic experience. Anybody who has ever done it can confirm this. I loved doing it while I was single. But then I got married and had to take my wife along when I went traveling. Thankfully, I love doing it with my wife too. And then there were children… and the children made it even more fantastic!

Nomadic… With Children

mount aliceRaising kids while being on the road is hard. We had not one but two babies while living in a trailer and moving from one place to the next. Thankfully, we learned a lot from the Baby Got Stuff site. It’s run by an experienced mommy called Paisley. And she knows what she’s talking about. She’s got a great overview of all the best car seats, food makers, cribs, and other sorts of baby stuff that you need. Check out this page for reading up on a bunch of really good food makers. Read this page as well for a nice overview of the nicest cribs to be had for little money.

Bringing kids along on your travel makes the world open up to you. Even the most jaded people will open up to you and start asking you about your family and your life. It really is a great experience. It’s kind of like walking in the park with a dog and without a dog. We all know the dog owners get more attention from the ladies. It’s the same kids, except the effect is tenfold! The fun starts with your first kid. But when the second comes, then all of a sudden you’ve got interaction. This yet again takes the fun to a whole new level.

mount shuksanIt was hard to make the decision to live this lifestyle. Some people called it unethical that I would force this upon my children, since they don’t have a choice but go along for the ride. But it turns out that me, my wife and my kids are happier than ever. It was a hard choice, don’t get me wrong. There have been lots of doubts. Many times I have asked myself whether this was the right decision to make. We almost did not do it. But now that we have been into it for the past few years, I’m glad that we did. I would not want it any other way. No regrets whatsoever. And the wife agrees!

I recommend this lifestyle to everybody, although I darn well know that it’s not realistic to be a country full of nomads. The fact of the matter is that most people will have to stay in place in order to keep society running for those that prefer to live in… well, you know… society. But on the other hand… the traveling lifestyle enriches you in ways you could only dream of if you are sitting in one place your whole life.

So even if you’re not going to ‘go nomad’, please take some time off in your life for travel. It’s important. Don’t be one of those people who, at the end of their lives, feel sorry for themselves and have regrets. Make the most of life while you got it. Travel!

A History On American Nomadism

The Nomad LifeStyle Is The Best There Is

wilderness1As nomads, we have taken the noble art of surviving to completely new heights. Most people go into the wild for only a few days or weeks, tops. But we are living the lifestyle. The reason we chose for this lifestyle is because we were fed up with all the BS that we had to put up with in modern life. Paying mortgages and having smartphones just is not for us. We wish other people lots of luck with it. But me and the wife are going to live the nomadic lifestyle. The Ancient Pathways as we like to call them. We know a lot of survival stuff that is going to help us out tremendously when we are out in the wild.

Most people would not be able to start a fire. But I know how to do it. And not only do I start fires for the fun of it… I actually need them in order to warm myself up from time to time. Do you think my trailer has central heating? Think again, buddy. It does not. And for that reason, me and wife go out and scrape together some kindling or any other kind of stuff that will burn and then we throw it all into a big heap and set it on fire.

I also hunt and fish for my own food. I am truly living the hunter, gatherer lifestyle and I would not trade it for anything. Once I have caught my prey, I roast it on a fire, which I have made myself, ofcourse. How else are you going to prepare your food? You certainly can’t eat it raw. Well, you can actually… but it just doesn’t taste very well. Plus me and Trace really don’t want to see ourselves getting contaminated with a nasty bug our prey may have been carrying.

wilderness2For that reason we always need to be sure that our food is well cooked, fried or whatever you want to call it. It’s not easy living out in the wild. I’ve learned a trick or two from a site called The Boot Bomb. You can find this website by following this here URL:

http://bootbomb.com

That guy knows a lot about getting the right boots for people who live out in the wild. It’s very important to have good footwear if you want to survive outdoors. That’s true even for hobby-ists. It’s even more true for people like me and Trace, who are actually living the whole outdoorsy lifestyle.

Me and my wife do a lot of walking around in the wild. We don’t sit around in our trailers all our lives, as I am sure you can imagine. In the recent past, I’ve developed a nasty case of heel spur. This is a very painful affliction that can really take the fun out of the whole nomadic drifting thing that I believe in religiously and will never give up.

I managed to get some more rest recently, and the condition has certainly improved. But I also had to get new boots, because my current boots were part of the cause of the problem. You’ve got to have a pair of good boots that are comfortable and go easy on people with plantar fasciitis. You can read up on this here:

http://bootbomb.com/the-best-hiking-boots-for-men-and-women-comparison/

wilderness3Some good rest and a good pair of hiking shoes certainly go a long way in staving off heel spur. If you’ve never suffered from it, then take my word for it when I say you never want to. It’s no fun at all.

Thankfully, me and my wife can now travel cross country again without having fear of it returning. I really feel like I’ve got this condition under control and I feel much better for it. Would you believe that I’ve had to put up with this problem for months? It’s my own fault, in part. Because I did not go see a doctor with it in time. I could’ve easily solved the problem earlier. But I suppose it’s better late than never.

Well… I’m off to go and learn some more mad nomad skillz. I really want to improve my fire making, lest people think I’m not up to the lifestyle. I also need to learn other things, such as natural camouflage. It helps to be camouflaged when you are hunting for food. If your prey sniffs you out and runs for it, you’ve gotta run after it. That means more walking. And that means a greater chance of getting a nasty case of heel pain.

I better increase my map reading skills as well. Getting lost also doesn’t help prevent foot pain. Oh well… ya live, ya learn!

We’re Brian & Tracey, Modern Nomads With Kids!

houseHi, I’m Brian and I’m married to my highschool sweetheart, whose name is Tracey. We are a travelling, married couple and we also have kids! On this blog, we will write about anything we like, really. It might be about our current location… it might be about a tv show we like, or it might be about going to the gym.

My and the wife recently started going back to what we call ‘the exercise lifestyle’, after having let it slide for a while. The reason being is that we’ve had another kid 2 years ago. But now that the kid’s growing up, we’re ready to go back to taking care of ourselves a bit more.

Me and Trace both need to work on our figures. We let each other slide and now we’re chubby again. Especially Tracey… she really hates the weight she’s put on from the pregnancy, and she hasn’t bothered to shed it despite the fact that the last birth was 2 years ago already!

If there’s anything that’s important in your life after you’ve had children, then it’s definitely staying in good shape. It’s a cliche, I know. But it’s also very much true. If you don’t stay in good health, you’re not going to be around for as long as you’d like to see your kids growing up.

bathI know plenty of people that have gone into the downwards health spiral well before their kids had grown up. That’s not going to happen to me. I’ve got a responsibility and I intend to do everything in my power to make it long enough to watch my kids grow up to become healthy, happy and successful!

At an early age, kids don’t really understand how important it is to eat healthy. That’s why I’m always ‘forcing’ vegetables on them, because I want them to grow up feeling well. They’ve got to learn to eat good food from an early age on. My own mom raised me on cookie dough and I was always a tad bit chubby. I hated it and I won’t let it happen to my own children for sure.

I’m looking forward to picking up the whole exercise lifestyle again and I intend to stick to it this time. There’s nothing like being in shape. Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. Another one of those cliches, but it’s definitely true.

I like to have a good mix of both resistance as well as cardio training. Cardio and resistance training both have their own proper uses. They each have their very own feeling of exhaustion, and I like to keep things varied. So often I will lift a few dumbbells and then do some cardio. That way I can get the best out of both worlds.

Always do your resistance training before you do your cardio. Why? Because lifting iron takes much more out of you than some simple cardio. You’ll want to save your energy for the weights. So do those first. It’s just horrible to do cardio first and then start lifting. You’ll be all out of energy and all sweaty too.

outsideI hate lifting while sweaty. I hate being sweaty at any time of the day, really. But especially when I’m working with dumbbells. The thinner you get, the less you’ll start sweating from your workout. So if you hate transpiration as much as I do, then you can keep this in mind as a goal to be working towards.

There’s no feeling in the world like coming home from a good workout and then hitting a warm shower. But I don’t always go to the gym. Sometimes, I’ll take a walk or a jog outdoors. I like to get some fresh air. Jogging really helps getting a lot of fresh air into you quickly. It makes me feel like a million bucks.

People are always so big on a good diet and a good exercise program, that they forget all about fresh air. But did you know that there has been lots of scientific research done into fresh air? It can prevent depression, or even alleviate it. It also makes your brain work faster. So imagine you’ve got a cognitive challenge of some sorts in your near future… be sure to take a walk a few hours earlier.

The effects of fresh air will definitely upgrade your brain, albeit temporarily. But if you make sure to get fresh air on a frequent basis, then the effects of your improved cognitive abilities will also be a lot better in the long term. All it takes is something like half an hour outside every day. Everybody can spare half an hour, can’t they?

storeIt’s an investment in your future health you’re making here! So I highly recommend going out for a jog every once in a while. Man… even twenty minutes is better than nothing. And it will make you feel as if you are reborn. Trust me on this one. Just go do it if you already haven’t, folks. It’s never too late.

You do need to be careful with your knees if you’re going jogging, though. If you’re a middle aged guy, odds are your knees aren’t what they used to be. You may have to buy new running shoes with good insoles if you need them. You don’t want to improve your brain at the cost of your knees. Nothing can bring a guy down like a broken pair of knees. Just ask my grampa, because he knows all about it.

If you’ve got other health concerns, you may want to consult a doctor before engaging in any kind of strenuous exercise. You may be severely overweight. In that case, your knees are likely to have taken some damage from the weight alone already. Going jogging without being checked out by your general practitioner, might not be such a good idea. Same thing if you’re suffering from increased blood pressure. Or any other affliction for that matter.

The thing is… you’ve just got to use your head when diving head first into exercise. You’ll be amazed at how much better you do when you’ve managed to get yourself properly informed. Sure, there’s a start up cost to all of this. But once you’re in the rhythm, you’ve got a good thing going for yourself!

I don’t remember a single time in my life when I have been sorry for going down this route and choosing this lifestyle. And while I darn well realize that it’s unrealistic for everybody to lead this lifestyle, I do, in fact, recommend this lifestyle to everybody! :D This lifestyle is not a choice to be taken lightly, however. You do need to realize what you are doing. Think about it long and hard, because you can’t easily go back to the way things were. A dedication to this lifestyle requires that you sell a lot of your stuff at home and you won’t be able to get it back easily.

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