What influenced me to want to become a nomad?

The guilty onesOn my previous post I talked about committing to my final goal of becoming a traveling nomad hopefully within a year.

I mentioned how my way of thinking and seeing the world has changed my life.

What I am going to share with you is which people particularly played a very important role in showing me that everything is possible.

It is four people, actually 5 because there is a couple among them. After reading some of their life experiences in their blogs, they made me realize that there is another world out there besides the one most of us believe is the conventional or  “normal” life.

I am going to present them to you one by one and I will talk about what each one of  them contributed particularly in my desired goal.

I will begin in the order I found out about them.

 Corbett Barr.- This guy here is the main reason my head began to swirl around like a Tazmanian devil  in a Looney Tunes Cartoon. About 6 months ago I came across his blog and I pretty much read through his entire repertoire in one afternoon.

I was intrigued by the way he described how his life changed ever since he decided to become location independent.

The thing that completely sold me out was this video where he shows his house in Mexico and talks about how it can be done by anyone, with lots of effort and dedication of course, but it’s definitely doable.

I could go here for a while and tell you what he has written but it is better for you to read it straight from his blog so you know what I am talking about.

Chris Guillebeau.- I actually found out about Chris’ website through Corbett’s. He mentions him in some of his posts and from there I got to “meet” another great inspiring person.

Chris has created a movement which is based in the fact that you don’t have to be a follower in order to live  a good life.

He makes you comprehend that there is more out there in our world that makes us happy besides being in a comfort zone – as he calls it.

He has traveled around the world and visited almost every country you could imagine. I wish I had known about his Art of Non-Conformity movement before. Oh well, it is better late than never, isn’t it?

I am actually hopping to meet him in person in a few weeks when he comes to Denver to promote his new book called the $100 Startup. I really can’t wait to be able to talk to him. I highly recommend you take  a look at his movement and see if you can become part of  “his army”.

Christine Gilbert

Christine Gilbert.- She was the first one I felt like I had a connection with. The main reason is because she successfully did what I am planning on achieving, to leave everything behind and go travel around the world and create not only a travel blog but also an inspiring place for people like me to read and share experiences.

She basically proved to me that becoming location independent, and more specifically a travel blogger is very doable, even with children. She is just amazing and the experiences she shares are even better.

Last but not least is a couple of Canadians that left everything behind in order to vagabond around the world. They started by selling their house and most of their other belongings.

Dalene & Peter Heck.- I have to admit they have become one of my favorite travel bloggers that I currently follow. They have a very fresh style of  putting things into perspective like if you were actually there with them. It’s like they are always inviting you to explore the places they visit together.

These guys also showed me that there are better ways of traveling around without having to spend a fortune. I learned from them something I hadn’t heard before, the term house sitting. They’ve got a  post in their blog where they explain in detail what house sitting is and how can be done by basically everyone.

That post is truly one of my all-time favorite posts I have ever read. That was the tip of the iceberg that made me decide to become a nomad just like them.

I realized that you don’t have to be essentially rich in order to travel around the world. By doing house sitting one can save lots of money by providing the homeowners a service like taking care of their house and them providing you lodging.

I really hope that one day I can be able to narrate my own personal traveling stories just like they do.

So there you go, these people have changed my life completely, for good of course.

I really encourage you to check them out, you will not regret it.

Now it’s up to me to make my dream come true and hopping you can bear with me during that journey.


  1. Hey Joe! Thanks so much for the mention. I remember back when I started planning this crazy path I’m on now, and how important people like Chris Guillebeau, Lea Woodward and others were to me. I’m flattered that my ramblings have helped you re-imagine what’s possible :)

    I wish you so much luck on your journey, and can’t wait to see how things turn out for you. It sounds like you understand the “hard work” part of the equation, so you have at least one important ingredient.

  2. Joe – we are so touched. This may be the nicest compliment we have ever gotten. Thank you so much, and we are so honored to have even helped you out in the smallest of ways! :)

  3. Great list! Some of my very top blogs too!

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