I’ve had a number of career paths in my life, from social services to magazine publishing. For 15 years, I enjoyed a career as a professional bellydancer and owned a studio where I taught belly dance and yoga. When I decided to become a nomad, I needed a portable career, so I began to build a portfolio as a freelance writer.
In May of 2013, I sold everything I owned and became a nomad. For less money than it costs me to live in the U.S. (my budget is often as low as $1500 per month) I am able to live and work all over the world.
My nomadic life is not luxurious. I don’t have a car and often walk many miles a day. I typically live without air conditioning and have spent months without hot water or a refrigerator at times. I prefer to take the bus rather than a taxi and rarely stay in hotels.
But I love to explore, and I love my life. I’ve lived in a treehouse in Turkey, a cave house in Spain, a village house in Indonesia, an apartment in Paris. I love the variety of moving between city and country, trying new cuisines, and learning about different cultures and their approach to life.
Friends sometimes visit me around the world, and I love to show them around my favorite locations. So I’ve begun a new project, inviting women to come share a house with me in the locations I know best. These aren’t big group tours — it’s just a small group of up to eight interesting women who come together to share a house and experience culture together.
I make sure we cover the major sightseeing stops and see a museum or two, but my focus is on experiencing the local culture. Instead of looking at people from a bus window, we walk among them. We take local transportation, meet local folks, and experience their arts, food, and traditions with them.