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Cultural traditions and an Asian female solo traveler

Sarah’s story: Often times, it’s hard for me to explain to others that I had to sacrifice many things, including family, in order to take hold of my own life and travel around the world.  Though my parents are not very traditional, their traditional upbringing, thoughts, and dreams still sometimes suppress who I really am: a Nomad. At four years old, my …

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Happy Birthday, Nomads

Today, we celebrate how far we have came as a community in a short period of time. ‘NOMADS – a life of cheap/free travel’ Facebook group was created two years ago today, one evening whilst I was volunteering in France. From this experience, I wanted to learn, share and connect with those that were also resourceful in finding ways to …

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The NOMADS Manifesto – values of a traveler

By Ali Haytch Dear traveller, wanderer, journeyman, person of the road: You’ve seen so much, within and outside yourself, and you’ve felt a change. You keep asking yourself what you’re about, to remind yourself why you keep doing what you do; why you keep moving. To effect change for the better; to be conscious of the environment; to live in …

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The Five Basic Teachings of Travel

By Rytis Gedvilas 1. Minimalism I’m fascinated by how little I need to make myself happy on the road. Some food (even if it’s just plain rice), water, a place to sleep, genuine human contact now and then. Okay, wifi and a socket for the phone. Things that we take for granted become so precious. It could seem that putting so much …

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HelpX – How it feels to be Hosting Volunteers

“The world comes to our doorstep” – by Jane Appel With retirement looming, my partner’s body was battered, suffering badly from too active a young life. Despite this, Martin and I left England and our families for adventure: to buy a set of derelict farm buildings in France. The only sensible part of our decision was that I speak good …

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Train Black-Riding to Narvik

March 2014, Nykoping It was almost dark. I hurried to the small train station and jumped on the train for Uppsala, without buying a ticket. I must admit that even if I had had enough time, I would not have bought the ticket. I had been black-riding trains in Europe for a while and by then it had become a …

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“Help always found me” Sahara Desert cyclist Tom Gaughan tells all

Tom Gaughan as told to NOMADS magazine Hi Tom! You recently cycled across the Sahara desert – is that right? Yeah! Western Sahara and Morocco (North Africa) And that was 100% leg-powered – no engines, no electricity… Totally human powered. The whole quest (including the 6 month cycle from Scotland to the Sahara!), no buses, no trains, no hitch-hiking (except …

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Paying It Forward – GoPro and pass it on: the GoldenPro project

By Rachael Golden My GoPro was my lowest moment. I was making plans to travel South-east Asia solo, push my boundaries, and I wanted terribly to collect and savour the moments which changed me as a person. In Singapore, the GoPro salesman pressured me and was forceful. I ended up overspending on the camera – by $200! At first, I felt …

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Card Games and Kudos: Practicing My Durak-face in the Caucasus

By Iris Veldwijk In Belize, April 2014, I met an über-cool lady from Kazakhstan who grew up in Berlin and works in one of the hostels there. We were headed the same direction – south – and she had hitchhiked a couple of times before, so it stood to reason we join forces on our way from Hopkins to Punta …

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‘Marrakech’ by Ali Hussain

Marrakesh, Marrakech, however you spell it. So many spellbound by it, its souks, its splendour,  its overwhelming orangeness – I don’t have a clue regards its beauty as I arrive somewhere on its outskirts with the sun starting to fall. ‘Casablanca’, what with the association of a famous Hollywood movie, has a romantic twang to it but in reality is …

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