Life Nomadic Paperback – February 21, 2010
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 150 pages
- ISBN-10 : 144953662X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449536626
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.38 x 8 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 21, 2010)
- Language: : English
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- #10,698 in Travelogues & Travel Essays
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No, it is not about information, to me at least the main benefit of the book was psychological. Selling everything you own that does not fit into a backpack is a scary business - especially if you've been living a comfortable middle-class life for a while. But here comes a guy who's done it, survived, and had fun. Just reading his book, you will end up with some useful tips here and there, but most importantly you will end up with confidence that you can do it, too.
That being said, I still enjoyed reading the book even though I felt as though I personally did not gain any more than I already knew!
I would agree that for those unattached the extreme minimalism the author advocates can be very liberating. However, I'm not ready to give away everything I own and sell the house and cars as the author did to achieve his version of a nomadic lifestyle. I agree with his philosophy of minimalism and to immerse one's self in experiences while traveling off the well beaten path. I also appreciate the inspiration he offers to those who have never experienced the richness derived from learning the languages spoken by the people where you will travel.
If you are like me, married with grown children and anticipating grandchildren at some point, having a home to host visitors is important. Providing them with a sense of stability is also something many of us value. "Life Nomadic" as presented in this work overlooks the long term lifestyle most family oriented people strive for. All said, there are some nuggets of good information that could make a traveling experience more complete and less expensive.
I'm glad I read this short work but won't be following Tynan's formula anytime soon.
I took it as a story told by a fellow traveller. His lifestyle doesn't mean much to me - I never intend to sell the home I live in, simply because I do not consider it as a hassle and because I love my hometown, friends and family too much to get myself separated from them more than two months in a row. I never intend to buy highly expensive gadgets and clothes or rent luxury spots and vehicles to furnish my needs on travel (I wish I do not have to carry even a phone, but then that would deprive me of easier communication with locals and family - forget email when your beloved wishes to hear your voice once in a while), because all I need in my travels are local sightseeings, people and nature - the places in which I'll sleep or vehicles in which I'll travel matter the least. Of course, it is quite different if you need a laptop or such for your work, and if you for some reason require some comfort in your travels.
In short, if you like the author's idea of being a modern nomad, go ahead, the book will offer you some very interesting advice about that lifestyle. If you just need some tips about how to travel cheaper than usual, you might find yourself slightly disappointed, as most of them are connected with aforementioned nomad lifestyle.
This book taught me a lot about travel that I have not learned from the school of hard knocks.
Tynan recommended buying the Kindle on his Blog. That fact has changed my life. If you have a Kindle, you are probably reading 4 to 10 times more than pre-Kindle. Tynan is a good author and has good information to share. I recommend this book to people at all levels of travel experience. At this price level, it should be read today. I also recommend his Free Blog at [...]
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It's a fairly short book, but all of the information in it is very practical in nature and there is no padding. Actually I think it would have been better if the author had added some more anecdotes as to what he got up to on his travels as it comes over as being quite dry. If I wasn't already sold on the idea of living the nomadic lifestyle, I'm not sure that this book would have sold me on it.
For the couple of quid it cost, it was a useful and informative read. I don't think that it's the only book you would need in order to start off a lifestyle like this, but it's an excellent starting point.