Are we genetically wired to be nomadic?: Around the World in 80 Years

Hey guys… today I will tell you what I think is one of the deadliest poisons that has ever infected our society as a whole… but before I get into that, I’d like to once again say “THANK YOU!” for all your amazing comments, here on the blog and on the forum. It’s great to hear that so many people are sharing the dream, but more importantly, it also helps me to find out what you want to read about!

You see, after over a decade on the road, there are more things I could write about than would ever fit in a hundred blog posts… but the questions you ask in the comments let me know what you want to find out, and that way I can write about that specifically. So please go ahead and reply to this post and let me know: What are your biggest questions about traveling the world? What do you want the next articles to be about?

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the three different groups of friends I had in school: some who wanted to travel, some who had no desire to do so, and some who were stuck somewhere in the middle. And last week I got a big reminder just how big this third group really seems to be… one of my students posted a picture of a plane ticket on her Facebook wall, and the post blew up! I mean, she got over 50 “likes” right away!

Now, I’m not entirely sure whether that’s just people’s deep rooted desire to travel the world, or if everybody just really needs a vacation right now… but I did read an interesting theory about that question once.

One of the resources I recommend most frequently to people who are just starting out is the “Lonely Planet” guide book series. There is a book for just about every country you might ever want to visit, and these books cover everything you need to know… from vaccinations and visas you might need all the way to the cheapest hotels and restaurants at your destination. And I remember reading something fascinating on their blog one day.

There was a post on their “thorn tree” that discussed people’s psychological desire to travel. Where does it come from? Why do so many people dream about seeing the world… or at least about getting away from it all for a few weeks every year?

The author’s theory was simple, and something I could totally identify with: He speculated that we humans, as a species, never really ceased to be nomadic! Sure, with the rise of the agrarian age we started to build houses and villages, and later towns and cities… we started to farm and plant instead of hunt and gather. And in many ways, this has made our lives a lot easier.

But have our genes really changed in such a short time frame? Is it really human nature to stay in one single place for years, or even for a life time? Is it possible that this is actually as unhealthy as other unnatural behaviors our civilization has brought with it, such as working the night-shift, eating processed foods and polluting our planet?

According to the author of the article, this is not only the reason why we still feel such a strong longing to travel the world… in his view, it is much more problematic than that. He says that we should never have suppressed this strong drive to “Walk the Earth” as they say in Pulp Fiction… that we should never have ignored our desire to be truly FREE. And then he comes to a shocking conclusion:

He says that all human conflict, all our wars, our divorces, our neuroses and psychoses, our animosities and struggles, our dissatisfaction with life, our anguish and our angst… in other words, all the psychological disorders our civilization seems to have created… stem from this unnatural behavior of staying in one place… and suppressing our urge to live the nomadic life that is encoded in our genes.

Is it true… what do you think?

Honestly, I don’t know… I’m no anthropologist and I haven’t seen a scientific study about the topic; I only read that article a long time ago. But it’s definitely something that rings very true to me personally… I usually get itchy feet after about 4 months in a place, no matter how much I like it. Once I’ve seen everything and been to all the hot spots a couple of dozen times each, the routine begins to catch up to me and I really need to move on!

And that’s one of the best feelings in the world… I can just grab my backpack, and in 5 minutes I’m out the door and on my way to the next bus station, airport or ferry terminal… off to new adventures! The rush of having that kind of freedom is a big part of why I’m still living this life style after such a long time… and why I’m pretty sure that I will never settle down. It feels like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders every time and I feel FREE!

If you’ve read a few of my articles, then you know I like to quote people that have inspired me… today I’ll quote Tony Robbins, and I’ll quote him twice. My all-time favorite quote of his is this: “A ship in a harbor is safe… but that’s not what ships are built for!” And in line with this quote, there is another one I really like… it goes: “You think adventure is dangerous? Try routine… it is lethal!”

And that’s what I meant when I spoke of the “deadly poison” earlier. Maybe that’s not even staying in one place! I think that might just work out really well for many people, and I certainly have lots of friends who seem to be very happy where they are born. If they could live anywhere in the world, they would stay exactly where they are.

Routine, however, is another matter… and even if we don’t travel, I think we really need to spice things up every once in a while and have some kind of adventure. Otherwise, life can become awfully dull.

And of course I realize that this is not always possible… I’ve certainly gotten caught up in a routine more often than I care to remember, despite my life style choices… for example, I’ve mentioned before that I used to work in a car factory for a while to pay for one of my big trips. That was really one big grind, and the only way out was the way through. But for the most part, I make sure I at least try to keep the inspiration alive at all times.

Alright, I’m really curious now… what do you think about this theory? Do you agree with the author I mentioned… are we still nomadic creatures, and is it a mistake to suppress our urge to travel? Or do you think that’s all a bunch of hogwash?

Leave me a comment below and let me know your opinion… And also, post a comment if you have a question, or a suggestion for a future article… let’s have some fun with this!

Cheers guys, keep living the dream and stay in touch.

~ Frank Florida~

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Frank Florida

Frank Florida é professor de idiomas desde 1994 e fala oito línguas. Viajando o mundo por 11 anos, ele visitou umas 300 cidades em mais de 50 países. Ele se graduou da High School nos EUA, se formou em didática na Austrália e é criador do site Fórmula Fluente.

53 comentários

  • 10/09/12  
    Aline diz: 1

    Hey Frank, I have a silly question since I’m reading your acticles! What about the clothes you have to bring with you when you travel? For example, when you are in some place where is very cold and you have to wear those really big jackets, and then you go to a place with beaches and is very hot, what do you do? You just take every kind of clothes for every kind of weather with you?
    hugs and kisses!

    • 10/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Aline… short answer, actually! I never go to cold places. :D But if I was to spend some time in a cold climate, I would just buy the necessary clothes when I get there. It’ll probably come out cheaper than having them shipped from my home country. And it really depends how long you stay… just in general, I don’t have a whole lot of clothes, because I live out of my backpack all the time. I have two pairs of pants and one pair of shorts, a bunch of t-shirts and a jacket… that’s it. I don’t even own a sweater. Hope that helps! :)

      Beijos,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Patricia diz: 2

    Hi Frank!
    I totally agree with you and this theory! I’m not sure about everyone, but may husband and I love traveling. We are Brazilians, but we lived one year in Ireland in 2009 and this year we spent 20 days traveling through Europe.
    We have strange feeling since we came back…It’s like we don’t belong to this place anymore, you know? We

    • 10/09/12  
      Patricia diz:

      We are making plans to live abroad again, but we are afraid about leaving everuthing, like many others. So, I just want to thank you for your posts, they are really inspiring us.
      But, I have a question: we love Europe, but we know that the crisis is making the things more difficult now, right? What do you think about it? We have to choose another continent?
      Thanks!

    • 10/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Patrícia… glad to meet another traveler on the path! :) You know, that’s a really good question, about Europe. I don’t have a lot of faith in the economy over there at the moment… so if you’re looking for a place to move to and work, I’d probably go somewhere else. Some countries like Sweden and Germany seem to be doing fine, but for the most part Europe is a big mess right now.

      Funny story: A friend of mine who was born in São Paulo moved to Spain about 10 years ago. He spent years and years trying to obtain European residency. He finally got all his papers last year… but now he’s not interested anymore. The economic situation in Spain is much worse than it is in Brazil… you can definitely make more money in São Paulo than in Madrid these days. The stream of immigration is even starting to reverse… professionals from Southern Europe are starting to look for opportunities in Brazil.

      BRIC Nation! ;) I’m really bullish on Asia, by the way… so if it’s opportunity you seek, that’s something you might want to look into…

      Cheers,

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    sandrom diz: 3

    Frank,

    Your posts have became a traveler´s manual (much more than a guide) and a search of the human soul.

    As every theory, it answers a lot of questions and ignores lots more. But, I agree with some parts. People need changes in every area of life and the geographical aspect is the most noticeable of them.

    And when you say that routine is lethal, it´s true for many of us. You can work in the same place, but do the same thing in the same way during the whole life is totally unhealthy.

    In this sense, your articles help me a lot to think about how important are changes in life and when we have to try them.

    cheers

    Sandro

    • 10/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey sandro, yeah I agree… the whole thing about humans still being nomadic is definitely pseudo-science… but it’s interesting food for thought nonetheless. Glad to hear you’re finding inspiration in these articles! :)

      Stay in touch,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Felipe Haag diz: 4

    Hello Frank!

    That’s an intriguing theory! Perhaps it explains a lot of those problems our global society is facing! You never know!

    Good luck in your next journey!

    Best wishes!

    felipeh6

    • 10/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Felipe, indeed… I’d be curious to find out if it’s true. Maybe some anthropologist is going to study the question in depth at some point… I’d love to read about that!

      Cheers,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    João B. L. Ghizoni diz: 5

    Thanks for one more great article, Frank. As to your question whether we are still nomadic creatures suppressing our urge to travel, my answer is no. I believe that regardless of time, there have always been people who like to live from place to place as well as those who prefer to settle down. People’s preferences vary quite a lot. That’s my reply.

    • 10/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey João, that’s a good point… people have all kinds of different preferences, right? Some like to work late at night and others are early birds by nature… who knows, maybe the travel bug is just another one of those individual preferences. Hmmm…

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Lucas Soares diz: 6

    It’s true the question. I am in the 4th month in my trip around the world and i always tell to the people we are etetnal pilgrims. I think i won’t never return to my old life with just 1 month of vacations. Nice trips for you.

    • 11/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Lucas, wow that’s awesome! 4 months is a great start… you know, when my first year abroad was coming to an end and I had only 2-3 months left, I was starting to feel like time was growing very short… It’s hard to imagine that I used to travel for only 2 weeks at a time before I left my home behind for good. Hey, stop by on the forum some time and let us know where you’re traveling! :) I’d be curious to hear if you stay out forever too…

      Cheers,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Rejane diz: 7

    Olá meu caro amigo,

    Sou uma admiradora dos seus artigos desde que os conheci, não tem muito tempo.
    Infelizmente ou felizmente tenho um desejo constante de estar podendo viajar, mas ainda algumas circunstâncias tem me prendido aqui em minha cidade São Sebastião-DF. Mas a tanto tempo tenho pesquisado formas para poder realizar este sonho de conhecer outros lugares, a rotina me deixa uma pessoa sem graça quando vai se amentando…Eu preciso sempre estar mudando de trabalho, não consigo permanecer em lugar quando não há mais o que aprender, tenho uma necessidade constante de estar vendo coisas diferentes das que ja vi e conheço. Acredito que por isso me identifiquei tanto com seus artigos esta seria então de Around the world in 80 years, são as que me facinão! Tenho pensado em montar um motorhome ou motocycle camper para diminuir custos, você tem alguma opinião sobre esta modalidade de viajar com estes equipamentos?

    Por favor continue nos agraciando com suas experiências e orientações maravilhosas!

    um grande abraço

    • 11/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Oi Rejane… obrigado pelo comentário, eu sempre fico feliz em ler comentários como o seu. Olha, eu tenho certeza que você vai conseguir realizar o seu sonho… sabe por que? Porque você já está pesquisando com fervor… e aquele que busca, encontra! :) Eu nunca viajei com moto ou motorhome, mas eu conheci outros viajantes no meu caminho que o fizeram… com certeza é uma opção viável! Eu recomendo fazer uma pesquisa no Google, com certeza você achará blogs de pessoas que viajam o mundo assim e que tem muitas dicas e contam das suas experiências. Nos conte depois pra onde você vai! :)

      Abraços!
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Gustavo diz: 8

    Wow, it’s my first time to comment something here, and I’m loving about all your posts, I’ve ever thought about travel around the world, but like you said before in a other post, I’d no idea how to do it, but after you explain some ways to do, makes me start to think, is it possible? And I guess, is missing me courage.. I’m afraid, but the way I’m living, I guess, I won’t stand it for a long time… can you tell me something about, maybe a other post to put people strong.

    • 11/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Gustavo, thanks for your suggestion! Sure, that’s a great idea for a post… I’ll write an article about the fear to leave everything behind… I know it’s a common problem, you’re not the first person who has asked me about it. In fact, I sometimes still get a bit anxious myself… so stay tuned, I’ll have some advice for you shortly! ;)

      Best,

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    Jen diz: 9

    Hi Frank,

    First of all thanks for the time spent writing these very interesting articles. I always look forward to the next one.
    Since you asked for our suggestions for new posts I would like to know one thing from you:
    When you say that people can make their living working in every place and making money for the next trip(s) it is very easy to imagine when you are young and full of energy. You can do pretty much anything, it’s more about confidence, courage, etc. But what about when you are older, when you retire? What are your plans in order to be prepared for this phase of life, when you can’t work? What would your advice be to anyone who is planning to live a life like yours?

    Thanks a lot for your attention!

    Jen

    • 11/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Jen, you’re welcome, it’s my pleasure to pass on some of what I’ve learned. Otherwise, what good is learning it? ;)

      You bring up a very good question… maybe one of THE biggest questions, and one reason why I thought I was only going to travel for one year, and then return back to my home country to “plan for retirement”. But I’ve since learned all kinds of ways to enjoy the present without neglecting the future… stay tuned, I’ll have an article for ya soon! :)

      Always the best,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 10/09/12  
    francisco ivanildo diz: 10

    hi good night for all i saw all the posts after my answer and i agree whith some and desagree with others

    XOXO

    • 11/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hi Francisco, thanks for stopping by and chiming in! :) Abraços!

  • 10/09/12  
    Bruno diz: 11

    I think people like to do what they want because the happiness is the most important part of the life. However, traveling, specially around the world, is totally amazing to meet new sky scraps or beauty natures, then everything that you will see is new, is different. I´d like to suggest a post about living in the US, specially in LA or others most important cities in this country because everyone wants to get some opportunity to build something there.

  • 11/09/12  
    Frank Florida diz: 12

    Hey Bruno, that’s true, the US are still one of the most popular destinations, especially among Brazilians… sure, I’ll see if I can write something up for you guys. I’m sure a lot of English Experts readers are interested in the topic. In fact, I’m about to go to the States very soon, I have a ticket for the end of October. I’ll report back and tell you what it’s like these days… it will be my third time there, but it’s also going to be the first time in 5 years!

    Cheers,
    ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Nathaly diz: 13

    Good point. I believe in freedom and how it can make us feel but you have to realise what is exactly your “deadly poison”. For some people be able to travel once or twice a year will be enough to end with this feeling of being trapped, obviously for others if they’re not moving from one place to another this might be their “deadly poison”, as you say.

    Now, I think the big question is the routine, it’s really difficult to find a way to escape from routine some times. I can not travel as much as I would like, I also wouldn’t be totally happy travelling all year along. I would love to do a big trip every year for three months and more three short trips during the rest of the year. But as I can’t afford I don’t know how to get out from the routine that kills me inside.

    I know that when we really want something, we can just go for it but it’s not always that simple, relationships, work, plans, sometimes those things are so important to you as the desire of travelling and you have to be “rational” and choose. Tough, tough, tough… :)

    • 12/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hehe… ya, who said life was easy, right? :) It can definitely be tricky… but yeah, traveling for three months a year would already be a pretty good goal.

      The truth is of course, I’m moving around a lot but I’m not retired… so I still work a great part of the year, even if I do so at the beach. :) I probably end up having less than 3 months of real “free time”, at least recently… There’s always a lot to do, even on the road.

      That said, I think you have the perfect attitude towards this topic… to strike a good balance between all the things that are important to you in life. I like it. :)

      ~ Frank ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Jose Pedro mandelli diz: 14

    I think that it is very true!

    • 12/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Another yay vote… cool! Yeah, maybe it’s a very individual thing, but for me personally this theory is definitely true.

  • 11/09/12  
    Jen diz: 15

    I think this is all about priorities. For an ordinary person, if they are not rich it’s pretty much impossible to do everything you want. You need to list the things you would really want to do in life and do them in order of your preference. I remember when I travelled abroad for the first time. I had saved for a few years, then I saved more straight after for my second trip, in the same year. My friend said, “I wish I could travell a lot too…”. Well, he had the same type of job as me, I knew he could afford, BUT he had just bought a car. It’s just an example, he thought he couldn’t do it as easily as I could, but the thing is that I don’t have a car, I much preferred to go abroad and attend an English course for a month. It’s not a problem, but if you start saying, you are lucky to be able to do that, you should first stop and think about your life style, think about what you would or wouldn’t exchange for another person’s lifestyle then decide whether that’s what you want to do really. Just an opinion : )

    • 12/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Wow Jen, that’s such a good point that I might even write an entire article about that one. You know, I have a friend from Arizona who came to visit me when I was in Brazil. He told me that many of his friends were jealous, and some even said: “Wow Matt, you are so lucky to travel to Brazil.” And he said… “You know what… I’m really not lucky. I bought a plane ticket!” Luck had nothing to do with it. He just decided to live frugally and not spend his money on other things… this trip was his priority, and so he made it happen. So yeah, totally agree with you there!

      Cheers! :)
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    João diz: 16

    Hi, Frank!
    I would like to thank you for yours posts. I really enjoy it!
    About the article of nomandic behaviour, I agree with almost , but I think when we talk about humam being the things isn’t so simple. For the next post I would like to know about people who you know in your adventurous life. I think that you have a lot interesting histories about persons who lives in different countries and in a different way of life.
    I travel with you in my imagination.

    Bye.

    • 12/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey João, you’re welcome, my pleasure! And, true that… the human psyche is a complex topic, and there’s probably never going to be one easy answer that explains absolutely everything… still an interesting perspective though, no? And yeah… wow, I’ve met some fascinating people on the road. Good idea for an article, I’ll keep it in mind!

      Best,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Ariel diz: 17

    Frank, about the text, I have an opinion about it: we always want what we can’t have at the moment. I think that, in the past, people wanted to live together, in a calm and peaceful place, but they couldn’t, because there wasn’t an especific land with all things they needed to live. Then, we started to live in one place, with our subsistence warranted, and, in the course of the time, we created the desire to live in other places, travel around the world. In the end, I believe we prefer live together, but, how we know, everything in excess is bad. So, we must travel sometimes, and, if possible, live in different places too!

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Ariel, interesting perspective. I don’t feel the desire to live in one single calm and peaceful place, but I can see how that would be a motivation for many people, for sure. I guess it comes down to different personality types. Some people seek security, others seek novelty… or rather, everyone seeks both, but to a different extent. Great discussion!

      ~ Frank Florida ~

    • 17/09/12  
      Ariel diz:

      Frank, thanks for the attention!

  • 11/09/12  
    Guilherme Paulino diz: 18

    Hi!
    I really enjoyed this article and I want to congratulate the author.
    But, about the theory that we all are still nomadic creatures, I agree in parts.
    Of course all we need changes in our lifes. I, personally, get bored with things quickly. I know we always change the things around us, like the clothes we’re wearing, the furniture position in our room, and on and on… I believe that this is true when we talk about THINGS or PLACES. But I don’t think so that this rule applies in relationship. I know relationships are made. We decide to be with someone, even when we are tired, stressed, wanting to struggle the other (rsrsrs). The fact that we are nomadic humans in our behaviour is not an excuse for divorces or war.
    And I don’t know where I am in your classification! I’d love to travel around the world, but I also want to stay close those I love the most.
    I’m sorry by my mistakes, I’m still learning.

    Have you all a nice day!

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Guilherme, thanks for your compliments! And you bring up a great point… this theory should certainly not be an excuse for war, or for any other human shortcoming… as for you, maybe the best thing would be to travel with the people you love? :) I actually wrote an article about that very topic very recently, have a look:
      http://www.englishexperts.com.br/2012/09/03/around-the-world-in-80-years-part-vii/

      Have a nice day too!
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Jucélio diz: 19

    Hi Frank! I would like to know more about your high school in the USA, I want to know how do the high school works there because I intend to go there and who know I can start to study.

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Jucélio, I went to the US on one of those exchange programs that most people do at the age of 16 or 17… there are companies that organize everything for you. They find a school and a host family, and they take care of the visas… if you have any further questions, feel free to post on the forum and send me a private message with a link to your thread, so I won’t miss it. I’m happy to tell you more. Cheers! :)

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Pedro diz: 20

    I totally agree, Frank. I think we have never lost our nomadic genes. Sure, we can be happy living a “regular” life: in the same place, to build A family, get a good job, own house and car… But, I ask myself ” is it a true happiness or something that the society impose in us? “. Sometimes we get lazy about to find our real happiness. For example, If you are just a student and after the degree get your first job, its possible to stay in that one for a long time because it seems like the best of the world or even u can think it’s enough for “a while”…But the truth is we are afraid to change and it’s make us give our dreams up. Who told you which is the best job, the best car, the best way to live your life? The time goes faster and at this time it’s become shorter to let someone take decision about our life! Nice article by the way! It’s inspire me to get back and travel a lot! Best regards

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Pedro, nice one… a true fellow nomad, seems like our philosophies are aligned. ;) There is also a difference between striving after comfort, or striving after goals that can only be acquired by giving up on comfort… by moving outside our comfort zone. I’m a huge believer that many of the things that are most worth having in life lie outside the comfort zone… and as I said, travel certainly takes sacrifices. Let me know when you travel again, I’d be curious to hear more about it… just stop by on the forum!

      Cheers,
      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Lucas diz: 21

    Thais is certainly a very interesting theory. As I was reading your post I remembered the numerous times that I had the desire to kick the bucket and try other things. I realy wish that someday I can visit other places. Now… about the theory, I agree! I think along the decades, the human evolution broght to us a lot of offers that would make our lifes easier. But life was never supose to be easier! I think we humans exaggerated in our sedentarism. I wouldn´t be suprissed if in a near future humans wouldn´t have to look for knowlage, they would just put a chip and thats it. Ok.. a little exaggerated… but yes! I agree that deep down… very deep … our genes are still adventurous.

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Haha… that would be nice, eh? Or maybe a USB port for the brain! Just plug in a USB drive with a language, upload it and be fluent… maybe like Neo did in the Matrix when he learned Kung-Fu! ;)

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 11/09/12  
    Jefferson diz: 22

    Really interesting this theory about our genes.. I guess it makes sense! Well, at least now I can understand the reason I am not fully happy in nowhere! hahaha
    If you ask me which is my favorite place or city, I wouldn’t be able to answer ’cause I truly think I didn’t know this place yet.. and probably I’ll think it until the end of my life! And somehow I’m glad I think that way.. :)
    by the way, thanks for your posts again!

  • 12/09/12  
    lucas diz: 23

    Hi Frank sorry my english…
    Very inspiring your text, especially for someone like me who may very soon go through a situation like this. But have a question for me that is still unanswered and that makes me have chills. As I live there, monetarily speaking? I would ask this question to you? how do you make money?
    Thank you and please never stop writing your beautiful story!

  • 12/09/12  
    Stephanie diz: 24

    Hi!

    I really like your posts.
    And I understand what you are talking about.
    I always feel something that I can explain…I want to be free but I really don`t know how to do it…because i don`t have money….I`m finishing college…and I`m a girl…and sometimes I think that for a girl it is harder to live alone..i don`t know…I think it is more dangerous.
    But living like this…routine…always at the same place…with the same people makes me feel sad and incomplete so I am trying to find way and change my life.
    Thanks for your posts … it is always inspiring! :)

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Hey Stephanie, you’re welcome! You know, one of the previous commentators actually mentioned the money problem as well, and I linked up two of my previous articles for him… check out Part 2 and Part 4 of this series.

      As for being a girl… you don’t really need to worry about that too much. I know that many girls are afraid of traveling alone, but I also have a lot of female friends who have done it and who never had any problems. In fact, they’ve made mostly very positive experiences.

      If you’re still worried though, you can always go on a big trip with a few of your friends. Traveling in group can take the edge out of some of the rough situations you might find yourself in.

      Hope that helps, and if you have any more questions, just get in touch through the forum. :)
      Cheers,

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 12/09/12  
    lucas diz: 25

    Wow man “A ship in a harbor is safe… but that’s not what ships are built for!” one of my favorite quotes and I did not know to whom it belonged. Amazing theory and has all the sense in it. Jacques Rousseau said the social problem started when someone first, fenced a ground and said: This is mine! And had someone who believed that. After the came “all human conflict, all our wars, our divorces, our neuroses and psychoses, our animosities and struggles, our dissatisfaction with life, our anguish and our angst… ” And if we were really nomads what belongs to us would not be a small piece of land, but all over the world. And we might not have so many problems and we will be happier! Good message and keep inspiring us.

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Interesting, Lucas… I did not know about this Rousseau quote. But I couldn’t agree more. I think the idea of countries is childish… they’re not much more than lines drawn on a map by bureaucrats, justified by wars. I don’t believe that a country is “my country” or “your country”… I think this is all “our planet”. After all, everybody is a foreigner… almost everywhere he goes. For me, that’s 99% of the time. :)

      Good comment, thanks!

      ~ Frank Florida ~

  • 12/09/12  
    vanilda diz: 26

    Ok. In my opinion it s a matter of choice. I just think you should be extremely thankful to those who chose to settle down and build wonderful things for you to visit and enjoy.

    • 14/09/12  
      Frank Florida diz:

      Haha, touché Vanilda, you bring up a good point! I really wonder what this world would look like if everyone was nomadic? Would we have computer factories in tents? Haha… well, I’m sure we would have found a solution… I have learned to never underestimate how inventive we humans can be. ;)

  • 26/09/12  
    Nancy diz: 27

    Hi Frank, I do hate routine, but now I can´t make real my dream of traveling around the world. I hope someday to have means of doing it.
    I am anxious to read your next posts.
    Please, correct my mistakes.
    Thanks so much for all.