Can You Be A Homebody and A Nomad?


I’m going to be honest with you: I would have never guessed that at the age of fifty I’d be a nomad. 

Here’s the thing: I’m a homebody at heart and up until a few years ago I viewed the contentment of home and the thrill of exploration as mutually exclusive destinations.

Then my husband, Hank, and I set off on a multi-year journey with a vague plan of temporarily inhabiting Latin America and the adventure opened my eyes and heart to new truths about myself and the world around me. 

“At home” in Mexico. Photo by Rodrigo de Alba Gonzalez.

“At home” in Mexico. Photo by Rodrigo de Alba Gonzalez.

In an article for Yahoo Travel I share travel-tested tips for navigating a move abroad and why, after three years of home-loose living (having no permanent base) I’ve discovered that:

•  I’m more adaptable than I thought.

•  Kind people are everywhere.

•  Language isn’t a barrier to connection.

•  Living within your comfort zone is overrated.

•  A car-free lifestyle is healthy and liberating.

•  The joy that comes from feeling at home is internal and portable.

Read the full article on Yahoo ▶

What about you? How do you reconcile Home and Away? Use the comment box below to share or join the conversation or on the Yahoo article directly. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".