Philosophies of Travel

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"You don't have to worry about burning bridges, if you're building your own” ― Kerry E. Wagner

The vast majority of people who travel do so without thinking much about it. The vast majority of people who don't travel do so without thinking much about it. Many of those that do travel, do it through habit. They take a two-week holiday, and book (or have their travel agent do it) their tickets and accommodation in a destination that looks interesting. What is your philosophy of Travel.

Nomadism as a Political Project

One of the principal cultural expressions of travel as a political act is the explicit announcement of the occupation of a space/place. From wild camping, busking to hitchhiking, the disobedient action is made (semi)public. If so, should nomads become more socially, culturally and politically active. Through this site, gatherings etc, we have made a start, but can nomad travel and actions be made into a movement?


Nomadism and Psycheography

Psychogeographers use walking/nomadism to explore and critically engage with the (urban) landscape to uncover new opportunities, to uncover hidden voices, and power structures. Like Psychogeographers, nomads do not take the simple route from A to B. Accoring to Rose (2017), they wander, drift and derive. They may use playful techniques to choose the direction, for example throwing dice or following a line drawn on a map.

Nomadism and Anarchism

Nomadic practices are often linked various anarchist strategies and tactics; for example, intentional communities, peer-to-peer sharing, DIY activities, housing squats, childcare co-ops and even wikis like this. Does this mean all nomads are anarchists? While the ansewer is no, many nomads have begun identifying with anarchism, will see many of their practices as putting anarchism into practice within their own daily lives. Anarchism like nomadism, is a strategy of breaking the bonds of coercion by encompassing an infinite number of everyday acts of resistance and cooperation (Springer, 2017). Street parties, learning networks, freecycling activities, dumpster diving and squatting are all anarchism in action.

For example, does moving from protest, to hitchhiking gatherings to camp create, what anarchist theory belives to be “temporary autonomous zones,” that eludes formal structures of hierarchical control? For more reading, visit the The Anarchist Library. Put nomad in the search box, and read books and articles like Connecting to Place In the Land of the Lost: Questions for the Nomadic Wanderers in All of Us.

There was a famous missive, entitled All Traveler Kids Purged From CrimethInc Membership, that attempted to address how lifestyle nomadism or freelaoders would not consider themselves anarchists. They are many counter arguments.

Nomadism and Communalism

A prominent libertarian socialist, Murray Bookchin defines the Communalism (capital C) he developed as "a theory of government or a system of government in which independent communes participate in a federation", as well as "the principles and practice of communal ownership". It can be imagined that nomads in a communalist world, who create and travel between small scale, self-organized communities working together. In many ways, this future is already a reality for some nomads, who travel between communes/self-organised communities.

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