A nomad is someone without a fixed location. Nomadic lifestyles appeared during all ages and were prevalent before agriculture. Still millions of classic style nomads exists. This wiki focuses on neonomadism to describe people who have decided to live without a fixed location, temporarily or for a longer time of their life.
Nomadic people (Greek: nomades, "those who let pasture herds") are communities of people who move from one place to another, rather than settling permanently in one location. There are an estimated 30 to 40 million nomads in the world. While most of these nomads are part of rather traditional nomadic tribes, there is also a small but increasing amount of people (mostly in the Western world) who adopt a nomadic lifestyle, roaming around freely over a vast territory.
Other and older terms used to describe all kinds of nomads: hobos, itinerants, technomads, perpetual travelers, location independent professional, vagabond, tramps...
Humans have been surviving for hundreds of thousands of years as nomadic tribes, maximizing the effectiveness of the use of resources through sharing within their tribes. Still today, some of the harshest places on earth are inhabited by nomads.
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Beghards and Beduines
Travelers of the Middle Age who traveled across Europe as holy beggars, establishing their own free houses along the way.
The Situationists, Surrealists and Lettrists
The radical avant-garde of twentieth century Europe.
We are caught with many competing and overlapping labels and definitions. Nomads of the past are not the same nomads of today, and nomads themselves can sell-label in many ways. Some call themselves neo-nomads, long-term travelers, vagabonds etc. Arianna Dagnino, back in 1996, coined the phrase "neo-nomad" in 1996.
nomads (or global nomads) as individuals: capable of easily swimming in the waters of ethnic, social and linguistic differences [...] great experts in sudden metamorphoses [...] who know how to adapt to a world where it will no longer be possible to track down a centre, a direction, a perpetually steady point of reference (Dagnino 1996: 13–14)
However, it pertained to professional mobility or knowledge workers, rather than those who travel for leisure. it also didnt account for those "forced" to be nomads.
Nomads can define themselves as hugger, hitchhiker, guest, driver, host, carpenter, perma-culturist, coder, ubuntu expert, cook, massage therapist, dumpster diver, creative, vegan, freegan, vegetarian, omnivore, conscious eater, conscious consumer, plumber, musician, guitar player and much more. Qualities can be added and refined and put in a tree structure as we grow.
- Trip planner,
- notifications when qualities coincide
- Wandering and Pilgrimage
- Spiritual journeys
- Tribes, Identity, and Psychological regeneration
- Overlapping Transition States: Lone Nomads, Networks and Temporary Tribes
- The importance of Nomad bases
- Temporary Nodes: "Oasis", Temporary Autonomous Spaces, Regeneration Projects (Permaculture, Social Projects, ...)
- Shared Neo Nomadic Potentials
- From Collectivism to Distributed Networked Collaboration
- Commons and Communal sharing