Are women nomads by nature? 

This question popped up in my mind a few weeks ago when I met Eli from Become Nomad for a cup of coffee in Sofia.  He is one of these modern nomads who decided to change their way of life by switching the place of residence every several weeks. In order to make it possible they start to practice professions which are not dependent on a location. In most cases, these people are called “digital nomad” because they all work via the Internet. The fact is that this is a global trend and it shows how many people are tired of being part of a system and having a way of life which does not really bring them satisfaction as much cost them efforts and sacrifices.


Niger. Sahara Desert. Noble Tuareg women drinking tea.

Photo by © Victor Englebert

So in that respect I thought: Well, men are more independent and safety is not that much an issue for them as it is for the women. Are women naturally nomads? Do they like nomadic life? I searched for an answer to my question and here is what I found about my little “research”.

Този въпрос се появи и загнезди трайно в ума ми преди няколко седмици, когато се срещнах на чаша кафе с Ели от Become NomadТой е един от съвременните номади, избрали да сменят местожителството си на няколко седмици и по тази причина са се насочили към професии, които не са зависими от локация. Всъщност името на тези хора в повечето случаи отговаря на определението „дигитален номад”. Всъщност, това е една световна тенденция, която показва колко хората са изморени да бъдат част от една система и начин на живот, които всъщност не им носят толкова задоволство колкото усилия и саможертви.

Та в тази връзка се замислих: Добре, за мъжете ясно, по-независими са и проблема с безопасността не е толкова голям за тях,  колкото е за една жена. И потърсих отговор на въпроса си в Интернет. Ето какво бе заключението от моето малко „проучване”.  

Young nomadic girl

Photo by © Mark Pelletier

In the past

During the preparation of my thesis work about female tourists I came across numerous documents proving that the traveling woman is not a new phenomenon. From the very existence of humanity she was accompanying her husband and their children were born on the roads. In many modern tribes that have preserved their life style unchanged for centuries, if not millennia, women are the main pillar that supports nomadic life of families. Their tireless work in conditions that we can scarcely imagine, is something that we can only admire.




Here are a few examples of modern women nomads who have built for themselves a whole new way of life that is very different from what constituted their life before they change it. Most often these are women who have undergone a dramatic change such as divorce or illness. Or simply have reached a crossroads in life and changed direction to fully experience the dreams that they kept in the hearts while they cared for their families in the earlier stages of life.

Rita Golden Gelman 

After many years of marriage she divorced. In this period of her life, she decided that the usual routine of divorced middle-aged women is not for her. Her children and she herself were independent enough to allow her to embark on a new nomadic life.  She didn’t imagined when she started that this way of life will continue for more than 25 years. The adventure that she started with such courage gave her opportunity to live among many nomadic tribes, as she put it, “I cook with women on many fires worldwide.” I believe that since every journey teaches us anything, this woman has gathered much wisdom that she transmits in her books. She is author of “Tales of a nomad woman”, “Female Nomad and Friends” and more than seventy books for children.

Amy Scott

In 2004 Amy Scott left her job as an editor in San Francisco to travel the world. After nine months of travel she decided that she could not return to her previous way of life and began a career that allows her to work wherever she is in the world. Now, with her Argentinean husband she continues to enjoy the nomadic way of life. Financially she managed to receive income from various independent sources. Some of them are related to her experience as an editor, others come from rental of residential property. More about Amy and how she was able to support herself financially while traveling the world you can read on her website Nomadtopia .


YTravel Blog

photo © YTravel Blog

How will be the future?

In many cases, women are more interested to travel than their male partners. Men prefer sedentary life, familiar things, and also someone to care for them. Not always, but in most cases. Do you agree? And women, attracted by the prospect of being free to choose how to live and where to travel often choose adventure over the binding and uniform sedentary life. This of course is only possible when they have fulfilled their social function. Let this definition does not sound too cold, because it is true that a woman feels acomplished only when she is a mother and wife, or was a wife. It is not surprising that modern nomad women are women whose children are already grown up and independent, and they themselves are divorced. There is  another group of younger women that developed their nomadic life before they met their partners. Now I think of two families who travel almost constantly with their young children. I sincerely admire them for the courage to follow the call of their hearts and I believe that their children will become broad-minded and happy people and responsible adults. You can read about the stories of YTravelBlog   and Travel with Bender .  These families are an example that nomadic life will continue to attract many people in the world. No matter of the period of life, modern technology and the Internet make it possible. Globalization is a fact and humanity can only benefit from it. I expect  in the future people will become increasingly independent of location, more flexible and adaptable to different places and cultures, and this will bring independence to their lifestyle. And women will lead these changes.

Travel with Bender

Photo © Travel with Bender

At the end of our conversation with Eli I realized that I was somewhat nomadic too. I have lived in several places in different countries and always came a time when my inner voice begins to speak:

– It’s time. You need to move on. There is nothing more to learn here.

Yes, travel for me is learning, learning by experience. And there is no better teacher than the World.


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