What was the hardest thing to give up?

(Jenny F) #1

I don’t think most people really understand the desire to be ‘location independent’. It does go against what most people would consider success (being a house, owning a nice car, etc.). It kind of means abandoning a lot of those expectations doesn’t it? With that in mind, what was the hardest thing for you to give up?

I’m worried about giving up my car. I know, there will probably be plenty of opportunities to rent or times when a car would be more of a hinderance than a help, but I love the independence of it.

(anonymous9) #2

I don’t consider myself as a nomad but as some kind of bizar expat. I currently live my life in two places and I was going crazy because of all the things I needed to take care of. I had a lot off stuff because I didn’t know any better. I started searching online for tools to manage my things better and that’s how I discovered minimalism. By now, I can almost fit all my possessions in the back of a car.

To the car thing. Well at the end your always a little bit depended on a location or multiple locations. This could be out of financial (I can’t afford myself space travel yet), legal or voluntary constraints. By owning a car, you add some kind of constraint, which can be okay if you don’t want to travel the whole world but you’re fine limiting yourself to a geographic location (for example. North America or Europe) until you get rid of it. Yes, once you have car, you don’t need to own it forever, it’s just a tool that gives you some freedom but also a lot of liabilities.

(Donald Philby) #3

My cats.

(Henrik Mark Fly Hansen) #4

I had some things that I had an emotional attachment to but was doing nothing else than look pretty. I’m still fairly new as nomade, but all my life fits in 1 suitcase and my carry on luggage.

(Thomas K. Running) #5

This really depend on where you live. If you live in a reasonably sized city in Europe or Asia, a car is more of a hinderance than a help—as you write. At the moment I’m in Lisbon, Portugal, and owning a car here would not add any value to my life, and I would not seriously consider it unless I had a dedicated parking space (which is very rare in the city).

Mostly you can just walk :walking_man:, take public transportation (bus :bus:, metro :metro:, train :train:, tram :tram:, ferry :ferry:), Uber :red_car:, Taxify :taxi: or eCooltra :motorcycle: (by the minute electrical scooter rental) to anywhere in the city for about €1-5. If you need to go further, you can rent a car for about €10 per day. With all these options available with a tap, a car is really not needed.

Anyway, back to the topic…

Personally, I didn’t find it too hard to give up anything. After moving countries a handful times and doing some backpacking in my early 20s, I realized how little I actually needed to be happy. In fact, less turned out to be more.

If I am to name one thing however, it’s probably a nice stereo & home cinema system :tv::loud_sound:. But I find that a set of good headphones :headphones: and occasionally going to the local IMAX theatre :popcorn: more than covers those needs.

(web-dev1) #6

I never had a car in my whole life.
I moved country three times… and forgot to get a driver’s license.