Book Review: No Excuses:Go Nomadic

If people in America have a shared dream, it’s one of full time travel. 

In our time on the road we’ve had a number of conversations that have started off with:

How are you so lucky that you can do this?

We’ve been self-employed and homeschoolers for years so the transition was somewhat easy, for others the answers aren’t quite so obvious or straightforward.

Niche Communities

The internet is great at is allowing niche communities to connect and flourish. If you are one of those people who dream of full-time travel but can’t quite figure out how to swing it you can find community sites like Families on the Road or NuRVers

Books Still Rule

However even though these sites exist you can still burn through a number of hours trying to find answers to all the myriad of issues you’ll need to work through to get yourself mobile. 

In our research we also checked out a number of books from our local library but, while interesting, were usually a few years out of date.  For basic RV knowledge, etc this is fine but especially in the areas of technology and technology-related jobs the age of the publication was a more serious issue.

No Excuses

No Excuses Book

So if you are one of the dreamers currently considering transitioning to full-time mobility, you are in luck.  Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard - a couple whom I would consider to be the most active and knowledgeable in the “Technomad” community - have recently published a new eBook:  Answers to the Common Excuses to Not Travel Full-Time.

The book is a compilation and enhancement of the knowledge they’ve accumulated at their blog Technomadia.

Covered in the book:

  • Jobs - Transition your existing career to telecommute or branch out on your own? Choose careers that are nomad friendly!
  • Affording it - Dispelling the myths about the high cost of travel. Addressing issues such as selling your home or renting it out, and reducing expenses you don’t need.
  • Stuff – Tips on letting go of attachments to things, and how to tackle the overwhelming purging process.
  • Family - Travel can be a great education for kids and keep you more connected to extended family.
  • Environmental Impact - You can travel and lower your ecological footprint on the world.
  • Pets - Some forms of travel are more pet friendly than others.
  • Community - Being nomadic opens up new opportunity for community.
  • Romance & Relationships – From solo travel to dealing with a partner who doesn’t share your wanderlust.
  • Logistics – How to handle mail, voting, taxes and banking – the mundane logistics.
  • Healthcare & Health – Considerations for health insurance and keeping healthy when you travel full time.
  • Overwhelm - Tips for handling the daunting tasks ahead of you for preparing your life to be mobile.
  • Lack of Continuity - How to find services on the road when you need them.
  • Safety – Being mobile really doesn’t have more risky than being stationary – just different.
  • Connectivity - How to stay connected online while in motion full time.
  • Held Back - Society doesn’t teach us to carve our own paths, how to responsibly exit the interstate to the American Dream.

We’re pleased that Boyinks4Adventure received a mention in the “Excuse #4: Family” chapter.

Whatcha Waiting For?

The eBook is being offered on a “pay what you want” basis - so what are you waiting for?  Go forth and Buy Now!.

And by all means, if you do make the big decision to stop making excuses and hit the road full time, let us know!

Other Books?

Are there other books you have found helpful in getting prepped for travel?

3 Comments Book Review: No Excuses:Go Nomadic

  1. Picture of Ray Brown Ray Brown December 20, 2010

    Hey Mike,

    Great post!  I’ve actually been entertaining the idea of going mobile myself.  I would ideally travel over the weekends, settling down during the week to work in a new city.  I’ll definitely look into some of these resources.  Thanks!

  2. Picture of Boyink Boyink December 21, 2010

    That’s pretty cool, Ray.  What are you thinking in terms of lodging - a couch surfing approach or something on wheels?

  3. Picture of Ray Brown Ray Brown December 21, 2010

    I’m leaning towards hostels and other cheap means of lodging.  Couch surfing is an option, and so is finding rooms for trade (where I’d do chores or something), but both of those options are a bit intimidating. I’m quite far away from pulling the trigger, but I’m having fun figuring out the logistics in the meantime.

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