Maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy but seeing so many articles about how digital nomads are trailblazers for a whole new lifestyle makes me cringe a bit.
A digital nomad is someone that works online so they can live and travel anywhere they want as long as they have a good internet connection.
no·madˈnōˌmad – A member of a people having no permanent abode, and who travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
Being a digital nomad has several great advantages. Spending less time in traffic or in a silly team meeting are the most obvious. Getting to see new places is a huge plus but I don’t think traveling is the most appealing aspect of being a digital nomad. I think the best thing about it is that it forces you to live a more simplified life with less stuff.
Which is exactly what mobile home living has been all about from the beginning! Families would hitch up and drive off to better opportunities with endless possibilities.
Digital Nomads are Nothing New
Americans have been living like ‘digital nomads’ for almost a century now (minus the digital part, of course).
Digital nomads aren’t living a new lifestyle but they are giving the more simplified lifestyle the attention it deserves.
Thousands of Americans moved their entire family into small campers set up in muddy overcrowded campgrounds so they could work in the factories that supplied and powered our war efforts. Without these patriots we may not have won the war.
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Our war heroes may not have had a computer but I guarantee you they had the tools they needed to do the jobs they were hired to do, wherever it may have been.
It’s becoming obvious that the materialistic lifestyle with a McMansion is going out of style and a simple lifestyle in a smaller home, whether mobile or not, is now the trendy way of life. At least, all these articles I keep seeing about becoming a digital nomad makes it appear that way.
There’s whole new industries helping people become digital nomads and work remotely. There’re companies that help Americans fill out visa applications and take advantage of all the US immigration services we have. I read how one tourist came here and rented an Airstream to tour the country for a month and loved It so much he started applying to become an American citizen within his first week.
While those digital nomad writers seem to forget about a big part of our American history they are spotlighting a worthy subject: simple living is GOOD living.
I guess I just want people to know that mobile home owners have been living that way for close to a century. They may not have had a computer but they certainly had the tools they needed for their jobs.
Mobile home owners in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s blazed a new way of life. They didn’t care what they were called or how they were portrayed on TV. They knew it was a great lifestyle with endless possibilities and it still is today.
Of course, our homes are larger and less mobile now but they are far more affordable and that gives us time to experience new thing things like touring a new country in an Airstream.
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