Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Nomads

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Weird connections.
I was doing some research about digital nomadism and the possibility of working while on the road with a minimum of fuss and some cheap gadgetry, when I stumbled on the sort of information that’s perfect for Karavansara (you find the full article in the links at the end of this post).

Looking for a better way to identify their herds and locate them when they wander off, these folks had apparently decided to paint their phone numbers onto the side of their livestock in lieu of abstract brands.

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While I was searching for digital nomadism, I stumbled on nomadism proper, with digital expansions.

Apparently, nomad peoples of the world might be enjoying a few hi-tech perks in the next few years.
Solar panels, mobile phones and wireless/satellite web access might help peoples we traditionally considered primitive or backwards join the globalized world – and possibly, thanks to their nomadic mindset, they might join the game but stay away from the rat-race.

The_4-Hour_Workweek_(front_cover)As I am writing this, a strange collision of technological advance, social change and economic crisis are pushing a lot of first-worlders on the road.
And a lot of people – especially in the 30-50 age range – are finding out that it’s possible to make a living without an office.
The success of a book like Tim Farriss‘s The 4-Hour Work Week amount to something more than get-rich-quick schemes or passing fads.
Senior citizens are expatriating in growing numbers – moving to places where life is inexpensive, exotic and, possibly, more fulfilling.

All in all, looks like nomadism might be getting a comeback – and all things considered, my work consists, after all, of pouring what’s inside my head on a file, and then sending this file to my publisher.
Doing the pouring in the sun-scorched hills of Southern Piedmont, in the middle of the Mongolian plains or from a train running between Rangoon and Mandalay, is of little consequence.

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And yes, I know, I’m a guy that read too many books about wandering heroes and travelers and adventurers.
And an army of teachers and concerned relatives and girlfriends told me that’s just a fantasy, and can’t be done.
But, how many things I was told can’t be done, and turned out completely feasible?
After all, I spent years moving from university to university, armed with netbook and a thumb drive, to teach post-doc courses.
Why not just expand my horizons?
Is it just my mid-life crisis speaking, or there is really an opportunity on the road?

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Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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