I would never want to live like you…

I’ve had several people tell me this:

I would never want to live like you do, traveling from one country to the next. I’d rather stay home [and take my token two week vacation and cram my travel and relaxation period into it, instead].

I have two things to say to this:

First, you have every right to want to live the way you want to live. If that means, for you, living in the suburbs, driving a minivan, and accumulating vehicles and possessions I’m not here to tell you that’s not a great way to live. It’s just not what I personally want.

Secondly, don’t knock it until you try it. Jacob and I didn’t get married thinking we were going to be nomads for life. We got married thinking we might just stay in Utah doing MLMs and teaching piano because that’s what we were doing at the time. You never know the twists life will take. We both had lived abroad and loved it before we met, though. Jacob developed his love of travel from learning French on a two-year mission trip in New Caledonia. I gained mine learning German on a study abroad to Vienna. The lifestyle we are leading currently developed organically. The more we saw, the more we wanted to see. At first, visiting Africa wasn’t on my radar at all. In fact, I was only interested in western Europe. But with each new country my desire multiplied, and now I want to see every country in the world. Every city, even. Life is too short for all the places we want to show our children.

In short, wanderlust is addictive.

You might be a nomad at heart. You’ll never know unless you try it.


Jacob had to sell his Nissan 350Z before we first set out to live in Germany.  I’ve never heard him say he’s regretted it.

Kalli Hiller

Article by Kalli Hiller

Kalli Hiller is a voluntary vagabond who, with her husband Jacob, has traveled full time for the last eight years.

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