We are the masters of the Budget Nomad life. Some people have taken to nomadic living in a brand new Mercedes Sprinter van, custom decked-out, and a list of hotels and entertainment venues to visit along the way. While that’s all fun and games, the rest of us have to live a bit more frugally, choosing rigs for life on the road that are a bit more realistic and finding ways to make a living on the road, but especially (I hope, if you’ve really been following along guys & gals) saving money so you can live on the road for a very long and happy time! You know, if you’ve seen the myriad videos we’ve made or read enough articles here, that this nomad traveler lifestyle is totally do-able even if you aren’t a millionaire. One of our most frequent and laughable questions we’ve received on the road has been, “How do you afford to live on the road?” It’s only laughable because we “afford” this oh-so glamorous lifestyle by saying goodbye to a lot of luxuries. We are living in a tiny home on wheels, totally off grid, camping for free everywhere we go, bathing in rivers when it’s not too cold, cooking our meals on fires. Sure the water isn’t warm, the nomad cabin doesn’t have a thermostat and the fire isn’t exactly temperature-controlled at a 5-star dining venue, but the water is exhilarating & refreshing, the cabin is cozy and we can migrate with the sunshine, and the meals are delicious served under a million star sky. So, if you’d take the latter over the trade-offs (working in an office for the rest of your life just to try to get out of debt into eternity) then all you have to do is live simple. Get as simple as you can. You can always build up from there. But learn to be simpler than you even thought you could be. Trust me, you’ll find some really interesting things out about yourself along the way. If you’re ready to get started, check out these 5 gadgets I will recommend as pretty much the top 5 things you’d want if you’re ready to be a full-time nomad and save tons of money in the effort. Here goes.
The 5 Essentials, Live on the Road Cheap
- Water Filter (drink anywhere!)
- BioStove (no fuel needed!)
- Solar Charged Lights (see at night, no need to be plugged in)
- Solar Panel (charge anything via sun)
- Battery Bank (charge it all, with AC style plug for lap tops & batteries too)
WANT TO GET ANY OF THESE? Here ya go!
https://amzn.to/3aoxqBg Big Blue
https://amzn.to/2xorJF0 Sawer filter
https://amzn.to/2UrJrAJ Sawyer s series filter
https://amzn.to/2UnXzLg Anker solar
https://amzn.to/2WPrMEr Power bank
https://amzn.to/3dv3yFq Bio – Stove
https://amzn.to/33SjbCC Solar light
There you have it! See, living on the road on the cheap doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. You can still have fun and enjoy free time. You can work on the road with this setup, as long as you don’t require any kind of extensive work station. With this setup you can still charge a phone, a laptop, batteries, lights and small gadgets so you can work on the road from anywhere you end up! Plus, you can see at night if needed. We prefer to just wind down at night and enjoy the stars, but sometimes we need lighting for cooking late or reading and the little solar light bulb is a big help there. Pretty cool thing to have and doesn’t get warm, can’t really break, and charges easily. You can have even more of an excuse to follow the sunshine, since you need it to charge your stuff. Trust me, it’s not that hard. We probably have over 320 days of mostly sunny per year! If you leave flexibility to migrate, that becomes an option. And I, myself, am pretty solar-powered as it is.