Up to date: 10/31/2019 | October 31st, 2019
How usually have you ever instructed mates or household a few dream journey of yours, solely to have them scoff and remind you to be “extra practical”?
How usually do you want you had a gaggle of people that understood you? Or a spot you may go to get your 10,000 questions answered earlier than your subsequent journey?
How usually have you ever painstakingly researched an entire itinerary solely meet some stranger at a hostel whose story had the ability to make you modify your plans fully?
All of us want a supportive group — and as a lot as I really like the Web (and I do love the Web), the perfect connections are made offline and in actual life.
Once I first began planning my journey around the globe in 2005, I didn’t know anybody who had performed one thing comparable. Heck, I solely knew one one that ever even studied overseas. Journey wasn’t an enormous matter to the individuals in my world.
And, not like in the present day, I couldn’t simply go browsing and ask a bunch of bloggers questions or discover numerous articles and web sites to assist me. Within the early 2000s, there wasn’t a lot past a really restricted variety of hard-to-navigate boards, a couple of web sites, and a stack of guidebooks on my desk.
I had a variety of questions however few solutions.
What I wanted was a group of people that may give me the first-hand recommendation and sensible ideas that might make my journey higher, and assist me recover from my fears.
And, after I got here again, there have been only a few individuals who may sympathize with the combination of feelings I used to be feeling. Once more, I used to be alone. I wanted for a group of people that may perceive my post-travel blues.
After being a nomad for over ten years, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to create my very own group of journey lovers by this web site.
And in the present day, I need to develop this group and take what now we have on-line and produce it into the true world.
So I’m happy to announce the launch of The Nomadic Community!
It’s this web site’s in-person meetup initiative.
The Nomadic Community (TNN for brief) can be a worldwide group of journey lovers who assist and encourage each other to journey higher, cheaper, and longer. Whether or not it’s a brief jaunt to a close-by metropolis or an indefinite round-the-world journey, the group can be there to assist anybody who needs to (and likes to) journey.
Years in the past, we did a trial run of those occasions. I met so many superior vacationers at these meetups, and the one matter I saved listening to was the way you wished these sorts of occasions occurred extra repeatedly.
Properly, now we’re bringing them again!
Erica, whom you may need generally known as my right-hand girl over the past six years, will helm this new initiative. She’ll be engaged on it full-time!
How will The Nomadic Community work?
We’re constructing in-person chapters all around the globe. Native chapters will meet constantly to share tales, commerce recommendation, do actions collectively, and host occasions. We’re creating an area for individuals to fulfill vacationers of their metropolis (even when they or you’re simply passing by) and kind friendships and bonds. Mixers, picnics, brunches, shows, professional panels — something that will get you impressed to journey extra!
The primary set of occasions can be group mixers the place we’ll meet and get to know one another. In case you’re primarily based in these cities or can be there after we launch, be a part of us:
- Philly – Wednesday, November 6
- DC – Thursday, November 7
- London – Thursday, November 7
- Boston – Tuesday, November 12
- Austin – Wednesday, November 13
- NYC – Thursday, November 14
- Toronto, Canada – Thursday, November 28
- Detroit – Monday, December 2
- Indianapolis – Tuesday, December 3
- Chicago – Wednesday, December 4
- Madison – Thursday, December 5
(NOTE: These are simply the primary occasions! We’re going to be doing extra occasions within the coming months. We’ll be on the West Coast, within the Midwest, different components of Canada, the world, and so on. That is simply the primary batch! In case you don’t see vacation spot, don’t fear! Our aim is to be in all places! )
Occasions are $10 (to assist cowl prices) and include a free drink! Plus, you possibly can convey a buddy at no cost (so for those who cut up the prices it’s $5 per individual!)
How Can You be a A part of TNN?
There are a couple of easy methods!
1. Attend considered one of our first occasions!
In case you can come to considered one of our first occasions, please do. You’ll find the total checklist right here.
2. Apply to guide your native chapter
We want assist main these TNN chapters. Erica (our Occasions Director) and I’ll assist with the reserving of venues, contacting visitor audio system, renting microphones and gear, managing attendee registration, and serving to with and paying for something we are able to.
However we’d like eyes, ears, and leaders on the bottom. If you wish to be taught extra about changing into considered one of our chapter leaders (together with within the cities we’re launching within the checklist above), click on this hyperlink and submit your software. We’ll be in contact!
3. Volunteer at an occasion
If being a pacesetter isn’t your matter however you’d wish to volunteer your time through the occasions, superior! We’ll want loads of assist to get these chapters up and working. Simply fill this out and we’ll get again to you.
4. Assist beta check our new group web site
If you wish to assist create a user-friend web site for this new group, all that you must do is go to The Nomadic Community’s web site and create a fast traveler profile. It solely takes two minutes to create your login and profile. Then you possibly can be a part of a chapter, discover occasions close to you, poke across the current content material, and join in-person meetups. Then ship us your whole suggestions so we are able to get it working tremendous easily.
(That is solely the primary draft of the web site so there are many kinks to straighten out earlier than we absolutely launch it and make it the middle of The Nomadic Community world.)
Making a chapter-based group is a HUGE endeavor, however we’re very excited to get began. It’s been on our checklist of matters to create for a very long time now and we’re lastly doing it! That is going to take our group to the following stage! It would take a while to get all of the occasions up and working however I feel we’re off to a powerful begin.
So prepare to fulfill everybody IRL! 🙂
E book Your Journey: Logistical Suggestions and Tips
E book Your Flight
Discover a low-cost flight through the use of Skyscanner or Momondo. They’re my two favourite search engines like google as a result of they search web sites and airways across the globe so that you all the time know no stone is left unturned.
E book Your Lodging
You possibly can e book your hostel with Hostelworld as they’ve the most important stock. If you wish to keep someplace apart from a hostel, use Reserving.com as they constantly return the most affordable charges for guesthouses and low-cost inns. I take advantage of them on a regular basis.
Don’t Neglect Journey Insurance coverage
Journey insurance coverage will shield you towards sickness, harm, theft, and cancellations. It’s complete safety in case something goes incorrect. I by no means go on a visit with out it as I’ve had to make use of it many occasions previously. I’ve been utilizing World Nomads for ten years. My favourite corporations that provide the perfect service and worth are:
In search of the perfect corporations to save cash with?
Try my useful resource web page for the perfect corporations to make use of while you journey! I checklist all those I take advantage of to save cash after I journey – and that may prevent money and time too!