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The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad

Working at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

"How many bags?"

"Just one" I replied, motioning to the small 30L backpack on my shoulder.

"And how much luggage?"

"None... just this one bag."

It's as if people can not comprehend someone traveling with only one bag. Everyone, from the airline ticket attendant, to the taxi driver, to the clerk at the hotel, seemed to insist that I must have more luggage.

I sat down in an empty section of Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport and put my bag down on the seat next to me. As I watched people wrestle with multiple suitcases, I looked over at my lonely bag and remembered how different my life used to be.

Just over a year ago, I announced on this blog that I was closing a chapter in my life, a chapter of excess possessions and unnecessary waste. I wrote about my desire to live with everything on my back and roam the world as a nomad.

I followed my intuition and today, after spending the past six months living in India, Vietnam, and Nepal, I'm writing about the lifestyle that was once only a dream.

25 Things

At some point during my travels, I decided to count how many items I was living with and the number came surprisingly close to twenty-five.

  1. Apple MacBook Pro + Charger
  2. Apple iPhone + Charger
  3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera + Charger + Extra battery
  4. Apple Magic Mouse
  5. Western Digital 500GB External Hard Drive + USB Cable
  6. Nokia Mobile Phone + Charger
  7. Earbuds + 16GB Thumbdrive + Mobile Data Card
  8. Travel Adapter
  9. North Face Trousers
  10. Prana Trousers
  11. North Face T-Shirt
  12. Jack Wolfskin Shirt
  13. 2 x Eastern Mountain Sports Boxers
  14. Wool Socks (1 pair)
  15. Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
  16. North Face Hiking Shoes
  17. Moleskin Notebook + Pencil
  18. Medical Kit
  19. Hygiene Kit (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Tongue Cleaner, Floss)
  20. Survival Kit (Firestarter, Compass/Whistle/Thermometer, Headlamp, Twine)
  21. Water Bottle
  22. Travel Towel
  23. 3 x Dry Bags + Backpack Dry Cover
  24. Misc Travel Documents (Passport, License, Cash, Credit Cards, printed airplane ticket confirmations, etc.)
  25. Crumpler Customary Barge 30L Backpack

I've decided to start tracking my possessions on the 25 Things page, where you will always find an updated list of items and a description of the rules that I'm following. You can also read more about what motivated me to start this personal challenge.

Traveling with 25 Things (Including Two Pair of Underwear)

Everything I've Lived with for Six Months The day before I left home, all my stuff was spread out on the living room floor. I was trying to decide exactly what to pack in one bag for the next six months.

There were several things that I considered essential based on their ability to replace multiple objects: a laptop, a good camera, and a smartphone.

The digital camera, for example, became both my video camera and my scanner. The smartphone became a whole slew of other small accessories: Calculator, address book, MP3 player, WiFi finder, and more.

The laptop became my entire library, full of ebooks, podcasts, and maps. It also acted as my filing cabinet, containing digital copies of anything that I didn't require a hard copy of (I use the digital camera to capture high-res images of papers and receipts).

The Internet is probably one of the most useful tools: I use it to research the places I'm going visit, find and reserve cheap places to stay, purchase airplane tickets, and even take care of all my banking and bill payments. It also acts as my primary means of communication with Skype, Email, Facebook, and Twitter. I even check my physical postal mail online using a service called EarthClassMail.

A minimalist digital nomad eliminates physical objects and reduces the requirement to be in a physical location by finding creative ways to use technology.

Once my bag was packed with the absolute essentials, there was only so much room left to fit non-essentials. Clothing was my wild-card item -- whatever space was left in my bag would determine how much clothing came with me. Thankfully, at least two pair of underwear made the cut.

Traveling with two pair of underwear meant that I would inevitably need to wear the same pair at least twice without washing them. However, by wearing my swim trunks at least twice a week (without underwear), I discovered that I could go almost an entire week without washing my clothes.

It should be noted that since most of my clothing is designed for extended use, it's treated with antimicrobial agents that discourage the growth of bacteria. Even when they've been soaked in sweat for two days, the clothes don't stink.

A Lifetime of Experiences in Six Months

In the past six months, I've called more than 26 places home, including a train, a bus, an airport, and a farmhouse.

I've dried my clothes in the sun alongside coconuts, shared a bed with dozens of 2" cockroaches, and spent the night sleeping on a wet stone floor in a mountaintop hut.

I've crossed paths with snakes that could kill me; I've been offered weed more times than I can count; I've forgotten the names of places I used to frequent back home; I've lost count how many times I've been sick, and I've even had my arm grabbed by hookers riding a motorcycle.

But through all that, I've also witnessed life-changing events; I've given my first public speech to a crowd of school children in Nepal; I've made new friends from a dozen different countries; I've become more spontaneous and fearless; and I've gone through more personal development than I thought possible.

My self-confidence has gone through the roof and I've learned so much about myself and the world around me. I've become more humble and compassionate and I've discovered a calling and a sense of purpose that has given me crystal-clear clarity.

On days of the week where I normally would've been holed up in an office or stuck somewhere in traffic, I was walking along beaches and hiking through jungles.

But I Don't Advocate This Lifestyle

This lifestyle is not practical for everyone. For example, if you're in college, if you have kids and a family, or if you own a brick-and-mortar business, your circumstances will likely prohibit such an extreme reduction of possessions.

And that's fine.

If you're happy with your lifestyle, then by all means don't change it.

What's important isn't that you can live with all your stuff in one bag, but rather that your mindset and approach to life is one that doesn't create unnecessary waste or complication.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci

In a material world, it's only natural that simplicity would be taken to mean fewer material possessions. But there's more to life than physical objects.

We have hopes and dreams, thoughts and feelings, passions and desires. We love and we sympathize. We exercise our mind and our body. We create, develop, and maintain relationships.

Life involves so much more than material possessions and yet the wonderful benefits of minimalism are so often directed only to our "stuff" -- we think about how we can apply minimalist principals to the material world, but everything else remains as complicated as ever.

What I advocate is the practice of practical minimalism, that is the application of minimalist principals to all areas of life.

The Benefits of Becoming a Practical Minimalist

You don't need to live out of a backpack or travel the world to realize the benefits of minimalism. Not everyone can, should, or even wants to live with twenty-five items. However, I believe that you can find more happiness and peace by simplifying your approach to life.

You can reduce unnecessary stress, find more happiness, and live with less mental, emotional, and physical pain. You can learn things faster and discover whatever you're looking for more quickly. You can see life more clearly and make even the most stressful or confusing situations seem trivial.

You can discover how everything in life -- including your possessions if that's your goal -- can be maintained in a way that is more sustainable.

Six Steps to Practical Minimalism

To share some of what I've learned, I've created a free email series called Six Steps to Practical Minimalism.

In this series, I will use stories and lessons from my own past experience to show you how to apply minimalist principals to various areas of life.

To start receiving this series, all you need to do is sign up for the email newsletter. If you've already signed up, you should automatically start receiving the series within the next day or two.

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Tomorrow marks the last week of my six month journey. The thought of returning to the USA conjures up the same feelings that I felt when I left for a foreign country six months ago and I can't help but wonder what strange thoughts, feelings, and emotions I will encounter when I arrive. But it definitely feels good to be going back home.

I'd like to say that I haven't felt homesick on the entire trip, but the truth is that I do miss my family and I do miss the familiarity of an environment where my senses aren't constantly being bombarded with unusual sights, sounds, and smells.

I'm sure it won't be too long before I'm itching to get moving again. If this six month trip has confirmed one thing, it's that travel is in my blood.

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  1. Love it.

    That “Eat Pray Love” movie (ahem, book) has people talking about how travel, as a means of self-discovery, is unnecessary, because all the answers we seek are right here.

    I haven’t seen the film yet (or read the book), but I know from experience that modifying our frame of reference is essential. For some people, travel is the most efficient way of achieving that goal. If nothing else, it can be the most enjoyable!

    I had a friend compliment me this week in a way I’ve never heard before. “Nothing bothers you.” Unflappable is the word that comes to mind. Lots of things bother me, but I like the idea that I SEEM unflappable. I want to explain that, but some self-discovery will be required before I can even understand it.

    I admire what you’ve done. I wish I had done the same about 15 years ago. It would have been more efficient and enjoyable than the journey I took instead. But there’s no point in regret. I am just thrilled for you, and am myself enriched through your experiences.

    Thank you so much for sharing them.

    Now … I feel compelled to go post some stuff on craigslist. Hah.

    • Thanks Terry! 🙂

      I actually downloaded the “Eat, Pray, Love” book and started reading it the other day (although I find it difficult to read long books on the computer!).

      I think travel is definitely an excellent way to modify our perspective and expose us to new ways of looking at things. For those who learn and grow the fastest by changes in our environment and perspective (as I’ve discovered is the case for me), travel becomes the ultimate learning tool.

      I’m happy to hear you see there’s no point in regretting the past! We are who we are today because of where we’ve been, so unless we absolutely hate who we are today, we should be grateful for the journey we’ve taken!

      • Hello Raam 🙂

        It’s true that it’s difficult to read books on computer, maybe it’s time to try ebook reader, like Amazon Kindle? I know that will be a 26 things which you will have in backpack, but it’s the best thing for reading ebooks.

        All the best
        Tom

        P.S.
        Did you hiking in Nepal, right, as I remember. Did you have additional equipment? sleeping bag, carrimat, warm clothes, flashlight etc.

        • Hi Tom,

          I’ve thought of getting an ebook reader, and I may still try one out in the future, but for now I just can’t seem to justify another piece of technology when I have a laptop AND a smartphone that already do the same thing! 🙂 Maybe if I get rid of my smartphone I can get an ebook reader.

          About the hiking in Nepal: We didn’t go high enough to where there was snow… the highest we went was about 3100m (10,000ft) and the coldest it got was around 10C (50F). We slept in guest houses where they had blankets, so I didn’t need a sleeping bag (it was off-season also, so the guest houses weren’t busy and they had extra blankets). As for the flashlight, I always carry a headlamp with me (its in the Survival Kit on my possessions list).

          • Hi Raam

            I just found your post. Its great! Seems we’re part of the same tribe. I sold all my stuff (including my house) around 5 years ago and took off to do more important stuff like living and being and discovering what it’s all about. I’m still doing that, although I’m now semi-based in France (used to be Australia).

            I’m currently at a bit of a stand-still. Too much moving around can make you a little directionless, and so now my main concern is finding a little more purpose…and trying to decide what to do with all this freedom can be exhausting 🙂 But for me, it’s important to find something, otherwise it can start to feel like meaningless drifting.

            Here’s a link to a free ‘kindle for mac’ download. I use it because I love to read and also don’t want to bother with carrying too much stuff.

            http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=kcp_mac_mkt_lnd?docId=1000464931

            Bye for now.
            Best,
            Tanja

          • Hey Tanja!

            I couldn’t agree more with what you said about feeling directionless when moving around a lot! I think having some type of long-term goals in place, or at least mini-goals to aim for along the way, is really important. Now that I’m back in the United States, I definitely feel a sense of “what now”, so I’m working on setting some goals, even if they’re only shorter 3 month goals, to keep on on track and moving forward.

            Thank you for the link to the Kindle for Mac… I actually already use that. 🙂 When my iPhone was working, I was also using a free app called Stanza. It allowed me to read PDFs and other free ebooks from my phone. 🙂

            Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!

  2. Wow Raam. This was great. You’ve had quite an experience. Will be signing up for sure. Looking forward to seeing you ^_^ and have a safe trip back, bro.

  3. Oh, Raam this was a beautiful post! You really pull me into the poetic joy of your experiences, the way you were learning and rising through everything even as you described the more mundane elements of packing light.

    The Great Journey is clearly not finished for you, and it will be fascinating to see where you will go next!

  4. You remind me of the character (Chris McCandless) from the movie Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn, sad thing is that he passed away by eating poisonous food accidentally in a jungle 🙁 But very inspiring story. You may be able to relate to the guy in terms of his activities.

    I Hope you live long and be successful in your objectives. cheers 🙂

    • Hi Tariq,

      I’ve heard lots about Into the Wild, but I have yet to read (or watch) it! I’m definitely a bit fearless when it comes to traveling and exploring, but at the same time I have immense respect for the power of Mother Nature. 🙂

      Thank you for the comment!

  5. Raam!

    Perfect timing on the “list” … I’ll definitely use it and weigh it against what I’ve already come up with for the big Trek! … Congrats on rocking out the 6 months and still having cash for the flight home! Love it man… Enjoy your last bit of time there and good wishes to ya on the flight back to the States! I’m sure I’ll chat with you between now and then, but be safe and welcome home!!

    Patrick

    • Thanks Patrick! I think the real challenge will be keeping that list so small once I return to the States, but I think that’s one reason I’m making this challenge (and my list) public. If I’m updating a list of my possessions every month and making it available for everyone to see, it makes it a lot harder to buy stuff that’s absolutely unnecessary! 🙂

      I’m really looking to following along with your journey and hopefully I’ll be able to catch you somewhere along the way.

  6. Hi Raam,

    A picture says a thousands words, that’s for sure. Just seeing your single, small bag is mind-blowing!

    I’m curious to see what your new series will bring.

    These days I’ve been wondering about all the computer – internet use what with all the electro-magnetic pollution that is beginning to occur. I don’t know what that means entirely and I hope somebody writes about it so I can understand more myself. That’s my only wondering about the ‘digital’ part.

    Hugs!

    • Hi Sandra,

      The affect computers and technology has on our health is of great interest to me as well. When I was younger, a doctor discovered that I have a rare sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation — I can actually feel Microwaves and X-Rays passing through me (I cannot stand in front of a microwave when it’s on without feeling pain).

      I’ve often wondered if that’s one of the reasons I feel so healthy and clear-headed after I return from a weekend camping trip. Is spending an average of eight to ten hours a day in front of a computer having a long-term negative impact on my health (other than the obvious impact of being immobile for long periods of time)?

      I see that the future is full of technology whether I like it or not, and even if it’s discovered that technology and electro-magnetic pollution is the cause for many health problems, we’ll still find ways to use technology to continue advancing civilization. I guess I’ve accepted that if you can’t beat them (the advancement of technology), you may as well join them (and be a leader in finding the best way to make use of technology). 🙂

      I’d love to continue this discussion and I expect to be researching and writing more on this topic in the future!

      Thank you for the comment and bringing up such an important topic. 🙂

      • Better safe than sorry, especially when we use computers as much as we do (I’m up there with Raam, maybe worse).

        I think the technologies we use to communicate now might be slightly dangerous at close proximities and for longer timeframes – but nothing like as dangerous as what we do to ourselves with bad food, thoughts, alcohol and TV!

        I hope we all live to see technology really change, as the more airy-fairy sciences amalgamate with our reality.

        • It’s the combination of the bad food, negative thoughts, and other things you mention + the electromagnetic pollution that can have a bigger bang. I don’t know much about this area, and want to learn more.

          • I totally agree with both of you — the bad habits, negative thoughts, and consumption of food that is detrimental to our health all play a huge role in determining how susceptible we are to the harmful affects of electromagnetic pollution. I’ve long searched for a good “balance” between being absorbed in technology and connected with nature, but I continue to search.

      • Sorry for your sensitivity. I’m glad you are interested in this topic too.

        I want to learn more about it. I’m not saying that technology is “bad.” I just want to know how to use it wisely and avoid any potential hazards.

        Donna Eden has a chapter on it in her book Energy Medicine called “Swimming in Electromagnetic Currents.” It definitely affects your meridians, chakras, and other energy systems.

  7. I thought I was a no-fuss, no-muss traveller until I saw the photo of your backpack! Raam, you have continually inspired me with your posts, photos, insights and commitment.

    Seems like you’re now about to start a new chapter and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

    • Thank you, Sandi!

      I travel with only a few things, but it’s really all relative. Since I’ve been living with this many items for the past six months — and lugging my 50lb back up 6,000 into the Himalayan mountains — I now feel what I travel with to be “too much”!

      I’d say I’ve already started my new chapter and that this return to the USA is really just a test of the strength of the plot that has been developing. 🙂 I’m definitely going to continue living minimally and staying location independent. I’m also sure that I will continue traveling abroad. What I’m not sure of is how frequently I will travel or what will determine where I travel. Now that I’m more focused on humanitarian work and finding ways that I can promote and encourage positive change, my reasons for traveling will surely shift from that of “I’ve always wanted to visit place X!”.

  8. I’ve noticed the same responses from people when I travel light. People are usually surprised that a woman only travels with one small bag. I had one shuttle driver assume the huge bag (which ended up belonging to a man) was mine and it started a big conversation about how much people pack when they travel.

    So what’s your plan now that you are headed back to the US?

    • Hi Christy,

      I think we’ll discover as time moves on and travel continues to evolve that people start traveling with less. When you think about it, humans have only been flying in airplanes for a little more than 100 years. If you take into account commercial airlines and air travel on a mass scale, its been even less time! I think we’re still learning as a civilization that we don’t need to bring everything plus the kitchen sink with us when we travel. Before plane, you had to bring lots of stuff with you — you might not be back for several weeks and your destination might not have everything you need. That’s no longer the case!

      With regards to my plan: I will continue living as a minimalist digital nomad and keeping my possessions to a bare minimum. I’m going to return to the States to visit family for a few weeks and then I will likely travel around the USA for a month or two before heading back out (no idea where yet!). 🙂

  9. Thank you Raam, I have become a big fan of your blog and the thought-provoking topics you explore.

    I traveled around the US for about 2 years and was forced by the Divine to gradually scale down. I moved from my home to a college apartment, left the apartment and moved into a VW van. The van broke down and we took only what could fit on our backpacks. We traveled to Key West where our backpacks were stolen within the first 4 hours of being there. We were left with only the items we carried on our bodies. I lived for more than a month on $20 one time (this was done with a considerable compromise of cleanliness however)

    One of the biggest realizations that I had while living on the road was how much we miss while driving. The land and people of an area are full of poetry and stories, but while speeding down the highway we hear none of it.

    • Hi Rangadevi,

      Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like you were indeed forced to live with less! I can’t imagine what having your backpacks stolen must’ve been like… and then $20 for an entire month, in the United States?! Now that’s frugal living!

      I couldn’t agree with you more about the benefits of traveling without a car — even traveling by bus or train allows us to see and experience more of the world than we would from the privacy of a little cage moving down the road.

      However, I think that certain circumstances require the use of a car and that as long as we’re open communal experiences and we take the time to listen and really live in the moment, we can supplement the sterile environment of our automobiles with a bit of “real world” stimulation! 🙂

  10. I love this, Raam!

    First of all, it’s awesome to hear that you managed to do this well with only 25 items! And now that I think of it, why not, in the digital world where books can fit in no space at all.

    Then, I agree, not everyone can (= wants to) be a digital nomad. But the freedom that comes from living with less and decluttering your life in many areas, including physical stuff, is worth the effort also when you’re not going anywhere.

    I’m not quite there yet, but I think it’s a great goal to be location independent, even if you then choose to stay at home 😉

    • Thanks Jarkko!

      I think we can all find creative ways to use technology to minimize waste and excess in our lives. In fact, I’m inclined to say that we have a responsibility to utilize technology to reduce our physical waste. But at the same time, it’s understandable that some people may not want to, for example, switch to an entirely digital library — physical books are easier on the eyes and provide a tangible item to hold in our hands.

      However, I think we can find and use services like paperbackswap.com to reduce the excess waste of paper, or switch to electronic bank statements instead of getting them in the mail every month. Simple things like that go a long way to improving the environment and technology has made them so easy to apply.

      Location independence is great for some people, but I think it only makes sense if you’re actually happier being on the move. Most people that I know wouldn’t be able to handle the inconveniences or even the mental challenges of uprooting themselves and constantly leaving behind familiarity, and if that’s the case then I certainly wouldn’t suggest they force themselves to try!

      But like you said, being location independent and actually traveling are two different things. You can strive to have freedom to move whenever you want without actually making use of that freedom and moving. 🙂

      • Brilliant! This is actually my current lifestyle goal (hang on, didn’t I just write a… never mind), to become location independant even though I am tied down.

        Just being able to move my office from the desk to the couch to the library is amazing enough. All made possible my a laptop with a decent battery, who would have thought.

        I have regular visions of becoming a minimalist digital nomad myself… but wondering how I will fit marriage into this picture….

        • Being able to work from various locations and taking advantage of that ability definitely leads to a realization of how little you need. I think the transition to my current lifestyle was really pushed along by the hours of time I spent working from various coffee shops. Whenever I moved from one cafe to another, or from the cafe back to the office, everything was on my back. That eventually lead to the thought of, What more do I really need?

          As I started to ask that question, I began to see all the possessions that were sitting at home, largely unused, as a total waste. They were just taking up space and restricting my ability to really move my whole life to a new location.
          I’m not married and I don’t even have a girlfriend, so I can’t really make any suggestions there. I think more than anything though, there needs to be a mutual desire for travel and/or simplistic living. And if even that isn’t even there, compromise is the only alternative. 🙂

  11. What a journey you’ve been on Raam. Can’t wait to see how else you decide to inspire us. I have a nomad lurking deep inside me and, if my husband is willing (I can usually convince him of anything), I think we’ll journey off together one day and explore our inner nomads. Thanks for letting me walk in your shoes.

    • Thank you for the comment, Katie! I’m sure the two of you will find a way to release that inner nomad. 🙂 It really doesn’t take much to quench the thirst! Even if you can plan for a short three or six month “journey wherever”, it will go a long way to satisfying the hunger.

  12. I know those same looks when you show up at the airport with one bag. When I moved to South Africa with a backpack people couldn’t believe a GIRL could have so few THINGS. I love that there are others out there inspiring people to live life differently. Keep it up, Raam, and I look forward to watching your journey!

    • Thank you for the comment, Shannon!

      I took a peek at your blog — you, Kristin, and your mission are both awesome and fascinating. 🙂 I’ll definitely be following your journey!

  13. Hi Raam, I found your site from discussion over at Traveling Savage. You have some nice stuff here. Will be reading regularly and I look forward to future updates. Take care, Phil

  14. I liked this article and your posts in general. I find them very motivational. The biggest thing I’ve learned is don’t be afraid to follow your dreams.

    How many people are afraid to dream or even afraid to follow the dreams the may currently have. We let fear control our lives without even realizing that we’re doing it.

    It’s nice to see people living their dreams and not letting fear control them.

    • Thanks Justin!

      Fear can be a powerful distraction from what’s important. This quote from Mark Twain is one of my favorites and it has long been a source of motivation for me: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 🙂

  15. Hi Raam,
    I live on a 40′ sailboat with my two children..I thought we had a minimalist existence, but your photo shows me we still have much on board..
    The neat thing is that my children appreciate nature and use their imagination, we talk about everything, we read alot, we are on and in the water as often as possible..It kind of sets us apart from our peer groups, but the magic in our lives far exceeds that of ordinary..I *love* it…
    Your journey continues to inspire my own..I am excited to see what unfolds next for you..

    • Hi Joy,

      I think it’s so wonderful that your children are getting that kind of exposure. A healthy appreciation for nature and imagination are so important! Just the fact that you’re all living on a boat immediately opens their minds to a unique perspective that most children never get to see. 🙂

  16. Hi Raam,
    “What a long strange trip it’s been.”
    It’s obviously impacted you deeply. I’m sure you’re not even aware of all the ways it has affected you either. They’ll come bubbling up to the surface with time though.

    I think the minimulist mind-set is slowly seeping into the consciousness of many, many Westerners. The realization that the acquisitional lifestyle is actually imprisoning is making its way to the fringes of awareness. But, you know that what’s on the fringe slowly creeps into the mainstream eventually.

    I’m going to prediction here (since that is my business – lol!) and say that this trend is going to pick up steam and make a big impact over the next 10 years or so.

    Thanks for living what many of us have only dreamed about Raam. One person can make a difference!

    • Hi Angela,

      I couldn’t agree more with your prediction! I think the minimalist trend in the physical space is only the start and that we’ll start to see a big shift in other areas as well (education, career development, etc.). However, I’d wager that it will more likely be 15-20 years before that shift is really obvious (I think it has already started, but on a scale too small to really be noticeable).

      I think this six month trip has really helped me see how social development that is left unchecked, and growth that focuses more on short-term results rather than sustainable and equally distributed results, always leaves behind the majority of the people who were most in need of that development.

  17. You were in KLIA !!!! I’m from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and I’m studying in Boulder CO right now. I actually came here from Sandi’s blog/interview with you.

    There is a Native American tribe I believe that practices an anti-materialism custom yearly, though I can’t remember where I read the article.

    Every year, this tribe collects and burns up everything they own. Every year they get rid of their possessions and start over.

    I feel that what you’re doing is so so brave. So many glamorize travel but minimalistic travel is somewhat a dirty concept/the ugly duckling still.

    My blog challenge is to do one thing everyday that scares me and one of my initiatives this week will be reducing everything I own by 10%. Ie: I have 80 books, I’ll be getting rid of 8. 15 shirts, giving away 2.

    I’m going to do this bi yearly purging exercise to remind myself of what’s important, not to contribute to consumerism, and to keep as simple as lifestyle as possible.

    Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!!

    • Hi Steph!

      Yes, KLIA was beautiful… I wish I had time to explore Malaysia while I was there, but unfortunately I was enroute to Vietnam to meet my friend and his wife. Malaysia is definitely on my list of places to explore, so you’ll have to give me some advice when the time comes! 🙂

      That Native American tribe sounds fascinating! I’ve always felt a strong connection with the Native Americans (one of my ancestors was a Native American chief, so maybe that’s why!) and I’ve always been inspired by how closely they lived in harmony with nature. I think the realization and the acceptance that I need very little to survive, and that anything I do need will be available to me when I need it, has allowed me to free myself from the hoarding mentality.

      I really love what you’re doing on your blog with the 180 day challenge! The one-thing-every-day concept is so powerful!

      Thank you so much for the comment. 🙂

  18. Somehow this post sneaked by the other day without be noticing it!

    I must admit, as I prepare for my next set of travels, I have been paying close attention to the way you’ve approached the past six months. While I’ve always traveled minimalist-style, I’ve never really done so consciously. I now believe that my newly found focus and awareness of my desire to lead such a lifestyle will prove to make a major difference in my travels.

    • I think having even the smallest goal makes a huge difference. When I set out on this trip, all I knew was I was taking one backpack. Traveling so light was totally new to me — I’m someone who likes to be prepared and I took more stuff when I went on 3 day camping trips — but the simple goal of one backpack forced me to carry only the essentials! 🙂

  19. Love it man! Perhaps you will share your story with us in the Yakezie Lifestyle vertical one day. We are a personal finance and lifestyle blog network 100+ members deep.

    Cheers,

    Sam

  20. I have a copy of a Crumpler that I picked up in Vietnam when my other bag was stolen, it has lasted me a few years now and will hopefully survive the 7 month trip this year.
    The things I find handy to add to my kit are a hammock and a really lightweight sleeping bag, although I gave my sleeping bag away and am finding it hard to replace it with something that packs up so small (it was incredible, bought from a Blacks camping store in the UK and packed into 15 x 8 cm when compressed up).
    I do have a feeling that we are very privileged to live at a junction in time when all of this is possible, from the networks use to the hi-tech materials our luggage is made from. It also helps to come from a place where people don’t question so much why we are wandering about the globe on such a whim,
    This year we’re heading to S.America then to N.Z and Australia, back to Europe when the bluebells dust the woods and the summer festivals start next year. It’s a tough life :0)

    • Tough life indeed. 😉

      You’re so right about how privileged we are to live in a time when so much is possible — from transportation, to materials, to communication. Just think how much the Internet enables this lifestyle!

      What you said about coming from a place where people can understand the lifestyle of a nomad is also true: For example here in India, this lifestyle is hard for a lot of people to even comprehend. By the time you’re 28, you’re expected to have a degree from college, a stable high-paying job, married, and have at least your first child on the way (if not your second!). I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but the cultural differences really make this lifestyle more difficult for someone from other countries.

      N.Z. and Australia are very high on my list of places to visit next! 🙂 Safe travels and thank you for stopping by!

      • Hi I was just reading thru the past posts/messages and read y
        Jn 2010 you wanted to see nz and australia.
        Just wondered if you travelled to nz yet?

        • Hi Sabrina,

          I traveled to Australia for 6 months in 2012–it was awesome! I bought a 6-month unlimited train pass and traveled more than 20,000km around Australia on the train! I haven’t gotten to New Zealand yet, but it’s high on my list of places to explore.

  21. Dear Raam, welcome home as I think you are probably home by now. Welcome back to familiarity and to your family whom I am sure have missed you dearly! Welcome back to a new YOU, a new phase of your life and yes on that travel being on your blood – Me too! I would never be able to travel in this style but Andy and I did take one bag of clothes with us for 4 days (yes I know) and it was too much – and I am taking very little for my 18 day trip to 3 countries in a week and not checking in luggage – and I am already on the newsletter so looking forward to the series. Oh and you will LOVE Australia and New Zealand and I highly recommend BOTH!

    • Hi Farnoosh!

      I’m not quite back home yet — a few more days! (I leave this Friday and reach Boston on Saturday.) But thank you for the warm advance welcome!

      I can hear the excitement and energy coming right through your words — your recent, and upcoming, travel plans must really have you energized!! 🙂 Any effort made to travel light is better than no effort at all!

      • Home in a few days then. Enjoy the very last days on THIS trip away – and when I write the post on packing light, you will be super hero that I shall link to as I talk about my own small attempts! I think going without checking in luggage for close to 3 weeks and 3 countries is still a mega achievement for an American woman of high class and style…..don’t you think? :)!

  22. I love traveling with my one small bag. I like the feeling of knowing that everything you are carrying has a purpose – there is no waste.

    I don’t need to worry about what to wear as there is only usually one choice.

    I agree that this isn’t for everyone. There is no point trekking around the world with just a couple of sets of clothes if it makes you miserable. But in my case, I absolutely love it

  23. Hi Raam,

    I like the concept of a digital nomad. It sounds cool, but digital and nomad are two contradictory terms 🙂 All the gadgets while traveling only lead to mental clutter. I’m sure you can reduce your list of 25 things to 15-16 essential ones.

    Also, do you think minimalism is the new black?

    Good luck for your trip back home!

    Pallav

    • Hi Pallav,

      I agree that technology can add to the mental clutter, but I don’t think it needs to. I find technology is the ultimate thing for a minimalist: it allows them unlimited growth (through the information available on the Internet) and allows them to stay connected with the rest of the world.

      As a digital nomad, I look for ways to live more simply and develop location independence through utilizing the technology that’s around me. I take as few gadgets with me as possible — the less the better! 🙂

      I’m not sure if minimalism is the new black, but it’s definitely a growing trend! I think it’s a natural response to having so much available to us.

  24. What backpack do you have? would you recommend it? I think ive chose the wrong type myself its more of a hiking pack.

  25. What are you using for your mobile data card? I’m currently in Indonesia and heading up through Southeast Asia over the next few months and haven’t found a good option for this yet.

    Also, kinda surprised you wear your Vibrams to the airport — isn’t this a pain when going through security? I travel with a pair of KSOs and am pretty good at getting them on/off, but still won’t wear them to the airport because of this (prefer flip-flops).

    • I had a Reliance Netconnect card that a friend in India helped me get (he used his name on the account because they needed a physical address, then I just gave him the money). The card worked really well in most places. There were a few times when I went outside the cities to more rural areas (as in the jungle) and it didn’t work there at all. Free WiFi can be found in the cities, but once you leave the cities the most you’ll usually find are non-free (slow!) Internet cafes.

      I got really good at putting my FiveFingers on, so it really wasn’t very much of an inconvenience. Going through security is only a one-time thing and a lot of airports (in Nepal for example) don’t even ask you to remove your shoes (instead they empty your entire bag and go through every single item at five different security checkpoints!).
      A bigger issue I discovered with wearing the FiveFingers, especially in India, was that a lot of temples required removing my shoes and leaving them outside. A lot of times I was afraid someone would steal them — they get plenty of attention when they’re on my feet, so I imagine they’d disappear pretty quick if I left them outside.

  26. Lovely post.

    Thanks for the checklist (ha!). I usually forget my essential 25, and have like 5 essentials and 30 items of nonsense (two sticks of deodorant, zero boxer shorts).

    I love your line about “drying your clothes by coconuts” and so forth. Isn’t there a pleasure (almost a luxury), in that elegant simplicity?

    The weed comment cracks me up, too. You don’t look stressed, you don’t shave as often…

    I also *love* Terry’s comment about Eat, Pray, Love. Something about your traveling “to be” and “delight” is so much richer than the other. (A), we begin okay, loved because we’re human. Traveling is a mode of childlike exploration; (B), we travel to become okay, and everything is part of our journey is really ego trippin’…that said I know many people were inspired by EPL, but I like your story better.

    What did you end up thinking?

    Wish I’d read this earlier!

    Cheers,
    Mark

    • Thanks, Mark!

      Travel can definitely be a mode of childlike exploration… especially if you’re traveling in pursuit of exploration and learning!

      But I don’t think travel is the same for everyone. I’ve met lots of people who are content staying where they are and who learn and grow fine without traveling. For me, I need to be in constant motion. And that’s why I choose to travel so lightly. It feels incredibly freeing to grab my backpack and GO, knowing that I have everything I need right there. I don’t feel weighed down by my possessions (physically or mentally!).

  27. Raam, I loved this post! Reading inspiring stories like yours just cements in me the need (yes, need) to do this, even if it’s on a smaller scale. I’ve always loved to travel, but never considered the nomad lifestyle because it’s not “practical” or so people say. 🙁 I commend you on your bravery sleeping with cockroaches; that’s one thing I could NEVER do. And about the EPL book/movie, I haven’t read the book but loved the movie, and it just occurred to me that the reason for that is the travelling, which led to everything else. I wish you much luck in the US and your future plans. Thanks for inspiring us with your life.

    • Thank you, Rick!

      I think the beautiful thing about travel is how easy it is to start small and expand from there. If your aim is to travel long-term with very little, start out by packing one backpack and going away for the weekend. Refine your needs as you go.

      The most important thing I learned about traveling light and on a budget, is to plan ahead your spending. Figure out exactly how much you can live on per-day, then set aside that much money and stay within budget every day. If you can do that, then you can relax and focus on exploring and enjoying the time instead of worrying about money.

      There is definitely a huge misconception around the nomadic lifestyle. It doesn’t require huge sacrifice or extreme discomfort and now with the Internet, communication and even work are easy to bring with us wherever we go.

  28. Hi, Raam.

    I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to dig down into it. Both your writing and philosophy are wonderful.

    I loved this post, though I do disagree with this assumption.

    “This lifestyle is not practical for everyone. For example, if you’re in college, if you have kids and a family, or if you own a brick-and-mortar business, your circumstances will likely prohibit such an extreme reduction of possessions.”

    Families with kids can embrace the minimalist nomad lifestyle too.

    We have a daughter, 10 (and already home-schooled), but are in the process of selling nearly everything so we can travel and live a more adventurous life together. We leave in two weeks; nearly everything is gone. We’re not storing much, just a couple of boxes.

    Our daughter has done an amazing job of letting go of her stuff, and, I can already tell, is going to be much happier with fewer material things to get in the way of her thoughts and experiences.

    Anyway, great post. Just wanted to point out that kids require only love, education and interesting experiences. They don’t need a room full of stuff to thrive. In fact, the room full of stuff often gets in the way.

    Off my soapbox now! Looking forward to reading more.

    • Hi Renee,

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! 🙂

      I’m in full agreement with you that families can pare down and be minimalist nomads as well. I was only implying that when you have a family, you also need to compromise with your spouse (and children if they’re older). I know of many husbands and wives who are minimalists themselves, but their spouses just can’t let go of attachments or the comforts of being in one place.

      I love that you are teaching your daughter minimalism from so early on and that you’re beginning to travel with her. I think that’s one of the best things a parent can do to ensure their children grow up with an open-minded perspective of the world. The experiences a child will gain from travel are priceless, whereas toys and other “stuff” become useless junk very quickly.

  29. Still one of the best nomad stories out there, Raam! You’ve done it all VERY extensively, traveling overtime(!) and the travel is a great way to learn a lot in a short amount of time. After building my business this way for the last 4 years and meeting hundreds of like-minded folks through my travels and online, it’s exciting to be part of this societal shift by building an online community to encourage more folks to embrace location independent business! I would truly LOVE to get you involved at Digital Nomad Academy as we expand it later this year! My biggest wish is that in the coming years, more and more people will be able to have this sort of flexibility and control over their work lives! 🙂

    • Thanks, Cody! My adventures were partly inspired by your own lifestyle and the awesome community you’ve built!

      I’d love to hear more about how I can help out with your project. 🙂

  30. Hi there. To me that is way more than 25 “things”, I sounds and look more close to a hundred plus all the programs, songs, photos, apps, contacts, websites…. It sounds like the opposite to minimalist to me. But thats me. I live in sweden and was brought up in a house 4-6 months a year with no running water, no electricity. To me it looks like a minor office and you have no means of making your own food, like a stove or a knife wich obviously would be my first two choices in a minimalist world. Im still going to continue reading even if you generally have uppsett me with what sound like a comercial when you even name your clothes by the brand! who cares about what brand of pants you got? I thought a minimalist didnt put that much affeccion in each item, instead your boast about your items and they sound so important that its more like the opposite to minimalism. Pardon my bad english. Thanks!

    • Hi Aksello,

      The focus in someone’s life determines how they apply minimalism. For me, my focus is travel and digital augmentation. If I can replace a physical item with a digital one (to save physical space and Earth’s resources), then I will do so. Owning a stove when my focus is world travel wouldn’t make sense, since I can simply make use of the items in whatever location I arrive at. As a minimalist, the things I do own should be of quality that will last a long time so that I’m not constantly throwing things out and replacing them (again, to save Earth’s resources). When I need to replace something, I will look for a second-hand item, an item that has already been used (instead of buying something new), but I will not use something just because it’s the cheapest item, as that encourages the production of more “cheap” items, which creates waste.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

      • I still dont see the point of giving us the name of each clothing brand. From my point of view that only shows that you might have few items with you, but you put more value to each item, so it they break or get lost then it will cause more problem. The way do go is to tell us for example: One t-shirt, sandal, one pair of pants etc. And the way your mention the world resource is wierd as if wearing a certain brand would help? I argue that not beeing concerned about any brands should help more with the worlds resource. Then you wouldnt have to put in that extra effort into finding that specific brand, by getting to a specific store, shipping across the world, and the marketing of that brand that the company has done, all these things lead up to more resources beeing spend than if you just would have gotten the very first item that passed you by. But we live in a world full of vanity, so I totelly understand you, its just not minimalism. The munks who only travel with one piece of cloth to cover them and a set cutlery and a mug, thats the way to go!!

        • We’re living in a world where technological advances allow us to create superior materials that last longer and hold up better over time. Tell me, which makes more sense: buying cheap clothing that needs to be thrown out and replaced within 1 year, or a more expensive clothing that can last 5-10 years and therefore uses less raw materials and reduces waste over the long-term? The clothes I wear may be slightly more expensive, but I’ve been wearing many of them for 5+ years. By mentioning the brands I wear and reporting on their quality, I’m helping other travelers reduce long-term waste and providing information about their quality.

          I believe in combining our technological advances with minimalism and sustainability to find ways to reduce waste and minimize the need for constantly replacing things. The clothes I wear are functional across many climates and therefore I’m not constantly changing what I wear depending on where I travel. If I knew that I would be living in one climate for a long time (as many monks do), I would not need to worry about changing climates. Monks also live relatively inactive lives. They’re not frequently hiking through the mountains, climbing rocks, running and training for marathons, exploring different countries, etc. If my lifestyle was slower, what I own would differ as well.

  31. Excellent post Raam. I admire your pairing down to ONE bag and perspective. The world would be a better place if everyone stepped out of their comfort zone and experienced other cultures.

    When you see people in other countries who live with next to no possessions, yet have a huge smile on their face, it makes you wonder!

    The cockroach part freaks me out, reminds me of a time I spent living in Amsterdam. A friends couch (before I got my apt.), was loaded with them, at this point the street was a better choice.

    What purpose does the Nokia serve…using a local SIM?

    • Hey Jeff, the Nokia is indeed for using a local SIM; I picked it up for $10USD when I was in India.

      Stepping outside our comfort zones and experiencing other cultures helps us see how despite the huge differences that may exist between people of various places, there’s still something that’s the same across all of us. To interact with people you cannot understand verbally and yet still share and understand the meaning behind a smile is something that touches you at the core.

  32. Hey Raam, thanks for your reply. Ah, that makes sense about the phone.

    I experienced some *non-verbal* goodness around a fire, at a drum circle last night. There is an unspoken vibe and everyone just get’s along, a beautiful thing.

    Keep it up! 🙂

  33. I have spent the last 10 months in Honduras running a small children’s home. I don’t live out of one backpack, but when I leave in two weeks all of the possessions I have pared down to during my time here will fit into a large military duffel and a carry-on. I can relate to so many of the experiences you have mentioned, but especially the flipped view of returning to the States. I think I am more nervous about what I face by trying to become a part of American society again while trying to grow in the lifestyle I have found for myself here than I was about picking up and coming here. How did it go for you?

    • Hi Margie,

      Thank you for your work in the children’s home. I don’t think we need to “become part of American society” again… I certainly haven’t tried to do that since returning to the United States. Instead, I’ve tried to allow my new perspective and my new minimalist lifestyle to rub off onto those around me, to encourage others to take a look at the way they live and see how they can improve it. My goal is to set an example for others to follow.

      I’ve been in the United States exactly one year now and I definitely feel the need to go abroad again to continue reminding myself how privileged this society is, to get my core to experience the responsibility that drove me to change the direction of my life. I know my life focus now, but it’s incredibly easy for that sense of responsibility — that sense of how privileged I am — to slowly wear off when I have nothing to remind me.

  34. Thanks for this inspiring life experience! This one inspires me to continue with my goal: living a simple life. I belong to a congregation of men, trying to live out my vow of poverty. It may be different really from living a life of minimalism but I find this useful to at least, “live simply so that others may simply live”

    I started jotting down my 100 essential possessions… and hopefully make it lesser every year. Exactly one month from now, I will be professing my vows perpetually… and this is just part of it: minimalism and simplicity.

    🙂

    • I’m glad you enjoyed this, Vince! Hoarding and holding excess helps nobody, but living simply with enough enables excess to flow where it’s needed. 🙂

  35. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on minimalism and travel. I’m a lover of travel and simple living – and also a husband and a small business owner (just me). Family and work obligations can seem to conflict with this lifestyle – but there are unique ways of still carving out this lifestyle.
    Anyway, thanks.
    Anthony

    • Hi Anthony,

      I’m glad you enjoyed this. 🙂 As a recent husband and dad (this year!), I know what you mean about family obligations conflicting with the lifestyle. But it certainly doesn’t make it impossible, just more challenging! I’ll be writing and sharing more on those challenges soon.

  36. Hi I’m a minimlist from New Zealand.
    My minimlism started when I was a kid and never stopped lol. The older I get the less I feel I need.even things like
    I downloaded an app on my smart ph to use torch on my ph and sold my torch. (The app torch is brighter than than the actual torch I sold lol)

      • Have you found after becoming a minimalist that its expanded to simplifying other areas of your life too?

        Also with risk of sounding nosy 😉 I’m curious as to you why you have two phones instead of one?
        Eg maybe iphone to use as phone/camera/Internet/gps
        and Nokia because better battery life or back up phone?

        • Hi Sabrina,

          Yes, becoming a minimalist has essentially taken over my life, so-to-speak. I’m constantly looking for new ways I can simplify and I’m constantly reevaluating where I am with my lifestyle.

          The reason for two phones was just as you guessed: my primary phone is the smartphone, which I use for so many things (contacts, calendar, email, web, passwords, research, GPS, camera, phone, etc.). However, in some countries it can be difficult to find a SIM card for the iPhone, so I also keep a cheap Nokia phone that uses a regular SIM card. I purchased the Nokia phone when I was in India because I couldn’t get my iPhone working as a telephone there and I wanted a way of texting/calling if I needed to. That phone cost me about $5 USD and I still have it today. 🙂

    • The external hard drive is for doing full-system backups of my entire laptop. I create a full mirror of the entire laptop every 2 weeks (using CarbonCopyCloner). The backup is bootable, which means if my laptop was stolen, or my laptop died entirely, I could walk into an Apple store, buy a new MacBook Air, and then boot from my backup and immediately have my entire system back the way it was, all in a matter of minutes.

      Now that you can buy a 256GB SD (Memory) Cards (the size of a quarter!), I actually don’t carry around any external hard drives anymore. Now I just have a couple of high-capacity SD Cards and I do full-system backups to those (and use them for storing large files I don’t need to access frequently).

  37. Apple MacBook Pro + ChargerApple iPhone + ChargerPanasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Digital Camera + Charger + Extra batteryApple Magic MouseWestern Digital 500GB External Hard Drive + USB CableNokia Mobile Phone + Charger

    Are you kidding?

    You’re not any type of ‘nomad’.

    Nor is $1000s worth of stuff minimalist.
    Two cell phones? Wtf?!?

    Extreme reduction of possessions? What planet do you live on…

    • It’s called being a ‘modern nomad’. If I really wanted to get rid of everything, I could, but then I wouldn’t be replying to you right now, nor would I be making my living through working on the Internet instead of working in some job that contributes to the machine of physical consumerism.

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  • whereivebeen July 2, 2016

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  • edwardoneill July 2, 2016

    How to live out of one bag for six months. http://raamdev.com/lifestyle-of-a-minimalist-digital-nomad I love this dude!

  • Learning Technology July 2, 2016

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  • Olov Lindgren July 2, 2016

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  • Kyle Wiebalk July 2, 2016

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  • Heather Whalin July 2, 2016

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  • tommangan July 2, 2016

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  • Trail of Asia July 2, 2016

    The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don’t Need To Be One http://ow.ly/3duwy

  • Yaroslavl InfoTour July 2, 2016

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  • Matthew July 2, 2016

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  • Erik McLaughlin July 2, 2016

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  • Andy L July 2, 2016

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  • Dan Andrews July 2, 2016

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  • Travel like a Pro | Never Check In Luggage July 2, 2016

    […] in your mind! My friend, Raam Dev, is my hero here, even though I am no where near to becoming a minimalist digital nomad. 9. You can take planes, taxis, metros, trains, boats and easily manage all of your belongings! […]

  • Abdullah July 2, 2016

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  • Alberto July 2, 2016

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  • Steve July 2, 2016

    RT @dowonkang: The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don't Need To Be One http://j.mp/crqKbu | good read

  • Kang, Dowon July 2, 2016

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  • Derek Johnson July 2, 2016

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  • Henning Kjølgård July 2, 2016

    The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don’t Need To Be One – http://bit.ly/9tsCgR

  • Oktaria Lawalata July 2, 2016

    shoesnya keren aje @[email protected] RT: @cahyo_nugroho: @hasbi_tuta ini nih yg bikin gw pengen http://raamdev.com/lifestyle-of-a-minimalist-digital-nomad

  • Cahyo Nugroho July 2, 2016

    hmm…digital nomad http://raamdev.com/lifestyle-of-a-minimalist-digital-nomad

  • Cahyo Nugroho July 2, 2016

    @hasbi_tuta ini nih yg bikin gw pengen http://raamdev.com/lifestyle-of-a-minimalist-digital-nomad

  • Seth Werkheiser July 2, 2016

    'The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don’t Need To Be One' http://bit.ly/crqKbu Good read.

  • DS July 2, 2016

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  • Live Richly Round-Up 5 | Live Richly July 2, 2016

    […] of dining in absolute darkness at O Noir in Toronto. Raam sums up his 6 months on the road as a digital nomad and all the things he’s experienced. Jason and Aracely question the ethics of visiting […]

  • Jennifer Barry July 2, 2016

    RT @raamdev: The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don't Need To Be One http://bit.ly/9eb6Fa

  • Packing for the trip « random musings on life, the universe and everything July 2, 2016

    […] come close to my fellow tweet up attendee, Raam Dev. He travels around the world with only one small bag! He will be the first to tell you that this style of travel is not for everyone. I don’t […]

  • Farnoosh Brock July 2, 2016

    @ashbrock hon, you'll luv Raam, great hard-core packer like u! RT @raamdev: The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad http://bit.ly/9eb6Fa

  • Sandra Lee July 2, 2016

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  • Working Traveller July 2, 2016

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  • GlobetrotterGirls July 2, 2016

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  • Adam Mayfield July 2, 2016

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  • Madame Says July 2, 2016

    Fantastic, inspiring post by my friend @raamdev about living simply and his travels in nepal and what he learned: http://bit.ly/9Wy7ep

  • Justin Lane July 2, 2016

    RT @raamdev: The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad – and Why You Don't Need To Be One http://bit.ly/9eb6Fa – good article to read.

  • Sid Savara July 2, 2016

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  • » Following a Nomad July 2, 2016

    […] Read his update on The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad. […]

  • Anthony July 2, 2016

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  • Bill Gerlach July 2, 2016

    Where 1 journey ends 1 begins> RT @raamdev:The Lifestyle of a Minimalist Digital Nomad-and Why You Don't Need To Be One http://bit.ly/9eb6Fa

  • Marcin Samsel July 2, 2016

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  • Tommi Rissanen July 2, 2016

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  • Jarkko Laine July 2, 2016

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  • Ali Dark July 2, 2016

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  • Sandi Faviell Amorim July 2, 2016

    Catching up with a digital nomad: new post by @raamdev http://ow.ly/2yScM

  • Lynn Fang July 2, 2016

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  • Shake Off the Grind July 2, 2016

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  • Joel Runyon July 2, 2016

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  • Sandra Lee July 2, 2016

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  • Cody McKibben July 2, 2016

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  • Patrick Hitches July 2, 2016

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  • think minimal July 2, 2016

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