Traveler Spotlight: Naomi of “Anywhere But Home”

Keeping in line with our full-time travel theme, I thought I’d highlight someone who is actually living it – Naomi. She writes a fantastic blog called Anywhere But Home, and has been a “permanent nomad” since 2010.

From “Anywhere But Home”

This gal has been everywhere, and has done so much.  Here is an excerpt from her blog:

“Travel has always been a major part of my life, most importantly because people fascinate me.

The things we do, the way we think, and the desires which manifest themselves around us mesmerize me.

Being in a completely new place, witnessing something that I’ve never seen before, or learning about a culture in ways I didn’t know – this is what puts the biggest smile on my face.

And now, I’ve dedicated my life to pursuing that happiness.

In 2010, knowing that I didn’t want travel to be something that only happened once or twice a year, I made the decision to permanently leave home in order to pursue it as a lifestyle.

In the time since, I’ve been an expat, working a 9-5 job abroad; a backpacker, bumming from one town to the next; and a transitory nomad, renting apartments for a month and then taking off again.

I am 110% in love with this lifestyle. And I have no plans to go home for a very, very long time.

Some of my more memorable travel adventures include…:
– getting shot at with live fireworks in Taiwan
breaking my leg in South Korea, but then recovering in Japan
– working with mummies during an archaeological field school in Peru
diving one of the most famous dive sites in the world in Malaysia
– travelling by train from Beijing overland to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian
spotting pygmy elephants and wild orangutans in the jungles of Borneo
– backpacking Morocco as a solo 20-year old blonde gal…and living to tell the tale
dropping all plans for a month to move to Georgia (the country, not the state)
– seeing something powerful during a night in the Negev
ridesharing and Couchsurfing up the Pacific Northwest
– partying for 24 hours straight in Berlin
disconnecting from the world with a nomadic family in Mongolia
– …and always being inspired to keep going for more!

All in all, people fascinate me. Travel sustains me. And an absolutely insatiable curiosity drives me.”

From “Anywhere But Home”

As someone who would like to spend the next few years abroad, Naomi is such an inspiration. She lived in Seoul, South Korea for two years, and has been traveling to various other places since. Just more motivation to stop talking about it, and just do it. I’ve got a few things bubbling at the moment that are too new/soon to go into, but suffice to say I’ve got a lot on my horizon. So I’m in a very “NOTHING CAN HOLD ME BACK FROM MY DREAMS” kind of mindset right now.

And you should be too, whatever they may be!

♡♡♡ Cecilia

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2 comments

  1. Naomi

    Wow…thanks for including me!! I finally saw this after a month of completely unreliable internet and am so thankful for such kind words 🙂 Yes, it’s completely possible to be a full-time traveller, through a careful balance of expatriotism and backpacking…but that’s just my way! There’s a myriad of other opportunities, too! 😉

  2. Naomi

    Thanks for including me in your series!! I do appreciate it ^____^ Full-time travel is completely possible for anyone who’s interested; don’t let fear discourage you!

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