Beyond Borders: A Deep Dive Into the Nomadic Way of Life
What is it about nomadism that has been consistently inspirational to people around the world? Why do many people enjoy the “journey to the other side” that can take them between different countries? Why do people who want to be nomads travel across borders and continents?
Nomadism is about being free, about leaving your comfort zone, about following your own path in life and about leaving your mark on the world. A journey of this kind is full of adventure and discovery, whether you’re a backpacker roaming through India or a writer, writer, writer.
One of the world’s most famous nomadis, J.K. Rowling, is often hailed as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for her novels and stories and as the ‘chocolate queen’ for her writing career, but she is also a real-life nomadic woman for much of her life. Rowling’s first novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was released in 1997 and won her a number of accolades, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004. The following year, she published the sequel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
In her book, On the Road, Rowling gives a detailed account of how she traveled and lived all over the world as a journalist.
“The trip has made me happier than anything else I have ever done,” she writes.
“The real purpose of travel is, after all, to get to know someone, get to know his country, his way of life, his language, his traditions, without being at other people’s beck and call.”
And yet, in her time away from home, she managed to produce one of the most successful novels of all time – the Harry Potter series.
How she does it: On the Road is at