Us humans are social creatures, and we tend form and value communities of like minded people.
Whether it be via hobbies, spirituality, family, friends, special interests, sports, school, work, volunteerism, or what not – when you live in a stationary place, you tend to form connections with people around you that become important to you, and very hard to leave behind.
And indeed, leaving a stationary life behind and embarking on a nomadic life of full time traveling does inevitably mean some disruption in your local community connections. Oftentimes, at first this can feel like a huge disruption that may seem like a full on severing.
Leaving behind peer groups and not being involved with them as regularly can be painful, and it is easy to see why community often wins in the face of full time wanderlust.
When folks ask me what the toughest part of our lifestyle is, I’ll often reference the community aspects. When I lived in Florida, I had a very active network of friends, and it was very difficult to leave.
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