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Posted on Apr 30, 2013

The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic? New Changes Looming Ahead

The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic? New Changes Looming Ahead

Do you know what keeps a person alive and really happy? In my little world, it’s being here and now, and there one day, and there where I was, and all the sparks that go off as I zip and spark from here and there. I am all of that at the same time, at every moment, all I was, all I am right now, only right now, and still what I think may be coming. As I become more spiritual andΒ more clear with myself, I recognize how much more I want to be here, here, here, now, now, now. And still, as a world traveler and as a highly-enthusiastic soul who loves to be excited about that next idea and that next place, I keep adding to my bucket list projects I passionately believe in and places I passionately want to experience.

I believe that when you stop having a bucket list, stop having things that you are passionate about in your in box, then you stop wanting to live. I want to live. I have so much to live for. I see us, our thoughts, our lives, our travels, our family in constant flux, which will explain why we may not stay The Nomadic Family as you know us for that much longer, perhaps.

Bucket List Dreams I’ve Told You About

Β 1- I’ve told you about our dream of working on a cruise ship. We ideally want to get a 3 month entertainment contract on a rtw cruise ship. That way,Β  our cabin and meals and fully covered, we make income, and I get to spend a few hours a day talking about energy healing, meditation, chakra balancing, and making the most of your relationships and life. I can do that joyfully.
2- I’ve told you about our dream to bike for a year through Europe. We would like the kids to get a bit older to reduce the amount of whining and increase the amount of time we actually enjoy ourselves. And, as I write this, I realize with great dread, that that age may never arrive. Though I’m making very conscious efforts to fill my world with the positive energy of my thoughts and words, I still find myself gravitating towards complaining. As one of the primary role models of my kids’ life outlook, I’m consciously working on it, but still realize we all may just whine through it together. That’ll bond us too! πŸ™‚
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Fulfilling our bucket list dreams

The Nomadic Family No Longer Nomadic?

The Nomadic Family is just a family of five souls who all have needs and wants, and as a family, we will listen and do what we think is honestly best for all five of those souls.

The kids are talking more and more about Israel and we just can’t ignore that anymore. Even if they are idealizing and remembering life in Israel through the lenses of utopian romantic ever-joy, we do want them to go back to the school we founded, to giggle with their cousins, and play with their friends. We’ve all been dreaming lately of home, me- the kitchen counter and the sunlight filtering in through the mountains to our living room, the kids- parties and playing at friends’ houses, Kobi- Friday night dinners with his siblings and all 20+ cousins. So, we’re thinking about how to creatively create a more-stable, semi-nomadic lifestyle which will give us all of that and still enable us to travel like crazy.

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Settling down in places – beaches of Peru

Β Bucket List Dreams I’ve Haven’t Told You About

We’re playing with the idea of having the kids in school for 9 months of the year, and spend 3 months of the year, each summer (and a tiny bit into the start of the Israeli school year) visiting a different country such as Amsterdam, where one of Kobi’s best friend lives, or a different city in Europe.Β  We still have not idea where to stay in Amsterdam but have no doubt we’ll manage something cool and creative. So, we may spend an entire summer in the UK, Ireland, or Spain.Β  We want to do an Africa adventure, an Australia RV adventure, and another dip into South America, further South. And while we think we can fit that into three month trips, and maybe one month Passover/Easter breaks each year, we also think we may go home for a year or so, and then hit the road again for a year or two.

It’s a bit terrifying to give this space, the idea of living in a home again. I’m having sweaty, toss-and-turn dreams lately about feeling stuck at home again. There was one in which I kept hiding in the closet of Kobi’s parents house, and he kept coming in there to talk to me, to calm me down, and kiss me (actually we mad out but that is not why you’re reading this, right?). So, I keep freaking out, “Kobi, remember we’re just visiting here for 2 months and then we said we’d hit the road again!” and he keeps telling me how I need to just deal with our new reality. I went back to sleep several times, until I finally got him to remember that we’re meant to visit and then hit the road again. Just like in my Bar Rafaeli dream, I woke up and don’t know what happened.

And then, I remember how much I cried and begged Kobi to postpone “The Big Trip” until we almost gave up on what has become The Nomadic Family. So, whatever will happen and morph and change is meant to. Remember, I can still die tomorrow, or someone can get sick, or something can happen to us physically, financially, mentally, and we’ll change based on whatever turn the Universe sings to us then, so we will change and keep changing every moment, as we are meant to.

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We are so nomadic!

When Does The Nomadic Family Change Into The Static Family?

God, I hate the sound of that. Yes, I know we’ll never be static. Even back home, I rearranged all the furniture every two weeks. (Kid you not!) We’ll go back to camping on the Sea of Galilee most weekends and hiking The Israel Trail from the Northern most to the Southern most point of Israel. And now that we’re diving certified, we’ll go scuba diving in Eilat. And there are vacations- tons of them. Lots of Israel to explore, and Europe is super close and tickets are sometimes a joke-cheap. (That does not translate well from Hebrew).

Well, of course we don’t know for sure but we see at least another year of travel before us. We believe we’ll do a few more countries in South East Asia, meet the film crew for that 6-8 week Himalayas Hike and Volunteer Mission (which you will hear tons about very, very, very soon. I promise), and spend at least six months in India, where we may be putting the kids into one amazing ‘open’ school in Goa, India. So, we have a lot of adventuring still to do before we settle down for a year,

And Good Night Beautiful Ones

Now I’m writing to you sitting in the lobby of BackHome Hostel in Malaysia, (cute album) an Islamic nation and country I adore. This is a reality I would have never imagined was possible for me. Last month I was watching my kids play Disney Monopoly at Pillows and Toast Hostel (another FB album) in Singapore, where we had the time of our lives and loved every moment and every relationship. A reality I also never thought was possible for nature-loving, hippie-breathing me in super-competitive, materialistic Singapore.

Also, didn’t imagine we’d live in the jungles of Ecuador with an indigenous tribe, or we’d fall in love with so many than-strangers across the globe,Β  or that I’d lose 28 pounds, or that Kobi and I could stay somehow so in love with each other and these three amazing kids, after being together so much. So, all sorts of surprises still await us, right? No point of being scared of them, resisting them, or wasting too much time doubting them. They will all have their respectful time and place, and in that place too, will be great growth and development.

Two dear friends (the owner of Pillows & Toast Hostel, Singapore) whom we adore and miss!

You know I want your thoughts. Yes, sorry, again the spiritual got louder than the traveler, but it’s all part of sparking me. Thanks for loving me, just like that.

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Only the Very Special, Rich, Lucky, and Perfect Like Me Can Travel

 

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14 Comments

  1. Ok, Gabi, you had me here bitting my nails and saying No, No NOOOOOOO..( in total DENIAL) .thinking that you were stoppng being nomadic, then I understood about the kids wanting to go back to friends and family – and I sympathized ( there a name for this stage, right? ) and at the end when I realized you still have at least a year of more adventures on the road i felt RELIEVED…!!! Hopefully, when you get back to Israel I should be on my way to make my own world adventures. Keep sharing the Love my friend!!! Xoxo Vanessa

    • i had you yelling NOOOOOOOOOO. i love that. denial is one of my favorite games. we should play together some time. i love you. the rest of what i have to say is just details. i love you and thank you for loving me, following our story, understanding that our kids (damn them) have lives too and deep desires. kobi and i think we may put them in regular school and then they’ll hate it and want to go travel again forever. good plan? what do you think? :0

  2. Oh Gabi, there can’t be too much spiritual in ya! You know, we set out for a 1 yr “career break” and after 8 months have turned it into “as long as we can break”. I absolutely dread the day we need to go back to the life before. Don’t get me wrong it was a dream life, but not my dream. Travel was, is and always has been my dream. I think some of us were just born that way. Oh, I so know what you mean about moving the furniture around. I am that way too. If there isn’t enough change in my life, I create it. I was always that way in the workplace too. Stagnancy is not my friend. Though we have not opted for a complete Nomadic life, living in Spain has worked well for us. We travel other parts of Spain and other countries on school breaks, so the full immersion is working well. I send good thoughts your way to be happy with what ever you do. In the mean time, we too are trying to find that money fairy, so we can continue our “international life” for as long as possible.

    • so you move furniture too. we’re so pathetic i love it. yes, i create change too, or drama, whatever is more entertaining at the given moment. love the spain home-base thing. kids go to school or do you homeschool? or unschool? did you find the money fairy? will you tell her we’re in KL malaysia when she’s done sprinkling her gifts on you. you’re a dear for doing say. thanks.

  3. Wow is all I can say. I wonder how the kids are going to feel when they actually go back. And you and Kobi! What are you going to do?

    • Ah, I think that is the beauty of it all. Nothing needs to be “forever”. Plans can change and evolve, just as does everything in life.

      • heidi, yes, there is great beauty in allowing change to take place. damn it! it’s not all about what kobi and i want. we’ve got five of us with dreams. πŸ™‚ i love you.

    • officially: ni-tak-lem. unofficially: we’ll just freak out. πŸ™‚ we think we can put them in regular school and not the school we founded, that we believe in, and they’ll hate it so much, they’ll beg to go back to traveling. πŸ™‚ he he he.

  4. Ok, I was disappointed that you didn’t share this with us last weekend, until I realized that you *had* been talking about this in various ways, both directly and indirectly. Then, I arrived at the end and realized that we will still have a year to enjoy your travel escapades!

    As Heidi mentions, nothing needs to be “forever”. We all evolve in our dreams and desires, our priorities change as our kids go through different stages, and our experiences shape us into who we are. I don’t see anything wrong in a nomadic family settling down for a season, especially as we all know that their shared experiences won’t let them become “stagnant”.

    • thanks jeff. sorry to disappoint you. do you know how many things, thoughts, feeling, and plans in my mind kobi discovers from reading the blog, or (you’ll die now) i write about it and Ash comes and notifies Kobi. πŸ™‚ and yes, i do share, all the time directly and indirectly, it’s such a moving glob our lives are. so, i’m sorry if in any way you felt not included. at least a year, tons can change by then, but the kids and their dreams have a strong place too.

      i love what heidi said (and that you two connected in facebook), and i love heidi. nothing needs to be, or can be, forever. we’re all constantly evolving and, like in the why the boston marathon was a wonderful thing post http://thenomadicfamily.com/2013/04/why-the-boston-marathon-tragedy-was-a-wonderful-thing-four-raw-truths-you-wont-lik/(which i’m still waiting to hear your thoughts on), the travel void will create other great things. all wonderful, all ever-changing, all beautiful. oh, and kobi and i were thinking instead of putting back into the school we founded and believe in, we thought of putting them into regular school. they’ll hate it and beg to hit the road. good plan no? we love you guys.

  5. Lots of adventures before then! We’ll probably “settle” in the UK for a while as part of our travels, that is our home, not this tropical paradise. It’s all good Gabi, and I’d love to hear more about Israel. School ain’t happening though!

  6. There’s still plenty going on for you before you slow down Gabi! I’m glad you’re listening to the needs of your family. I want to get a few years of nomadic travel in before Reuben gets older and craves school life. Just keep on being who you are… nomadic or static, it doesn’t matter!

  7. I sympathize with this dilemma. I had to wait until I was an empty nester in order to fulfill some of my own bucket list. I’m certain you will return to be nomads again in the future if you decide to change your status for a while. Good luck.

    • Hi David. It’s a tricky thing to do what five different souls all want. Very tricky. I think in any life you choose, there will be great advantages and disadvantages that when you zoom out hopefully bring you and your family the greatest joy. Thank you. We’ve got a year of nomadism left and we’ve all been talking a lot. We may go home for a year and then hit the road again. We’ll see how the wind and our hearts guide us. Thank you David. Gabi

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