Six ways becoming a grey nomad changed my life 83



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The life of a grey nomad is something that we all think about, but some of the big “What If’s” that we read about stop us from going ahead. What would it mean? How would we see the family? Is it too expensive? What about our health? These are some of the questions we research. But we don’t often stop to think about the other things – the good things about grey nomading and the way it can change your life.

So we asked people in our community just that: “How has being a grey nomad changed your life?” and some of the answers are things we never even thought of. So today, be inspired by some of these things from people just like you and the ways their grey nomad journey has changed their life.


1. “We made so many new friends and we keep in touch and even meet up… Sometimes planned and sometimes by coincidence all over Australia.” – Jan

The thing about being a grey nomad is that you go to places where there are people just like you. It is an incredible way to make lifelong friends who have the same interests as you and it gives you a sense of security, as they are somewhat like a support group.


2. “We actually saved money – it is like condensing your assets and living frugally without feeling constrained!” – Pete

Pete and his wife Trish traded in their home and car for a four-wheel drive and a campervan. They’ve found that the minimal lifestyle has helped them to use their money much more wisely!


3. “We’ve seen places we never imagined visiting.” – Sue

The whole point of being a grey nomad is having the ability to tick off bucket list destinations all over the world – not just Australia! If you have places, especially in some of the hard to reach spots across Australia that you’ve always wanted to see grey nomading can be one of the best ways to see them.


4. “Since we began our grey nomad lifestyle we’ve become so much healthier.” – Barb

Because you have more availability to independent grocers and you do more physical activity like bushwalking, swimming and even more adventurous things like kayaking or cycling, you are making healthier decisions without realising it.


5. “We connected again on a deeper level after so many years of busy living and running after kids and jobs.” – Maree

Having so much time with your partner can rekindle the romance as you reconnect through spending time together again. But remember, it is a lot of time just the two of you!


6. “It is total freedom after so many years of being tied to a mortgage, kids and job.” – Jim

When you decide to retire, you want to find a lifestyle that gives you everything you haven’t been able to do for the last few decades. Having no ties to anything except your life on the road can be an incredible way to do this.


So today tell us, what are the most compelling things about being a grey nomad? Or if you are already one, what are your favourite things about the life? How has it changed yours?

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  1. I agree that we are healthier. We walk around every new area and this must be good. Free camping helps balance the budget, with fuel being the big expense. Mental and physical stimulus are the positive outcomes, as well as meeting new people. Don’t think about it, just do it!

  2. We are not permanent Nomads, but gee its a great life. We walk around most places we stop, we also go to a lot of National Parks and walk around, and talk and socialise with hundreds of other people. We couldn’t not have a house to go back to, and really only like travelling in the winter months but it’s not hard to get used to.

  3. We have been on the road almost 2 years. We have a base to return to. Albeit our sons home. We just love the freedom, no time constraints, the planning & budgeting. You can do this on the pension. Meeting lovely people, seeing many places in this wide beautiful country. Being free to do many things or simply nothing. We are really grateful for this time together after long hours of running a business etc

  4. We have a camper trailer. One of the things I love is, housework is done in about 15 minutes. We are both still working but all our holidays are spent travelling and fine tuning our setup for our retirement. We are starting to enjoy the simple things in life (chatting while we wash and wipe up). We are really looking forward to the next stage of our lives.

  5. We go for the winter, love it always meet lovely people, now set up to free camp, so doesn’t cost as much, we go to hoy pools to get our arty fixed.

  6. We are independently able to see this beautiful country. We have a home to come back to so have the best of both worlds. We are totally self contained so free camp 90% of the time to help balance the budget and we have met so many interesting people there. If ever you had a problem someone is able to either help you or at least offer advice. We go to quite a lot of music festivals and we enjoy visiting our kids and grandkids. They lead very busy lives and fortunately have room for us to park at their place and we dont feel like we are “under their feet”. One grey nomad pointed out that we can skype them but you cannot attend their school concerts and sports etc and not to mention their birthdays! We love the life and will continue till we are physically and mentally not able to do it!

  7. My hubby died 5 years ago at 58 and that was our retirement dream. I would still love to live part of my life as a grey nomad. Are there many ladies like me nomading and how do you get started?

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    • Loris – we have met many ladies out there travelling alone. They all seem incredibly happy with their choice.

    • mike here-go out then front door, lock it, turn right or left (depends on which side of the house your driveway is), get in the Mobile. At the end of the driveway it doesn’t matter which way you turn, unless of course you live alongside a river or garbage dump.

    • We met a lovely lady travelling alone in Adelaide River, I was so impressed with her attitude, her van was 20ft with shower and toilet, she had ended a 27 year terrible marriage, wanted to travel so off she went ☺ good luck if you decide to go ☺

    • I travel alone, after my husband passed away nearly 8 years ago. You will make friends as I have. Go for it!!!

    • Have travelled to Ladakh for volunteer work & overseas a few times, but just a tad nervous doing the big road trip.

    • Loris, perhaps joining a motorhome/caravan club initially and receiving their magazines will help you put your idea in action. My husband and I have a motorhome and we have been members of Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) for several years. Their monthly magazine The Wanderer is extremely informative along with being a good read for the travel experiences of other Grey Nomads per se. CMCA does have a Solo Chapter who are very active with planning and organising trips and get togethers, many ladies find this a great way to get out on the road as there is a lot of support for each other.

  8. Agree with Morvyth re the boost to mental and physical stimulus. Believe that 3 years on the road has reduced our ‘real age’ somewhat. More adaptable to whatever ‘comes along’, many new friends from all walks and places, and have seen and learnt so much about this wonderful country of ours and it’s history. Horses for courses re the cost – everyone does it differently depending their means. Fuel and car and van maintenance are biggest costs, but then pace of travel much determine these. Regular flights back to grandies budgeted for. Many more years ahead for us.

  9. Loris, we have met many women travelling on their own. One was even towing a fifth wheeler! So if you really wish to travel, simply get a van you feel you can deal with and have a ball.

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    • You know what we’ll miss out if we worry to much. May be a small type of Winnebago don’t have to worry about reversing , just pull in climb over the back. We have a camper van, you would need to have a go at putting it up yourself you need to be tall and strong so have a good look around first but u will love it great parks some take animals too.Happy trails

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