Updated: 10/31/2019 | October 31st, 2019
How typically have you told close friends or family members about a dream trip of yours, only to have them scoff and remind you to be “more realistic”?
How typically do you want you had a group of people today who understood you? Or a spot you could go to get your 10,000 concerns answered ahead of your subsequent trip?
How typically have you painstakingly researched a full itinerary only meet some stranger at a hostel whose story had the energy to make you transform your plans completely?
We all want a supportive neighborhood — and as a lot as I really like the World-wide-web (and I do really like the World-wide-web), the most effective connections are produced offline and in genuine life.
When I very first began preparing my trip about the globe in 2005, I didn’t know anybody who had carried out a thing related. Heck, I only knew 1 particular person who ever even studied abroad. Travel wasn’t a large issue to the people today in my globe.
And, in contrast to these days, I couldn’t just go on-line and ask a bunch of bloggers concerns or uncover numerous articles and sites to assist me. In the early 2000s, there wasn’t a lot beyond a extremely restricted quantity of really hard-to-navigate forums, a handful of sites, and a stack of guidebooks on my desk.
I had a lot of concerns but handful of answers.
What I required was a neighborhood of people today who could give me the very first-hand suggestions and sensible suggestions that would make my trip much better, and assist me get more than my fears.
And, when I came back, there had been extremely handful of people today who could sympathize with the mix of feelings I was feeling. Once again, I was alone. I wished for a neighborhood of people today who could fully grasp my post-travel blues.
Soon after becoming a nomad for more than ten years, I’ve been fortunate adequate to produce my personal neighborhood of travel enthusiasts by way of this internet site.
And these days, I want to expand this neighborhood and take what we have on-line and bring it into the genuine globe.
So I’m pleased to announce the launch of The Nomadic Network!
It is this website’s in-particular person meetup initiative.
The Nomadic Network (TNN for quick) will be a worldwide neighborhood of travel lovers who assistance and inspire 1 yet another to travel much better, less costly, and longer. Whether or not it is a quick jaunt to a nearby city or an indefinite round-the-globe trip, the neighborhood will be there to assist anybody who desires to (and loves to) travel.
Years ago, we did a trial run of these events. I met so several great travelers at these meetups, and the 1 issue I kept hearing was how you wished these types of events occurred a lot more frequently.
Nicely, now we’re bringing them back!
Erica, whom you could possibly have recognized as my ideal-hand lady more than the final six years, will helm this new initiative. She’ll be operating on it complete-time!
How will The Nomadic Network perform?
We’re constructing in-particular person chapters all about the globe. Neighborhood chapters will meet regularly to share stories, trade suggestions, do activities collectively, and host events. We’re making a space for people today to meet travelers in their city (even if they or you are just passing by way of) and kind friendships and bonds. Mixers, picnics, brunches, presentations, specialist panels — something that gets you inspired to travel a lot more!
The very first set of events will be neighborhood mixers exactly where we’ll meet and get to know every other. If you are primarily based in these cities or will be there when we launch, join us:
- Philly – Wednesday, November six
- DC – Thursday, November 7
- London – Thursday, November 7
- Boston – Tuesday, November 12
- Austin – Wednesday, November 13
- NYC – Thursday, November 14
- Toronto, Canada – Thursday, November 28
- Detroit – Monday, December two
- Indianapolis – Tuesday, December three
- Chicago – Wednesday, December four
- Madison – Thursday, December five
Events are $10 (to assist cover charges) and come with a cost-free drink! Plus, you can bring a pal for cost-free (so if you split the charges it is $five per particular person!)
(Note: Do not be concerned, we will open a lot more chapters all more than the US and abroad in 2020. Hold up to date with The Nomadic Network beneath the “Community” tab at the top rated of this internet site.)
How Can You be a Component of TNN?
There are a handful of basic techniques!
1. Attend 1 of our very first events!
If you can come to 1 of our very first events, please do. You can uncover the complete list right here.
two. Apply to lead your regional chapter
We want assist top these TNN chapters. Erica (our Events Director) and I will assist with the booking of venues, contacting guest speakers, renting microphones and gear, managing attendee registration, and assisting with and paying for something we can.
But we want eyes, ears, and leaders on the ground. If you want to discover a lot more about becoming 1 of our chapter leaders, click this hyperlink and submit your application. We’ll be in touch!
three. Volunteer at an occasion
If becoming a leader is not your issue but you’d like to volunteer your time in the course of the events, great! We’ll want a lot of assistance to get these chapters up and operating. Just fill this out and we’ll get back to you.
four. Assist beta test our new neighborhood internet site
If you want to assist produce a user-pal internet site for this new neighborhood, all you want to do is go to The Nomadic Network’s internet site and produce a fast traveler profile. It only requires two minutes to produce your login and profile. Then you can join a chapter, uncover events close to you, poke about the current content material, and sign up for in-particular person meetups. Then send us all of your feedback so we can get it operating super smoothly.
(This is only the very first draft of the internet site so there are lots of kinks to straighten out ahead of we totally launch it and make it the center of The Nomadic Network globe.)
Producing a chapter-primarily based organization is a Large undertaking, but we’re extremely excited to get began. It is been on our list of points to produce for a extended time now and we’re lastly carrying out it! This is going to take our neighborhood to the subsequent level!
So get prepared to meet absolutely everyone IRL! 🙂
Book Your Trip: Logistical Ideas and Tricks
Book Your Flight
Uncover a low cost flight by utilizing Skyscanner or Momondo. They are my two favored search engines mainly because they search sites and airlines about the globe so you usually know no stone is left unturned.
Book Your Accommodation
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory. If you want to remain someplace other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they regularly return the least expensive prices for guesthouses and low cost hotels. I use them all the time.
Do not Overlook Travel Insurance coverage
Travel insurance coverage will shield you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It is extensive protection in case something goes incorrect. I never ever go on a trip without having it as I’ve had to use it several instances in the previous. I’ve been utilizing Globe Nomads for ten years. My favored corporations that supply the most effective service and worth are:
- Globe Nomads (for absolutely everyone under 70)
- Insure My Trip (for these more than 70)
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Verify out my resource web page for the most effective corporations to use when you travel! I list all the ones I use to save cash when I travel – and that will save you time and cash also!