We all crave freedom. But some of us desire a carefree lifestyle, away from the hustle bustle, more than others. Remember Esmerelda from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame? Since we saw the beautiful gypsy girl, with a mystic and free spirit, we’ve dreamt of being a gypsy, too. But there’s a lot more to being a gypsy, of course. It’s not just about the travelling, long, flowy clothes, funky jewellery, and the like.
‘Gypsy’ is actually a term for Romani people—a whole different culture. However, if you have a free spirit, too, that wants to explore the world, meet new people, and live a worry-free life, a modern-day gypsy lifestyle is what you need. Here’s everything you need to know...
THE Gypsy life isn’t for everyone
Before you turn your life upside down, think this through very carefully. If you’re just fascinated by how they portray gypsies in novels and movies, think again. Make sure this is what you truly desire.
Once sure, quit worrying about all the things that can go wrong. Take a leap of faith. This is the first step towards being a modern-day nomad— to let go of your fears and embrace life as it comes.
Get used to the minimalistic life
Basically, say bye to the hundred pairs of shoes and handbags that you own! Learn to lead a simple life. This doesn’t mean you live in a cave, wearing dry leaves, but that you understand there’s more to life than materialism.
You don’t need to throw your phone and laptop away. It’s not impossible, if that’s your intention at all. Unless you have millions saved up, it’s best that you maintain an active digital presence and be tech savvy. It’ll also allow you to work online and earn a living. But do limit the use of social media, so it doesn’t get in the way of your new, nomadic life.
Find a job that lets you work remotely
While you can take up temp jobs wherever you decide to wander off to, it’s always a good idea to have a stable source of income. These days, organisations are pretty open to offering a flexible work environment to the employees. You can look at professions like online marketing, designing, writing/editing, accounting, data entry, among others.
Despite all the free-spiritedness, you can’t isolate yourself from the rest of the world. You shouldn’t. Everywhere you go, make connections and create memories. Leave a piece of you with everyone you meet. Don’t be afraid! The world’s waiting for you!
If you’re just fascinated by how they portray gypsies in movies,