Nomad – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of nomad? Learn the meaning of nomad, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

Wondering about the definition of nomad? Keep reading to learn the meaning of nomad, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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A modern-day nomad exploring Bangkok, Thailand. Taken by Evan Krause via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is a Nomad?

A nomad is a long-term traveler, generally with no set destinations, end date, or plans.

Nomadic travelers are wanderers, not interested in society’s general career ladder and not afraid to be or travel alone, as they tend to travel independently. Nomads also tend to travel without fixed plans or itineraries.

Nomads are basically extreme backpackers.

More on Nomads

A nomad, generally speaking (when not referring to travelers), is a person who is a member of an itinerant community. While most humans have settled down after the rise of agriculture, there are still millions of people who are part of nomadic groups, often hunter-gatherers, pastoral livestock nomads, and others. There are also “peripatetic nomads” who travel from time to time into cities and urban centers in order to buy and sell goods or offer their services.

The modern “millennial” meaning of nomad came from this historical definition, but it differs when it comes to traveling together, as “real” nomads are almost always members of wandering groups or tribes, unlike the kind of solo traveler who commonly uses the term today.

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