The NOMADS Manifesto – values of a traveler

By Ali Haytch

Dear traveller, wanderer, journeyman, person of the road:

You’ve seen so much, within and outside yourself, and you’ve felt a change.
You keep asking yourself what you’re about, to remind yourself why you keep doing what you do; why you keep moving.
To effect change for the better; to be conscious of the environment; to live in the ‘now’.
These are the things you tell yourself.

You value the connections you make – with people and places and things – because you believe in connections; that it all goes together.
Everything matters. Nothing stands on its own.
You are intensely self-conscious, of how privileged you are perhaps, or how the advantages of others should not – cannot –keep you from moving.

You want very much to travel with a purpose, but you also want to enjoy yourself. You see being positive as meaningful.
You believe in something, not necessarily in a specific Faith, but in faith itself. You believe that fear should never win over trusting one another. This is what you keep hearing yourself say.

As you’ve gone further, you’ve become less and less concerned with how much you have, and more and more interested in getting by with less. You want to make the most of everything.

Sometimes you’ve surprised yourself with the discoveries you’ve made; how kind strangers can be; how small the world really is; how everything – irrespective of money, how alone you are, or how far your goal –always works out in the end.

And sometimes you’ve faced setbacks: theft, cancelled hosts, delayed journeys, finding yourself stranded by the road.
None of it has stopped you.

You’re both restless and content: content with being lost; and restless to find your own way. The journey means everything. Whether you’re able to travel or not doesn’t affect how you see this.

You dislike seeing the commercialisation of society; how everything comes back to money. Going against the grain, you find simple joys in life to be enough: the blue of the sky, the breath of the trees, the billion grains of sand beneath your feet. You will never tire of the world as long as you can see and feel it.
You will never tire of this way of life.


Ali considers himself someone who loves writing, rather than a writer. A volunteer, teacher, hitchhiker, and seeker (not necessarily in that order), he is constantly switching roles, flitting in and out of stories whilst on the move. ‘If travel, journey and story are interchangeable, then moving becomes a way of being, a shaping of the self on the road that is life.’ His musings can be followed on

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