This story of the National Park will be the next chapter. For now, I shall just share the emotion. We are the owners of a big red converted bus, we love to live and travel in – and we are now also the owners of a VW multivan with the vestfalia roof allowing us to sleep in it all five of us. But more importantly, we are the nomads, we set out to become, we felt with this first nihgt in the VW the deep love of the nomadic life, the wonderful fact that if our mindset is open and loving and authentic, this life has amazing adventures around almost all corners.
So what is the right mindset? It is the willingness to be vulnerable, the ability to write any plan with a pencil, never a pen, the positive and smiling focus on whatever the situation has to offer, the readyness to let go of a lot of comfort in order to enjoy the adventure, to always slow down and absorb, feel, enjoy.
Of course it takes other things as well. For example, it is a really good thing to be well prepared on the level of water and bandages, sunscreen and clean clothes, money in the bank and ability to at least speak a basic level of the local language.
On top of this gratefulness, true gratefulness in the heart takes us very far and patience to wait for the moment, where we know what to do AND courage to do something meaningful, even when that moment has not arrived yet. This triangle: Gratefulness, patience, and courage will align your inner being with the current surroundings.
The most important nomad skill, though, is trust. Faith even. You may call it faith in God or in this life as a process, or Source or Void – it is the same to me.
So: Breathe in, breathe out and trust in God. Let go of the thinking, go deep and align with who you really are. That will be my best travelers advice. That, and money in the bank.