A Few Parting Thoughts by Robert Witham
So what’s the deal with nomads and others who embrace the traveling lifestyle attending meetups of gatherings? Aren’t nomads all loners who are running away from civilization?
There are certainly some nomads who travel precisely to avoid people, but in my experience they account for only a small percentage of travelers. Most travelers that I have met enjoy socializing to some degree, some more and some less.
Connection and companionship are part of being human so it should be no surprise that those who embrace the traveling lifestyle still need human connection from time to time. The catch, however, comes in the fact that long-term travel is often a solitary endeavor. While nomads often do travel in small groups for a limited time, we also often travel alone.
Social media is an essential tool for staying connected with friends and family while traveling in far-flung places, but it never replaces actual face- to-face interaction. It does though serve a vital role in maintaining relationships between in-person visits and in facilitating meetups on the road.
Gatherings like Debra Dickinson’s annual meetup in Quartzsite, Arizona provide a lifeline for long-term travelers who crave in-person connection with fellow travelers. These gatherings are usually scheduled months in advance and in a location where many travelers will be at the same time.
Quartzsite, Arizona is one of these locations during the winter months. While not all travelers flock to the southwest desert during winter, hundreds of thousands do each year. Meanwhile, a growing number of gatherings are being started each year in many different areas.
Gatherings provide a unique opportunity to connect with other travelers and to catch up with old friends while also meeting new people. These gatherings provide an opportunity for connections that blossom into lifelong friendships.
I am often asked how new travelers can meet people. There is no better way than attending gatherings.