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ECONOMICS by KRISS on 10 february 2016

HOW DO YOU DO IT Actually, I could ask as well how can anyone support a family of 5 being a photographer or any other type of artistic work nowadays.
But to complicate things, or perhaps to made them simpler but I’ll explain that, we have chosen to travel and to live in different places.
As parents of 3 kids ranging from 7 to 12 this implies lots of changes and affects the way we used to live in the following areas :

- earnings.
- school.
-family.
- housing.

Of course this changes everything on a whole another level but I want to talk to you about the material things that change when choosing to live as nomads and how one can actually achieve or at least try to earn what a family needs to live comfortably in that manner.

First of all, we’ll define comfort and it is for us :

- being able to afford any healthy food in plentiful amounts wherever we are.
- have a proper roof above our heads in a safe and healthy environment.
- achieving a psychological well being through activities, interactions.
- being able to enjoy a warm weather and be properly clothed for it.

I could write a more extensive list of comforts but they are not necessary at least to us.
Right now, we have tv sets and computers and a guitar and warm water in the bathroom and this is great but besides the one computer we need to be able to work, I think and we have proven that we can very well live in less comfortable places without feeling less comfortable.
Hot water is not a necessity if the climate is warm enough, TVs… I won’t even go there, I allow them right now because they allow us to progress in Spanish.

So, sustaining our way of life is a lot more cheaper than it used to, I think we pretty much cut the cost of living to one third of what it used to be by getting rid or quitting what we thought « necessary » to our lives and wasn’t.

But still, I do need to buy an awful lot of stuff every day, food to start with, and I have bills to pay, wherever I am, and school materials and clothes.
Achieving this through photography only has proven difficult lately and if we keep believing this is achievable because it once was, we have to give it more time to kick in, find sponsors, gigs, missions, clients etc… This is a time consuming work but it doesn’t write check at the end of each month.

So, the nomads in the heart we have decided to be, expatriated and right now living in the country that makes the most sense to us, have to break into the traveling sessions for a bit to fill up the piggy bank ! And this is not a bad thing, in a way it motivates even more to spend the energy required to make a bit of fuel again and then go and explore somewhere else.
Right now, we are opening a new art shop, considering some photography events that will go along with it and using it as a mojo to keep dreaming of the next adventures.

The native american indians were nomads as well, well from what I have read, lots of tribes were.
They would settle their camp on certain grounds at times though and stay for as long as a couple of years.
They had discovered that diseases arrived in societies when they settled for too long and would always leave before that deadline to greener grass meadows.

In a certain way, I like to imagine that we are doing something similar, making the most of whichever place we are, anticipating, evaluating the opportunities, planning, doing what every one does in a settled way of life, only always with a backpack nearby, a plane ticket in the drawer and ready to leave it all behind for the next rush ! And still and always, capturing the light of every moment, every scenery, every face, every time we can…you’ll rarely see me around without a camera by my side !

#nomadiclife #photography #earnings #money #family

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