Becoming a digital nomad is easy.

Let's focus on sustainability instead.

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The Book

The world demands change, now more than ever.

Underemployment is growing. Global inequality is increasing. We are nowhere near solving our ecological issues.

Challenges are many, but each problem brings an opportunity. Modern Nomadism is one of them.

My name is Basile Samel, and I spent more than 3 years living in foreign countries. I was born in France, studied in Sweden and worked as a software engineer in Switzerland to finally build my own tech products remotely while traveling across Europe and Asia. To me, digital nomadism is not just a trendy topic, it's an original way of life.

Of course, every lifestyle comes with its own problematics. It's getting increasingly easier to become a digital nomad. You can find many books and online courses that can help you with that. I doubt they prove to be of any use to you, and I'm convinced they tackle the wrong issues. The challenge is not to become a digital nomad, it is to develop a sustainable lifestyle with traveling as an enabler, an alter-nomadism.

Alter-Nomad is an essay in 27 sections gathering personal tips, experiences and thoughts I accumulated throughout my researches on the topic of nomadism, featuring perspectives from authors such as Gilles Deleuze (Nomadology: The War Machine), Rolf Potts (Vagabonding), Jacques Attali (The Nomad), Timothy Ferris (The 4-Hour Work Week), Frank Michel (Roads. Ode to Autonomadism.), and Michel Maffesoli (Nomadism) among others.


  1. Preface
  2. Hominization
  3. Why We Travel
  4. Critique of Digital Nomadism
  5. Mobility and Globalization
  6. On Tourism
  7. On Xenophobia
  8. Infrastructure of Mobility
  9. Fear of Movement
  10. On Totalitarianism
  11. Endangered Nomads
  12. Precarity of Sedentism
  13. On Work
  14. Subversive
  15. Mind Travels
  16. On Decentralization
  17. On Personal Finance
  18. Moving Globally, Living Locally
  19. On Simplicity
  20. The Case for Stability
  21. Slow Travel
  22. On Nomad Tribes
  23. Relationships on the Road
  24. Health
  25. Traveling Phases
  26. Education
  27. Supranational Species

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The Author

Basile Samel is an INSA Lyon engineer turned nomad entrepreneur.

Founder of 200 Words a Day (an open online writing group of 2500+ writers), he is on a mission to empower people with writing, technology, and travel.

© 2019 Basile Samel