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Definition of a Grey Nomad


Good Evening all,

I am just curious what exactly is the definition of a Grey Nomad?

 Is it because you have achieved the age of retirement,

 or literally you are showing a little grey around the temples,

or is it just a state of mind that puts you with a group of like minded people who love the road.

I ask because I wonder can I call myself a grey nomad if I do not meet all the above. 



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Crackles wrote:

Good Evening all,

I am just curious what exactly is the definition of a Grey Nomad?

 Is it because you have achieved the age of retirement,

 or literally you are showing a little grey around the temples,

or is it just a state of mind that puts you with a group of like minded people who love the road.

I ask because I wonder can I call myself a grey nomad if I do not meet all the above. 


 Well definitely a nomad and a most welcome member of the forum, grey or not, retired or not, if you are happy to be considered to be a member of the forum and a grey nomad then so are we.....biggrin

 



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Me, I reckon a "Grey Nomad" is a traveller, so I call myself a "Part Time Grey Nomad" because I do not travel full time, YET.



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Hmmm, Crackles & Dougwe have got me thinking: I'm definitely in the 'grey' phase but I own a home in Tasmania, where I spend Christmas & part of summer. I also spend a great deal of time travelling this great exciting land in my campervan. Perhaps I am more of a "Grey Snowbird"? But then, my dictionary defines 'nomad' as: "..(member of a tribe) roaming from place to place for pasture..". I also drive, in which case I can be called a 'driver', but I also walk, and while doing so am a 'walker'.

But Hey! I'm retired, why should I worry about such pedantic matters, if I want to call myself a Grey Nomad while traveling I can just invoke the 'Freedom of Speech' custom this happy country supports! If you can't travel all the time, travel when you can and apply any title you feel appropriate!



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Welcome to the forum -if I haven't done so before!!

Doesn't matter if you are grey or not - you are on the road - you are a nomad, so qualify to call yourself a grey nomad. I am a bit older than you, and am only now letting the grey grow into my hair, but I have considered myself a grey nomad for quite a while now - on the road fulltime.

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With due deference to the female GN's I don't think Grey comes into it anymore.My partners hair colour depends on which brand she uses,but always a reddish rusty shade.

So the Grey bit can be a misnomer.

I personally think it's a state of mind having taken the decision to travel this great country be it short trips,long trips or full time.

Tent/caravan/motorhome or any other mode of transport I really don't think that comes into it.It's that indefinable state of mind of the explorer,that person who wants to see over the next hill,who wants to know how the rest of the world looks.

Comfortable knowing that there are like minded people out there from all walks of life that  don't judge people, they just accept that we are all different and while we head south they may head north. Underneath we have that wanderlust that needs attention.

It's a great feeling knowing that tomorrow will bring new vistas and knew friends.

Yes for me it's a state of mind. 



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@Crackles....good question, I have wondered myself.

I would most definitely support the idea that being a grey nomad is based on being of a particular mindset; where one has a motivation and confidence to 'roam'.

Mind you, having a few 'translucent' hairs (or none left at all) is probably a qualifier too. smile



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With due deference to the female GN's I don't think Grey comes into it anymore.My partners hair colour depends on which brand she uses,but always a reddish rusty shade.

So the Grey bit can be a misnomer.

I personally think it's a state of mind having taken the decision to travel this great country be it short trips,long trips or full time.

Tent/caravan/motorhome or any other mode of transport I really don't think that comes into it.It's that indefinable state of mind of the explorer,that person who wants to see over the next hill,who wants to know how the rest of the world looks.

Comfortable knowing that there are like minded people out there from all walks of life that  don't judge people, they just accept that we are all different and while we head south they may head north. Underneath we have that wanderlust that needs attention.

It's a great feeling knowing that tomorrow will bring new vistas and knew friends.

Yes for me it's a state of mind.



-- Edited by Yuglamron on Tuesday 22nd of January 2013 09:19:51 AM

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Hmmm the dreaded doublepost disbelief

Oh well, hope you enjoy all your travels Crackles and be comfortable in the knowledge that you 'qualify' here anyway.



-- Edited by EllenajoeL on Tuesday 22nd of January 2013 09:21:47 AM

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We are Grey Nomads when we are on the road and just pensioners wanting to be out there when we are at home!

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Hello all, we consider our selves to be NITS - Nomads in Training - as we have not retired and can only get out and about on a limited basis but looking forward to doing it a lot more in about 3 years (

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Aww this is very cute. I am here on behalf of my grandparents, who are half convinced that they should do a little bit of travelling but a little intimidated that it's mostly young people out on the road. Last year I had to skype in for their anniversary celebration as I was away getting exciting experiences under my belt. It seems to have struck something with them, especially as all their peers were going on excitedly about that fact.

So I am posting here for them, with them reading what I say and what you guys say. I hope they find the right inspiration to go ahead and do this.

I especially loved that reply about reddish rusty shade of hair... haha, cute. It is very cool to see that so many of you share this state of mind. You have worked hard all your life. Why not go and see the world that you have helped to shape eh? Happy travels everyone!

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Hi blinkwanderer - this is so cute of you!!! To do this for your grandparents - may I ask how old your grandparents are? Just that from your date of birth in your profile - they are possibly in the older bracket - and there are plenty out there in that bracket as well - one couple in their 80's travel full time, when not in their motorhome on the road, they are on cruises - think they be in the US now - a lot of others as well all ages, shapes, states of health etc.

Get them out there! Do they have a caravan? Motorhome?

By the way - welcome to the forum!!!!

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welcome blinkwanderer and great your are there for your grandparents. I really hope they get the inspiration to start their travels. the definition of a grey nomad, well I am beginning to think maybe I am one already without even leaving home as yet. Upon reflection of this posting and my past few weeks, it has gone like this, last week Melbourne, this week Adelaide, 2 weeks time Melbourne again and 2 weeks after that back to Adelaide for the caravan and camping show. I live in Mt Gambier so half way between these cities. At least I will know the main highways if nothing else. Now just have the house sold and I might be able to get off the main highway and travel the byways. I guess it is all a matter of the mind and what one wishes to class themselves as, at present a blonde tending towards grey nomad would be me until I get to the hairdresser again.
Whatever it is and whatever the state of mind, having fun is the name of the game.

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G'day, being a little dyslexic I have trouble remembering exactly what we are called again, and the first name that invariably springs to my mind is No Gonads....which seems easier for me to remember than Grey Nomads for some reason....I guess both are simply a state of mind in either case...to some it conjures a Gypsy existance...to some like John Williamson 'Old Farts in Caravan parks'..to me the name embodies a bit of the best of all those attributes..but most of all a feeling of caring,honesty,humour..as in life does not have to be so serious after we have had all the responsibilites of family commitments..and now its just the one or two of us..relief to now be able to do what we want as a free spirit rather than dancing to someone elses tune...and when I go to say the Bendigo Leisure Fest, the comradrie and basic respect shown to each other by our peer group....no barging or jostling in queues whether its to food or the urinals..where we definitely like to take our time...future generations should be lucky enough to experience being a grey nomad and most definitely with their gonads....Hoo Roo.



-- Edited by Golddetectornomad on Tuesday 22nd of January 2013 11:08:35 PM

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Just checked the definition of "Nomad" according to Google (the new Hoyle):
no·mad
Noun
A member of a people who have no permanent abode and travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock.
Adjective
Relating to or characteristic of nomads.
Synonyms
noun.
wanderer - rover - vagrant - migrant
adjective.
nomadic - migratory - migrant - wandering - vagrant

Perhaps that means I technically cannot call myself a nomad as I still own land which I share with my son and his family (Home is that place that when you get there they have to let you inbiggrin) but hey, I'm a migrant, a wanderer and sometimes I could be described as vagrant,,,,,,,or is that vacant?

Whatever, when I'm on the road I feel like a nomad, and when I don't have money to spare for hair dye I'm grey, so as far as I'm concerned I'm inthumbsup.gif.



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.. and really, I'm happy to be a Bald Nomad .. many years ago I just started growing through my hair and .. well ..

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I have to take my status back. My daughter inlaw informs me that to be a genuine GN, maybe I need to visit more than two places. Will have to keep practicing.

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We haven't retired, but we call ourselves, apprentice grey nomads just learning. We travel as much as we can and love every minute of it and getting grey slowly.

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Yep!!! Defiantly fit the criteria!! our Van is our only home!! and yes, getting grey and travelling around this great country!!... Only fairly new and a bit cautious still... but loving the freedom and new views out our Bedroom window!!...
Loving it , cheers Harry and Ange

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Thank you for the warm welcome!

They are in their 70s. No they don't own a caravan or anything... yet. Might be something the parents would be willing to get them if after their little adventures, they feel like having one. I did the Kiwi Experience out in New Zealand by myself, and told them there were actually quite a number of older folk around in the hostels and such. Most preferred just paying for the buses (Intercity i think it was called) and then staying in some cosy accommodation. So I told them they could do the same here as they are comfortable with buses anyway. It's more relaxing than having to drive I think. Have any one of you done it this way? 

I want to get them started on the little trips first, not too far away. They can wander further once they get a hang of it. I think a bit of experience is important to know what to pack, what you enjoy most etc. 

I have been looking up holiday rentals for a family trip where the whole family can go away together, as a taster for them :)  We used to do that when my siblings were younger and it was always heaps of fun. So I know they will enjoy this, and with someplace really scenic like Gold Coast and a comfortable house, they will be excited surely especially with the whole family together. I found some great ones on Wego Australia. I used it for my last trip to find cheap flights but I noticed they added holiday rentals recently and it lets you compare and stuff so it's pretty neat. A little complex for the grandparents but perfectly easy for us to have a browse and show them pictures from the good choices. ANyone used this before?

 

And fineheart, I agree with your daughter in law. Get out there :) 

 



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My interpretation of a "grey nomad" can be best summed up in another 2 words and that would be (sorry if offend anyone) LUCKY BUGGERS. You are doing something I so badly want to do but sadly can't afford

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Grey Nomad: Some one who is approaching , nearing, reaching an age at which she or he with it's mate(or mateless) can retire and comfortably watch the world go by whilst travelling by what ever means is possible whilst waiting for the world to catch up with them.  Someone who is at an age who realises that life is actually worth living without needing to please a boss and then realises that life has more to offer them than they have to offer to the boss.  Achieveing a state of being whereby you wake up in the morning and you know today is going to be great day because I want to sit and do a crossword, I want to catch a fish, the missuss wants to go shopping(lunch at the cheese factory) or I caqn sleep in.

Fine food, wine, company and the  night sky.  Saying G'day while doing your shopping.  Saying G'day when pulling into a for a pee stop and ending up having a cup of tea, sharing trip details or anything else like do you you know what bird that is?

Grey Nomad is as Grey Nomad is.  Each Grey Nomad is  his/hers own Grey Nomad!

 



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