Welcome to the Highly Sensitive Nomad website.

My name is Rachel, and I gave up everything to live in a tent with a Frenchman called Flo.

I did my very best to live like a normal person is supposed to. But after battling to fit in with a society that puts wealth and ‘success’ before environmental and human health, I had a mental breakdown at the age of 24.

Feeling sick to the bone about the state of the Earth, I quit my job in the Midlands of England and gave away all my stuff. With absolutely no idea what I was doing, I struck off into the Scottish wilderness with a two-man tent, a mountain of student debt, and a man I had known for a few days.

After three long months of wild camping and boiling seaweed for our supper, we started building a new home in a completely off-grid, self-converted Peugeot Boxer. Powered by solar panels and far too much rice, we lived a simple life, close to nature for a couple of beautiful years.

Getting away from society was really good for me. For the first time in my life, I felt like I wasn’t crazy. Turns out I was just sensitive. And that’s not a bad thing! Sensitive means creative, empathetic, and loving. (But in the West we use it as an insult).

We had planned to live on the road for a good 5 years, but between COVID and Brexit, it started to feel like an uphill battle. So we quickly got married (as you do), and we made a new plan. We would find a small home somewhere in the mountains. We would start contributing to a less terrifying future for humankind in any way that we could.

While we were still looking for our home, we welcomed Pirate into our family. This big ball of love was abandoned by the side of the road. He’s turned out to be the very best friend that anyone could have. (Of course he has, humans don’t deserve dogs!)

The three of us have just moved into our beautiful (and tiny) home in the Hautes Pyrenees. I grow far too many plants inside so it’s hard to find space to put down a cup of coffee. We try to be zero-waste and we hike every day.

I work as a freelance writer to pay the bills, but I am also training as a soil technician. This is because restoring the soil a viable way to reverse climate change before it’s too late. Let’s get cracking on that!

And that brings us up to the present day. You can now read my blog without missing any crucial pieces or wandering what the heck I’m going on about.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and if you have any questions, you can head over to my contact page or get in touch via Instagram or Twitter.

I hope your life is full of simple pleasures and outdoor adventures. You deserve to build a life that brings you joy. xox

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