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’ve been living a simple life, close to nature for over a year.
(We got married in November, by the way! Turns out that stranger who whisked me off into a little yellow tent was a pretty amazing guy.)
I spend my days swimming in rivers and climbing mountains, and my evenings working as a freelance writer to keep me afloat. I have never felt so happy or free, and I could never go back to leading a ‘normal life.’
It turns out you don’t need very much to be happy.
Just clean air to breathe, hot food in your belly and the health of good people that love you as much as you love them. My life is unrecognisable to the one I left behind in the Midlands, and I would not have it any other way.
A little update…
Pirate is the latest addition to our family.
He is a 30kg, 6 year old pup that was abandoned by the roadside in a French town that we’ve been staying near this winter.
He is a gentle giant and settled straight into the family. We couldn’t imagine our life without him now!
What to expect on this website:
I used to post on the blog every week, but things have changed for me.
I’m studying as a soil microbiologist and working freelance, so I like to spend my spare time away from the screen. But I still post the occasional blog post when inspiration strikes!
The blog cover topics like living on the road, supporting better mental health, respecting mother earth, and making peace with the hot mess known as the 21st century.
My first eBook, Highly Sensitive Nomad, covers these themes in my more detail. If you are a sensitive person who really struggles with the way we are ‘supposed to live’, you might like to check it out.
Spoiler alert: It is NOT crazy to feel depressed and anxious in a world that puts profit before human and environmental health. Your sensitivity is a beautiful thing, and it can guide you to a better way to live.
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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