Unsettled? Not Necessarily Bad
According to the dictionary, unsettled means aimless, directionless and without purpose. Yet being a modern nomad may not be all bad.
I met a woman at a dance performance who is a citizen of the world. She's wandered and lived abroad for a quarter of a century. Since I am devoted to my little nest, it spurred my curiousity about those who are modern nomads. I wonder about people who appear to be rootless, yet seem to be so appreciative of the smallest details of other cultures. They relish every part of another place and grab onto the details of architecture, landscape and traditional patterns of exotic places.
Yet what this woman shared is that she tries to bring a little bit of her home with her when she travels. Her question of me was how to make a hotel room or a rented house abroad feel like her own space? It got me musing about the reality of living out of a suitcase. What would deliver a modicum of coziness and security? I had presumed that anyone who preferred to not have a permanent home somewhere would not care about attaching to a temporary space.
Even when you go camping it is fascinating how you go about setting up a campsite or interior of a tent. There is a place for shoes, clothes. and the cooking gear. We naturally organize the interior of a car for a road trip and apply the same habits when we settled into a hotel room too.
My suggestions are to pack photos of loved ones or places near and dear so that one can arrange them somewhere. Another favorite item to me are textiles. Something that can be folded and pushed into a suitcase is a lightweight decoration. This could be a flag or it might be folk art from a spot on the globe. Batiks come to mind. Kuna cloth from Central America with bright colors is a combination of layering fabrics, cutting out designs and stitching. Tapa cloth from Pacific Islanders or Bark cloth is not a woven material,. The end product is made from bark from mulberry and figs that has been softened through a process of soaking and beating. Design motifs are applied with paints and vegetable dyes of light brown, red, and black. There are hundres of other options.