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Tales of a Female Nomad: Be Inspired to Live a Life Less Ordinary

Updated on October 22, 2013

In 2002, I was a young student when I came across Tales of a Female Nomad at my university bookstore. I had no idea that buying this book would change my life.

This book is Rita Golden Gelman's personal story. Facing divorce at the age of forty eight, she leaves behind her comfortable life in Los Angeles to live life as a nomad, embarking on a solo trip with no end date, learning and embracing new cultures along the way.

Rita's writing showcases stories of cultures from around the world. However, the true power of this book is Rita's story, her personal journey, and the courage she shows by taking a risk and doing something different from what is expected. This is what changed my life.

As a young college student, I thought I knew what my future would hold; a career, a big home with a big mortgage, a nice car, a long commute. Growing up in America, it was the life I knew and expected. I had no other role models.

Rita showed me another way of life is possible. She opened my eyes to a different way of living, a life that prioritised relationships and experiences over possessions. Her stories invited me to take a chance, to try something new knowing I'd be scared and I might not succeed, but it might just change my life.

So I took her advice. Shortly after reading this book I decided to travel to London on a six month student working program.

A decade on and Rita's story continues to inspire me. I never went home again after London, instead I continued travelling around the world. I've taught English in China, lived in a caravan in New Zealand, studied Spanish in Guatemala and finally settled in Australia. I'm not as nomadic as Rita, but I live a simple life rich in experiences and relationships.

We all need role models that inspire us to live well and make the most of our lives. Rita is one of mine and thanks to her I have a different vision, a higher belief, of what is possible in my life. I highly recommend this book to inspire you to live your dreams, or it makes a great gift for someone you would like to inspire.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      To live a "life rich in experiences and relationships" is a thing we should all strive to do, nomadic or not. What a splendid review of a book that is now headed to my TBR list!

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      seahorse60 4 years ago

      What an interesting life you've led, and it all started by reading a book, great!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      I'm really impressed by the way Rita's book influenced your life decisions. Sounds like a"must read."

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @TheCozyDinosaur: Ah.. the visa game! Good luck :)

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Sounds like a great book!

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      TheCozyDinosaur 4 years ago

      My days as a nomad are coming... I came close, but ended up with visa troubles and ended up coming back to the US to finish my degree. Thanks for the review, adding to my TBR list.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I've always had somewhat of a nomadic bone, so I can appreciate this. Nice review!

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I've always encouraged my kids to go and see the world. The eldest did by visiting far away countries and lived and worked there for short periods. She now has a job which makes her travel in Europe too on occasions. The youngest played topsport Softball and travelled the world through that direction.

      Good for you to packed up and took off. Scary as hell, but so worthwile.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      I will add this to my "must read" list thanks to your inspiring review! :)

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      Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I can't wait to read this now!

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Okay, one more fabulous book to add to my ever-lengthening list! You've done an excellent job reviewing it and making me want to read it--and I'd love to hear more about your own adventures. Congratulations on being one of the 5 daily challenge winners. Well deserved!

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: The power of the written word is amazing :)

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      grrbtn 4 years ago

      After reading your review I am going to have to grab a copy of this book and start reading. Thanks for sharing a good book with us all

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @grrbtn: Great, I hope you enjoy it!

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @DawnRae64: Thank for your comment :)

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Wow, thank you so much - very exciting!

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you so much for your comment. It is amazing the power that books have one us. Rita really opened my eyes to a way of living that I didn't know was possible. This is one of the reasons I'm enjoying writing online - I hope I'll have the power to introduce people to new ideas :)

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @happynutritionist: Thank you for reading my review!

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @DebMartin: Great to hear from someone else that has read and loved this book. I like your thoughts on being a "Nomad", it's not just about travel, it is about having a certain spirit :)

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love this book. So glad to see it reviewed here. I think women all have a little "Nomad" is us, being able to make homes out of wherever we land.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I love how the book inspired you, and you have made me want to read it! I love stories like his.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I agree that we all need role models :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      @jennifer88: Back to congratulate you on your challenge win today!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Rita's story sounds a grand adventure, and what an inspiration! Even if the nomadic life is not for everyone, there's much to be said for a book that inspires its readers to keep learning and trying new things, to fully experience their world. Thank you for sharing this one - I'll be reading it!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I loved this book, and Rita, from the minute I started reading it way back when. I'm so thankful for books, and lives like these, that inspire us to discover a much bigger vision of the good life and how to live it. I believe books find us when we are ready for them. You were obviously ready to live large. I congratulate you for getting out there and finding the richness of a life lived in your own way. Excellent review. Congrats on your win!

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      As a librarian, I believe in the power of books and it is always great to hear that others are inspired by them.

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      Dawn 4 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Great Review! I read this book some time ago. I agree, it was extremely inspiring. And how wonderful for you that you chose to pick up and go.

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @TerriCarr: Hi Terri, thank you for your kind words!

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      jennifer88 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for the feedback. It felt great to write a review about something that was so inspiring to me.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, I'd say this book certainly did have an impact on you. Great review, great inspiration!

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      TerriCarr 4 years ago

      Hi Jennifer,

      Wow! Sounds like you are pretty brave yourself. You will never regret the journeys you took. Terri


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