How to Live as a Gypsy

How to Live as a Gypsy

...even if you live in the suburbs.

Stay at home moms, witchdoctors and mannys alike… if you’ve dreamt of spinning around in circles like a child in greener pastures beyond the microlawns and square inch wide backyard behind your McMansions. If you’ve imagined traveling like a gypsy or maybe just meeting some people outside your neighborhood/normal social circle (if you’ve laid awake at night itching to drive on the open road looking forward to chasing the sunset like a poet or a dreamer instead of heading to the well-worn interstate looking forward to gridlocked traffic) have I got news for you!

What if I told you that it’s possible to hold down that suburban life and travel like a bohemian and meet fellow travelers, even with your family in tow? It is. Enter Burning Man. Contrary to popular belief, the Burning Man arts festival is a family friendly event. So bring the kids. In center camp (pictured), this past year, there was an adorable little two year old girl with blonde ringlets in a green dress with flowers in her hair who kept trying to steal my water bottle.

What is Burning Man? In my experience, trying to explain to someone who’s never been what Burning Man’s about is like trying to explain to a blind person all the colors of the rainbow. This video will give you a blind man’s taste. It’s over this year, but the highlight of the eight day long festival is on the seventh night when the Man burns. Most returning burners keep track of when this happens via the official Burning Man countdown. To find out what all the hype is about, click here (it’s basically a bigger celebration than the Fourth of July). You’ve got plenty of time to plan for next year. Don’t worry, when it’s over you can go back home and head back to that gridlocked traffic and tired social circle.