Transumerism: freedom-oriented, boredom fighting quality of life
Nomads move from city to city, but what about those who still want to enjoy new and different experiences without changing addresses?
Our friends at Trendwatching.com refer to them as transumers – “consumers driven by experiences instead of the ‘fixed’, by entertainment, by discovery, by fighting boredom, who increasingly live a transient lifestyle, freeing themselves from the hassles of permanent ownership and possessions. The fixed is replaced by an obsession with the current, an ever-shorter satisfaction span, and a lust to collect as many experiences and stories as possible. In other words; the past is, well, over, and the future is uncertain, so all that remains is the present, living for the ‘now’. Remember, living in the now is not necessarily about being temporary and fleeting, but the basis for yoga and meditation as well.
Transumers love cool towns because they don’t possess material things, they possess experiences. For instance:
– They don’t own cars, they share them.
– They don’t own material items from designer handbags to jewelry to evening wear, as well as cars and boats, or theoretically anything at all. They rent them.
– What we don’t need, we eBay or give away.
– Then of course, there are third places – the destinations away from home and work where transumers choose (by the day or hour) their hang-out to socialize, do work, or both.
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transumers: people without children
…or anyone with children who doesn’t commute/works entrepreneurially, which transforms them into a transumer 8 hours a day.
Besides, children, especially teenagers long to be (and are) transumers, which is why they love walkable neighborhoods where they can come and go as they please.