Have you ever dreamed of leaving your ordinary life behind and traveling the world? While work, family and other responsibilities can make it feel like you're tied down to one place, all that is changing. Thanks to the growing popularity of telecommuting, easier access to Wi-Fi and the rise of affordable home-sharing services such as Airbnb, the ability to globetrot for months and even years on end is becoming a reality for many people.

"Digital nomads" are folks who choose to live a location-independent lifestyle, traveling from country to country, continent to continent with just a few bags and a laptop. They support themselves by working remotely and spend their free time exploring the bazaars of Morocco, sailing the Mediterranean and climbing the Great Wall of China.

To give you a glimpse of what living abroad with no home address is really like, we asked five real-life nomads to share their adventures and challenges thus far. Here are their stories.