Why David Bowie & music inspired us to be Renegades & follow our hearts towards travel!

Last week we awoke to the heart breaking news that one of our all time heroes had passed away: The great David Bowie. It got us thinking about just how much Bowie had an impact on us growing up, how his music gave us the words as we struggled to express our need to question normality. He made it ok to be weird and ok to want to challenge normality…and ultimately to make the decision to turn our backs on normal life and wander the globe!


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I have to admit that despite respecting many other artists who have recently passed, Lemmy for example, this one hit us harder than many of them, this one felt like a personal loss. I got into work that morning and had planned on writing a post and catching up on some work on the blog but I couldn’t work. I put on “Life on Mars’ and as those familiar notes floated out of my headphones a tear ran down my cheek in the knowledge that he was now no longer with us, and yet I couldn’t help but smile at the legacy he has left us. He might not be with us in person any longer but the mark of a true legend is one who continues to inspire beyond their mortal years. And the Roaming Renegades will continue to find inspiration in his attitude and creativity as we have for many years!


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You might be wondering what this has to do with travel, well the truth it has everything to do with where we are at right now! David Bowie of course isn’t solely responsible for us becoming renegades of the roaming variety, that would be absurd. But music and the arts are our first love, before we where bitten by wanderlust and wanted to explore the world we explored music. Bands such as Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Dropkick Murphy’s, System of a Down, Slipknot, Bob Dylan, CCR, Papa Roach, The Offspring, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Beatles, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arcade Fire, Rise Against, Nirvana, Lynrd Skynrd, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, The Cure and of course…David Bowie were the soundtrack to our teenage years…years we spent together exploring literally and laterally. These bands gave us the words for how we were feeling and the ok to be different, to have a wandering soul and the urge to discover and explore.
Read about our songs to give you wanderlust (as well as rebellion) here:


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As a teenager I was always an outsider…but don’t feel sorry for me, that is exactly where I wanted to be. I had no intentions of fitting in or being like anyone else. I wanted to be the “weird one” in every group I was in. I wanted to be the mysterious one no one quite understood, I wanted to express my individuality and opinion from an early age. Part of the idea behind this blog is not just the idea of travelling, but the idea of breaking from the norm…hence the “Renegades” part! The idea that normality is a thing created by society to keep everyone wanting the same thing, to sell and to make profit from its predictability frankly scared me and also inspired a revelation…what if normal isn’t for you? Do you lead a life of misery, getting up each morning to paint on someone else’s face for the day? Or do you become a renegade and create your own life, your own normality and fuck the conveyor belt!


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Of course, this attitude has been within me for as long as I can remember. My mum could tell a whole host of stories including when, at 7 years old, I described myself as a round peg in a square board! I protested against mandatory skirt wearing for girls in Primary (elementary) school and basically questioned everything I was every asked to do…I never blindly followed a thing!


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I didn’t listen to music in the charts because it simply didn’t speak to me. I went out and searched for and discovered what did. These musicians who were saying those things that I had always thought and gave me a voice when I struggled to express my distain for societal norms. They allowed me to see that going again the grain wasn’t wrong but was the spark of creativity which lead me to want to explore all the world has to offer. To create a curious mind that wants to learn all what is out there and escape from this bubble of both my home town and the 9-5, retirement plan way of living we all seem destined to fall into.


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My over active imagination and mind may have kept me up at night…but it has also given me a Masters Degree in challenging the norm through Art and Exploration (this is legitimately what I based my whole MA on and what also lead to the creation of this blog!) Music and skateboarding was one of the first direct steps towards where we are now and this blog is just another platform for us to express ourselves!


You can read about my art work and MA here:


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But what are renegades if we aren’t rebel, rebels? David Bowie was weird! We all know it and love him for it. He was a guy who didn’t care if people liked what we did or even if it would be successful…but only if it was true to him. He wore make up and played with gender norms, questioned the society we live in and our roles within in. He experimented with different genres, cultures and inspirations. He was a true artist who wasn’t afraid to do something new, something old or something completely different!


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For me, as a 13 year old rebel who first heard his music through the varied sound track to several skate videos I felt I had found someone who spoke directly to me. Someone who knew how I thought and turned that from being self destructive and depressive to something wonderful and creative. It made me want to take this gift (which I often felt was a burden) of thinking outside of the box and use it to create a life of colour and freedom not regret and sadness. To be determined in your rebellion if it is truly what you believe in and not to live a life of fakery for someone else’s sake.


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If escaping the day to day of other people’s existence, to explore our wonderful planet or change the world is really want you want then don’t shy away, don’t pretend or feel pressured into putting up. Get up and celebrate it, be a wild and creative soul! Thank you bowie for taking that lost kid and making her and roaming renegade!


R.I.P David Bowie
“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”


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Want more inspiration? Check out our motivational posts talking about our desire to escape normality!

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.