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Leaving the Land of Smiles for a Month in Malaysia

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Leaving the Land of Smiles for a Month in Malaysia

Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur & Ipoh: February 8 – March 11, 2017 After just over four months of settling down in Chiang Mai, Thailand (our South East Asia home base for the Fall and early Winter months), it was time for us to escape the coming burning season and explore life in neighboring countries. The day we departed the “Land of Smiles” my eyes watered as I reflected on the friendships developed and just the overall comfort and stability of life for us in Thailand. The impending distance from familiar faces and places, as well as the personality and ambience […]

Penang – An Embodiment of Creative Disruption

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Penang – An Embodiment of Creative Disruption

George Town, Penang: January 7-10, 2017 Much like the street art and street (“hawker”) food that seem to serve as the first definition of modern day Penang, the city is one that is best experienced through the senses. Though the city is still trying to create an identity for itself after it was stripped of such comfort during WWII, it is using vibrant, creative solutions to tell its history, share its beauty and humor, and redevelop itself as Malaysia’s thriving second city. Penang (more specifically, George Town, the state’s capital city) was on our short list for options as a […]

The Phenomenal Fortitude of Cambodia’s Emerging Capital

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
The Phenomenal Fortitude of Cambodia’s Emerging Capital

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: December 15-18, 2016 Gray and gritty…these are the two words that rise to the surface when I reflect on our brief 4 days in Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Gray in the truest sense of the word and color, in that it’s place that is in transition – moving from a dark and clouded past to perhaps a bright and emerging future. However, where the city lies on the gray scale spectrum is open to one’s perception. Some may see it as a place that is overwhelming, loud, dirty, and disorganized. Others may see it still as […]

Singapore: A Weekend in the Mouth of Asia’s Most Ferocious Tiger

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Singapore: A Weekend in the Mouth of Asia’s Most Ferocious Tiger

Singapore: November 25 – 28, 2016 After visiting Kuala Lumpur in October for our first visa-run from Thailand, we decided to venture a bit farther south in November to the island nation of Singapore. I’ve always had a budding curiosity with visiting Singapore, yet it always seemed so far away from my travels. My primary introduction into anything Singaporean were the Singapore Airlines flights between San Francisco (SQ1) and Hong Kong (SQ2) that I’d taken a hand full of times. I’d always wondered what it would be like to take the final four-hour leg of the flight from Hong Kong […]

I62 – Yearning to Feel Limitless Rather than Limited

I62 – Yearning to Feel Limitless Rather than Limited

For someone who is a planner by nature and always organized, one of the hardest things to do is live in the moment. Your mind is always thinking about the next steps and playing out the “what ifs.” As a pilot, you’re trained to always plan for the next few minutes and all of the possibilities should something happen. So it’s not surprising that it takes such a long time for new pilots to truly enjoy being in the moment during their early flying days when the comfort of their instructor sitting beside them is gone. It wasn’t until my […]

An Affordable Getaway in One of Southeast Asia’s Super Cities

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
An Affordable Getaway in One of Southeast Asia’s Super Cities

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: October 27 – 30, 2016 Long-term travel is truly whatever you make it. It can be fast or slow depending on your rhythm and needs. For me, it’s important to have a nice balance of “chill time” in a home base for several weeks before jumping around in short bursts. When we started out in April, we settled in Spain for 8 weeks but still found ourselves bouncing around the country visiting local cities on the weekends. Having a home base to return to after each trip, kept things feeling grounded and somewhat normal. We then set […]

First Month in the Digital Nomad Capital of Asia

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
First Month in the Digital Nomad Capital of Asia

Thailand: Chiang Mai & Bangkok | September 30 – October 27, 2016 Thailand, and more specifically Chiang Mai, has become the unofficial digital nomad capital of Asia in recent years. Its low cost of living, great weather, and relative ease with which a “westerner” can arrive and settle in town, have made it a primary destination for many on their nomadic journey. In addition, bloggers like JohnnyFD and ChristheFreelancer have continued to promote the community and the culture, attracting hundreds of life changers seeking to escape the “9-5” and make a new life for themselves. Ironically, our first month in […]

A Fool So Less Courageous – The Paradox of the Pivot

A Fool So Less Courageous – The Paradox of the Pivot

How best to handle freedom and opportunity? Might you bury yourself in the warm comfort of complacency or would you welcome the discomfort, challenge, and fight like hell to overcome some of your deepest fears? This is my current struggle and one that seems to grow louder with each passing day. In a previous Self-Care Chronicles post written earlier this year titled, 30-minute Mondays, I started it with this short paragraph. Freedom is a privilege, an opportunity, and a responsibility. Being able to wake up everyday and practically do whatever you want is amazing and I wish it for everyone […]

Brief Return to the Divided States of America

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Brief Return to the Divided States of America

Chicago & Northern California: September 15 – 29, 2016 It’s been almost exactly 2 months since the day we stepped foot back in the US after the first 5.5 months of our nomadic adventure. For a variety of reasons, it’s taken me this long to simply collect my thoughts regarding our initial experience of what’s usually called, “reverse culture shock.” Our shock was a bit lessened given that we’d spent the previous 7 weeks in Montreal, Quebec, which in many ways felt like being back in the States – except that we were exempt from the political divisiveness and media […]

Mid-summer Moments in Montreal

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 in Tales from the Nomadic Adventure
Mid-summer Moments in Montreal

Montreal, Quebec: July 22 – September 15, 2016 After 105 days in Europe, including stays in 4 countries and trips to 20 cities, a return to the “Americas” for a few weeks was much needed break in our travels. I’ve been used to working and traveling since I began my location independent adventures back in 2011. Yet, this time in Europe was different. It was a lifetime of fun packed into 3.5 months, but it was also tiring and the heat/humidity of the European summer was surely adding to the discomfort. So as we departed Madrid and headed back across […]

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