It’s hard to believe that we are entering into our third year of travel life!
In 2013 we sold everything, started working online and began our new nomadic lifestyle by setting off to Mexico and Guatemala for eight months. We explored ancient cities and modern metropolises, made a home and played house, enjoyed the pleasures of tropical beaches and the adventure of jungles. It was everything we could have hoped for in the first leg of our new travel life. The best part was that it cost us much less than living back home in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2014 we set our sights on Europe and spent another eight months exploring and getting to know this beautiful and diverse continent. From cliff top monasteries in Greece to cave castles in Turkey, from Christmas in London to Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik, it was a whirlwind of amazing sights and experiences that we will never forget.
So what’s next for the Live Dream Discover team?
In keeping with our unintentional habit of hitting a different continent each year we have decided to make Southeast Asia the site of our next adventure. Unlike Mexico and Europe neither of us have ever been to Asia so it will be a brand new experience for us. Definitely a bit of nerves mixing with the excitement!
Following a 28 hour journey from Vancouver (our nomad budget often means horrendous flight choices) we will arrive in Bangkok on Oct 4th for just one night. The following morning we will embark on a shorter journey of eight hours consisting of a flight, bus and ferry ride to Koh Phanang for a six day bloggers retreat.
Another trifecta of transportation a week later will return us to Bangkok where we will gear up for our third TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) event. Having attended one in Athens and another in Costa Brava, Spain during our European adventures we are pretty excited to be reunited with some very cool fellow travelers met at these past events.
Essentially our first 2-3 weeks in Thailand will be jam packed with learning, working, playing and creating and developing business and personal relationships. Based on past experiences we will find ourselves inspired and exhausted by the end of it all.
This is the point where the definite plans end we open ourselves up to the endless possibilities of our nomadic life. We are thinking of heading to Chiang Mai for the month of November as we’ve heard great things about the city and the people who call it home. The thought is to rent an apartment for a month and create a nice balance of work and play.
In December it’s looking like we will be on the island of Koh Samui caring for three adorable dogs and a lovable cat. When we are away from family at Christmastime we find that housesitting gives us a sense of home and companionship that we miss at that time of year.
January and February will likely find us traveling outside of Thailand. Cambodia? Laos? Vietnam? Myanmar? Philippines? Who knows? It’s completely open right now which is just how we like it. Many of our best experiences are the ones we haven’t planned.
It’s looking like we will have a good friend coming to Thailand from the UK in March which will bring us back for more explorations and as of now we have a flight booked back to Vancouver on April 2nd, 2016…however as with all things this too can change.
As we journey through this new to us land we will as always be focused on maintaining a well balanced lifestyle and sharing our findings with you. This means that while we travel and explore we will be looking for ways to keep up our health and fitness, getting to know the people and their culture, searching for inspiration on living a full and happy life, contributing to the world in some positive way, continuing to build our businesses and of course having plenty of fun and adventure!
So there it is, our really rough itinerary for the next six months. If you have been to Asia yourself and have any great stories and tips to share with us we’d love to hear from you. We especially like to hear about those special discoveries and off the beaten path locations along with your favorite sights and tastes. Of course we also want to hear how you maintain your own balance while traveling in Asia.