Want to be a Digital Nomad? 6 Reasons Why Chiang Mai, Thailand is Your Dream Location

Want to be a Digital Nomad? 6 Reasons Why Chiang Mai, Thailand is Your Dream Location

We are not the first travelers to discover beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand. Not by a long shot. There’s a well-worn trail of free spirits and adventurers who’ve come before us, transforming the city from a sleepy spot to a bustling (but still very manageable) tourist destination.

During our stay in Thailand last month, we had the opportunity to spend six nights in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second-largest city and must-see attraction of the country’s northwest (near the borders of both Laos and Myanmar).

Do six nights make us experts on a city that bloggers have been writing about for dozens of years? Absolutely not. That said, it’s very clear after spending a few days in Chiang Mai why not only so many tourists choose to visit, but why the digital nomad community there is so large.

Read on for six top reasons why travelers work, live, and play in Chiang Mai!

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Varanasi, India: The Holy City You're Not Ready to Visit

Varanasi, India: The Holy City You're Not Ready to Visit

Varanasi is a city that envelopes you. It doesn’t happen immediately (arrival to the city is delayed by a rather long, hot and dusty cab ride is required from the airport to get to the city’s heart), but once you’ve begun to wander its tangled streets you can’t help but feel transported to a different time and place.  

We recently spent three days exploring this mystical city. Read more to learn about our experience and learn some tips and takeaways if you're considering a trip to the holiest city in India.

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5 Common Ways Travelers Waste Money (and How to Avoid Them!)

5 Common Ways Travelers Waste Money (and How to Avoid Them!)

Eat. Sleep. Visit the ATM. Repeat.

Given that we’re full-time travelers, keeping costs to a minimum is essential for the survival of our bank account. So beyond simply looking for low-cost lodging, there are a host of tactics we employ to avoid unnecessary fees along the way.

Even if you only travel once a year (or less), all of these tips can be used to help cut down on travel expenses. Think about it this way: the money you save by following these can be applied instead to something awesome while you’re traveling, like zip-lining or getting a much-deserved spa treatment.

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From Mountains to Momos: 7 Things You Have to Do in Nepal

From Mountains to Momos: 7 Things You Have to Do in Nepal

Nepal has always been shrouded in a certain mystique - at least to me. As a country that didn’t open its borders to the outside world until about 65 years ago, the little I knew about Nepal as a child was based on National Geographic photos of the intimidating Mount Everest, and from listening to my old cassette tape of Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) singing, “Kathmandu, I’ll soon be seeing you, And your strange bewildering time, Will hold me down.”

Once we arrived in Nepal, the country did not disappoint. In eight days - split fairly evenly between the capital Kathmandu and the trekker mecca Pokhara - we had it all. We ate, we explored, we adventured. We drank tea with generous locals, we did more climbing than we’d initially expected, and we got to know a place that’ll definitely be on our list of “must-return” countries.

Thinking about a trip to Nepal? Good decision. Here are seven activities that will help you make the most of any vacation to the country known colloquially as “The Roof of the World” for its soaring, majestic peaks.

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A Tale of Two Beaches: Alleppey and South Goa, India

A Tale of Two Beaches: Alleppey and South Goa, India

We’re taking a closer look at two popular beach spots on India’s west coast, Alleppey and South Goa, both of which Lori and I had a chance to visit at the start of our sprawling Asia trip in January 2017.

However, despite the presence of sand, the locations themselves couldn’t be more different: one, Alleppey, is largely underdeveloped but flush with tropical backwaters in a sleepy southern hippie refuge, while South Goa, colonized by the Portuguese and known for its nightlife, parties on 500 miles to the north.

Both beaches are popular on the tourist circuit, and each has its relative merits. So if you’re going to India and only able to see one, how do you decide which one to visit? Start here.

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Check Out Our Guest Blog Post on BudgetsAreSexy.com!

Check Out Our Guest Blog Post on BudgetsAreSexy.com!

Many of you saw that earlier this week we were featured on BudgetsAreSexy.com, a popular personal finance blog (over 5 MILLION views in 2016). We're so excited for the coverage and encouraged to be in good company; the site's founder is an incredibly captivating blogger/entrepreneur who's been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, MSN, and elsewhere (please consider adding it to your regular rotation - the site is absolutely addictive AND educational).

If you missed the guest blog post, we're re-posting it here for your viewing pleasure (although we'd highly recommend you visit BudgetsAreSexy.com to read the original article - and lots of other great content!).

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We're Not in Central Pennsylvania Anymore, Toto

We're Not in Central Pennsylvania Anymore, Toto

There’s no two ways about it, India has been a challenge for me.

Growing up middle class in central Pennsylvania, vacation meant loading the family up in our mini-van and driving seven hours to coastal North Carolina, where miles of white sandy beaches and friendly southern drawls awaited. It was a treat to spend the week relaxing in the sun and the sand while drinking all the Cheerwine my young heart could handle.

Fast forward 20 years and I've now been in India for eight days. See how I'm dealing with the trip of a lifetime, including with some pretty serious culture shock.

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