On this episode of the podcast, we’re wrapping up 2017! We kick off this episode by reviewing where we went over the last year. We started the year off in Myanmar, and then traveled through Thailand, Bali, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, the US and now Mexico. We share highlights and lowlights from the last year, highlights from the podcast, as well as lessons that we have learned throughout 2017. We conclude this episode with plans for 2018 and sharing what’s ahead for us in the year to come!
This will be our last episode of 2017, and we can’t wait to see you again in the new year!
Travelers generally travel with all of their possessions backed into a backpack that they carry on their backs, or in a small suitcase that they haul around. That means, they don’t need much! After 7 years of travel, we’ve got a few ideas of what to buy the traveler in your life!
Here’s a list of traveler-friendly gifts for the travel lover in your life:
Like our travel style, our workload has been evolving throughout the years, and we’ve had different levels of work-based responsibilities during the long term trips we’ve taken. During our last trip to Asia, we experimented with different working styles (e.g. coworking spaces and working from home) and time spent in one place and noticed the effect on our productivity. We noticed (unsurprisingly!) that we seemed to get the most done when we were based out of one place for a while, and took this into account over the summer when we were planning our trip to Mexico, as our workloads have recently increased.
Since we decided we liked Mexico City for our workspace, apartment and culture, we’ve signed a six month lease that we feel will allow us to develop some great structure and routine around our schedule which will help us to stay productive and accomplish our work goals. That said, we are still excited about being in our new environment and are prioritizing getting out to explore the surrounding areas over the weekend or during downtime, and we love the fact that knowing we’ll be staying for six months takes the pressure off of seeing and doing everything right away. With lots of time to plan and visit, we’ll be able to travel to these places when the time is right and not feel like we have to sacrifice our focus on work!
On this episode we talk about our experiences with finding a good work/travel balance while we’ve been on the road, and how we found we do better when we settle down in one place for a while. We talk about why we choose to travel since we have the opportunity to work remotely as opposed to working in Canada, how we still prioritize exploring the area we are living in, and our thoughts on Mexico City being a great option for Digital Nomads.
This week we combed through Quora to find some of the most commonly asked travel questions, and we definitely found some that we have been asked before! There are different questions that come up when you are planning a longer term trip as opposed to a short vacation, and you can definitely learn a lot of travel tips and hacks from those who have been there before!
On this episode, we discuss some of the common travel questions that come up when planning a long term trip or a shift to a Digital Nomad lifestyle. Whether it’s travel hacks that will save you money or get cheaper flights, strategies on making money while you travel or how it really feels to travel alone, we discuss our experiences and what has worked for us. Packed with great information like how to take advantage of work opportunities on the road, how to frame your time away to future employers, and online resources that have helped improve the way we travel, this is one episode you definitely won’t want to miss!
One of the biggest questions we get asked is how we afford to travel, and the answer comes down to one word: budgeting.
Budgeting can be a bit of a taboo word. It can rub some people the wrong way, and it can turn others off. But, at the end of the day, a budget is basically the only way that you will be able to save enough money to travel (unless you’re a trust fund baby or something like that).
We have all heard time and time again that we need to look honestly at our after tax revenue, then calculate our expenses and subtract one from the other to see how much surplus income we have. If you’re income is high and your expenses are low, setting a budget may be easier than for those of us who don’t make that much excess income to what our monthly expenses are. Either way, this is an important step in the budgeting process because we need to understand how much money we have coming in and how much money we have coming out. [Read more…] about How to Set a Budget & Save for Your Next Trip