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  • 5 Reasons Why I Hate Full Body Massage

    5 Reasons Why I Hate Full Body Massage

    May 14, 2015 Reflections

    My husband adores massages and there are not many days that go by in Bali where he is not off searching for his next $5 full body massage. I rarely go. Give me a pedicure or some foot reflexology, but I tend to avoid the full body massage. Is it a matter …

  • Who Are We?

    Who Are We?

    May 20, 2014 Home

    Who's writing this travel blog? Who's running this crazy dream? Who's along for the ride? Get answers to all those questions and more.

  • And the Doctor said

    And the Doctor said "No Cheeky Monkeys Jumping on the Bed"

    Jul 23, 2013 Israel

    We’ve had our share of great luck travelling the world. We made it 3 years and 3 months into my son’s life before his first major accident. We’ve managed to get sultanas out of his nose, tacks out of his throat and dealt with more than our fair share of e…

  • Where do you pee on a speedboat? Our journey to Ambergris Caye

    Where do you pee on a speedboat? Our journey to Ambergris Caye

    Feb 17, 2013 Ambergris Caye, Belize

    She had to pee. It was a 90-minute speedboat ride with at least 40 other people on board. There is no toilet. There is no stopping. We are 15 minutes from shore. She had to pee. She now was screaming and crying and drawing the attention of the crowd. She …

  • So It’s been 6 Months – Have We Learnt Anything?

    So It’s been 6 Months – Have We Learnt Anything?

    Nov 21, 2012 Reflections

    Back in May we packed up our home life in Perth, Australia and hit the road. It’s now November and we are celebrating, not only 6 months of exploration and discovery, but 200 days into our nomadic journey. I can tell you that in the last 200 days I have l…

  • Travel Hacks

    Travel Hacks

    Nov 4, 2012 Home

    Along the road I sometimes have moments of enlightenment. They may not fit into the location-focused area of our blog, but they are worth noting and sharing. Find juicy pro travel tips, travel hacks to help you travel longer and better, interviews with tr…

  • The Love That Lasts a Lifetime

    The Love That Lasts a Lifetime

    Oct 28, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    “I know you like me.” “What?” “I’ve known for like 6 months.” “Oh.” “So are you going to ask me out?” Thus went the conversation that started the love of a lifetime. When I was 16 Josh asked me out. When I was 21 Josh married me. That means that 20…

  • I Just Bribed My First Corrupt Cop

    I Just Bribed My First Corrupt Cop

    Oct 7, 2012 Penang, Malaysia

    I have just bribed my first corrupt cop… or rather I have accepted the suggested bribe made by a corrupt cop. Tell us your stories!

  • The Gem Scammers of Wat Pho, Bangkok Temples

    The Gem Scammers of Wat Pho, Bangkok Temples

    Sep 14, 2012 Bangkok, Thailand

    If we hadn’t read about the well-known Gem Scam we would have totally fallen for the smiling, seemingly genuine Thai man. Join us as we resist the scammers through Siam Paragon, Grand Palace & Wat Pho.

  • Fathers & All You Can Eat Cake

    Fathers & All You Can Eat Cake

    Sep 3, 2012 Bangkok, Thailand

    Thank goodness Father’s Day only comes around once a year, otherwise we may look more like the cakes we devoured then we wish to. In Australia Father’s Day is celebrated the first Sunday of September. We celebrated in Bangkok with all you can eat cake buf…

  • The Great Equality Myth

    The Great Equality Myth

    Aug 9, 2012 Reflections

    I had a crisis of conscience. How could I live in an area where the relative cost of living was so low that I could live like a king, on the backs of the lower class who made that kind of thing possible? Wasn’t that exploitation? It really made me think.

  • Dentists, Fear & Therapy

    Dentists, Fear & Therapy

    Jul 13, 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    None of us sees the world as it is because we can only see it through our lens. In a sense, we're all delusional. If you believe that everything happens for a reason, you must find that reason and turn those experiences that threaten to detonate in your l…

  • The Best Things In Life Aren't Things

    The Best Things In Life Aren't Things

    Jul 9, 2012 Reflections

    My husband, Josh, shares deep thoughts on minimalism: "For quite some time I had an underlying dissatisfaction with the Western consumerism-driven mindset. I found it extremely self-focused, which tended to clash with my overall worldview. But this email …

  • Before the Blog

    Before the Blog

    Jun 14, 2012 Who Are We?

    While the blog started with our new digital nomad journey, the travels did not. Here is a quick overview of where we've been and what's shaping our decisions.

  • The Birth of a Travel Dream

    The Birth of a Travel Dream

    May 8, 2012 Who Are We?

    “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Why did we do this? How are we doing this? Where did the dream begin?