We battled for 5 long months to get a visa to visit Peru: it was hard, but we finally made it! Ever since we left Dubai, we were dreaming about going to Machu Picchu… And little did I know the day was going to be even more awesome than expected! … more »
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First of all, we’re Ashray and Zara, from India and Portugal. It’s great to meet you! Being from such different sides of the world, we’re learning how to travel as a multicultural couple. You might think it’s the same as everyone else, but actually, our cultural differences influence our experiences around the world as well as the way other people perceive us.
We started traveling 6 years ago and we have been to over 50 countries – here’s a post with one carefully selected photo from each country we’ve been to. What initially was a year off to travel around Latin America became a lifestyle. Now, we work and travel at the same time, no matter where in the world we are. People who work location independently using a computer are called digital nomads these days. Read this article where Ashray explains how he became a digital nomad, the hardships involved, but also the rewards that come with it!
Travel is not just about moving geographically. We have come to love our way of life, especially because we now understand how, in a way, travel can make you younger! And no, we’re not talking about some miraculous elixir of youth. But simply about the fact that travel and being surrounded by new things give you the perception that your days are longer. Change of place and mindfulness come hand in hand for us. Have you ever thought of travel as a form of meditation? Here’s what we think about that…
Even though a life of constant travel might sound amazing at first (and, of course, it sure is for the most part!) it doesn’t mean that there aren’t downsides to it. We don’t like to write exclusively about the highs of travel and rose tint our experiences. We don’t think it’d be fair to showcase this lifestyle in such an unrealistic way. That’s why we have also written about the hard things of long-term travel.
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Most people think that I am too lucky to be traveling long term and that I might have been blessed by some power from above. I am lucky in many ways indeed, but it took me a while to get here and some effort too. We’ve been traveling full-time for … more »
So I’m a traveling programmer. I used to work 40 hours a week with 20 days paid leave. But last year I quit by job, grabbed my sweetheart and took off to see the world. I hear/read a lot these days about how programmers are treated unfairly, aren’t valued for … more »
If you were to visit Portugal and have a traditional Portuguese Grandma as your gastronomic guide, she would feed you a variety of dishes rich in meats and seafood. Traditional Portuguese food tends to be hearty, which is my polite way of saying “quite caloric”. Back in the day and, … more »
This article is the continuation of Why I left Dubai and won’t come back, part 1/2. Please read the first part HERE. 6. WOMEN are not the same as MEN The rules were created by men in a society dominated my men. That says it all. For example, as … more »
I lived in Dubai for about 4 years – this is where I met my boyfriend. When we decided to quit our jobs in Dubai to start traveling full-time, we got two kinds of reactions from friends and family. The most common was “I wish I could do that as … more »
Galapagos Islands is one of the places I was looking forward to the most ever since we started our travels around Latin America. Being a rather exclusive touristic destination, Galapagos aren’t close friends with budget travelers, attracting mainly US American tourists that enjoy this beautiful place while the rest of … more »
On a recent bus trip, there were few seats available and so I didn’t manage to sit next to Ashray. I had the pleasure of sharing the ride with a chatty Ecuadorian old man who was curious to know what attracted me to come from so far to his remote … more »
Cheap flights are one of the most important things for people setting out to travel the world. For long term travelers like us, flights are one of the biggest hits to our budget. Therefore it’s extremely important to scope out the best flight deals. In this article I’m going to … more »
We’re in a taxi on our way to the airport in São Paulo. Next destination: Salvador da Bahia, for the biggest street Carnival in the World. Our friends Avinash and Dushi came from Dubai to meet us in Brazil and after a couple of uneventful days in São Paulo, we are all … more »