We spent a month in Mexico and even though 2 of those weeks were during Christmas and New Years, we ended up spending just short of USD 1800 in total for both of us. A large part of this expenditure was hostels/hotels since we were there at peak times. Our … 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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Cuba is a unique travel destination. Not because of Havana’s sites and sounds, not because of its pristine beaches along the coast, neither because of its natural beauty. This country is unique because of its political system, its society and the way people live now-a-days. 53 years ago, Fidel Castro … more »
I can’t believe that after a little more than one month our stay in Mexico has come to an end! We sure made the most out of our time in Mexican lands and enjoyed such a variety of places and activities. We truly love Mexico and could even consider living … more »
I can’t write much about Cenote Cristalino. It is simply put, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been at. In a surrounding that could be out of a travel agency brochure or movie, you have crystal clear water, so transparent that you see the fishes going around … more »
This is something that people often forget to do or aren’t aware of. But you can save a TON of money by doing this! If you are not an EU citizen, you can reclaim most of the VAT/IVA on your purchases (electronics, shoes, etc.) when you leave the … more »
It’s not easy for me to write about my country from a touristic point of view. As I have lived in Portugal for most of my life, I am obviously biased and would tell you there are a million reasons why you should visit (and more than half of those … more »
A few months ago, before I sold all my stuff and started traveling full-time, I read an article that told me I could grow younger. Having encountered tall claims of elixirs and fountains of youth (mostly in the RPGs I played :P), I was skeptical. However, the article did make … more »