When it comes to natural beauty there is a certain cocktail of ingredients that definitely makes a country stand out. The most important ones are a low population density, a high variation in latitude, and varied climatic systems. There are several countries that check off these boxes. Naturally, the larger … 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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Meditation is a big topic these days. The press has been busy talking about the power of meditation and whether this speculation is fueled by the ‘meditation industry’ or if it’s just honest discourse about something wonderful – we’ll never know. It’s probably safe to say that meditation is good … more »
Travel writing, especially about long term travel, tends to be about The Good Things™. There are indeed a million and one good things about long term travel. But, the truth is that long term travel comes with its own set of challenges and it certainly isn’t a cake walk for … more »
They call it Incredible India… but for many of us, it is EDIBLE INDIA!! A country that feels like a continent, a cuisine that embraces millennia of traditions and cultural convergence… intense, rich, spicy, with impressive contrasts and nuances. Inviting for meat lovers, a paradise for vegetarians and deliciously accommodating … more »
If you only had 24 hours to visit the capital of Portugal, my first tip would be to rearrange your schedule. You should allow yourself to visit Lisbon for a number of days that both the city and you deserve! But if you’re just passing by or staying longer is … more »
This is the most extraordinary place we have ever stayed at. You’d think you might have to “rough it up” a little to spend the night in a tree house, but this was not the case… Skye, the artist behind this tree-house near Volcanoes National Park, in Hawaii, is … more »
The appeal of street food is well known amongst travelers. When you are in a new place, you feel like eating something local people would eat. In many countries, this means street food. Street food is affordable, tasty and easy to eat no matter where. There is something charming about … more »
Dude… is it AM or PM?! [a random disoriented guy asked, the first time we went to the Tenderloin] We walked around the Tenderloin neighborhood for the first time back in 2013. We didn’t know it was a thing. I had no idea it was considered as one of … more »
The recent attack on Charlie Hebdo has left the world pretty much divided into two camps. I am Charlie and I am not Charlie. Apparently people are mobilized by the fact that free speech has been attacked. The terrorists never said they were attacking free speech but through the media, … more »
Some cities are hard to visit if you’re on a budget. The good news is Lisbon is not one of them. Following some quick tips, you’ll see how far a few euros can take you in the “city of the seven hills.” Sleep Tight There is no shortage of … more »