I just came upon a really interesting piece by Alex Pszczolkowski. He thought he wanted to become a digital nomad, but really didn’t. Alex brought up some really interesting points about why ‘Digital Nomadry’ does not work for him. The crux of the matter pretty much boils down to: “Can’t … more »
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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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We often receive messages from readers on Backpack ME and those following us on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Apart from the usual question “How can I get money to travel?”, the second most common thing people tend to ask us is how we prepare for our travels. That is, from … more »
This is a pretty interesting ‘price-hack’ that you can use to get your Kindle books really *really* cheap. Amazon has just launched the kindle store in India. However, as books in India are often cheaper than books in other countries, the prices on the Kindle store too reflect local expectations. … more »
I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth. Why do we travel? Why do we go to new places, immerse ourselves into adventures and talk to new people? Why do we feel the need to get out … more »
Ashray’s Mom has been complaining that the new maid that comes to work in her house doesn’t seem to be doing her job properly. She comes in the morning to clean the rooms and in the afternoon to do the wash up after lunch. Apparently, she skips cleaning the stove … more »
I sit at the wheel of our rented Chevrolet but I feel like I could be on top of a horse. As I turn on the engine and the car starts moving, the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained starts playing in my mind… and as I look outside … more »
When you work hard in something you believe in, things pay off. It might take more or less time, but good things tend to happen when you put all your effort and dedication into them. In the past few months we’ve been thinking about ways to promote Backpack ME to … more »
Our next trip is on the cards and there was a time last year that the wonderful folks at Flightfox had given me the chance to review them. Unfortunately, by the time I had written the review, they had made some core changes to their product which meant that my … more »
If you are planning an extensive trip around South America, chances are you are including Salar de Uyuni in your itinerary. The largest salt flat in the world, located in Bolivia, is indeed pretty spectacular and shouldn’t be missed, particularly if you are into nature and adventure related activities. But … more »
India is, hands down, the most culturally complex country I have ever been at. With a population of 1.3 billion people (this represents one seventh of the entire world!), the variety of religions, social strata, beliefs, customs and even languages spoken is mind blowing! If a person could only take … more »