What to do in Chiang Rai

Tips, tricks and recommendations to make the best of your time in Chiang Rai, Thailand. What to do, where to stay, where to eat and everything else to enjoy the quiet town in Northern Thailand.

Chiang Rai is a sleepy town at the north of Thailand.  We said Chiang Mai was your gateway to Laos and Myanmar, well, actually, it’s Chiang Rai.  Most buses will connect through here.  This town is about a 3-hour drive from Chiang Mai and home to some impressive temples.  It’s a lot more quiet and chilled out than Chiang Mai.  It doesn’t quite have the same ‘je-ne-sais-quoi’ however, but if you’re looking to escape, this is the place for you.

How to get there from Chiang Mai

There are tons of buses that run daily from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. We used the Green Bus Company, which are some of the best buses on the road.  They don’t have wifi, but the seats are comfy and spacious, the drivers are safe and they give you a snack for the road.  Win!

Chiang Rai temples are gorgeous!

You can take the bus from Chiang Mai’s bus terminal and they will drop you off at the main bus terminal in Chiang Rai.  The best thing about this bus terminal is that it’s surrounded by a market.  Fresh fruit and food galore!  Double win!

This terminal is also where the songthaews, tuktuks and taxis are.  The cheapest way to get around are the songthaews, for sure.  About 20-30 TBH per person, but they won’t drop you off at your exact location (well, actually, they might, but for an extra cost).  Tuktuks will be a little more expensive, as will taxis.  If you are staying near the center, you can probably walk to your hotel, and save the money to buy treats along the way!

Things to do

White temple

Almost looks like an elephant graveyard

This is probably the most famous and crazy temple in all of Thailand.  It was recently built and is actually still under construction!  It has a crazy history which is fun to know.  At the end of the 20th century, the original Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) was in bad shape, but there were not enough funds to renovate it.

That’s when Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to rebuild the temple from scratch and fund the project with his own money.  He has spent THB40 million of his own money up until now.  He considers the temple to be an offering to Lord Buddha and so he believes the project will give him immortal life.  The temple will only be completed by 2070, so let’s hope he does get his immortal life so he can see its completion!  The cost for visiting the temple is THB50 for tourists, but free for Thai residents.

Getting there is pretty easy, and the price will depend on your budget and time availability.  We took a THB20 songthaew from the bus terminal, which took about 30 min.  It will drop you off on the ‘highway’, just opposite the Temple.  Just cross the street and follow the Stupa to get there.  Pretty straight forward! Tuktuks wanted to charge us THB200 (for 2) for the 1-way journey.  And taxis were up to THB300.  So you have plenty of choice!

The white temple, one of the nicest we have seen in SE Asia


Blue Temple

blue temple
© Old & Lost

This is another recent temple that is still under construction, though it sure does look beautiful.  We really wanted to visit the Blue Temple, situated just outside Chiang Rai, but we ended up taking it easy (yeah, Northern Thailand will do that to you).  From the looks of it, it seems like an epic temple, but we found ourselves a slice of heaven we just didn’t want to leave.  More on that later!

If you have the time to go, this is well worth the visit, especially judging from what our friends told us!  If you want to know how to get there, here’s a great article for you.

Black House

Giada Frigerio / © Zoom on contemporary art

Another must-see in Chiang Rai, but that we also missed!  If you’re wondering why we recommend these places, well it’s because if you’ve made it out to Chiang Rai, you probably want to know all the cool things you can see and do.  Seriously, we would have gone too, but when you find out why we didn’t, you’ll understand!

Black House is a bit of a drive out of the city.  Baan Dam (Black House) is created by a local artist, Thawan Duchanee.  It’s an art studio, a museum and a home, all rolled into one.  Well worth the visit, again, from what our friends told us.  If you want to know how to get there, check out this great article.

Temples in the City

Smaller village temples can be found on almost every street corner

There are a ton of temples in the city of Chiang Rai itself.  We had access to bikes, so we just rode them around and hopped off when we found a nice one.  There is one that struck out to us, and it was Wat Phra Kaew, because it houses the Emerald Buddha.  This temple was upgraded to a royal temple in 1978, so it’s kind of a big deal in terms of Chiang Rai temples.

A couple praying in front of the famous Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew

It has historical importance because it’s the place where the Emerald Buddha was found, and it’s one of the main centres of Buddhist education and the Sangha’s administration in northern Thailand.  This temple might have also struck a cord with us because as soon as the monks and guards found out we were Canadian, they were so proud to tell us the jade used to make the Emerald Buddha was actually from Canada!  Also, there’s a great turtle pond there, which is great to watch while chilling.  Welcome to the north of Thailand, where chilling is a way of life!

Markets Galore

Walking around the city, you will notice that most things revolve around the market, which is also where the bus terminal is.  This is a great place to eat, with tons of cheap local food, delicious fruits, and some souvenirs to buy as well!

Clock Tower

Town clock tower comes equipped with chimes and lights.  Fancy!

Ok, the gold clock tower is a bit of a stretch.  Do you need to see it?  Probably not!  But if you are walking around at night, it’s worth sticking around for it to strike the hour.  Music and lights will make the place shine. It’s a fun sight to see!

Where to stay

There are plenty of places to stay in and around Chiang Rai.  These are a few that stuck out to us.

Gita’s House

Relaxing at Gita’s House

Gita’s House is nestled in a quiet part of the city, surrounded by beautiful green spaces.  Apart from the accommodations themselves, which were everything we expected, from the large room, very clean space, super comfortable bed, and great wifi, what really stood out to us were the people at Gita’s House.  Anything we needed, they were right there to help us out, and always with a smile!  The family-run guesthouse is homey and cozy.  You can really feel that the staff loves working there too, and we can’t blame them.

The energy in the place is palpable.  We even had the pleasure of taking one of Kay’s laughter yoga classes, which was a great new experience.  A homemade breakfast is provided, with tea and coffee available all the time.  Another plus, the free bikes you can borrow to ride around the city!  They make everything seem much closer, especially in the heat!

Naga Hill Resort

Time for some R&R at Naga Hill

Staying at Naga Hill was a great little getaway.  This is actually the reason we didn’t visit half the things we wanted to – we just didn’t want to leave!  We stayed in a little bungalow that really made it feel like we were staying out in nature, in the middle of nowhere.  A really great place to disconnect!

The bungalow was big and clean, the bed was very comfy, and there was even a hammock on the front porch.  Plus, the bathroom and shower are outside, which is seriously cool.  MAJOR WIN!

One of the great features of Naga Hill is their very big salt water pool.  With the temperature well above 30 degrees Celsius during our stay, the pool was the best way to cool off.  The restaurant was also a nice feature, with so many options available, from Thai and Asian food, to Western food and snacks.  We even had the pleasure of eating a full traditional Lanna meal, all vegetarian food, which was really wonderful!  But what struck out to us was the incredibly sweet and attentive staff.  They were friendly and helpful, which made our stay even more memorable!

Naga Hill was a great escape for us.  Three days of total bliss in the middle of nature.  A perfect excuse to turn off our phones and laptop, and unwind.  For all these reasons, we just didn’t want to leave this place!

Where to eat

Lovely sunsets

Heaven Burger: The name says it all!  This place has heavenly burgers!  They actually have all sorts of western food, but when you’re in the mood for a good veggie burger (they have meat ones as well), this is the place to eat.  Their buns are made fresh with local ingredients, which make the burger even more delicious.  And the fries!  Don’t even get us started on the fries.  They are to die for!

Melt in your mouth: A bit more on the expensive side, Melt in your mouth is set in a beautiful location, just along the river.  The decor inside is lovely, and outside, it’s just epic!  The food varies from local to western, but it’s all delicious.  We needed a break from Thai cuisine, so their pasta dishes were a welcomed treat!  A bit of a trek from the city center, but well worth it!

The Night Market: From local meals and cheap eats, you will find it all at the night market.  They also have a great variety of fresh fruits and veggies, so if you want to take some home with you, please do.  Just make sure you bring a reusable bag with you.  They sure love putting everything in plastic bags so if you can do your part to save the planet, please do!

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The most ethical place to see elephants in Thailand

If you want to see elephants in Thailand, Elephant Nature Park is the best place to do it. Learn everything you want to know about ethical animal tourism in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

Walk around anywhere in Thailand and you will surely see a ton of elephants.  Not necessarily the actual animals, but symbols of elephants are everywhere.  Elephant pants, elephant t-shirts and bowls, elephant statues sold as souvenirs and displayed in temples.  Basically elephant-on-elephant-on-elephant.  So it’s no surprise that elephant tourism is huge in Thailand.

The elephant on the right was injured in the logging industry, but she is getting better!

Like most things that involve animals, it’s always best to do your research before going.  Animals are often not treated well, especially in developing countries like Thailand.  As majestic and colossal as these elephants are, they are no exception to this rule.

We debated long and hard about going to an elephant park. So many pretend to be sanctuaries who treat their animals ethically, but once the tourists are gone, it’s a different story.  That’s why we’re really happy a friend told us about the Elephant Nature Park near Chiang Mai.

Elephant tourism in Thailand and SE Asia

Always hungry!  She even gets her watermelon peeled, must be nice!

All over Thailand, you will see tons of offers to see elephants and play with them.  It’s very important to know that if they offer you to ride an elephant, to watch it paint for you or to see it do tricks for you, you should know that these are unethical elephant practices and you should find a different place to visit.  Maybe even yell at them a little for being cruel animal-torturers.  We kid, but barely!  These are all places that abuse their elephants.  With roughly only 6,000 Asian elephants left in Thailand, we all have to do our part to help save these majestic creatures.

The best way to do this is for tourists to stop going to see these abused animals.  If they do, their caretakers (known in Thailand as mahouts) will have to find ethical ways of treating them.  If you see someone sign up for this type of activity, kindly and gently remind them what they are actually supporting.  Most of the time, people just don’t know how these animals are treated, and the cycle of mistreating elephants will repeat itself.

What was hard to see during our drive to the Elephant Nature Park, was that there were other parks lining the road on the way there where many tourists were riding elephants.  Had they chosen to go a few hundred meters further, they would have participated in a much more ethical form of tourism.

Our day at Elephant Nature Park

Where they keep the male elephants (bulls) to control the population

Our day started much earlier than we’re used to.  At around 8AM, a mini van came to pick us and the rest of our group up from our respective hotels.  We all had a chance to bond a little during the ride and get some backstories.  We had the pleasure of visiting the Elephant Nature Park with couples from Spain, the US and Turkey.  One couple was on their honeymoon, another was eloping and getting married at the Elephant Nature Park!  We can’t blame them.  What a magical setting getting hitched surrounded by these gentle giants!

During our ride, we had a chance to watch a video that spoke about the Elephant Nature Park, the elephants there and their journey.  They also showed us what unethical elephant tourism practices are, such as having them perform tricks, riding them, seeing them beg for money in the streets of Bangkok.  Interesting information, but heart-breaking all at the same time.  More on that later.

Being cat lovers, this was a nice unexpected treat! Cat Kingdom!

Our arrival at the Elephant Nature Park was amazing , we spotted the kittens right away, cuddled up in their Cat Kingdom.  Yes!  We’re in heaven.  After a few cuddles with some cats and dogs, we were taken to the main seating area, where our delicious vegetarian lunch would be served later on.  As we got there, another man brought out a huge basket of bananas and watermelons.  Like clockwork, an elephant approached us.  It was time to eat!

We were then told that this elephant was working in the logging industry until she was injured and could not work anymore.  She gladly accepted all the fruit we offered her… except the peels of watermelon.  She didn’t like those too much!  It was still impressive to see her shove a bunch of 10 bananas in her mouth all at once.  She was insatiable!  We learnt that all elephants are, they eat up to 10% of their weight in food every day!  That’s about 200kgs of corn, fruit and leaves (long live the vegetarian diet).  The Elephant Nature Park grows some crops, but has to purchase a ton more because of the sheer amount of food these mammoths consume.

Feeding time again! This time on the menu, it’s corn

We then spent most of the day walking around the park, learning about their various elephants, feeding them along the way, and just showing them some love.  Something they had been lacking for most of their lives.  It was so good to see them walking around the park, free to enjoy the rest of their days living a carefree and peaceful life.

Some of the stories we heard about these elephants broke our hearts.  The pain and suffering they have been through is quite shocking.  It’s hard to believe that humans, who are usually empathetic and compassionate beings, can be capable of causing so much pain to animals.

The spots are actually sunburn

We heard about elephants that were working in the logging industry and were forced to continue even after breaking a leg.  One elephant that was blind because her mahout stabbed her in the eye after she disobeyed.  Another who was hit by a car while begging in the streets of Bangkok.  It’s hard to imagine what these elephants have been through, but one thing for sure, they finally have a life they deserve.

We loved our time at Elephant Nature Park.  It was truly one of the most magical days we have spent on our trip so far.  Surrounded by these gentle giants, we watched them play together and bathe like they didn’t have a care in the world, fed them insane amounts of food and gently pet their mud-covered skin.  There can be nothing better!  We hope that one day, you will be able to experience this, because as much as we can try to describe it, nothing quite beats the feeling of being there and connecting with these spellbinding creatures.

About Elephant Nature Park

Here a family is cooling off, and the children are misbehaving, as usual

The Elephant Nature Park was established in the 1990’s to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants.  The Elephant Nature Park is part of the Save the Elephants foundation.  It is located 60km from Chiang Mai, and is home to over 70 distressed elephants that were rescued from all over Thailand.  To rescue the elephants, the Park must buy them from their previous owners.  This can cost them anywhere between USD$4,000 to $125,000 or more depending on the elephant’s gender, age and health.

The Park is also home to water buffalo, dogs, cats, monkeys and pigs.  All these beautiful animals were rescued from difficult situations – strays that lost their homes due to flooding, saved from slaughterhouses or from abusive owners.  If you choose to go to the Elephant Nature Park, you can either go for a day tour or stay and volunteer for a few days.

One of the may water buffaloes trying to keep cool

The elephants there were all rescued from a troublesome past.  Most were abused since they were calves, working either in the circus, part of night acts, working in the logging industry, abused for forced breeding or even begging in the streets.  The Park rescues one elephant at a time because 85% of the elephants they save get to the sanctuary with mental health problems caused by the abuse they have suffered.  By focusing on one rescue at a time, they allow them to recover and integrate into the herd naturally.  They usually end up herding around a female elephant.

The oldest elephant at the Park is 94 years-old.  Although she’s the leader of the pack, she’s actually a bitter old lady!  She just wants to sit in the river the whole day and hates socializing with others.  Sounds like my grandma!

Grandma relaxing in the river by herself

The oldest male is nowhere near her age.  He’s actually only 18.  Him and his 2 other vigorous male friends have to all be locked away and separated from the herd.  They are far too fertile and want to get with all the ladies.  What players!  A fun story we heard was that one of them actually managed to get one of the ladies pregnant through his gate.  Talk about having game!  Because of the cost of running the Park, they have to control the population there.  Even with their efforts, the Park has seen 8 baby elephants born in captivity.  The love is strong!

The majority of the proceeds needed to feed and rehabilitate these elephants come from tourists visiting the park as well as a smaller portion coming from private donors and companies.  The ultimate goal of the park is to release the elephants into the wild once they have been properly nurtured back to health.  If you want to help support the Elephant Nature Park, you can do so!

About elephants

The oldest male elephant, named Bad Boy!

Elephants are the largest land mammals and are highly intelligent.  Their brain weights 5kgs (or 11lbs), which is 4 times more than a human brain… our guess is that they are more intelligent than we are as well.  Seriously tough, it is often said that their intelligence is comparable to those of primates and cetaceans.  We have all heard the saying that someone has a memory like an elephant, and that is also true!  That’s why it takes so long for them to get over their abusive pasts.

They can communicate together through touch, sight, smell, and sound – they use infrasound, and seismic communication over long distances.  Plus, they appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind.

These two are inseparable, looks like one of them just landed a killer joke!

While at the Elephant Nature Park, we were told of two elephants who had become friends and would hang out together all the time.  One day, the eldest of the two fell ill and passed away.  Her friend, heart-broken about the ordeal, would spend her days searching for the fallen elephant, crying out to her day-in and day-out… until she got over it one day and found herself a new friend!

Elephant abuse

Another family with two children aged 2 and 6.

Elephant abuse is nothing new.  Often, many tourists just don’t know about how these gentle giants are treated to be able to put on a “good show” for tourists.  To get these wild animals to interact with humans, they must first undergo a cruel breaking process called “Phajaan”.  This will ultimately render the elephant submissive to their human trainers by breaking their spirit.

The Phajaan starts at a very young age – usually baby elephants are taken from the mothers between three to six years old.  They will keep the babies in small crates with their feet tied with ropes and their limbs stretched.  They will be repeatedly beaten with sharp metal hooks with hits to their head, slashing their skin and tugging their ears, constantly being yelled at, and they will be starved of food.  That’s why most elephants you will see in captivity have shredded or torn ears.

Another way to stay cool is to throw dust on themselves, which after coming out of the water turns to mud.  This is elephant sunscreen!

Eventually, the ropes will be replaced with chains, but the abuse will not stop.  The Phajaan may last for weeks and these poor animals will have no rest from physical torture and mental domination.  The elephants must never be left alone because often, they will try to commit suicide by stepping on their trunk.  Gradually, their spirits break and their handlers achieve the control they seek.  The mahouts will not be the ones abusing the elephants, instead, they will come in and “save” them by offering them their first meal, and by taking them away from their crate and chains.  Just another form of manipulation.

We said it once, and we’ll say it again.  Research is imperative to be sure you are supporting the right type of organization.  Of the roughly 6,000 elephants left in Thailand, two thirds of those are in captivity, and as of 1986, have been considered to be endangered.

Another way to stay cool is to hang out under these elephant umbrellas.  They get crowded during peak hours

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Your ultimate city guide

From the people, the food and the temples, there are a ton of reasons Siem Reap in Cambodia stole our hearts. Read more to see how this city will enchant you.

There are certain places you travel to that simply steal your heart, without even trying.  That was the case for Siem Reap, in Cambodia.

Cambodia made our list for a very simple reason, Carine’s love of yoga.  Early on, when we decided we’d be globetrotting through South East Asia, we knew Cambodia was a must-visit destination.  It is renown as one of the best places in the world for yoga retreats, not to mention the amazing temples.  We arrived there with no expectations.  We only had 12 days to spend in the city, including some time in a yoga retreat.

After 6 months of traveling, we’ve learned to take it slow, go with the flow, and not try to do too much in a short amount of time.  Siem Reap was exactly on the same page as us.  Easy-going, laid-back, charming, and just the right amount of fun!

The people of Cambodia


The first thing we noticed about Siem Reap were the friendly smiles on the locals faces, as soon as our plane landed. We were greeted with the warmest welcome a customs border officer will probably ever give you! We were off to a great start, and the smiles only continued to roll in after that. First from Dara, the Babel Guesthouse tuk-tuk driver who picked us up and would explain where we were at every turn.

Then the kids on scooters, who would slyly wave or pull a peace sign out with their brightest and warmest Hello! We couldn’t help but have a smile permanently on our faces while driving around the city. It seemed like even the market vendors were just out to get a laugh with you when we walked by their stalls… even if we weren’t buying anything. Usually, in other South East Asian countries, they would haggle, and argue, sometimes getting angry when we’d walk away. But not in the magical Kingdom of Cambodia. Here, all interactions were done with a smile, and friendly banter.

One of our best memories with locals was the night we set out to find some bugs to eat at the night market. As we walked by some restaurants, one bar manager stopped us to talk about football (or soccer for all our friends in North America). Derek might have been wearing his famous Argentina jersey, which always gets us into some fun conversations. He wanted us to come in for a drink at his bar, for free. He just wanted to talk! When we told him that we were looking to get some bugs to eat, he made us a deal: “I will come and show you where to find the best bugs, if you come back to my bar with me for some beers after…”

You have yourself a deal!

Carine’s one and only bug lady!

First, the woman selling the bugs was the sweetest and liveliest one we’ve met.  She enthusiastically explained where she gets her bugs, why they are good for you, and all that good stuff. I kind of wish she would have hired me to help her sell bugs, as I’ve grown quite fond of them (and her). What good is all my experience in marketing if I can’t help some sweet lady sell bugs! But more on that later!

We held our end of the promise. After getting our fix of bugs, we headed back to the bar for drinks. There, we sat with our friend for a good hour. He spoke to us about his childhood, his upbringing, his hopes and dreams for his future, but more importantly, for the future of his country. He has started a program with some friends and other locals to help build homes for the less fortunate. They all pitch in some money every week, and once they have saved up enough, they find a family to help out, either renovating their home, or building a new one. He didn’t want other kids to grow up the way he did. He was an inspiration!

In French, they would say that we had a”Coup de Coeur” for the people of Cambodia. But it seems like that doesn’t do it justice!

Disconnecting to better connect

We spend 5 hours a day in here

After a few days in the bustling city, we were ready to disconnect a little. Disconnect from our phones and screens, from the hustle and bustle of the city, and just reconnect with nature and ourselves. We found the perfect retreat a short tuk-tuk ride away from Siem Reap called Angkor Zen Gardens.

We spent about 5 hours a day in yoga or meditation classes. We worried about this before we started, but the classes were spaced out just enough. By the end of the day, we were a little sore, but felt refreshed and rejuvenated, both in body and mind. Any free time we had was spent by the pool – Can you blame us?

We were dealing with +30ºC temperatures. We could also be found in the dining hall, chatting with new friends, eating some delicious vegetarian meals and insanely fresh fruits.


We stayed there for 4 days, but needless to say that we would have loved to extend our stay! Our home during that time was a lovely little bungalow. And our time was shared with like-minded ‘Do-It-Your-Way’-ers we won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

The temples – Siem Reap’s pièce de resistance

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Well obviously! Did you really think we would go to Siem Reap and not visit the Angkor Wat temples? We know we do things our way, but you can’t ignore the 7th wonder of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the largest religious monument in the world!

We got up super early one morning, earlier than we care to admit, and we set out to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat. We spent 3 days admiring the beauty that is Angkor Wat and its many temples. The organized tours are split into 2 categories: The Big tour (as temples are further from each other) and the Small Tour (which has your famous Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Bayon). If you’re feeling adventurous, there is the beautiful Lady temple, Banteay Srei that’s about an hour out of Siem Reap. It’s small but quite beautiful, and you get to see life in the countryside.

Angkor Wat

We weren’t expecting much when we set out to discover the temples. Yes, we knew they were old, that they were impressive and beautiful. But it’s only when you see them up-close and personal that you truly understand the magnitude of their beauty and the insane ways they had to be built. Angkor Wat is probably the best conserved of the bunch, but because some temples have not aged so well, many countries around the world are working to restore them to their former glory.

We took 3 days to see 10 temples, but if we could have, we might have taken 10 days, to truly explore them (and maybe try an organize a game of hide-and-seek in there). If you plan on going, here’s what you should know.

Places to stay

When it comes to accommodations in Siem Reap, there are plenty of offers, from budget-friendly to high-budget, but here are the ones that struck out to us:

Babel Guesthouse: The premier eco-friendly, responsible tourist destination in Siem Reap. A lovely staff, a quaint garden restaurant, the friendliest owners and a contributing member of their community, we loved our stay here.

Bou Savy Guesthouse: Located in the heart of Siem Reap, a short walk away from the Royal Residence, the Old Market and Angkor Night Market.  This guesthouse is a great place to stay if are looking to experience Siem Reap’s legendary temples, or their vibrant city centre.  You’re close enough to the action, without being bothered by hoards of loud tourists.  Attentive staff; beautiful and cozy rooms; a great restaurant downstairs where breakfast is served; a nice swimming pool to help you cool down after a long day of temple visits; what more could you need?

Popular Residence: Located slightly off the tourist trail, in a lovely area, this beautiful boutique hotel featuring a breakfast variety, amazing spacious rooms, lovely modern design, and of course, a great swimming pool right in the centre court. The staff will go to all lengths to make sure your stay is the best in Siem Reap. They even asked every morning if we slept well the night before, I mean who even does that?!?!

Angkor Zen Gardens: If Yoga is your thing, and even if it isn’t, but you’re looking for a new experience, we cannot say enough good things about this retreat. Connected with nature, Angkor Zen will help you be one with your body and mind, and feed you like a king or queen while it does! You can either stay here for a retreat, or drop in for any of the classes.

Where to Eat

Tuk Tuk Tacos: When you need a little break from Khmer food, head down to Tuk Tuk Tacos. They have amazing margaritas and delicious tacos that are fairly priced. Our favourites were the pulled jackfruit tacos that pack in quite a kick!

Khmer Grill: For a delicious but cheap Khmer meal, this is the place! Situated close to Pub Street, the restaurant offers all sorts of traditional Khmer dishes, and a great variety of vegetarian food. They will even add tofu to their traditional meals to make sure you get enough protein. Bon appétit!

Le Tigre de Papier: From Khmer dishes to Italian fare, this restaurant has it all. And it’s all delicious, unlike other places that fail at making traditional Western food. If you want a good fire-oven pizza, this is the place!

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Singapore – a 3 day itinerary

This is your ultimate city guide and 3-day itinerary for Singapore. Tips and tricks, what to do, where to stay and what to see. Everything you need to know to make the best of your trip.

Let’s be honest!  We weren’t planning on staying in Singapore for too long.  It’s supposed to be small, and expensive.  But we’re so happy we didn’t listen to the rumours.  Singapore may be a small country but there’s so much to see, do and eat.  Most people don’t stay here for much longer than the time of their layover, but if time permits, we highly recommend you explore this awesome place.  And don’t worry, it’s not as expensive as most make it out to be.  We actually did it on quite a small budget, splurging only on a few things.

So here is our itinerary for 3 days in Singapore.

Day 1 – A day of culture and eating – Little India, Chinatown, Kampong Glam

Walk through the colourful streets of Little India

Today is the day to visit the different cultural centers of Singapore.  And if you like food as much as we do, today is going to be delicious.  Start with Little India.  Discover all the scents and sounds that make this place unique.  The colourful houses, the street art, the delicious food and the Mustafa Center.  This place has everything and anything you could possibly want: clothes, shoes, beauty products, appliances, and electronics.  Tons and tons of electronics!

Mustafa Centre, Little India

Also, be sure to have a meal here.  You’ll have quite a few places to pick from.  Our fave was the Masala Dosa at Murugan Idli shop.  It’s South Indian deliciousness!  Expect great food, but terrible service.  Just laugh off the looks and attitude, and enjoy your meal.

How to get there: Take the MRT and get off at the Little India MRT Station on the NorthEast or Downtown lines.

Next, head over to Chinatown.  The streets are filled with stalls selling a ton of fun souvenirs for you to bring back home.  We enjoy looking through the stalls but we never buy anything (we can’t lug these things around for a year).  It’s still fun to see all the cool and crazy things they have available.  There’s also plenty of street food, so treat yo self and try a few different things!

Tooth Relic Temple, Chinatown

Be sure to visit the Tooth Relic Temple with the 10,000 buddhas lining its walls: it’s truly a beautiful temple.  You can admire Buddha’s tooth on the second floor and be sure to make your way up to the roof for the beautiful orchid garden.  Make sure you wear appropriate clothing when you go: cover knees and shoulders, if not, you’ll be given a plain brown sarong and your pick of a shall.  If time permits, you can also walk around Chinatown and find the cool Instagram-able buildings that will make people wonder how you had time to squeeze a trip to Hong Kong

How to get there: Take the MRT from Little India MRT Station towards Harbour Front on the NorthEast line for 3 stops and exit at the Chinatown MRT Station.

Street art in Kampong Glam

Finally, it’s time to make your way over to Kampong Glam.  Although there are only a few streets making up this quarter, it’s still quite a sight.  Clothing shops and restaurants line the streets.  And in the centre is Sultan Mosque.  Make sure you check opening times – we got there as it was closing.  And as always with religious places, make sure you dress appropriately.

Take a stroll down Haji Lane and the surrounding streets to admire all the street art created by local artists.  They really give the area a cool vibe and awesome character.  At night, this quarter comes to life!  The streets are alive with the sound of music pouring out from all the pubs and restos.  So sit down, order a delicious meal and enjoy the show.  Beware of the tourist traps!  A good tip is to look out for anywhere that is packed with locals: there,  you will be able to find a feast fit for a king or queen at a reasonable price.

How to get there: Take the MRT from Chinatown MRT Station towards Bukit Panjang for 5 stops on the Downtown line and exit at the Bugis MRT Station.

Day 2 – Flowers and fun – Botanic Gardens & Sentosa

Head out early and grab the typical Singaporean breakfast.  Half boiled eggs, toast with Kaya (coconut jam and butter) and the famous Kopi C coffee.  This should cost you anywhere from $2 to $5, depending on where you are.  There is a plethora of options: just close your eyes, spin and point.

A stroll through the Botanic Gardens

Now, it’s time to discover the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the only tropical garden in the UNESCO World Heritage List.  It boasts an astounding 82-hectares of gardens, lakes, rainforest and sheer beauty you’ll want to explore, so wear comfy shoes, bring water and get started.  The entrance to the Gardens is free but some expositions (like the Orchid Garden) are paying.  Make sure you head there early enough so you can avoid crowds and the scorching heat.

How to get there: Take the MRT and exit at the Botanic Gardens MRT Station on the Circle or Downtown lines.

When you’ve fully admired the beauty of the Gardens, head out to a fun afternoon at Sentosa, the State of Fun.  This is the entertainment island where you can find Adventure Cove Aqua Park, an 11-storey tall skywalk, the S.E.A. aquarium, Universal Studios Singapore, beaches, a 37-foot Merlion, and soooo much more.

A quick budget tip for you: skip taking the Sentosa Express monorail from the main station.  Instead walk to the second station (S2 Waterfront), just a quick 10 mins away, and you can grab it for free.  It’s a beautiful walk on the boardwalk, and there is lots to see around.  And depending on where you want to go, you can skip the monorail completely by simply walking around the island.  We spent our afternoon at Siloso Beach but you could easily spend a whole day here if you wanted to.

How to get there: Take the MRT from Botanic Gardens MRT Station towards Harbour Front for 10 stops on the Circle line and exit at the Harbour Front MRT Station (end of the line).  Either walk across the Sentosa Boardwalk (free) or jump on the Sentosa Express ($4SGD).

Spectra light show at Marina Bay Sands

Finally, when you’re almost ready to call it a night, make your way over to the Marina Bay Sands to enjoy Spectra, the light show.  There’s one at 9pm and another at 10pm.

How to get there: Get back on the Sentosa Express (this time for free) and exit at the Harbour Front MRT Station (end of the line).  Get on the Circle line for 26 stops and exit at the Marina Bay MRT Station (end of the line).  For a quicker route on the MRT, take the NorthEast line towards Punggol for 2 stops and exit at the Chinatown MRT Station.  Transfer to the Downtown line towards Bukit Panjang for 2 stops and exit at the Downtown MRT Station.  Transfer to the North South line towards Marine Bay for 1 stop and exit at the Marina Bay MRT Station.  Though you will need to transfer twice, this route is a much faster alternative.

Helix Bridge by the Marina Bay Sands

If you want to keep the night going, stroll through the Gardens by the Bay, admiring the Super Tree Grove, the multiple works of art, and all the flora.  If you like ice cream (who doesn’t?!), you can walk across the Helix Bridge and find a local ice cream sandwich vendor offering his sweets in a multitude of flavours.

Or, if you’re tired of walking, you can always grab a drink at Clark Quay.  Both are great options.

Day 3 – Admire the beauty of the modern world – Marina Bay Sands area

You may want to keep this itinerary for a scorching hot day because parts of it will be spent inside.

Start off at the Gardens by the Bay, walking around to explore the different areas, art sculptures and the ever-famous SuperTree Grove.  You can also opt to hop on the self-driving shuttle: it’s a pretty cool experience!

Flower Dome and Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay

When the sun gets too hot, head to the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.  We wish we had seen these but they were closed for maintenance.  It’s all good though, it gives us an excuse to go back to Singapore!

How to get there: Take the MRT and exit at the Marina Bay MRT Station on the Circle or NorthSouth lines.

For a quick bite to eat, check out the restaurants at the Marina Shoppes.  It’ll also give you a reason to do some window shopping or grab some souvenirs for people back home.

Finally, stroll over to the ArtScience museum, the iconic Lotus shaped building.  We saw 2 expos while we were there: the #instafamous Future world and Art from the Streets.  We spent the whole afternoon here, just immersing ourselves in the technology and beauty behind Future World.  It’s an expo that is perfect for kids and adults alike.  Then, we were left in awe admiring the history of street art, with exhibits from famous artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, and Invader, just to name a few.

Art from the Streets at the ArtScience Museum
Future World at the ArtScience Museum

Now, depending on what time it is, you have a few options.  You can head to our favorite hawker centre for a bite to eat.  Lau Pa Sat is a short walk or MRT ride away, and has food from all corners of the world.  Cheap and delicious, just like we love it.

Lau Pa Sat eatery

If it’s not quite supper time, you can always catch the SuperTree Grove show at 7:45pm or 8:45pm.  They light up the trees and have a whole music show going.  So find a good seat under the trees or just lay on the floor and enjoy it.  You will want to show up 15 – 20 minutes early for the show if you expect to get a good spot to view the lighting of the SuperTrees.

SuperTree Grove light show at Gardens by the Bay

Do this trip your own way

We didn’t have time to do everything we wanted to in Singapore.  Did we mention we obviously have to go back?  Here below are some things we wanted to do but couldn’t squeeze in.  You can always swap out things in our itinerary for these fun finds:

Haw Par Villa. A park of life-sized statues and dioramas that highlight stories from Chinese mythology.  Created by the Haw Par brothers, creators of Tiger Balm

Changi Point Coastal Walk.  Near the world-famous airport, there is a quiet boardwalk by the water where you can see the planes fly in and out.

Treetop walk at MacRitchie Reservoir.  Walk on a free-standing suspension bridge 25 meters off the ground.

And just in case, here’s the ever-practical MRT System Map:

Singapore MRT map

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Changi Airport – the best airport in the world

Changi airport has been voted the best airport in the world time and time again. We spent so much time there and discovered all the reasons that make it great.

One of the things we hate the most about travelling is the time we waste at airports.  We always end up sitting at the gate for way too long, praying that our phone battery lasts long enough, and hoping that guy charging his laptop leaves soon so we can use the only plug in the terminal.  You probably know the feeling too.

But that was far from the case at Singapore Changi Airport.  We showed up four hours before our flight because we actually wanted to spend time at this airport.  Are we crazy?  Nope!  Changi Airport was just named the best airport in the world in the 2018 World Airport Awards by SkyTrax.  For a 6th year in a row based on votes by 13.73 million customer nominations.  Across more than 100 nationalities, with more than 500 airports worldwide taking part.  So we can’t be wrong here.

Photo credit: Visit Singapore

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There’s so much to do here, that you’ll soon want to move in.  We sure did!

Sculptural Tree Garder (photo credit: Changi airport)

First, the gardens.  Just in Terminal 2, alone, you have 3 magnificent gardens.  One with orchids, another called the Enchanted garden that has its own Koi pond, and my favorite, an outdoor terrace garden full of sunflowers.  And if you think that’s all, think again.  The other terminals also boast a cactus garden, a butterfly garden and a water lily garden.  Now that’s pretty damn impressive.

Ok.  So maybe gardens aren’t your thing.  Rather disconnect by getting an entertainment fix?  Cool, they thought of you too!  They have a movie theatre, game lounge and huge screens where you can watch whatever big sports match is on.  There are also over 550 internet stations across the airport and 2 hours of free wifi available for you.

Still not impressed?  It’s all good.  We’re just getting started!

Rooftop swimming pool (photo credit: Changi Airport)

There’s a gym, rooftop pool and jacuzzi, clinics, pharmacies, convenience stores.  A ton of stores, with one of our favorites being the bookstore.  Because let me tell you, English books are hard to come by in South East Asia.  So seriously, why would you ever want to leave this place?

Are you getting tired from discovering all the cool things at this airport?  No worries, they have rest lounges and free leg massage machines.  They have a ton of restaurants and bars where you can fuel up too.

You have loose change left over from your stay in Singapore?  They have these machines that trade your change for a surprise gift depending on how much you have left.

Not a fan of any of this, but still want to discover Singapore?  Cool!  Because if you have at least 5.5 hours to spare, you can join one of the free 2.5 hours guided tours with 2 short stopovers.  They have the Heritage Tour which runs 4 times daily or the City Sights Tour which runs 2 times a day.

If art is your thing, Changi has you covered.  It boasts some impressive kinetic displays. The first one that caught our eye upon arrival is a Kinetic Rain installation made of 1,216 bronze rain drop shaped sculptures that rise and fall in incredible sequences.

The next one that left our jaws hanging open was the A Million Times at Changi.  Both a kinetic art display, and a real time clock, it is the world’s largest kinetic clock.

Less flashy, but convenient AF was a feature we really liked.  The fact that there was no main security check point.  Don’t worry though, each gate has its own security check-in, which makes getting through a breeze!

Even the 3-4 hours we had at the airport wasn’t enough for us to discover everything it had to offer. Guess it’s a good thing we plan on coming back! But if you have more time to spare in Singapore, check out our 3-day itinerary.

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6 months in: We’re still going strong

We have been travelling the world for the last 6 months and we have learned so much. This has brought us new perspective on life, our careers, our relationship and ourselves. But do we regret our choice?

Well, in the blink of an eye, it’s happened.  It’s already been 6 months that we’ve been on the road.  They say time flies when you’re having fun.  Well, they’re not lying!

In this short time, the two of us have been to 8 countries, 50 cities, countless hours in transit.  We’ve had quite a few highlights along the way, like hiking in the natural beauty that is Wanaka (New Zealand’s version of the Canadian rocky mountains); learning to scuba dive and swimming with a whale shark in Koh Tao; seeing the Great Barrier Reef before it’s completely bleached, and meeting some incredible people along the way that we now carry in our hearts (and our Facebook profiles).  This trip is one of the best decisions we’ve made, after getting married, of course!

The best part of these last months has obviously been to live care-free, without the stress of work.  But beyond that, it’s having the freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want, and doing it all together.  Yup, we’re basically kids again, but with money and somewhat better judgement.

One of our worries when we left was if we’d get along spending 24/7 together.  What if we get into some huge argument that ended it all?  Well, the good news is, that hasn’t happened yet.  Yes, obviously, we’ve had a few scraps here and there but our relationship is probably stronger than ever.  We’ve learned so much about each other, things that we wouldn’t have know had we not been on this journey.  Like did you know Derek is the most organized person out there?  From his packing to planning the blog, to booking flights and accommodations.  It’s impressive and inspiring.  I need to follow his lead more.

And me, well it seems that Derek was surprised I wasn’t quite the princess he had made me up to be… though for the record, I loved camping and he didn’t, so who is the real princess here?  (Derek here, and for the record we do both love to camp now.)

It’s also good to be reminded of all the little things that made you fall in love with a person that you seem to forget when routine settles in.  We’ve also learned to be more patient, forgiving and understanding with each other, and playing on each other’s strengths.  So this trip has definitely brought us closer together.

Still in love and going strong

We’ve also learned a lot about ourselves during these last few months.  We’re both more patient and understanding of other people’s life and situation.  A lot more empathy and compassion for the struggles so many people are going through on a daily basis.  We are truly blessed to live the life we have.  On a personal level, Derek has shown an eagerness to trying so many new foods, which if you knew him before, is a huge accomplishment considering how picky he was.  And on my end, I’ve learned to worry less, and live more in the moment instead of always planning 10 steps ahead.  I’ve learned to slow down and let go, to just go with the flow.  Derek had already mastered this.  Finally, we’ve also understood that we don’t need much to be happy, the minimalist life is a pretty good one.

Although we are having the best time of our lives, there’s a lot we miss back home.  The obvious things like Thursday night drinks with the girls, hockey nights with best buds, the epic meals we would host, Sunday suppers with family to name a few.  We also miss the little routine we had with Jax, our cat.  The way he would greet us at the door after a long day of work.  His cuddles, or how he would always sit in our spot as soon as we got up.  There’s also the small things we took for granted, like being able to cook a meal at home with good wine.  Having a comfy bed to sleep in at night (have we told you how hard these Asian beds are?).  Even having a choice of wardrobe.  Nothing big but we wouldn’t mind trading in some of the clothes we’ve had with us for months.

We have to get our cat love somewhere

On the flip side, there are certain things we don’t mind having left behind.  Like winter.  Fuck you winter.  Hope we never see you again!  Especially since this year was one of the coldest and longest ones yet in Montreal.  And traffic.  Peace out traffic.  Especially the brutal gridlocks we’ve seen downtown, mainly caused by the epic construction fails the city is notorious for.  We don’t care to see those ever again.  We’d also be lying if we said we missed work.  Because we don’t.  Although we had some good careers back home, we don’t regret putting them on hold for a single second.  We can always pick up where we left off when we get back.  No bigs!

So that’s what 6 months on the road feels like.  We’re pretty excited to see what the next 6 will look like.

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Driving on the left

I love to drive.  Always have.  Always will.

I remember being very young and thinking to myself, I should be allowed to drive.  It looks so easy and like so much fun! As I was growing up, my dad used to let me steer from the passenger seat, even if my mom wasn’t thrilled at the prospect.

Later, I was upgraded from “steerer” to “shifter” in our old ’91 Hyundai Sonata!  That was a thrill, and surprisingly when I would shift into 2nd instead of 4th my dad wouldn’t get too upset with me.

Then, when I did my driving courses, my instructor would always tell me “slow down“… “ya ya, when I take the exam, I’ll slow down“, I’d tell him.  I passed my exam, easy-peasy, and bought myself a run down ’90 Chrysler LeBaron.  I was one of the first of my friends to get a car.  I was always the chauffeur, and I loved it.

I’ve always felt comfortable driving, and I would say I am a great driver.  Hopefully most people who have been in my car would agree! So when we first got to Australia, and the prospect of driving on the left-hand side of the road presented itself, I wasn’t fazed at all!

Death’s Corner in Arthur’s Pass. Ya, no biggie!

Since our trip to Australia went from Cairns to Airlie Beach, and then to Brisbane, renting a car wasn’t really necessary.  Most of these places were easy to get around in by foot or public transportation.

Then, we got to the Sunshine Coast, more specifically to Buderim.  At first we took a bus to go into town and to the beaches of Maloolooba and Marouchydore.  But after a few days, we decided there was more to see, so we finally rented a car!

Coincidentally, it ended up being the same car we sold before leaving on this amazing trip, a Nissan Pulsar (the Australian version of the Versa).

I think a lot of people assume driving on the other side of the road is difficult because they think you’ll end up driving on the wrong side. But that only happened to me once, or maybe twice, but the real difficulty is simply staying in your lane!

Mistakenly driving on the wrong side can happen (usually when you’re on a small dirt road, or in a parking lot), but staying on the correct side is a lot easier than you would think, as you just follow traffic.  There are usually medians too, so physically getting onto the wrong side is harder than you would think.

The epic 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, one of our best road trips

Staying in your lane though… that did take some getting used to.  I was always taught that when you are driving, you should hug the left side of your lane.  They say to do this because you are more likely to get hit from your right side than you are from your left side (when driving on the right side of the road). So that was the hardest impulse to break.  For the first day or two, Carine would keep getting nervous and telling me “stay in your lane!”

Being such a great driver, I would get so mad at myself.  Since you’re driving on the left, you now need to hug the right side of the lane.  Otherwise, you’ll be sitting half in your lane, and half in the lane to your left.

But after two days or so, I got the hang of it.  After a week, it no longer even felt like I was driving on the ‘wrong’ side anymore.

I drove a bit in the Sunshine Coast, and then did the Great Ocean road, from Melbourne to Portland and back (about 1,000kms) in a Wicked mini camper 2 sleeper.

I’ve heard of sleeping in your car, but have you heard of sleeping on top of your car?

The next difficulty is where to look when you are crossing through an intersection.  Usually, you look left first expecting cars going from left to right.  But now the cars are coming from your right, so if you look the wrong way you could be in for a terrible surprise!  This did happen to me once while driving through New Zealand, and it was definitely the most terrifying ‘driving on the left’ experience we had, but we are still alive, again, thanks to my great driving skills!  Sarcasm?  Meh, you decide!

A view we’re lucky to have seen in Wanaka, New Zealand

But the most exciting ‘driving on the left’ that I’ve done is, without doubt, the 4,500+ kms I did through New Zealand.   It was conquered with the help of 2 different camper vans and a trusty Nissan Pulsar for a few days.  We cruised through the South Island of New Zealand in a Spaceship Beta 2S and then drove a 4-berth motor-home we relocated for Imoova (a relocation service for campervans in New Zealand).

Our little UFO
The “Big Bertha”

So ask me, “Derek, should I drive in a country that drives on the opposite side that I am used to?”

The answer is easy!  Are you a good driver?  Yes?  Go for it!

No???  I think you answered your own question.  Do us all a favour, and take the bus!

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The Blog: We did it our way

Everything we do, we do it our way. This post will help you understand why we did this and how.

There are a ton of travel blogs out there.  Some document everything from A to Z.  We love those blogs, they helped us find some great spots, and gave us some invaluable information.  Others are more like diaries both for the travellers and their friends and family.  We love those too.  They give us great insight on how traveling can change you.

But we’re neither here nor there.  Or actually, we’re a bit of both.  So here and there.  Because with everything we do in life, we do it our way – From the day we met, to our wedding to living our lives in travel or at home.  And this blog is no different.  That’s what we want to document here.  Travelling and living according to your own set of rules.

Someone must have made a cheeky comment!

Yes, we will go to some typical, touristy places, because let’s be honest, there are some beautiful and popular places out there.  But we also like to go off the beaten path to unknown places, help out companies that are looking to make a difference in the world and in their communities.

We think that the best way to travel is to dig deeper, to learn about people’s culture, habits and customs, to eat their food, and try to get a glimpse of their reality.  Because travelling is more than just about seeing the famous sites, it’s about building a connection with the people.

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Doing it our way often leads to laughs all around

In our everyday life, we also try to live it in a meaningful way – reducing our carbon footprint, helping others, eating as healthy as we can and staying active.  Because we’d like to be able to keep traveling for as long as we can, on a planet that still has some pristine and untouched areas.

We’ve learned that we are all connected and we are all one humanity, that loves, that bleeds and lives the best life they can.  This blog is to show that, so we can all do it our way.

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The Decision: Why we quit our jobs to travel the world

After working for 10+ years in corporate jobs, we decided to quit and travel the world. This is what drove us to leave everything behind and discover the world on a long-term trip.

For most, our whole life has been mapped out. From an early age, we’re told to go to school, get a job, find a match, get married, buy a house, keep working, have babies, keep working, pay for your kids’ education, keep working, then eventually, when you’re old enough, you get to retire and finally enjoy the fruits of your labor. But those who know us, know we’re not ones who really follow the rules.

What if that’s not the path you want to take? What if you want to enjoy the good life while you’re still young and healthy? What if you decide that now is the time to ‘retire’? … at least for a little bit!

The idea to travel came to us randomly one day. We were walking to a restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday, and wondered, ‘What if we took our savings, and just left to travel for a year? Wouldn’t that be amazing?’

‘Yeah, we should do that!’.

And that’s how it all began!

The view from Sulfur Mountain, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Our first stop on our trip, Sulfur Mountain in Banff, Canada

Derek and I have been together for 9 years, 4 awesome years of marriage (see, we followed some rules). We found each other through a friend, but it was our love of hockey that sealed the deal. We eventually got married, and started saving for a new home. We were on the ‘usual’ life path, but for the last year, we’d both been working pretty hard and hardly saw each other.

I’ve been in marketing for over 10 years, so working 70-hour weeks has been a major part of my adult life. Derek had started working 2 jobs – his regular 9-to-5, plus nights and weekends at a barbershop, pursuing his dream of working with his brother.

As you can imagine, keeping such a hectic schedule was no fun for anyone, and somewhat strenuous on our relationship. When you spend all your time working, you start wondering what the purpose of it actually is.

All these hours, and all this money that’s adding up in an account, for what? So that a few times a year, you can escape on a 2-week vacation?

No, thank you. We love traveling way too much for that.

The western edge of Tofino, British Colombia, Canada
The western edge of Tofino, British Colombia, Canada

The bright Frederick Beuchner once said “There are those who will spend their entire lives making money, to enjoy the life they’ve entirely spent up.” Money can always be made. Time, however you will never get back.

We both knew we wanted a break from the usual path, we wanted to reconnect with the important things in life, figure out what the next 10 years will look like and how we want to keep building our life together.

That’s how, on that random night, we decided to make this crazy idea come to life. We’re not big on harping on good ideas for too long, instead we just spring into action. Just ask us how it took us 3 months to decide to get married and plan the whole wedding. This is why when we decided to travel, we quickly put a plan into motion: rent out the condo, find a long-term sitter for our cat, quit our jobs, and head out.

We knew we had a great idea, but most of the reactions we got when we announced our intentions took us by surprise.

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