Today it has been exactly 100 days since we arrived in Beijing, in that that time we have travelled through China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
This post is coming to you from Chiang Mai, Thailand, our home for the next three months. We chose Chiang Mai for the simple reason everyone seems to love it here and I can see why but more on that later.
The plan is to chill out, work on the blog, enjoy the company of Team Chiang Mai and at some point, when we can build up enough motivation to do a TEFL course.
For now though lets celebrate our 100 days with 10 reasons to love travel, I know I said 100 but lets be honest your attention will have gone by #41 and so will mine.
1 ) The little achievements count
When you’ve been away from home for a bit finding those little treasures you’ve missed become a huge success story, something as simple as a chocolate bar. If you find water at 5p cheaper than you’ve been paying all week, well, it’s time to go out celebrating!
2) Being Lazy
Fancy spending all day in bed or just really can’t be bothered to do anything, don’t worry about it as long as you don’t tell anyone it can be your little secret.
“Where were you yesterday?”
“Tracking lions in the jungle of course!”
3 ) Bragging
Bragging to family and friends is one of my favourite things to do at the moment. People like to share everything on facebook and there’s nothing like comparing your day in the sun to theirs at work – you’ll always win!
4 ) We’re Brave
Yup that’s right, Kirsty and I are extremely brave, or so we kept getting told before we set off on this trip, we’re practically national hero’s, the only people ever to leave the British Isles and survive for more than a few seconds. I’ll let you into a little secret, we’re not brave at all, it’s actually very easy.
5) No household chores
Living out of hotels and guesthouses means strangers come into a room and clean up all the mess we’ve been working on for the last few days, it’s incredible. As for washing clothes as well, it’s not necessary as long as you keep on the move, wear your favourite t-shirt for a week, no-one will know, just don’t spill curry on it.
6 ) Pretending to be rich
Take where we are living at the moment for example, we have a rooftop gym and pool for Christ’s sake, I had to quit my gym at home because it was too expensive but here it’s fine. Granted at home in England you would struggle to find a place with an outdoor pool, maybe a sauna would be more useful.
7 ) Beer is Cheap
It’s terribly cheap in some places, in Vietnam I could get a huge bottle of beer for 30p, cheaper than water in many places, it would be wrong not to take advantage, I had at least one beer every day for six weeks! Still cheap in Thailand but not so cheap I can’t say no!
8 ) You can have online friends and not be a loser
Running a travel blog on the road means you get to know lots of people over facebook and twitter without meeting them in person – at home you would be a loser who can only make friends online, out here your ‘networking’.
9 ) Flip Flops are acceptable for any occasion
Who goes out for a posh meal at home in flip flops, no-one! When your on a trip (obviously somewhere warm – in Antarctica wearing flip flops still means your a freak) they are standard issue, they have to be worn (not with socks).
10 ) Anything is possible
The very best thing about travelling, that comes above all the rest, is the realisation that it is very possible to live all of your wildest travel fantasies and once you’ve had a taste of one adventure it’s unlikely you’ll stop anytime soon.
So these are our favorite ten things about this long term travel business, obviously there are many more, perhaps usual, good points such as the freedom and the people you meet but they are a given.
Whats the weirdest thing you enjoy about travel? If it’s sleeping with lots of strangers, please don’t go into too much detail….