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Driving in Mexico: Somewhere Near Matehuala
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Driving in Mexico: Somewhere Near Matehuala

In this video we're driving in Mexico near to Matehuala in San Luis Potosi. We passed close to Matehuala on our way from Guanajuato to Monterrey on our way back to the United States.Related Posts: ...
Varanasi Tourism: John Talks with Taxi Driver about Terror
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Varanasi Tourism: John Talks with Taxi Driver about Terror

We were on our way back to the Radisson Hotel from the Hindu Fire Ritual in Varanasi. In this video, shot in 2014, John talked with the taxi driver about his fears regarding terrorism. At the time, various terrorist groups had made threats against India.Related Posts:Varanasi, IndiaThe Radisson in Varanasi, IndiaVaranasi Tourism: Evening on the Varanasi Ghats (video)Varanasi Tourism: Our ...
Places to Visit in Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
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Places to Visit in Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

In this video, we finally find Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It seems simple enough when looking at a map, but in practice, finding our way to these two tourist destinations wasn't clear-cut. A lot of the other tourist attractions in Beijing were similar in terms of finding our way around. Things weren't marked well in English and when they were, they didn't make sense.Related Posts:<br ...
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Beijing Tourism: Failed Attempt at Finding Tiananmen Square

It was our first full day in Beijing. We'd already been to the Temple of Heaven, but our next goal was to find Tiananmen Square. We were jetlagged and very tired because we walked a long, long way. Lydian talks about where we came from, where we were trying to go. She points out the Forbidden City in the distance. No matter how hard we tried that day, we just couldn't find Tiananmen Square. Every time we ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven
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Things to Do in Beijing: Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven

Before we left home, I looked for organized Tai Chi classes in Beijing, but couldn't find any. By the time we left Beijing, I'd seen countless informal groups working on forms in the morning in various spaces through-out the city including Yongdingmen Square, outside the Forbidden City, and just beyond the ticket entrance to the Temple of Heaven (as shown in this video). As far as I could tell, there was no ...
Places to Visit in Beijing: Chanting at a Tianning Temple
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Places to Visit in Beijing: Chanting at a Tianning Temple

We started out our day with only one goal: to wander. It's not as easy as you might think. We walked out the door of the Yongdingmen Hotel and set our sights on a tall stupa that we could see in the distance. We had no predetermined path to get there and since we didn't know what was at the stupa or what the stupa was called, we figured we'd get lost along the way and there was a very good chance we'd never ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Lydi Doing Taekwondo on the Great Wall
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Things to Do in Beijing: Lydi Doing Taekwondo on the Great Wall

It doesn't really make sense to do Taekwondo on the Great Wall...Kung Fu would be more appropriate, but Lydi doesn't know Kung Fu. We traveled to Beijing around the same time that the new Karate Kid movie came out, starring Jaden Smith, so John thought he'd do a spoof of that scene where Jaden is up on the Great Wall doing martial arts stunts.Related Posts:Places to Visit in Beijing: Trip to ...
Varanasi Tourism: Hindu Fire Ritual Part II
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Varanasi Tourism: Hindu Fire Ritual Part II

The Hindu Fire Ritual in Varanasi really wowed us. It was one of the most amazing performances we've ever seen. It was truly magical (both literally and figuratively). Some of the locals sat on the ghats while others sat in boats on the river, casting little butter candles into the river. We've seen some amazing acts performed live, but this wasn't just a performance...it was a religious ceremony and it was ...
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Varanasi Tourism: Arriving at the Hindu Fire Ritual

We almost didn't go to the Hindu Fire Ritual in Varanasi because we didn't know what it was and we were exhausted. I'm so glad our guide insisted that we go! The videos that we took of the Hindu Fire Ritual don't do it justice, but it's absolutely magical. If you're doing tourism in Varanasi, be sure to find a guide to take you to the ghats for the fire ritual. People light little butter candles and place ...
Interview with Lydi in Hotel Room
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Interview with Lydi in Hotel Room

Lydi has a minor breakdown in our Denver hotel room in 2014 before we left for the airport to go to Nepal.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Snappy Lydian in Kathmandu (video)Lydi Has a Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video)Lydi Has Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video)Lydi Has Yet Another Breakdown in Kathmandu Nepal (video) ...
Nepal Travel: Restrooms at Durbar Square
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Nepal Travel: Restrooms at Durbar Square

The bathrooms at Kathmandu Durbar Square were located near to the police station. This video, taken in 2014 before the Kathmandu earthquake, shows us trying to find the restrooms.Related Posts:Nepal Travel: Durbar Square Tout (video)Nepal Travel: Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square (2014) (video)Kathmandu Tourism: Walking Near Freak Street and Durbar Square (video)Kathmandu Durbar Square: ...
10 Steps to Remote Work You Can Do from Anywhere on the Planet — By Jennifer Shipp
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10 Steps to Remote Work You Can Do from Anywhere on the Planet — By Jennifer Shipp

Lose the debt

Some of the most important things that you can do to be successful as a digital nomad have to do with money and finances. That being said, if you have a lot of debt, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the digital nomad lifestyle happen for yourself. It just means you have a journey ahead of you to make it happen. Getting rid of debt may mean that you have to make some ...
How Can I Travel the World?
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How Can I Travel the World?

John and I learned to travel by being poor. Real travel that involves adventure, getting lost, and finding one’s way, after all, lends itself to a form of impoverishment. As a general rule with few exceptions, people who travel a lot learn to travel light. “Stuff” gets in the way of happiness in small, unfamiliar spaces. “Stuff” wants to be lined up, stacked, or shelved and who has time for that after a ...
The Realities of Remote Work — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Realities of Remote Work — By Jennifer Shipp

I grew up in a family that farmed. As farmers, my mom and dad worked together. It wasn’t always peaceful. There were plenty of problems, but my parents had a lot of freedom and flexibility in their lives overall. When I became an adult, it was my expectation that work should embody this kind of flexibility. In other words, I felt strongly that my work should support my family and my life, and not the other ...
How to Find Cheap Flights — By Jennifer Shipp
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How to Find Cheap Flights — By Jennifer Shipp

Since John and I are digital nomads and we have almost total flexibility in terms of when we choose to travel, we’ve had the opportunity to learn how to find the cheapest flights anywhere by following a few simple rules. A lot of it boils down to timing and flexibility. But even if you don’t have total flexibility, you can still use some of these rules to find cheap flights to almost anywhere in the ...
Train Travel in India vs. Train Travel in Thailand — By Jennifer Shipp
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Train Travel in India vs. Train Travel in Thailand — By Jennifer Shipp

People always say that for travelers, an essential Indian experience is taking the train. Now that we’ve taken a train, I can understand these sentiments better, especially since we’ve taken train trips in other countries too.

There are relatively few areas of the world that are thoroughly connected by train. India happens to be one of these places. Thailand and Southeast Asia is another ...
Sexual Frustration and World Peace — By Jennifer Shipp
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Sexual Frustration and World Peace — By Jennifer Shipp

About week ago, we arrived in Cairo and we were there for 36 hours. During that time, we went grocery shopping, we cleaned our filthy vacation rental, and Lydian and I enrolled in classes at Cairo University with a teacher we’ve been working with online since our time in Tunisia last year. Then, we packed up and flew to Amman for a “side trip” to Israel and Jordan.

These two countries, ...
Dealing with Vacation Envy in Iceland– By Jennifer Shipp
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Dealing with Vacation Envy in Iceland– By Jennifer Shipp

It’s hard to find the time to have experiences and write about them too. Every day that goes by, I promise myself that I’ll spend some time putting down my thoughts, but the time goes away and by the end of the day, I’m completely spent. Especially when the days are short as they are in Iceland.

On our way to the airport in Denver while trying to talk with John about our landing in ...
Playing with Fire in the Middle of a Busy Street: India — By Jennifer Shipp
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Playing with Fire in the Middle of a Busy Street: India — By Jennifer Shipp

Psychologically, though I haven’t left yet, I am already in India and Nepal. I’m in both places. A part of my mind perpetually rehearses the trip from New Delhi to Kathmandu. It begins in New Delhi and proceeds to Gorakhpur, India by train. Then I take a three-hour bus ride to Sunauli and walk across the India/Nepal border to find our hotel in Bhairawa, Nepal. After a restful night’s sleep and some food, my ...
Navigating Streets Laid out in a Grid System vs. Navigating Streets Laid out Like a Pile a of Yarn — By Jennifer Shipp
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Navigating Streets Laid out in a Grid System vs. Navigating Streets Laid out Like a Pile a of Yarn — By Jennifer Shipp

Yesterday, Lydian and I decided that our afternoon activity between Spanish classes would be to get to Casa de las Brujas, a haunted location in Guanajuato. I had carefully planned our adventure. I had maps, my phone, and plenty of advice about how to get to Paseo de la Presa (the street where Casa de las Brujas is located). I was very concerned about getting hopelessly lost with Lydian, since this has ...
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