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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 ...
Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp
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Carrera Panamericana 2013 — By Jennifer Shipp

This is one of the most famous and craziest road racing events in the world. For seven days every year, people drive their cars at break-neck speeds on public roads in Mexico.The Carrera Panamericana is a road rally that passed through Guanajuato in late October when we were there in 2013. It was originally a road race began in 1950 to celebrate the completion of the Pan American Highway in Mexico. It ...
Illegal Fruit and Nudies at Wreck Beach in Vancouver– By Jennifer Shipp
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Illegal Fruit and Nudies at Wreck Beach in Vancouver– By Jennifer Shipp

July 1st   (Canada Day) was yesterday, but I didn’t have a chance to write about it because the day was pretty full. John and I went for another 7 mile jog while Lydian and Camile took showers and then we loaded up the tent camper and the all-important potty tent and hit the road. From the Seattle/Tacoma KOA, we made our way to the Canadian border.During our jog, John and I discussed fruit. Our Canadian ...
Maps May Be Flat, but the Real World Is Round — By Jennifer Shipp
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Maps May Be Flat, but the Real World Is Round — By Jennifer Shipp

Today I have my maps and travel books spread out across the desk trying to make “solid” plans to go “somewhere”. I am keenly aware of the spherical nature of the planet when the time comes to choose a destination for our family. I’ll never see it all. How do I choose?As soon as I find a place, I think of another place that is (relatively speaking) nearby that I want to see as well. Ukraine is close to ...
Day 2 in Progreso, Yucatan: A Variety of Happenings that Probably Don’t Go Together at All — By Lydian Shipp
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Day 2 in Progreso, Yucatan: A Variety of Happenings that Probably Don’t Go Together at All — By Lydian Shipp

So we haven’t moved into our vacation rental in Progreso quite yet. Supposedly, the place will be ready at five o’clock tonight, but we’ll see if we actually get there. We learned today that the place that we’ll be staying will not have internet until January 4th, which I think is probably acceptable because we have other places that we can go for internet, like the café that we’re sitting at right now. ...
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Where to Go Next

I don’t have to go anywhere. But I want to go.  When I go, I don’t have any particular place that I have to visit. Our family has worked hard to create a lifestyle that can accommodate this sort of travel-oriented flexibility. John (my husband) and I have always wanted to travel and it seems that Lydian has already caught the travel bug as well (she’s 12). But sometimes, especially when it’s time for me to ...
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