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Digital Nomad Family: What it Looks Like to Work Remotely
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Digital Nomad Family: What it Looks Like to Work Remotely

These computers were stolen from this vacation rental in the middle of the night just a few days after this video was taken in Progreso, Yucatan. It was the first time we'd ever been robbed, which was part of the nomadic lifestyle learning curve. A few days after the robbery, a main pipe burst at our house in the United States. It was flooded for three days before someone discovered it. We learned about it ...
Asian Health Resorts and Spa: Scheduling an Ayurvedic Massage
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Asian Health Resorts and Spa: Scheduling an Ayurvedic Massage

Technically, the right place to get an Ayurvedic massage would be in southern, not northern India. But it was raining heavily outside and Lydi and I saw an opportunity for a new experience. The Asian Health Resorts and Spa offered Ayurvedic massages for about $42 USD. In this video, we schedule the massages, which were different than we'd expected. I went first just in case something 'weird' happened and ...
Mcleodganj: Tuk Tuk and Taxi Station at Auto Operator’s Union
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Mcleodganj: Tuk Tuk and Taxi Station at Auto Operator’s Union

We stayed at the Asian Health Resorts and Spa during our Mcleodganj trip. The hotel is located about 30 minutes away from Mcleodganj in Naddi Village, but the trip downhill via tuk tuk or taxi was always interesting. In this video, we show the "Auto Operator's Union" where the tuk tuks and taxis parked on the outskirts of Mcleodganj. Whenever we wanted to go back up the hill to Naddi Village, we just went ...
Naddi Village: Getting a Tuk Tuk on Mall Road Near Dal Lake
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Naddi Village: Getting a Tuk Tuk on Mall Road Near Dal Lake

This video shows us getting a tuk tuk to go down to Mcleodganj from Dal Lake near Naddi Village. Our hotel, the Asian Health Resorts and Spa was located within a 10 to 15 minute walk from the place where the tuk tuks and taxis parked at Dal Lake. We preferred the tuk tuks over the taxis, but both were available at this location. In this video, we hire a tuk tuk to take us to Mcleodganj. It cost 900 Rupees ...
Mcleodganj: How to Get a Taxi or Tuk Tuk from Naddi Village to Mcleodganj
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Mcleodganj: How to Get a Taxi or Tuk Tuk from Naddi Village to Mcleodganj

We stayed at the Asia Health Resorts and Spa during our Mcleodganj trip in 2016. It was one of the cleaner hotels in Mcleodganj, but it was about a 10-15 minute walk plus a 10-15 minute ride downhill via tuk tuk. This distance between Naddi Village and Mcleodganj seemed like a potential disadvantage in terms of Mcleodganj lodging, but both the walk and the ride were interesting parts of our trip that I ...
Medical Travel: Quick Visit to the Hope4Cancer Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico
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Medical Travel: Quick Visit to the Hope4Cancer Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico

John and I work remotely for clients when we travel. My work mostly involves medical writing for clients who want some kind of writing done about alternative medicine or controversial medical topics. My research as a writer along with my background in medicine has made me interested in things like a cure for cancer. Whenever possible on our travels, we visit places that claim to cure chronic diseases ...
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 ...
The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Guanajuato Temazcal — By Jennifer Shipp

Temazcals are relatively new to me as an American citizen of European descent, but the use of heat and steam for healing is as old as fire. John, Lydian, and I did a temazcal in Guanajuato, Mexico three years ago and one of the first things we did when we returned to Guanajuato this year was visit the Temazcal Nawi again.

Karolina doesn’t speak English, but she’s very warm toward newbies. ...
Los Gatos Aventuros: Driving to Mexico with Two Cats
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Los Gatos Aventuros: Driving to Mexico with Two Cats

We had lots of time in the car to think and come up with stupid stuff, so Lydian and I decided that Garfield and Babylonia were "The Adventure Cats" (or something thereabouts). Who knew that they'd be such awesome little travelers. They made it all the way from western Nebraska to Tijuana without so much as a peep and then from Tijuana to Guanajuato, Mexico with only a few small protests at the beginning of ...
Travel Technologies That Make Our Lives Easier: Best Apps for Travel — By Jennifer Shipp
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Travel Technologies That Make Our Lives Easier: Best Apps for Travel — By Jennifer Shipp

I am not the techie in our family; John is. Without him, I’d rely almost exclusively on old school tools for travel. I’d buy hard copy maps and write down directions to places in a little notebook to find my way. I’d ask the locals how to get where I’m going. Admittedly I’d be lost a lot of the time. Technology is just not my thing.

John, on the other hand, strives continuously To Not Be ...
Photography Tips for Third World Travel: Cameras, Uploading, and Storage Basics — By Jennifer Shipp
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Photography Tips for Third World Travel: Cameras, Uploading, and Storage Basics — By Jennifer Shipp

The Best Camera for Travel Photography

After visiting 30 countries, I should probably feel disappointed in myself for not having ever carried a large camera with me. I should probably beat myself up over the fact that I’ve never set up a tripod or waited for the right moment to take a sunset photo in an exotic location. I’m not a professional photographer, but I’ve seen some amazingly ...
International Travel Checklist for Third World Countries — By Jennifer Shipp
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International Travel Checklist for Third World Countries — By Jennifer Shipp

When we travel to third world countries, I usually start packing about a month in advance of the trip so that I have plenty of time to meditate on the travel list and decide what I really need and what I don’t. Less is more if you’re going to be traveling overland in third world countries. Don’t bring seven changes of clothes. And leave the extra pair of shoes at home. Bring what you need and nothing ...
My Monsoon Virus Experience: Traveling Delhi to Tokyo — By Jennifer Shipp
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My Monsoon Virus Experience: Traveling Delhi to Tokyo — By Jennifer Shipp

Our flight from Delhi to Tokyo didn’t leave until 9:00 PM at night. We were staying at the Holiday Inn near the Airport and we had a late checkout of 3:00 PM. I got up inexplicably late that morning, around 10:00 AM, took a shower and got myself ready. I started getting a headache around noon, but I went into denial about my other symptoms until about 1:00. I opted out of lunch, though I knew we weren’t ...
Dengue in India — By Jennifer Shipp
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Dengue in India — By Jennifer Shipp

As we flew into Delhi on August 8th, I read about the outbreak of Dengue Fever happening in Delhi this year. I’d expected problems like Dengue in the south while we were in the state of Tamil Nadu in  Chennai. Before traveling there, I’d expected Chennai to be fairly “wet” and humid. I figured that mosquitos would be more of a problem in the south than in Delhi, but apparently, I was wrong.
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Our Travel Medicine Bag for India — By Jennifer Shipp
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Our Travel Medicine Bag for India — By Jennifer Shipp

India presents an interesting problem for travelers. Few who go to Delhi leave without contracting some version of Delhi Belly. Diarrhea, vomiting, and general malaise happens, even to the most seasoned travelers. On our first trip to India, I was seated next to a young woman on the plane who’d never been outside of the U.S. Her company was sending her to India for a short educational trip. She worried ...
Chennai, India — By Jennifer Shipp
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Chennai, India — By Jennifer Shipp

Chennai is hardly a tourist’s paradise. Chennai tourism isn't extremely common because there aren’t a lot of sites to see honestly, but the people are friendly and the lack of infrastructure actually makes the city more interesting to those who aren’t especially focused on pre-approved tourist destinations. Chennai is a busy place that’s unmistakably Indian, though the locals themselves feel that their ...
Why I Don’t Vote — By Jennifer Shipp
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Why I Don’t Vote — By Jennifer Shipp

I think and read a lot about politics when we travel. It’s important to know what’s going on politically in a country that’s not my own, after all, since I lack the social networks to learn about the goings-on through another person directly. In contrast, I try NOT to think too much about politics when we’re at home because it’s demoralizing to me to get caught up in the quagmire of raging against the ...
Probably Lentils and Sri Lankan Planes: U.S. to India Jetlag — By Jennifer Shipp
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Probably Lentils and Sri Lankan Planes: U.S. to India Jetlag — By Jennifer Shipp

Every now and then, I feel the world turning under my feet and I go off balance; something nameless seems terribly wrong. It’s not an earthquake though. No--even though John and Lydi feel it too. It feels like I’m on a connection that’s too slow and my eyes are dropping frames. My body moves, but my mind lingers behind. But it’s nothing… just jetlag.

I remember driving through olive ...
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