The Hoffmans Are Moving to Girona (aka Why It Was Time To Leave Asia)

The Hoffmans Are Moving to Girona (aka Why It Was Time To Leave Asia)

After spending most of the last four years in Southeast Asia, we felt it was finally time to leave Asia. As often happens, not only did we feel a little Life ADD kick in, but we realized we wanted some more comforts, and a different experience. Over the last 5 years, we’ve explored Central and Eastern Europe and Central America. We made Ubud, Bali, our home base for awhile. And, we kept an apartment in Bangkok. While living in Bali and living in Bangkok we continued to explore Asia, made frequent trips to Europe, and even took a culinary road trip across the U.S. But, even when we had these apartments, they never fully felt like home. We always referred to them as our home base, rather than our home. There were a lot of reasons for that, but in the end it meant we had one foot in and one foot out, and continued to feel like we were living a somewhat nomadic lifestyle. We left our apartment in Bangkok at the end of February, and have been on the move for the last 3 months. Within weeks of leaving, I knew we needed to find a new home base. I was tired of carrying everything we owned with us. In fact, over the last 3 months, I’ve managed to shed some of our possessions, in both Italy and Ireland, with a promise that we will be back soon for them. Overall, I was exhausted. I needed a home. And, I needed something more than just a home base. After a little deliberation, we are proud to announce,...
Ep 007: Talking Thai Food with Tieland to Thailand

Ep 007: Talking Thai Food with Tieland to Thailand

During our recent stay at Nikki Beach Koh Samui, not only did we get to try an amazing burger made with Krispy Kreme donuts in honor of National Donut Day, but we got to spend time with Chris and Angela, from the travel blog Tieland to Thailand. I’ve relied on Tieland to Thailand’s travel advice about Thailand for quite some time, and admired their focus: on providing relevant information for travelers as well as expats settling in Thailand. They even offer one on one coaching sessions for people considering moving to Thailand. Thai dishes mentioned include: pad krapao khai dao, which is ground pork (moo) or chicken (ga) with holy basil, with a fried egg on top! Heaven. khao soi, a northern Thai curry with noodle khao kha moo, stewed pork leg with rice pad prik gaeng, dried red curry with kaffir lime Chris and Angela also share their best places to eat near Chiang Mai Gate! Mentions: Chris and Angela of Tieland To Thailand Blog Nikki Beach Koh Samui Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/With_Husband_In_Tow_S01E07.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Finding a Home Base as a Long Term Traveler

Finding a Home Base as a Long Term Traveler

We’ve been on the road since January. The longest we’ve stayed in any one place is the month we spent with family in Ireland. Even then, we made several short trips around County Clare and County Kerry requiring us to pack up and move. Ten months on the road left us exhausted. Our heads are spinning. Our bodies tired. A few months ago we realized it was about time to start the process of finding a home base. We just didn’t know where to start. Recently, I was listening to my friend Sherry Ott of Ott’s World Travel on the Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast, hosted by another blogger friend, Travis Sherry. The purpose of the podcast was to talk about career breaks. I wasn’t all that interested in the career break part. Been there, done that. I just like Sherry, and enjoyed listening to her friendly, positive voice while on the treadmill. But, at one point, the conversation turned to a topic that comes up anytime we chat with full time travel bloggers, who are on the road the whole time – finding a home base. Looking for Inspiration to Help in Finding a Home Base I love when I listen to a podcast and feel a connection to the topic. The very first Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast I listened to was an episode where Travis, and his wife Heather, talked about being a couple on the road, something I can certainly sympathize with. They also talked about the major disagreement they had when in Bali last year about whether to leave Bali, someplace they assumed was...
A Medical Checkup in Bangkok

A Medical Checkup in Bangkok

WARNING: This post may get a little too graphic for people.  You have been warned. One of the questions we often receive from people, particularly Americans, is how will we manage healthcare when we are on the road.  All I can say is, thus far, it has been incredibly easy. I found a good dentist with one of the most clean and modern dental practices I have ever seen, in Ubud, Bali, when I broke a tooth.  When I needed a medical procedure a year ago, I went to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.  Not only was the hospital more like a hotel than a hospital but the price was unbelievable.  When I had the procedure done in the US years ago, with really good law firm sponsored health insurance, I paid over $700 out of pocket – after insurance coverage.  In Kuala Lumpur, it cost about $240 total!  No insurance necessary.  How to Arrange a Medical Checkup in Bangkok On our recent trip to Thailand, we tried to be mature and responsible forty-something adults, and actually get a medical checkup in Bangkok.  Medical tourism is a huge industry for Thailand, for all sorts of stuff.  We figured we would start small and book our first physical in years.  We were even able to request an appointment online, and receive email confirmation. I was hungry when we arrived at Bumrungrad Hospital, because we had to fast for at least nine hours, which for me seemed like an eternity.  It was particularly a problem as we walked from our apartment to the train and to the hospital, with fabulous Bangkok street...
The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

I just woke to my final day in Ubud.  I am so ready to leave.  I am thoroughly done with living in Bali. I just woke to my final day in Ubud. I am thoroughly done with living in Bali. http://ctt.ec/fhtaY+Click To Tweet We arrived in Ubud in March of 2013, which seems like almost a lifetime ago.  We had been here once before and were skeptical, but open minded, about whether we fit in.  When I initially wrote about the 5 things I learned about living in Bali, I had a hard time saying I even lived here. This is what I learned from my first few months living in Bali: I needed to slow down, I needed to detox, I need access to a large city, I don’t know if I fit in here, and I don’t know if I could live in Ubud long term. A wise woman I was in June 2013.  Our first few months in Ubud we met no new friends.  We became friendly with some expats, but we ate dinner alone every night, and it was an isolating experience.  We came with no friends, and really left with no friends. We did return to Ubud, though, for me to attend my yoga teacher training, which was an amazing experience, and at the time I thought life changing.  During this time living in Bali, we met some friends, and settled in more.  After analyzing and analyzing where we wanted to settle down in Asia, in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, or even Yangon, with loads of pros and cons lists, we went with our...
Reflections on a New Year

Reflections on a New Year

People often assume that our lives are easy.  It is likely that they are easier than others, for sure, but this year has been anything but easy.  Our life overseas is not all rainbows and unicorns. People also often assume that life in Bali is “obviously paradise.”  But, life in Bali this last year has been anything but paradise. Sure, we have had good times this year, mostly involving our travels away from Bali.  We had food porn filled weeks in Taiwan and Bangkok, a month of traversing across Spain, Italy, and Athens, with the highlight being our two weeks in the food capital of Emilia Romagna.  We saw family in the US and met new traveling and blogging friends.  We launched a new business, and have forged ahead on the blog.  All good things. At this time of year, many writers tend to reflect on the prior year, and their hope for the future. Reflections on a new year.  I told myself I would not write such a post.  I was not about to write the best foods we have eaten, or the best destinations we traveled to.  Mostly because, as I reflect on this last year, I realized it was a tough one for us.  And, because of the life we have decided to lead, I was not expecting a year in this new life to be this tough. As the year wraps to a close, though, I am struggling more and more with putting our time living in Ubud into perspective.  Early on, I wondered whether we fit into Ubud, then, it seemed we did, and...
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