Category Archives: Expats

Travel tips and advice for bloggers and digital nomads, and for people taking RTW, or around the world trips as well as advice for expats. Advice for expat travelers, and long-term travelers.

We’ve taken two of what we would call RTW trips, or around the world trips. The first, in 2009, involved more of a typical RTW itinerary. We planned ahead, and although we didn’t purchase an around the world ticket, we planned much of the trip before leaving the US. We felt that around the world flights tied us down a little bit too much. Besides, in many areas, like Europe and Southeast Asia, it’s pretty easy to book cheaper flights on discount airlines, even last minute.

What we wanted was an opportunity to travel the world, for an extended period of time, longer than we could by accumulating two weeks of vacation time a year. And, we want to help others do the same, to be able to explore the world, slowly.

The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

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, Indonesia. 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.  […]

Feeling Cabin Fever – Living in Bali

Living in Bali

I am feeling some cabin fever, in Ubud, Indonesia, entirely of my own doing.   There are different types of cabin fever.  I remember the weekends when it would snow in Chicago.  We would watch it pile up outside of our basement windows from the comfort of our leather sofa, me generally under a fleece […]

The Boys of Nyepi in Bali – a Photo Essay

Nyepi Bali

I rarely take photos around town.  It is not like I am a tourist, snapping shots to commemorate a trip.  I often think about bringing my camera out with me, to drive around the villages for a day taking photos.  But, then, my regular schedule kicks in, and I just live my life as an […]

Preparing for Nyepi – the Ogoh Ogoh of Bali

Ogoh Ogoh of Bali

It was not our first Nyepi spent in Bali, Indonesia, but this one was certainly different.   The first time we heard of Nyepi was back in 2010, when we spent the last month of our round the world trip in Bali.  We attempted to see a parade of ogoh ogoh, but failed as we […]

Bintang and Babi Guling in Bali

Babi Guling in Bali

Now that we have this gorgeous Bali, Indonesia house, even if fraught with problems, we started talking about a housewarming.  We had enough room, the gorgeous view.  We even had friends to invite.  Eric came up with the idea around New Years of hosting a Balinese inspired party – with babi guling and Bintang beer.  […]

What is it Like to Live in Bali?

Living in Bali

If you follow my Facebook Page, you can probably figure out what we do most days living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.  But, for those of you out there who are considering a soft retirement, or Escaping The Predictable Life, or are satisfied just living vicariously through us, I thought I would share what a typical […]