When a Writer Drinks

When a Writer Drinks

Occasionally, when I drink, I start to write.  I often believe that the writing is profound, in a Truman Capote kind of way.  Then, I show it to Eric after, he reads it, shrugs his shoulders and I realize it was quite possibly, complete crap.  Because when a writer drinks, often times, it’s crap. On our way from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, we flew sheer across the Gulf.  Something I have never done during the day.  We were flying home to family, for a funeral, and certainly not the most celebratory of trips. That may have been why I had two, very good pours, of whiskey before 11 am.  Eric joined me.  At least I was not drinking alone. There was part of me that enjoyed the banter between Eric and I.  The discussions about our seat neighborhoods, the other people who boarded the plane, the fact that there was a window in the bathroom of our Etihad flight.  I think that we each relished the moment where we could pretend that this was a normal flight, a normal trip to Ireland, instead of a rushed, last minute booking to celebrate, and bury, someone who Eric thought of as a brother. I recognized how strange the flight was, even as we pretended to be normal.  Eric noticed that I had become fascinated with the landscape out the window.  As we made our way north, we flew over Kuwait City – so much beige, and in complete contrast to our landscape in Bali. Then, the map function on the Etihad entertainment system told me we were crossing over Baghdad. I...
Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Da Nang, Vietnam with A Couple of Nomads

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Da Nang, Vietnam with A Couple of Nomads

The second in our series of guest bloggers, who are chatting about where they slept last night.  This time, we are in Da Nang Vietnam with A Couple of Nomads. Who Are You?   I’m Leanne from A Couple of Nomads, with Coran my husband being the other half of the couple. After many trips away to Asia on holidays we decided there must be a better way to have a work life balance than 1 holiday a year. We decided to sell everything and test the waters as digital nomads. We left in May of 2013 and we’re still going. The blog is full of our experiences and plenty of tips for those who want to do or try what we’ve done. Where are you right now? How long have you been there? Da Nang, Vietnam. 1 month so far, but we are planning to stay 6 months in total. What made you choose this destination? Why did you go? Da Nang has great wifi, cheap but good accommodation, plenty of food choices, an international airport and a fantastic beach. All of the things we desire in a locale being digital nomads. We needed somewhere to go before the burning season started in Chiang Mai. Other location independent travellers had mentioned that Da Nang was like Chiang Mai but with a beach. We had been to Da Nang but only to travel through on our way to Hoi An, which is where most tourist go. For us Hoi An is lovely but too touristy and a little too quite to stay for a longer period of time. So...
Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Penang Malaysia with Ali’s Adventures

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Penang Malaysia with Ali’s Adventures

I have admired so many long term travelers and travel bloggers since starting With Husband In Tow.  I am always amazed at both how similar they are to us, and how different they travel from us.  In the first in a series of guest blog posts, I ask some of my favorite bloggers Where Did You Sleep Last Night?  My goal, to gather more varied travel tips from travelers, and to learn about destinations all over the globe.  The first in our series, Ali Garland! Follow Ali’s Adventures on Twitter and Facebook.  Here, we learn about Penang Malaysia with Ali’s Adventures. Who are you? I’m Ali, an American expat living most of the year in Freiburg, Germany. On my blog Ali’s Adventures, I write about my travels, life as an expat, and all the mistakes my husband and I are making in our new lifestyle we call Beyond Vacation. I enjoy sharing my personal travel experiences with others, plus destination info, how much we spent and other advice. On my other blog, Travel Made Simple, I aim at showing new travelers how to travel and how to overcome their travel-related fears. Tell us More About Your Beyond Vacation Lifestyle? The idea behind Beyond Vacation is to have a life filled with more travel, potentially working on the road, and spending more time in one place. It’s not about taking a long vacation, it’s about making travel part of life. But sometimes it’s hard to remember that means we need to slow down. We want to be in a different place, experience the food and culture, and enjoy the change...
My 200th Blog Post and Making Money on the Road

My 200th Blog Post and Making Money on the Road

I obviously enjoy writing.  I enjoy blogging, even though I make little money from it.  It is because I actually enjoy this stuff that I have reached another milestone.  This is my 200th blog entry!  Considering many people don’t make it to their one year blog-a-versary, this is big news. It also happens that my 200th blog coincides with New Years.  Coincidence?  Or, was this perfectly planned?  I swear, coincidence. We have been traveling now for about 18 months.  Although there is no need for a round up, we have traveled to umpteen countries and traversed thousands of kilometers in that time.  We have spent a total of 6 months living in Bali. I published a book.  I became a yoga teacher.  Overall, life is good.  Considering, though, that this fateful 200th blog also occurs as we cross over into 2014, and just after we move into our new house in Bali, it made me wonder more about our outlook for the coming year.   Making Money on the Road We have made a few bucks, but over all continue to live off of our savings.  This has been doable because we saved a good amount of money before escaping and our overall assets and investments continue to grow.  That said, at some point, we need to start earning enough money to cover our expenses so that we are not consistently diving into our nest egg.  It would also make me feel a little better about being more “frivolous” with our money – you know, eating a nicer meal that might cost $20 for two people, rather than $12...
Problems with Being a Travel Blogger

Problems with Being a Travel Blogger

What happens when you are supposedly a travel blogger, but you don’t want to travel? These are the problems with being a travel blogger. In the four plus weeks after leaving Bali, I traveled to two conferences on the opposite sides of the world, I was in three time zones, took six flights, three of them long-haul.  I traveled back and forth between KL and Singapore more times than I want to admit.  I handed out over a hundred business cards, and collected an equal number, which require organizing and follow up.  I am pitching to tourism boards, hotels, and tour operators that I would plan to travel to their destination in 2014.  But, I don’t want to travel.   I don’t want to sound like a complainer, especially because I do believe we have a great life, but now that we have found our home base – some place we want to spend a lot of time in.  I kind of wanted to be there.   This schedule that we subjected ourselves to, with 2 straight months of traveling, to both attend the travel shows as well as visit some new countries, was ambitious.  ITB Asia in Singapore was exhausting.  The whirlwind tour of Dubaiwas fun, but exhausting.  By the time we arrived in Doha to visit our friend, even he could tell we were beyond tired.  We rallied, though, having two fun nights out drinking in Doha with him.  But, at the end of the fourth night, as I started to pack my bag, I felt that tears were welling up in my eyes.  I did not...
ITB Asia and WTM London for Bloggers

ITB Asia and WTM London for Bloggers

Leaving Bali, in hindsight, may have been a mistake.  When we left, I was on a high.  I was healthier than I had been in years, and we had really found our groove – new friends, a new routine.  We were being productive and had settled in nicely. Then.  We left. We left so that: 1) I could attend TBEX Dublin, the conference for travel bloggers; 2) we both could attend ITB Asia in Singapore, a large travel industry conference; and 3) we could both attend World Travel Market in London, one of the largest travel conferences in the world.  It was two months of travel, with the express purpose of conducting “business.”   For Eric, who is selling advertising on a contract basis for a couple travel websites, this seemed like a no-brainer.  A chance for him to network and make contacts that might prove fruitful.  For me, though, as a travel blogger, I was unsure why I was going to these conferences, and what I hoped to get from it.  I had no clear plan, other than show up, smile, and carry business cards. ITB Asia in Singapore ITB Asia brands itself as one of the leading B2B conferences for the Asian travel market.  The goal is to provide a forum for buyers and sellers to meet, introduce themselves, and sign deals. What the what?  What does this mean for travel bloggers? What is a Travel Buyer? There were over 800 exhibitors at ITB Asia in Singapore.  After only a handful of tables offered at TBEX Dublin, the number seemed overwhelming at first.  The majority of the...