At one time I considered myself a traveler, but now that I moved to another country, I know differently. There are some who are professional travelers, and I hope to never be one of those. I need a place to call home and a kitchen to cook in. Moving across the ocean has opened up all kinds of doors to travel. With each train, bus, plane, scooter, and tuk tuk, we learn a little bit more.
Some indispensable tools:
- Benjamin’s Saddleback Leather bag (left). Not only does he receive compliments on it on every flight, the leather looks better the more we travel with it. Note to ALL… buy Saddleback. “They’ll fight over it when your dead.”
- My rolling Samsonite carry-on. I almost moved here without a bag like this, and my sisters told me I was crazy and took me to buy this and a new backpack hours before we boarded a plane to Central Asia.
- Eye mask. On overnight flights, this is a must. Unfortunately, the elastic on my last one quit on me. Note to self… buy a new one.
- Comfortable headphones. Let’s be honest, the Apple earbuds are not comfortable for any length of time while trying to rest your head and sleep.
Some essential resources:
- Lonely Planet. Someone gave us the book on Central Asia, and I have used this many times over. Right now their website is offering a special on their country guidebooks, buy 2 get one 1.
- Trip Advisor. Everyone already depends upon it, because it is everywhere! It led us to some great restaurants in Thailand and helped us pick a good hotel.
- Airbnb. I am a recent convert, and we are hooked. We had our first experience using the service in Bangkok, and we have 2 more booked for this year. Great deals are out there, and staying in someone’s condo is a lot cheaper and more comfortable than a hotel room.
- Blogs! Before traveling to Thailand, I googled travel blogs and found 2 that were interesting:
- Nomadic Matt. He is a professional traveler and blogger. He has been to a lot of countries and can give some good advice, especially on traveling cheaply.
- Migrationology. This guy lives in Bangkok but travels around the world not to see the sights, but to eat. This is my kind of travel blog. He is entertaining and adventurous in his food choices.
Lesson Learned: You never know where you might find nuggets of good information… like on the back of coffee cups.