True Resolution

As we all ponder our New Year’s resolutions, we thought we should update our visitors on a tale of true resolution. Some of you might remember our friend Becky, a modern-day adventuress who made a bet over drinks in Cairns, Australia that she could make her way from Cairns to Cairo completely over land and water without the use of any planes. Everyone said it was impossible, but after more than two years on the road, Becky has just proven them all wrong.

Experienced travelers will immediately recognize the challenges. Becky spent much of the first year just working her way by sailboat and ferry from Australia to mainland Southeast Asia. Along the circuitous route via Yap, Truk, Pulao, and the Philippines to Borneo, she spent two months stuck in a port in New Guinea and had to travel through the extremely dangerous Continue…

Lash from LashWorldTour.com

We’ve never met face to face (not yet), but Lash from LashWorldTour.com is a kindred spirit and fellow nomadic blogger who lives to travel just like we do.Β She’s independent, adventurous, and seriously upbeat. Lash has also had some very interesting experiences out on the road, including a stint working with the crew of the TV show Survivor. We decided to interview her to hear about some of those adventures, get some advice on travel, and find out about how this contemporary nomad handles the challenges of life on the road.

Q: Your world travels began when you moved to Japan in 1991. After 6 years in Japan, you decided to go nomadic. What led you to take the leap? And how have you made a living while on the road?

A: Actually, that’s not quite the way it happened, truth be told. πŸ™‚

I had decided to travel the world before I left for Japan. My move to Kyoto was part of my bigger plan to travel the world for as long as possible. I moved to Kyoto specifically to save money for that.

I thought it Continue…

Elma and Marnix

Dutch couple, Marnix and Elma, are the latest contemporary nomads we’ve traveled with. Back home in Nijmegen, the newlyweds decided to test their vows by bravely embarking on an extended honeymoon through Asia and Australia. Besides providing a great model for how to kick-start a new marriage, the pair’s travel plans include a very popular method of funding a long-term trip.

We first met Elma and Marnix on Kanawa where they were doing an advanced PADI course. They loved us so much that we decided to organize our Flores tour together. (Who are we to deny them? πŸ˜‰ )

Marnix and Elma started their trip in Malaysia and Singapore and then moved on to Indonesia. Further plans were a little sketchy, but India, the Philippines and Australia were on the table. Of course, that’s where our expertise came in. We urged them to Continue…

Becky’s Great Adventure

Arrogant old fogies, Thomas and I, often sit around complaining about how young twenty-somethings no longer know how to travel. These young’uns don’t know how to have a good adventure anymore, we grumble to ourselves.

And then suddenly, somewhere around Derawan, along comes Becky to prove us completely wrong. Adventurous souls still exist and Becky is their queen.

About nine months ago, in the 12 Bar Blue in Cairns Australia, British Becky was talking to a friend about nature’s greatest creation, the Great Barrier Reef. When the topic turned to man’s greatest creation, it was decided that that had to be the pyramids at Giza outside Cairo.

Suddenly, Becky, who had perhaps had a little too much to drink, stumbled upon the brilliant idea of traveling from Cairns to Cairo over land and water without taking a single flight. Her friends countered that such a trip was impossible Continue…

Matthieu and Aurelien

It has been quite a while since we introduced any nomads on our blog. One reason for that is that long-term travelers are fewer and further between these days. Another reason might be that pricier southern Thailand is not as good hunting ground for nomads as India, Cambodia, Laos, or Myanmar.

Enter Matthieu and Aurelien, two French bicyclists we met, who were camping at Ao Molae on Koh Tarutao. These two prove that real travel is not dead – not quite yet, anyway. They are spending a year bicycling their way around the world (in chunks, at least). They have already cycled from France to Italy, Tanzania to Zambia, across India to Nepal, and from Kunming in southern China to southern Thailand. From here, they plan to continue south to Singapore. Their trip will then continue in South America, where they plan to cycle from Peru to Argentina. That’s one awesome world trip.

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Ed Has Walked the Amazon!

If you regularly follow our blog, then you might already know that we are huge fans of Ed at Walking the Amazon.

Ed in water

Today, after 859 days walking, Ed successfully completed his epic journey and has achieved what no man before has managed to accomplish. He has, indeed, walked the entire length of the Amazon River. We know what one day in the jungle can do to your body, so two and a half years is quite a feat of endurance. (Even Amazon Indians don’t walk through the jungle continuously.) You’re the man, Ed. Tony and Thomas bow down before you in awe.

If you click over to Ed’s web site, the last time I checked it was down. I guess somebody forgot to notify their web host about the inevitable surge in traffic. πŸ™‚

Dave and Bill

Tony, Dave, Bill and Thomas at Squidos

Early retirees Dave and Bill are the latest nomads we’ve encountered while staying in El Nido. The charismatic English/Scottish couple of 23 years has just recently left their home in cold and rainy Scotland in search of a quieter life abroad. The two are part of a wave of people we’ve been meeting all over Asia. These Contemporary Nomads choose to travel or live in countries much cheaper than their own where they can enjoy a higher standard of living for much less money.

But leaving their busy lives behind wasn’t a small step for the two Brits. Continue…

Nomads Unite!

The Beverly has landed! And she’s made her way to Angkor Wat, just like Angelina in “Tomb Raider” (except sexier).

Tony Thomas and Beverly

Yes, the Nomads of the world are uniting as ContemporaryNomad.com joins forces with NomadicNarrative.com to take on Southeast Asia. Our blogs, and Asia, may never be the same.

Is Nomadic Life Lonely?

One of our biggest challenges being nomadic is maintaining a community. Sure, you can keep yourself busy visiting holy temples, sampling exotic foods or snorkeling colorful coral reefs, but it’s no substitute for hanging out with family and friends.

Michaela, Stephan and Tony on Rabbit Island

Michaela, Stephan and Tony on Rabbit Island

We used to have a big community while living in San Diego. There were “happy hours” with co-workers, dinners with friends, and Survivor and Amazing Race nights with our family. After moving to Berlin, we had to start over, and our community was reduced to a handful of new friends. Now that we have gone completely nomadic, building and maintaining a community has become one of our greatest challenges. But that’s where social media comes into play. Continue…

Michaela and Stephan

Stephan and Michaela

In November 2008, we met German tourists Michaela and Stephan on vacation in Southern India. A few weeks ago in Bangkok, we reunited with Michaela and Stephan, now travelers and novice nomads traveling around Asia on a shoestring. Their short trip to India sparked their interest in doing the travel circuit full-time. So, taking a year off to explore the world, they said good-bye to Deutschland.

Just 2 weeks into their travels, we got together over green Thai curry and Shanga beer in Bangkok’s tourist hub Banglamphu. Still shell-shocked from Continue…