In March 2018 we said goodbye to our friends and family in the United States and caught a plane to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Brandon had recently finished grad-school and before jumping into full-time work and the 9-5 lifestyle, we thought we should take this opportunity to not only travel but to have the experience of living in another country. While still in the United States we took an online TEFL course and applied to jobs teaching English. We had our hearts set on Chiang Mai from the beginning and were specifically looking for schools to teach in Chiang Mai. As luck would have it we were both hired by the same school and were set to start teaching in April.
We started this blog as a way of journaling our experiences for ourselves and as a platform to share our writing and photos with our families and friends. We have also recently grown our blog to include posts that share our destinations and travel tips with fellow lovers of travel. As we are currently living in Chiang Mai much of our blog is focused around northern Thailand. However, we plan to use our school breaks to travel and see more of southeast Asia. We are also starting to plan our backpacking trip through Europe in 2019…so stay tuned 🙂
Our Travel Style
We consider ourselves budget travelers, although we’ve been known to treat ourselves on trips from time to time. For example, we often stay in hostels but will book a private room vs. a dorm. This allows us our own privacy while still having all the social advantages of a hostel (plus we’ve found private rooms in hostels to still be cheaper than most hotel rooms). We also often opt for free sight-seeing rather than organized tours. We love a good historical walking tour but will pick up free maps and brochures and will use good ole’ google to find out information about a particular place.
We are also environmentally conscious and try to limit our impact on the environment as much as we can. On a day-to-day basis this means reducing plastic waste and using eco-friendly sunscreens and toiletries. When traveling we research organizations and tours before paying for them to ensure that they are not only eco-friendly, but also that they are responsible and respectful of the people and cultures we are visiting.