A lady in our Living Differently group was telling me yesterday how a photo I shared had stuck in her head and constantly inspired her to keep working towards her own dream lifestyle. It was the one below, taken in Richmond Upon Thames, London. Home, after too many years away. It was incredible to be back walking familiar streets once more, and what screams … [Read more...]
What is a Digital Nomad?
A digital nomad is somebody who is nomadic - ie. they travel. They are location independent in that they are not tied to one place by work, school, posessions, pets, car loans, friends or family. The digital part refers to their income , they control their business and their income online. They can work from anywhere in the world from their laptops. Some work crazy hours, some just a few hours a week. We have a collection of posts below on what it's like to live and work as a digital nomad.
You'll see things have changed around here! After almost 5 years of blogging with the excellent but outdated Prose child theme from StudioPress, we've updated to the sleeker, faster, funkier, easier, Magazine Pro Theme also on the Genesis Framework. A quick post on the hows and whys of updating a theme. I'd been putting it off for ages, but it was surprisingly easy, cheap and … [Read more...]
It's traditional to do a year-end wrap post, so here goes with 2016. This year was a big one for me, it was my 50th on this endlessly fascinating planet. I'd like another 50 years of exploration but I doubt that will happen so I'll just concentrate on sucking all the life out of however many more I'm given and sharing those experiences with you. So 2016, and more, 50 years of … [Read more...]
We're loving this city in strange and unexpected ways. I'm loving the Thai environment sure, the Old City of Chiang Mai with its ancient walls, stunning temples and teak houses, the amazing Thai food and it's abundant availability, the clear blue skies and tropical heat, but I'm loving it in more than a tourist-sort-of-way. I'm loving living here and working here. I'm in … [Read more...]
Living in Chiang Mai has been on our radar for years, it's a city that Chef and I like a lot and for travellers, families and digital nomads cost of living, good wi-fi, plentiful things to do and great street food make Chiang Mai highly desirable. There is a strong family, homeschooling or worldschooling community in Chiang Mai, making it even more attractive for long stays. … [Read more...]
I told you I was going to tell you how we made the leap to Living Differently, and Amazon is part of the secret. No paid courses here, no e-books, I'm just going to tell you, for free. I've been dabbling with Amazon affiliate marketing for over 7 years now, earning a little here, a little there, but it's only recently that it's all started coming together. I'm … [Read more...]
Hi guys, greetings from London where we're sweltering in the final throws of summer. We made the mistake of taking the tube into China Town on the hottest day of the year for a family lunch today. It was a great lunch, it's a family tradition of ours to do lunch on Chef's day off, but we were hotter than the noodles. It was Chef's only day off for a while so we had to … [Read more...]
I'm famous for saying that AirBnb is useless for families and we never use it. If you're not on Facebook you may not know that, so I'm putting it out there via the blog today because I've (possibly) changed my mind. After 3+ years of full-time travel I'm sitting in a glorious light-filled apartment, footsteps from my beloved Thames, paying a very modest price and, yes, it … [Read more...]
I get ideas for posts in all kinds of ways, sometimes I want to tell a story about some cool place we've been, sometimes I want to help or inspire, sometimes ideas just pop into my head and sometimes, like today, I get ideas from other people's words. Earlier this week I read a post about how this thing travel has changed somebody. It was a great post, but I didn't agree … [Read more...]
My husband (Chef) was on the phone to his sister. She asked where we were, what we were up to, where we were going next, "Well right now I'm eating breakfast in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur, but tomorrow? No idea" Yesterday our great-grand-nanna asked where we'd be next week. I said I didn't know. "And Alyson, are you OK with that?" "Totally." Does that feeling of not knowing … [Read more...]
4 amazing years of seeing the world, somewhere between 35 and 50+ countries each, an amazing education for the kids and a new career for me. More family time, more fun, less work. But to some it must look crazy. How can we prefer backpacks to bedrooms, co-working spaces to steady jobs and challenging destinations to comfort? I know that most of you won't want to do it our way, … [Read more...]
This is an old post. It was written when I finally woke up to what we'd achieved, it was the moment everything changed for us and our website's following and monthly views started going through the roof. It was when I first came up with the concept of " Living Differently" and was meant to inspire and help others do likewise. Back then, 2016, I wrote: How many years have I … [Read more...]