Minimalist or barefoot style running shoes seem like they would be ideal for the travelling runner, or even those looking for a lightweight walking shoe, especially if you travel with just a carry-on backpack. Unlike traditional running shoes, they have minimal sole cushioning, so are very light and flatten to take up little space in your bag. They can usually be worn without socks—ideal for hot climates—and are machine washable.
We never expected to spend nearly five months in Bali. The island didn’t make the best first impression—it seemed touristy and overdeveloped—but it rewards a longer stay, and over time our love for it grew. By living in a village outside Ubud, we got to see beyond the souvenir shops and congested roads, and learnt more about the fascinating local culture that is so different from anywhere else we’ve visited.
Ubud rivals Chiang Mai and San Francisco as our favourite vegetarian-friendly destination in the world. During our four month stay we tried over 50 restaurants, many of which were entirely vegetarian or vegan, or had plenty of meat-free options. And Ubud isn’t a big city—it’s a collection of villages that, outside the small congested centre, has a rural feel with rice paddies dominating the landscape.
Our original post about backing up is five years (!) old now, so it’s time for an update with our current strategy.
Backing up your data is important for everyone in the digital age, but for digital nomads it’s essential—there’s always the chance your laptop could be stolen or the hard drive fail due to the rigours of the road. We don’t live in constant fear of this happening, but it’s best to be prepared for the worst.
Ubud is yogi heaven. Despite its small size (it’s really a collection of villages) there are dozens of classes to choose from every day. You’ll find styles to suit everyone from spiritual practices to fast paced vinyasa and power flows. Studios are well equipped and make the most of Ubud’s tranquil beauty with views of rice fields and jungle. Classes are affordable, especially if you buy a class pass which can reduce the drop-in price (usually 120,000 IDR/ $8.60) by half. Starting your day with a yoga class is a great way to get into the relaxed, healthy Ubud vibe.