Renting apartments is our favourite way to travel. Even though we’re nomadic we’re homebodies at heart and love having a kitchen and a comfortable place to relax and work. Apartments can also be more affordable than hotels, especially for longer stays and in expensive parts of the world like Europe.
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Three days before Christmas I ran my first race—a 10k in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was exactly a year after I began running along the white sandy beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Back then I could barely run for more than five minutes at a time; a year later I ran continuously for 55 minutes. I loved it. I felt strong, confident and happy during the race and I was buzzing for the rest of the day. I realised that I could do this; that I was a runner.
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Most visitors to foreign countries, whether they choose to be called travellers, backpackers or tourists, are not entirely blind to the hardships some local people face, particularly in developing nations. But how much attention do we really give? We might lament children working instead of playing, we might feel for labourers or farmers working incredibly hard to scrape together an existence for their families, we might even exchange a word or two with someone on the street. But then we go back to a guesthouse, café or bar and forget about it, revelling in the cheap cup of high quality coffee the hard working village man provided.
We love discovering unique, quirky places on our travels and Asia is full of them, often creative interpretations of Buddhism like the extravagant White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand and the playful Otagi Nenbutsuji in Kyoto, Japan. On a recent visa run from Chiang Mai to Lao’s capital city Vientiane we discovered another weird and wonderful place.