Despite what you read in travel memoirs it’s not that easy to get invited into locals’ homes for dinner, and it has only happened to us a handful of times during our years on the road. So we were excited to be invited to try out a new service called With Locals which is like Airbnb for eating out.
Travel insurance is a tricky issue for digital nomads. We started out with a one year backpacker travel insurance policy like many round the world travellers, but unlike them, after a year we carried on travelling. We discovered that we couldn’t extend our policy and all the new policies we looked at required us to be living in the UK at the time of purchase. We didn’t know what to do and went uninsured for months—not a good idea. If we’d had a medical emergency and needed to return to the UK for treatment it would have cost us thousands.
Two years ago we found the perfect balance on Koh Lanta—a Thai island that wasn’t too developed or crowded but had enough facilities for us to live comfortably. On our latest visit to Thailand we couldn’t resist returning to the island we’d loved so much, but we knew there was a danger that it wouldn’t be the same.
Planning a trip to Cambodia isn’t difficult. Like elsewhere in Southeast Asia it’s well set up for travellers, who have been visiting in increasing numbers in recent years. You could manage by turning up on a bus from Thailand with no preparation or plans but there are some things it’s good to know before you arrive.