Chaotic traffic, sizzling tropical heat, bustling street food stalls, megamalls alongside residential neighborhoods: this is Bangkok, one of the craziest – and most seductive cities in the world. We’re currently in the Thai capital, preparing for the annual Songkran festival (or Thai New Year). It’s been almost three months since we left our home base in Spain and it’s slowly catching up on us – juggling a hectic travel schedule with a crazy workload is quite a challenge – but it’s been the most fulfilling experience of our lives to date.
We started our trip in Singapore – where we spent Chinese New Year reuniting with old friends and family. Our next stop was the Philippines, where we hopped from one island to the next, barely covering 5 of the 7,107 islands in the whole month we were there. From the cosmopolitan capital of Manila, we headed to the provinces: first trekking the volcanoes of Legazpi, swimming with whale sharks in Donsol and Oslob, then scuba-diving in Dumaguete and relaxing on the private island of Sumilon. While working hard to publish the latest issue of our magazine, we went through immense stress but we made sure to squeeze in time to go scuba-diving and relax on the beach. In Vietnam, we had great fun exploring the country by train – dodging crazy traffic in Hanoi, trekking the rice paddies in Sapa and cruising the much-polluted Halong Bay. Vietnam has definitely won my heart over especially with its street grub – the best I’ve had in Southeast Asia to date. After a week in Chiangmai, we’re now in Bangkok, running errands, getting our visas done and meeting up with old and new friends.
Work is important to us, but enjoying our travels is still our top priority. We’re glad that we’ve managed to find a balance between the two – and while we continue to seek for equilibrium, we’re thankful for the opportunity to do what we love most and lead a life permanently on the road, hand in hand. I will be writing more about our digital nomadic lifestyle, but in the meantime, here are some quick shots from the three months of travel.
A row of Buddha statues in Chiangmai
An elephant sanctuary in the outskirts of Chiangmai
The green rice paddies of Sapa layered in beautiful curves
Hmong ladies of Sapa making handicraft on the road
A lady working on the vegetable fields surrounding Hoi An
Street vendors in Hoi An selling barbecued meat skewers
The spewing volcano of Mount Mayon in Legazpi
Clear waters of Dumaguete, Negros
Swimming with whale sharks in Oslob
The shimmering Singapore River with Marina Bay Sands as the backdrop
The silhouette of skyscrapers in Singapore
We’re off to Burma next, followed by a few weeks of relaxing on the islands of Southern Thailand, then a roadtrip through China, Tibet and North Korea. Read more about our journey here or follow us every step of the way on Twitter with the hashtag #wjasia.