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Travel and Babies

Travelling with a Baby

Our baby boy, JJ is 14 months old now and we’ve taken him to one of our favourite cities, Chiang Mai, Thailand. As you can imagine, my wife and I have a drastically different lifestyle than before having a child. We were definitely apprehensive about long haul flights with a baby, but so far everything about this trip has been great. Thailand loves babies, so we’re very grateful JJ has a chance to get so much attention from so many different people. Here is an update on how having a baby has changed our life and some of my thoughts on raising an international child.

The Miracle of Childbirth

After witnessing the birth of my child, I’m extremely happy that we chose to deliver the child in my home country of Canada. We’ve had great experiences with medical care in other countries, including the first prenatal visits in Budapest, but the quality of care in Canada was absolutely amazing. From what I saw, child birth can be a very violent and even dangerous experience, so it was great to have first class medical care. Having a full trauma team in the delivery room on a moment’s notice was very comforting …

Digital Nomad Life Reinvention

Digital Nomad Reinvention

Have you ever wished you could reinvent yourself and start over? Maybe you’d start a new career, be more productive or act with more confidence. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of all your old limitations and completely begin anew? Living as a digital nomad offers those opportunities on a regular basis. Relocating to a new city, particularly if it has a completely different culture, is an opportunity for a lifestyle makeover.

You Are Not In Control of Your Life

It’s can be very surprising to learn how much our cultures influence our lives. Our families, peers, societal norms and social status all have very strong control over what we do and strive for everyday. It’s difficult to understand if you’ve only lived in a single culture.

People don’t get tattoos and body piercings, wear the latest fashions, drive certain cars, purchase trendy products or join clubs and religious groups to stand out. We do those things to fit in.

This is very important. Most of us think we are unique and freely choosing everything we do and buy, but we are not. Even worse, those societal pressures that dictate our preferences all too often keep us …

Interview with Digital Nomad Artist Yamile Yemoonyah

The number one problem with novice bloggers is that they don’t have a business. Blogging to bring organic search traffic to promote a specific product or service is a great idea. Blogging on generic topics with the hope of someday monetizing the traffic somehow, is a terrible idea. That’s why it’s so rare to discover someone like Yamile Yemoonyah who commits to a very narrow niche early on. Yamile develops WordPress websites and offers marketing consulting for artists. Her blog is a great source of client leads and sales because she publishes valuable information about online marketing for artists. She offers a great service and her content marketing efforts are focused on generating leads and building trust for her business. Every company should be following this exact strategy.

In this short, but content packed video, Yamile shares details in how she got started, how she gets clients and her life as a digital nomad. As a special bonus, the dogs of Chiang Mai have provided the soundtrack for this video. 🙂

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Here are the Questions Yamile Yemoonyah Answers in the Interview

  • 0:30 Please introduce yourself.
  • 0:55 Where are you from originally and where have you lived?
  • 1:29 Why

Dogs of Chiang Mai Photo Post

There are A LOT of dogs on the streets of Chiang Mai. Istanbul is a city of cats, but Chiang Mai definitely has the canine crowd covered. Many of the pictures here are of pets, often wearing clothes despite the heat. However, most dogs appear to be strays and are often in pretty rough shape. Many are left abandoned at temples or just stay in front of a business or house that provides food on a regular basis.

What these photographs don’t reveal is the heat of Thailand. Temperatures can get higher than 40 degrees Celsius and that means the dogs do a whole lot of nothing during the day. Most are just sprawled out in the shade to try and keep cool.

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In the normal course of the breath there is lot of unsuspected circumstance which force a person to take medicaments. You can order online preparation to treat chronic treatment of the symptoms …

Interview with Digital Nomad and Social Anxiety Coach Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier

Perhaps the best part of a digital nomad lifestyle is the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people all over the world. One of the better friends I’ve made in the last year is Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier. His business is helping people overcome social anxiety disorders through his products and Skype based coaching. Sebastiaan talks about his experiences living around the world and how he built the online business that funds his travel lifestyle.

This was an important interview for me because I also suffer from various social anxieties. Talking on video, meeting large groups of people and public speaking can be very stressful and difficult for me. Sebastiaan took me through a two-hour coaching session and I think it helped a lot. I’ll make some more comments on his coaching below.

Social Anxiety Coach Sebastiaan Van Der Schrier

Sebastiaan Tells Us

  • Where he has travelled over the last decade.
  • Why he didn’t like living in Bali.
  • How he initially funded his permanent travel lifestyle.
  • How he built a successful online business even though he made a lot of mistakes along the way.
  • How he learned the skills to become a social anxiety coach.
  • How much passive income he earns every month, even though he doesn’t

Hiking Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai

We’ve been hiking up to the top of Doi Suthep once a week for the last couple of months. It’s a great way to escape the traffic and pollution of Chiang Mai to get some exercise, fresh air and see the beautiful temple at the top of the mountain. The hike can be easily done in less than 90 minutes each way, and the view from the top is a great reward for making the effort.

How Not to Hike Up Doi Suthep

Apparently, Thais are not so interested in hiking. The very first time we tried the hike, I asked directions from several locals and all said that it was impossible to hike up. All recommended turning around, going to the other side of Chiang Mai University, and taking a taxi truck or song tao up to the top. None of them seemed to believe that we actually wanted to walk up. One guy even told us it was dangerous because it was a jungle full of snakes and wild animals.

After being turned around several times, I finally decided to ignore all the advice and go in the direction I felt the trail must be.  Here are directions …

A Week in Chiang Mai – Photo Diary

Here is a selection of photos to show a little about what our life is like in Thailand. We tend to get into a routine and do the same things on a regular basis. Our life is simple, but very enjoyable. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t grateful for the opportunities we have. We live in amazing times.

Visa Run to Myanmar

Every digital nomad knows this story well. After two or three months you have to travel to another country to renew visas for another short stay. Fortunately, visa runs are well established in Thailand and there are tours specifically for getting a new stamp in your passport. A day trip to Myanmar from Chiang Mai costs less than $20 with lunch and some sight-seeing included. Now we are good for another two months in Thailand.

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Visa run to the Myanmar border.

Great Thai Food

One of our favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai is Imm Aim (formerly Pun Pun). We go there 4 or 5 times a week because the food and atmosphere are great. I love small family run restaurants and the open garden is so relaxing. Imm Aim is a must try for …

Happy New Year from Digital Nomad Central – Chiang Mai Thailand

As most of you probably know, Motoko and I are in Chiang Mai again. Here are some pictures from the main square in the city called Tha Pae Gate. This will give you a glimpse of what it looks like in the most touristy area of the city. Many people email me to ask me if Chiang Mai is really as good and as cheap as everyone says. Well it is. This is such a fantastic city on so many levels. Take a look at the pictures and then scroll down to the bottom and I’ll tell you why.

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10pm on New year’s eve. Already tens of thousands are gathered at Tha Phae Gate.

 Orientation to Chiang Mai

The old city of Chiang Mai is a square area surrounded by a moat and brick walls that were built more than 700 years ago. Most of the walls have been torn down, but the corners and 4 main gates on each of the sides are still in tact. The Eastern gate, called Tha Pae Gate, is shown below. This is the heart of the most touristy area of the city. There are endless hotels, hostels, restaurants and bars only a …

Interview with Location Independent Copywriter John McIntyre

One of the best parts of being based out of Chiang Mai is the large digital nomad community here.  I don’t know of any other city in the world that comes close. It’s amazing to be able to connect with so many travellers and entrepreneurs. By far, the most dominant group of location independent entrepreneurs are the Dynamite Circle members from TropicalMBA.com. I recently had the opportunity to meet DC member and copywriter John McIntyre. John talks about his background, what makes Chiang Mai so great and gives some advice for aspiring copywriters in this interview.

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Please tell us about yourself?

I hail from the grand ol’ city of Sydney, Australia. But… I haven’t been there in over a year.

I never had a typical career and never wanted one. I jumped from casual job to casual job, moving around whenever I got bored. I had a knack for figuring things out quick. The problem was once I had it figured out, I lost interest. I did a lot of sales jobs. Both face-to-face and on the phone. The experience in sales has been incredibly valuable.

I played with online marketing on and off, but never got enough traction …

When Capitalism Stops Working and Traffic Jams in Thailand

Free market capitalism has done a pretty good job of improving our quality of life. Compared to the alternatives, there really is no comparison, however, it also breaks down after a certain point. Individuals acting in their own self-interest create a big mess where everyone ends up worse off.

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Chiang Mai Traffic Jam

The other day, I was riding in a taxi truck in Chiang Mai, Thailand when a thunderstorm knocked out the electricity and traffic lights. At a major intersection, traffic from all directions got all jammed together in the middle because everyone was trying to push forward. All the cars trying to squeeze ahead without yielding to others, prevented everyone from moving ahead. We were stuck. This was a prime example of how Adam Smith’s Invisible hand doesn’t always work. When everybody gets greedy, most end of up suffering.

When Breaking the Rules is Good

Make no mistake, acting selfishly does accomplish a lot. In a city like Bangkok, if everyone strictly obeyed traffic signals and laws, I have no doubt the city would grind to a halt, even worse than the normal traffic patterns. The chaos of motorcycles, Tuk Tuks, cars and every other form of transportation …