The 2015 packing list

OK, so here’s the thing. When we first started travelling, our philosophy was “far better to buy the cheapest cheapest clothing and replace it frequently, than buy absurdly expensive gear and run the risk of it getting ruined somehow” (or stained with soy sauce, as my clothes are wont to do). Then Hong Kong happened – where we were living in a 24-square-metre apartment with the humidity of a tropical rainforest and the window-opening capabilities of a prison. We’d wash our clothes, hang them to dry, and wait four days…

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Ten things we now know about NYC

1: You get a free show every time you ride the subway For example: 2: Cellphones need to be recharged a lot Wherever we went, we’d see outlets being used to charge up cellphones. While at lunch in a dim sum restaurant, a customer even switched off a floor lamp so that she could use the outlet for her phone instead. We spent the first few weeks wondering if Apple gave America substandard iPhones. I mean, we know that all iPhones have a fairly crappy battery life, but this was…

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2 months in NYC, 34 cafes

One of the many, many great things about New York is just how many fantastic wifi cafes there are – all around the city. And we managed to work our way (literally) through 34 of them. Just to be clear, that’s 34 different cafes: we went back to our favourites multiple times. Below are reviews of all of them. But in case you can’t be bothered to read through everything, here are our favourites: Top 5 spots to sit and work Freehold (Williamsburg) Stumptown Coffee Roasters (West Village) Caffebene (Union…

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How do we decide where to live next?

Bangkok, we'll miss you terribly

Bangkok, we'll miss you terribly

The question “How do we decide where to live next?” should quite rightly be prefaced and postfaced with “#niceproblemtohave #firstworldproblem”. Because let’s face it: we’re in a ridiculously privileged position to be able to ask that question – and we try really hard to remain aware of that fact. Plenty of soon-to-be-nomads and people-who-are-just-curious wonder the same thing though, and it’s understandable really. After all, we have the opportunity to go anywhere, and – again, not that we’re complaining – that’s a pretty daunting range of options. When we first…

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Tracking our spending as digital nomads… what does it reveal?

Damn you, New York and your irresistible breakfast-at-dinners: you're ruining our spending patterns!

Damn you, New York and your irresistible breakfast-at-dinners: you’re ruining our spending patterns!

This week it’ll be two years since we started tracking our daily spending. An unusual anniversary, some might say, and one which has to be celebrated carefully if we’re to avoid any irony. Using The Birdy, we record not only how much we spend each month, but also what we spend the money on: we apply tags like #transport to a certain amount of spending, and (if we want) can also provide extra information too – like “Bonobus travel card in Valencia”. And now that we have data from 730…

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