We’re embracing the “now” but nostalgic for Thai toilets

Our Chiang Mai test: cars and bikes really will slow down (and people will smile) if you walk out right in front of them

We’re noticing strange things since being back in London. The fact that it’s fricking freezing, everyone’s miserable and Rob’s already got a cold are givens, of course. But here’s what else…

You might argue that these sorts of mundane, useless thoughts are using up too much valuable headspace – especially for Mish, as about 50% of her brain capacity is already filled with fretting over whether Sean’s really “following his heart” on The Bachelor. (We’ve just watched the one where he doesn’t give Des a rose. Can anyone believe it??)

But back to the main point… we’d disagree if you were to argue that. Because we hung out with Buddhist monks in Thailand, and they focus on the “now” (rather than concerns about the future or regrets about the past), and they’ve totally and utterly nailed life.

By focusing on the present, they’re actually freeing their brains of all those stupid worries we have. What’s the point in stressing about the feedback you’ll get from a client on their “about” page? You can’t influence it or anticipate what they’ll think, so just wait until you get it. And why spend the whole flight worrying that your luggage won’t be on the carousel at the other end? Just take some precautions (like packing a few clothes in your hand luggage) and get the hell on with appreciating life.

Travel has been great for us in this respect: there are so many things to notice with each new destination that it’s impossible not to focus more on the “now”. Also, there are so many black swanny things associated with constant travel, it’d just be impossible to try worrying about all of them.

And have we noticed any benefits – aside from appreciating the wonderfulness of tap water? Most definitely. We feel clearer-brained, which means work is more productive, headaches are less frequent, and daily life of going with the flow is massively easier.

But you know us: we’ll never stop panicking about the wifi situation of the apartment we’re about to live in, and we doubt we’ll be able to stop thinking about bad decisions we’ve made in the past. Hell, we’d have no blog post content if we did that.

The point is we’re better than we were. Which means a bit of breathing room in our befuddled, crowded and surely-smaller-than-other-people’s brains – as well as more time to focus on (yes, we’re bringing this up for the 17th time this month) just how amazing it is to watch a Thai person package up your takeaway.

  • http://aminearlythereyet.com/ Stuart Edwards @ Am I Nearly There Yet?

    I wonder how many people read this purely because you mentioned ‘fanny’?!

    You forgot to mention that Walkers crisps (lets keep the real name going) are opened the NORMAL way here! You have no idea how happy this makes me!

    • Mish


      How do they open Walkers crisps in Thailand? I don’t think we ever ate any!

  • http://tropicalnomad.com Adam – Tropical Nomad

    You guys landed back into the wildest and craziest weather in years.. Flip flops = frozen toes :)

    Northern Ireland had 8 foot of snow.. It is almost April! Crazy..

    Hope you enjoy the time in England and get back to warmer climates soon


    • Mish

      Hey Adam,

      We thought we were soooo clever by planning our trip around the British winter – had no idea it’d still be in such full swing mid-March!

      It’s bloody cold in London, but 8 foot of snow in Northern Ireland… jeez.

      You have no idea how many times I’ve said “BUT IT’S NEARLY APRIL!!!”

      So you’re in NZ at the moment? Are you having an amazing time? Recommend it for other nomads?


      • http://tropicalnomad.com Adam – Tropical Nomad

        Sure ya can’t rely on the weather in Ireland and England!

        New Zealand is an adventure enthusiasts paradise. There is so much to do and see. But the cost of living is quite high. I have settled in Queenstown to work on some niche websites for now, before heading to Thailand in October.

        I have to survive my first actual ‘winter’ in four years, so we will see how that goes down. Not a big fan of the cold. But throw a snowboard in the mix and it might be my new favourite thing :)