We’re not going to build the next Facebook (and we’re fine with that… really)

It's just the whole "gravitas" thing... we don't think we've quite nailed it

It's just the whole "gravitas" thing... we don't think we've quite nailed it

Rob turned 30 this week. So he did what he always does when he thinks about his age – something we’ll euphemistically refer to as “have a full-on meltdown” about how he hasn’t achieved anything in life and is now too far behind everyone else his age to ever catch up. “Everyone else his age” turned out to be Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake, and – somewhat worryingly – Beyonce. As Rob will admit, he doesn’t want the pressure of being the CEO of Facebook – nor does he want the…

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How (and why) we invest in property as digital nomads

house-on-plane

The half hour in Photoshop will be TOTALLY worth it when I realise my life's ambition of ranking #1 for "house on plane" in Google Image Search.

When it comes to being a digital nomad, everyone talks about passive income – from products, from royalties, or from businesses that you’ve systemised so other people can run them. You never hear about passive income from property investing (or “real estate”, if you insist). And with good reason: it requires a load of money and a lot of research to get started, the rules are totally different from country to country, and it seems fundamentally incompatible with a life of travel. It’s not particularly helpful for most people, so…

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Cherry-picking your lifestyle is the way forward

We admit it: we've run out of relevant photos

We admit it: we've run out of relevant photos

For a brief moment this week, we were living the “location independent” dream: yup, we were sitting by the pool when our solicitor Skyped us to say that our investment property purchase had completed. Let’s leave aside the question of why we had our laptops by the pool with us. And not mention that, us being us, we found ways to ruin the moment (Mish by being annoyed at a fat Frenchman for “having a phlegmmy cough”; Rob by feeling self-conscious about talking loudly into a laptop). The significance is…

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The importance of driving through red lights

If we ever meet you, we really hope you like us and think we’re hugely fun. And we really hope we manage to hide just how anal, tightly structured and goal-focused we are. Truth be told, we desperately want to go with the flow more, but we’re stuck in a rut of standard operating procedures, multi-indented bullet-point lists, and Google Calendar reminders about putting the bins out, getting our hair cut and ordering the week’s supermarket shopping. We can’t even watch a TV panel show without moaning that no one’s…

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Why don’t dogs bark at monks? And other questions I’d ask a Chiang Mai resident if I had the guts

50 baht (£1) for this gigantic fruit, yoghurt and muesli mashup of deliciousness

50 baht (£1) for this gigantic fruit, yoghurt and muesli mashup of deliciousness

Are you aware just how cheap your mangoes are compared to ours? Do restaurants automatically lower the spiciness of a dish when it’s ordered by a Westerner? Are you ever scared when you’re on your moped? At what age do you let your kids start riding mopeds on their own? Do you find it weird how many Western men open up restaurants with their Thai wives? What’s the difference between a 150 baht (£3ish) massage and a 200 baht (£4ish) massage? Where should I go to eat the most authentic…

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