Packing list – 2.25 years in!

Spot the difference. I promise there's a difference.

We’ve come a long way. When we started this whole live-anywhere-while-we-work malarkey, we travelled around the world with these behemoths: Approximately 50kg of stuff that we didn’t need but lugged around with us anyway. Slowly slowly, we’ve been whittling down and realising just how little we need to be happy and comfortable. That sweatshirt that’s only really suitable for temperatures between 68 and 68.9 degrees? Out. The totally superfluous hairdryer (because all hotels and Airbnb hosts seem to supply one)? Chucked. The just-in-case fourth pair of shoes/third pair of jeans/tenth…

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10 things I now know about Barcelona

November and December are totally underrated times to visit You know how you look on TripAdvisor/Yelp/Foursquare (in ascending order of how cool you are) and you find a restaurant which the reviews say is awesome but “you have to wait like two hours for a table”? Barcelona is full of places like that. Except that in November, you can just saunter straight in at peak time and spread yourself out across three tables. Seriously: the place is empty of tourists (well, relatively), but the skies are still gloriously blue and…

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Monthly report: April

Rooftop pool at our Bangkok apartment: not too shabby.

April! Mathematics Awareness Month, the month in which the internet practically explodes with "hilarious" spoof announcements, and also the 233rd most popular name given to a baby girl in 2012 (just ahead of Josephine). That's all well and good, but what did April mean for us? Travel In the second week of April we travelled from Bangkok back to London, which was…surprisingly not as much of a shock as we'd expected after three months away. I kept up my track record of getting overly emotional on planes (hey, don't most…

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Can’t quit your job? Start up a business on the side!

Moonlighting FTW

The story of how we got started in building our own business is so frustratingly irrelevant to other people’s situations that we can’t ever point to it and say: “That. Do that.” We had savings, we had limited responsibilities, and we had naivety on our side. But if you don’t have those things, how on earth do you go from your 9-to-5 to working for yourself and building a business you love? Here’s how: Start up a business on the side Although we didn’t start up any dedicated businesses while…

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Does permanent travel mean sacrificing real friendship?

Most people would say a clear “no” – it sounds like you’re describing someone you've fallen out of touch with, or someone who's more of a casual acquaintance. But for us, and people like us, it's totally normal not to have seen one of your friends for a year or so – and know that they're living "In Mexico last I heard, but they could have moved on to DC by now. Unless they're in Europe. Erm." So how do you make and maintain friendships when you're always on the…

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