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How to Negotiate Airbnb Prices and Fees

You can save a lot of money when you learn how to negotiate Airbnb prices and fees. Everyone needs to get away sometimes. Even in strange times like this. Airbnb might be just the answer you’re looking for. After all, it’s much easier to maintain social distancing when you’re renting someone’s home than when you’re renting a hotel room. But …

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Walking Tour of Split Croatia

A walking tour of Split Croatia is the perfect way to explore and understand the rich history and culture of this amazing city. But it’s important to book a walking tour ahead of time or you might be scammed – like we almost were. Lodging for a Walking Tour of Split Croatia Lisa and I arrived in Split Croatia after …

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How We Saved Thousands of Dollars by House Sitting

We saved thousands of dollars by house sitting through the website TrustedHousesitters! TrustedHousesitters connects homeowners – mostly pet owners – with kind and caring sitters who will stay at their home and care for their home and especially their pets. This is a total win-win-win setup for everyone involved! The pet(s) gets to stay at home rather than going to …

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Boating on Pineview Reservoir in Utah

Boating on Pineview Reservoir in northern Utah is a blast! Pineview Reservoir is located in Ogden Canyon, 7 miles (11 km) east of Ogden Utah and about an hour’s drive north of Salt Lake City. We went boating on Pineview Reservoir during our US Digital Nomad Coliving and Coworking House in Wolf Creek Utah, just up the mountain from the reservoir. It has both …

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Flying During COVID-19

Flying during COVID-19 is…different than flying was before. Very different. In some ways, it is actually far more pleasant. But in other ways it is much worse. We flew on American Airlines in first class from Harrisburg to Chicago O’Hare to Las Vegas (MDT-ORD-LAS) during COVID-19. Here’s what that was like. Why We Flew During COVID-19 Being digital nomads in …

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Priority Pass Lounge Medellin Airport Domestic Terminal

The Priority Pass Lounge Medellin Airport Domestic Terminal is The Lounge Medellín International by Global Lounge Network at José María Córdova International Airport. It’s a large lounge with great views. It has plenty of drink options including soft drinks, wine, beer and liquor including Colombian Aguardiente. And a small selection of food to make a meal even if you are …

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Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism in Medellin Colombia

One of the reasons we decided to spend a couple months in Colombia was to do medical tourism and dental tourism in Medellin Colombia. In doing so we saved more money than the two months there cost us. Here is how! What are Medical Tourism and Dental Tourism? Medical tourism and dental tourism are a form of ‘geoarbitrage.’ Geoarbitrage involves …

Avianca Business Class A330

We flew Avianca business class on an A330 from Washington Dulles to Bogota. This route is only served by an widebody Airbus A330 during certain times of the year. Most of the time it is served by a narrow-body A319, and occasionally Avianca puts a Boeing 787 on this route. So when we found a cheap one-way business class fare …

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Passive Ways to Find Cheap Business Class Flights

Our first and best advice to find cheap business class flights is to use our tutorial on How To Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Business Class Flights (And Cheap Economy Flights Too!). But it can be exhausting spending all day searching Google Flights for the cheapest business class flight to plan your next trip (although sometimes we do!). The …

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How To Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Business Class Flights (And Cheap Economy Flights Too!)

A big part of what makes our affordable luxury full-time travel lifestyle possible is the using Google Flights to find cheap business class flights. We have used Google Flights to find cheap business class tickets on Air Italy business class, British Airways business class, Hong Kong Airlines business class, Lufthansa business class, Singapore Airlines business class and Qantas Business Class. …

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Lessons From a Year of Affordable Luxury Full-Time Travel

Our first full year of affordable luxury full-time travel was full of lessons! We knew it would be. We decided to adopt digital nomad lifestyle knowing it would change us in ways we couldn’t even imagine. But some of the things we learned as location independent professionals still surprised us! Even though we travel and do pretty much everything together, …

How to avoid AirBnB Scams

How to Avoid Airbnb Scams

As full-time travelling digital nomads we’ve learned how to avoid Airbnb scams. We live in short-term rentals or homestays all over the world 11 months out of the year, often booked through Airbnb, VRBO or Booking.com. And we’ve definitely had some mishaps. One time in Penang Malaysia we were soft evicted from an Airbnb. And once in London we had …

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Priority Pass Lounge Montego Bay Jamaica – Club Mobay

The Priority Pass Lounge Montego Bay Jamaica is Club Mobay. Club Mobay is a large lounge with lots of food – but not enough keto friendly food to make a meal if you are on a travel keto diet like we are. But there is a full service bar, a shower room and even a spa in case you want …

11 Brilliant Travel Accessories and Travel Hacks – Updated for 2020

Compact Travel Accessories and Travel Hacks From Full Time Travelers We have used each of these travel gadgets, travel accessories, travel apps and travel hacks during full-time travel and recommend them. Lisa wrote our posts about travel clothes for women and travel clothes for men as digital nomads because, frankly, she’s the clothes shopper in our relationship. I get to …

Are Spirit Airlines Big Front Seats Worth the Cost?

Spirit Airlines Big Front Seats are larger seats in the front of Spirit Airlines planes. They provide a 36″ pitch and 18.5″ width – a full 6″ of additional legroom compared to Spirit’s regular seats. But are Spirit Airlines Big Front Seats worth the cost? One of our affordable luxury travel hacks is flying on discount airlines but buying the …

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Is Frontier Airlines Stretch Seating Worth the Cost (Extra Legroom Upgrade)?

Frontier Airlines Stretch Seating provides up to 8 inches of extra legroom. But is Stretch Seating worth the cost? One of our affordable luxury travel hacks is flying on discount airlines but buying the best possible seats. We’ve done this all over the world. On AirAsia in Asia. On RyanAir in Europe. And on Frontier and Spirit Airlines in the …

Air Italy Business Class

Air Italy Business Class

Very Sad News: As of February, 2020, Air Italy will cease operation. It’s a real shame because Air Italy had an amazing business class product. For more information click here. We flew Air Italy business class from Milan Italy to New York JFK. Air Italy business class is awesome. If you’ve never heard of Air Italy don’t feel bad. Neither …

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Airport Lounge at Milan Malpensa Airport Terminal 1: Sala Montale

The Sala Montale Lounge Malpensa Airport Terminal 1 is a large and beautiful lounge. It has food, drinks and facilities that include showers, a silence room, a family room and even a smoking room. This Black Friday we say cheers to enhanced airport experiences. Enjoy up to 40% off on Priority Pass memberships and gain access to over 1300 airport …

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BolesÅ‚awiec, Poland – The Polish Pottery Town

After leaving the picturesque German city of Cottbus we crossed the Polish border to check out BolesÅ‚awiec, Poland – The Polish Pottery Town. Getting to BolesÅ‚awiec, Poland – The Polish Pottery Town The easiest way to see Polish pottery in Boleslawiec is by taking a day trip tour from Wroclaw, Poland. It makes a perfect 6-hour day trip. But we …

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Camper Retreats Campervan Portugal Caravan

Doing a campervan Portugal caravan with Camper Retreats was the one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. I can’t recommend this experience strongly enough! We went into our campervan caravan adventure with both excitement and trepidation. We left it with lifelong memories and friends. And although a campervan caravan may seem like ‘roughing it,’ we still considered it …

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Some London Travel Tips and Hacks for a Quick Visit

Here are some London travel tips and hacks for a quick visit to make your stay more pleasant and save you some money! I love London. That’s why I spend nearly every birthday there. It’s like my buddy Sammy said: “Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man …

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Priority Pass Lounge Malta – La Valette Lounge

The Priority Pass Lounge Malta Airport is the La Valette Lounge. It’s a large lounge with many drink options and enough hearty food to make a meal even if you are on a travel keto diet like we are! Wondering how we find cheap coach fights and cheap business class flights? Check out our Cheap Airfare Guides: How To Use …

Port Tasting and Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley Portugal

Port tasting and wine tasting in the Douro Valley of Portugal is a must-do day trip out of Porto Portugal. And it’s definitely an affordable luxury travel experience! Porto Portugal Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do We’ve done unique wine tastings all over the world. There’s nothing better than getting out to vineyards and tasting wine with the people …

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Priority Pass Lounge Seville Spain (SVQ)

The Priority Pass Lounge Seville (aka Sevilla) Spain is the Sala VIP Azahar. It’s a perfectly functional lounge with many drink options and limited but varied food options. What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges in 143 countries. It’s the largest independent airport lounge access program in the world. You can purchase membership …

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Priority Pass Lounge Porto Portugal

The Priority Pass Lounge Porto Portugal is called – confusingly! – the ANA Lounge. To be clear, this lounge has nothing to do with the Japanese Airline ANA (All Nippon Airways). Nor does ANA even serve the Porto Airport. That’s just what the Priority Pass lounge at the Porto Portugal airport is called! What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides …

Brussels Airlines Business Class New York JFK to Brussels to Porto

We flew Brussels Airlines business class New York JFK to Brussels to Porto. Brussels Airlines is the flag carrier of Belgium and also its largest airline. It operates from Brussels to over 120 destinations in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. We were flying on a cheap business class fare Star Alliance ticket issued by United Airlines. Our $1500 tickets …

Lufthansa Senator Lounge JFK Terminal 1

The Lufthansa Senator Lounge JFK Terminal 1 is a terrific well stocked lounge where you can make a meal, have a variety of drinks and cocktails and enjoy great views of the tarmac. Priority Pass and MIDO Watches, would like to offer you a special bundle this summer. Save up to 25% off on Priority Pass Lounge memberships and 30% …

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Priority Pass Lounge JFK Terminal 1

There are 2 Priority Pass lounges at New York JFK Airport Terminal 1: the Air France Lounge and the Korean Airlines Lounge. But each lounge can only be accessed with Priority Pass at certain times – and there are gaps when neither lounge is available using Priority Pass. What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over …

Bansko Bulgaria as an Affordable Luxury Travel Destination

Bansko Bulgaria is a stunningly gorgeous affordable luxury slow travel destination. Nestled at the base of Pirin mountains, Bansko is a ski town that reminds us very much of Aspen…but more pristine! And everything in Bansko is affordable. We paid around 200 euro for a month’s rent in an affordable luxury apartment. We ate in luxury restaurants for a fraction …

Bus From Plovdiv to Bansko Bulgaria

The bus from Plovdiv to Bansko Bulgaria is cheap, easy and comfortable. Especially when it’s a van! After spending a few days exploring Plovdiv we decided to make our way to Bansko Bulgaria which is an emerging digital nomad hub. There is sort of an option to take a bus plus narrow gauge train on this route but by far …

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Plovdiv Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury – And the Plovdiv Free Walking Tour

Plovdiv Bulgaria is a charming city that should definitely be on your must-visit list in Bulgaria. And the Plovdiv Free Walking tour is a must-do! In fact, it’s our favorite city in Bulgaria for exploring the fascinating history of Bulgaria’s various eras! Why Visit Plovdiv Bulgaria Plovdiv is the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe. Or so they say! And …

Which Priority Pass Lounge Budapest Airport Terminal 2 is Best?

There are 4 Priority Pass lounges at Budapest Airport Terminal 2: two Platinum Lounges, the Menzies Aviation Lounge and the SkyCourt Lounge. All of these lounges can be accessed with Priority Pass membership. But which is best? We were looking for a decent keto diet friendly lunch so decided to keep visiting Priority Pass airport VIP clubs until we found …

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Priority Pass Lounge Sofia Terminal 1

The Priority Pass Lounge Sofia Terminal 1 (SOF) is the Sofia Lounge. It is a fairly large lounge but has sparse seating and limited food offerings. Worst of all, there is a per-drink charge for alcohol. Sofia Airport Terminal 1 Sofia Airport is a medium-sized international airport. It has two terminals. Terminal 2 is the newer terminal and services major …

Bulgarian Train Service

The Bulgarian Rail Network The Bulgarian train network spans over 4000 km and connects all of the major cities and towns in Bulgaria. The main rail hub is Sofia. From Sofia there are international connections to Serbia, Greece, Romania and Turkey. International service to Turkey is also available from Plovdiv. The national railway company is the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ). Bulgarian trains …

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Varna Bulgaria as an Affordable Luxury Travel Vacation Destination

What to do in Varna Bulgaria as an affordable luxury travel vacation destination: Enjoy the wide, beautiful and well-served Varna beach. Explore the ancient history of Varna. Walk Varna’s beach-side Sea Garden Park (aka Primorski Park). Dine in the Varna pedestrian zone or at the many beach-side restaurants. Varna Bulgaria for an Affordable Luxury Beach Vacation Varna Bulgaria is a …

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Self Insured Cash Option Travel Health Insurance for Americans – and Others

Self Insured Cash Option for Travel Health Insurance for Americans One approach to health and medical care for full time travelers is the self insured cash option. One of the questions friends and family asked us most often when we told them about our plans to become digital nomads was, ‘What about health insurance?’ We always heard about and understood …

A Day in Nessebar Bulgaria

What to do for a day in Nessebar Bulgaria: Explore the ruins of 3,000 years of successive settlements from 4 empires. Experience the history of an ancient town. Have a great meal with an amazing view. Nessebar Bulgaria is an easy day trip from Burgas or especially from Sunny Beach. We spent a day in Nessebar Bulgaria during our affordable …

Sunny Beach Bulgaria as an Affordable Luxury Travel Vacation

Why Sunny Beach Bulgaria as an Affordable Luxury Travel Destination? The beach, asphalt boardwalk and swimming pools are wonderful. Take a taste of the party scene. There are plenty of affordable luxury accomodations. It has a few excellent but affordable upscale restaurants. Sunny Beach Bulgaria is the perfect base for a day (or two!) exploring the nearby ancient city and …

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How to Take the Bus Between Burgas and Sunny Beach Bulgaria

Our plan was to take the bus between Burgas Bulgaria and Sunny Beach Bulgaria. But we had a VERY hard time finding information about it. During our affordable luxury time in Burgas Bulgaria we tried to book bus tickets online. But the various online bus ticket agencies we tried kept erroring out. We couldn’t even find the bus schedule between …

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Cute Travel Clothes for Women by a Full Time Traveler

Lisa’s Favorite Stylish and Cute Travel Clothes for Women As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases for some of these cute travel clothes for women products. I will be honest: I buy almost all of Matt’s clothes. I can’t help it, I’m a born shopper and now he’s my Ken Doll! Here’s the thing, though, I have SUCH …

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What to Do in Burgas Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury Travel

What to do in Burgas Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury Travel: Explore Sea Garden Park Lounge on the Beach in Burgas Explore the Urban Side of Burgas on Bogoridi Blvd. Enjoy Amazing Bulgarian Food Burgas Bulgaria is a hybrid between a beach town and a small European city. So you can enjoy a mix of beach and water as well as …

3 Questions You Need to Ask to Avoid an AirBnB Eviction

Asking 3 simple questions will help you avoid the ultimate AirBnB guest problem: being evicted because homestays are not allowed in that apartment. Our AirBnB Eviction Story As full time affordable luxury travelers we try to avoid using homestay services like AirBnB. We save a lot of money and are able to afford much nicer lodging by finding short-term stay …

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Chiang Mai, Thailand as an Affordable Luxury Travel Destination

Why Chiang Mai, Thailand as an Affordable Luxury Travel Destination? You can explore the rich history and culture of northern Thailand. There are plenty of affordable luxury accomodations. It has excellent cheap gourmet food. Chiang Mai a terrific base for side trips in Thailand and all over southeast Asia. We chose Chiang Mai as an affordable luxury destination after an …

Best Things to Do in Koh Samui for Affordable Luxury Travel

What are the best things to do in Koh Samui? Stay in affordable luxury lodging. Stay active with watersports, tours and outdoor activities. Eat at keto diet friendly restaurants. Relax on Chaweng Beach. Take in the nightlife on Chaweng Beach. Affordable Luxury Lodging in Koh Samui We used our weeklong stay at P&P Resort on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui …

The Difference Between Luxury Travel and Affordable Luxury Travel: An Example in Koh Samui Thailand

We have described the difference between luxury travel and affordable luxury travel. We thought it might be useful to provide a real-life example! The Difference Between Luxury Travel and Affordable Luxury Travel: A Tale of Two Koh Samui Lisa talked me/us into adopting a digital nomad lifestyle after a luxury 2-week vacation to Southeast Asia. That trip ended in Koh …

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The Best Long Term Travel Bag

The best long term travel bag, the best travel backpack and the best digital nomad bag are the same item. It’s the Osprey convertible roller-backpack! Requirements for a Long Term Travel Bag As full time digital nomad travelers we are all too familiar the requirements for a long term travel bag. It needs to: Work in any situation – sometimes …

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AirAsia Hot Seats Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur

Our AirAsia Hot Seats flight experience from Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur demonstrates the value proposition of the AirAsia Hot Seat. Part 1: How Thai Visa Waivers got us to Kuala Lumpur – Click HerePart 2: AirAsia experience Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur.  This Post.Part 3: What to Do in Kuala Lumpur for 48 Hours – Click HerePart 4: AirAsia …

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Things to do in Kuala Lumpur for Affordable Luxury and Keto Diet in Malaysia

Things to do on a quick trip to Kuala Lumpur? Visit the Batu Caves and Petronas Towers. Have a lot of fun dining out on keto diet Malaysian keto diet meals in Bukit Bintang. Use Grab instead of public transport! Part 1: How Thai Visa Waivers Got us to Kuala Lumpur – Click HerePart 2: AirAsia Hot Seats experience Chiang …

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What to do in Sozopol Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury Travel

Here is what you should do in Sozopol Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury: Lay on the beach Swim in the ocean Explore the old town Enjoy amazing Bulgarian food with amazing views. Why Go to Sozopol Bulgaria? The entire time we were in Sozopol we kept thinking: this place is like a beach town in Greece…but cleaner and cheaper! Affordable luxury! …

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2 Options to Renew Thai Visa Waivers

Part 1: How Thai Visa Waivers got us to Kuala Lumpur – This PostPart 2: AirAsia Hot Seat Experience Chiang Mai to Kuala Lumpur – Click HerePart 3: What to do in Kuala Lumpur for 48 Hours- Click HerePart 4: Air Asia Hot Seats Kuala Lumpur to Chiang Mai – Click Here The Importance of a Thai Visa Waiver The …

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Bulgaria Air Review: Sofia to Burgas

We flew Bulgaria Air from Sofia to Burgas, Bulgaria. It’s a no-frills experience. But it gets you to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast much faster than the bus or train! Next time you are planning a trip consider purchasing British Airways Avios Our Decision to Fly Bulgaria Air After 3 days in Sofia we wanted to head to the Bulgarian …

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What to do in Sofia Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury Travel

What to do in Sofia Bulgaria for Affordable Luxury Travel: Learn and explore the fascinating history of this city. Take a walking tour to see that history. Experience the best of Bulgarian food. And go for a swim! Getting To Sofia, Bulgaria We arrived in Sofia on a Ryanair Flexi Plus ticket from Berlin. Our plan was to explore Sofia, …

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Is Ryanair Flexi Plus Worth the Cost?

We have flown Ryanair Flexi Plus several times around Europe on our affordable luxury adventures including Berlin Germany to Sofia Bulgaria, Porto Portugal to Faro Portugal, Seville Spain to Malta, Malta to Bristol England and Manchester to Milan. One question we always hear is: is Ryanair Flexi Plus worth the cost? The answer is: it depends. Read on! Rather than …

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Day Trip to the Black Madonna of Częstochowa

We took a day trip from Krakow where we were spending three days to see the Black Madonna of CzÄ™stochowa (aka the Black Madonna of Poland). The Black Madonna of Czestochowa is Poland’s holiest and most important relic. This icon of the Virgin Mary with darkened skin and two scars on her face has a long history and is said …

What to Do in Krakow, Poland for Three Days

What to do in Krakow, Poland for three days? Be a tourist! Krakow is a beautiful city but has a dark past. So to see the amazing you have to hang out in the Market Square. And see the Wawel Castle and Corpus Christi Basilica. But you also have to take in the horrors of the 1930s and early 1940s …

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Day Trip to Opole, Poland

After two days in Wroclaw, Poland we took a day trip to Opole, Poland on our way to Krakow. With a long history dating back to the 8th century, Opole is one of the oldest cities in Poland. So we thought we would check it out over lunch. _________________________________________________________ Check out the Saucey Chic line of clear purses that Lisa …

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What to Do in Wrocław, Poland For Two Days

We arrived in Wroclaw, Poland for two days after leaving Cottbus, Germany in the morning and stopping for lunch and shopping in BolesÅ‚awiec, Poland The Polish Pottery Town Our plans were pretty simple: enjoy this quaint little Polish city. Where to Stay in Wroclaw Poland for Two Days There are tons of hotels and homestays to choose from in Wroclaw. …

What to Do in Hobart Tasmania for three days

Bonorong Wildlife Preserve

The Bonorong Wildlife preserve was our absolute favorite visit during our fast affordable luxury travel in Australia! Tasmania is the land under down under…here’s what we would do in Hobart, Tasmania for three days. Day 1: Exploring Hobart and MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art Day 2: Affordable Luxury Travel Wine Tasting in Tasmania: A Day Trip …

What to do in Cottbus Germany for One Day

What to Do in Cottbus, Germany for a Day

After spending two days in Berlin eating sausage, drinking German beer and seeing the sights it was time to head to Cottbus, Germany for a day! Our goal was to break up the drive between Berlin and Wroclaw, Poland by stopping in a quaint little German town for the night. Cottbus, Germany Cottbus is a university town and the second-largest …

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What to Do in Berlin, Germany for Two Days

What to do in Berlin, Germany for two days? German beer, Brandenburg Gate, The Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and…a dentist…twice! Berlin was the first stop in a plan Lisa laid out to spend 2 weeks exploring Germany and Poland with her parents. We arrived in Berlin Germany on a Lufthansa Business class flight from Philadelphia via Frankfurt. We took a taxi …

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Lufthansa Business Class Philadelphia-Frankfurt-Berlin

After two weeks skipping across the USA to visit and spend time with friends and family, it was time for our Lufthansa Business Class flight from Philadelphia to Frankfurt connecting to Berlin. And we were SUPER excited to have Lisa’s parents Jake and Marlene in tow! Thanks to our cheap business class fare hacks we would fly to Berlin in …

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Exploring Germany and Poland with Lisa’s Parents – The Plan and Launch

After two weeks skipping across the USA to visit and spend time with friends and family, it was time to move our digital nomad lifestyle to Europe. And we were SUPER excited to have Lisa’s parents Jake and Marlene in tow! The Plan for Exploring Germany and Poland Jake’s ancestry is German. Marlene’s is Polish. So when Lisa proposed taking …

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What to Do in Melbourne for Affordable Luxury Travel

Deciding what to do in Melbourne, Australia for affordable luxury travel is a challenge. It’s a cool city that offers so much…and there are approximately infinity day-trip adventures available from the city. But it’s expensive. So it’s definitely a fast travel place for affordable luxury travel! Here’s how we chose to spend four days in Melbourne after flying down from …

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Priority Pass Lounge Berlin Sch̦nefeld Airport (SXF) РGreen Wings Lounge

The Priority Pass lounge at Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is the Green Wings Lounge. It is a fairly small lounge with limited food offerings but plenty of beverages including alcohol. Berlin Schönefeld Airport is the secondary international airport of Berlin. It was the major civil airport of East Germany (GDR) and the only airport of the former East Berlin. It …

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Two Weeks Transiting the US from Asia to Europe: Stop 4 Hershey, Pennsylvania

After five glorious months as digital nomads in southeast Asia and Australia we spent two weeks transiting the US from Asia to Europe. We landed in Los Angeles from a pretty awesome but also kind of weird Hong Kong Airlines business class flight from Hong Kong. Then we spent a few days in LA hanging out with a Hollywood actor. From …

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Two Weeks Transiting the US from Asia to Europe: Stop 3 Washington, DC

After five glorious months as digital nomads in southeast Asia and Australia we spent two weeks transiting the US from Asia to Europe. We landed in Los Angeles from a pretty awesome but also kind of weird Hong Kong Airlines business class flight from Hong Kong. Then we spent a few days in LA hanging out with a Hollywood actor. From …

Affordable Luxury Travel Wine Tasting in the Yarra Valley: a Melbourne Day Trip

Wine tasting in the Yarra Valley of Australia was one of the real highlights of our adventure so far, and truly a highlight of our four days in Melbourne! We love visiting vineyards and doing tastings. In the US we’ve done wine tours in Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley and Temecula, California, in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and even …

Two Weeks Transiting the US from Asia to Europe: Stop 2 Boulder, Colorado

After five glorious months as digital nomads in southeast Asia and Australia we spent two weeks transiting the US from Asia to Europe. We landed in Los Angeles from a pretty awesome but also kind of weird Hong Kong Airlines business class flight from Hong Kong. Then we spent a few days in LA hanging out with a Hollywood actor. From …

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Two Weeks Transiting the US from Asia to Europe: Stop 1 – Los Angeles, California

After five glorious months as digital nomads in southeast Asia and Australia we spent two weeks transiting the US from Asia to Europe. We loved our time in Asia and Australia. Especially Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Tazmania, Penang and Hua Hin. Even relative disappointments like Hanoi were still amazing experiences! But rainy season was coming to southeast Asia…and in any …

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Travel Clothes For Men: Lisa’s Favorites for Matt

I love to shop…and the travel clothes for men that Matt wears were all the result of careful research and a little bit of trial and error. He didn’t mention it in his blog post about packing to be a digital nomad, but I selected nearly every piece of clothing on Matt’s packing list. As any woman knows, shopping for …

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Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Hong Kong to Los Angeles

We flew Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Hong Kong to Los Angeles as part of our $585 business class fare from LA to many Asian cities. Wondering how we find cheap business class flights? Check out our Cheap Business Class Fare Guides: How To Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Business Class Flights (And Cheap Economy Flights Too!) Passive Ways …

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Hong Kong Airlines Autus Business Class Lounge Hong Kong Airport

We flew Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong as part of our $585 business class fare from LA to many Asian cities. We flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok on a flight that departed BKK at 4am and arrived in Hong Kong a little before 8am. So we spent most of our 4-hour connection in the Hong …

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Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong

We flew Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Bangkok to Hong Kong as part of our $585 business class fare from LA to many Asian cities. Wondering how we find cheap business class flights? Check out our Cheap Business Class Fare Guides: How To Use Google Flights to Find Cheap Business Class Flights (And Cheap Economy Flights Too!) Passive Ways to …

What to Do in the Sukhumvit Area of Bangkok for 2 Days of Affordable Luxury Travel

What to do in the Bangkok for 2 days of affordable Luxury Travel? Shop in the amazing malls. Get a massage. Explore Sukhumvit by day and again by night. Enjoy Bangkok street food and street bars. Eat some amazing food in affordable gourmet restaurants. Here’s what we did in the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok for 48 hours. Arriving in Bangkok …

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Priority Pass Bangkok Lounge Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK): Miracle Lounge

The Priority Pass Bangkok lounges at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) are the Miracle Lounges. While Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) has nine Miracle Lounges, this review of the Miracle Lounge in Terminal G will give you a sense of what to expect at any of them. Wondering how we find cheap coach fights and cheap business class flights? Check out our Cheap Airfare …

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What to do in Hua Hin Thailand for Affordable Luxury Travel

What to do in Hua Hin for affordable luxury travel? Lay by the pool. Lay by the beach. Swim. Stick to our travel keto diet in Hua Hin. Get a massage. And, of course, visit a dentist. Where and What is Hua Hin Thailand? Hua Hin is a beach town about 200 km (120 miles) southwest of Bangkok. The drive …

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Review of Bangkok Airways Koh Samui to Chiang Mai

Our review of Bangkok Airways was impacted by Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year Anyone who does private labeling Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) knows all too well about Chinese New Year/Spring Festival. For those who don’t, it’s the cause of the largest annual mass human migration in the world. Think of Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Memorial Day and 4th …

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Fort Cornwallis Penang

We went to Penang, Malaysia for slow travel so we could focus on our businesses. But we did take the time to see some must-do sites in Penang including Penang Hill and Penang Hill Funicular, Batu Ferringhi beach and Fort Cornwallis. In terms of an awesome investment of time, two out of three ain’t bad! This post is about Fort …

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Fast Travel: Transitioning From Asia to Europe Through the USA

Time for some fast travel as we transition from Asia to Europe through the USA! We like to mix slow travel where we work and get to know a place deeply with fast travel where we see as much as possible in a short amount of time. We tend to slow travel in cheap places and fast travel in more …

Batu Ferringhi

Batu Ferringhi Penang: Bora Bora Beach Bar and Ferringhi Garden Restaurant

We went to Penang, Malaysia for slow travel so we could focus on our businesses. But we did take the time to see some must-do sites in Penang including Penang Hill and Penang Hill Funicular, Batu Ferringhi beach and Fort Cornwallis. In terms of an awesome investment of time, two out of three ain’t bad! This post is about Batu …

Penang Hill and Penang Hill Funicular

We went to Penang, Malaysia for slow travel so we could focus on our businesses. But we did take the time to see some must-do sites in Penang including Penang Hill and Penang Hill Funicular, Batu Ferringhi beach and Fort Cornwallis. In terms of an awesome investment of time, two out of three ain’t bad! This post is about Penang …

AirAsia Premium Flex

AirAsia Premium Flex Penang to Bangkok (DMK)

Using AirAsia Premium Flex to fly from Penang to Bangkok demonstrated once again that AirAsia provides a solid, reliable and affordable way to hop around southeast Asia. And they add a touch of affordable luxury travel to each flight. Vietnam Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do Penang Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do We had previously flown AirAsia …

Priority Pass Lounge Penang

Priority Pass Lounge Penang International Terminal

The Penang Priority Pass Lounge in the Penang International Terminal is the Plaza Premium Lounge. This lounge is a bit dark, small and cramped. But has a variety of fresh-prepared dishes and beverages. What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges in 143 countries. It’s the largest independent airport lounge access program in the …

Red truck chiang mai

5 Ways to Get Around Chiang Mai Without a Scooter or Motorbike

We use 5 ways to get around Chiang Mai. Ranked based on our preference they are: Walking Red Trucks Tuk Tuk Grab Metered Taxis. We have completely avoid using motorbikes, scooters and e-scooters in Chiang Mai! Scooters and Motorbikes to Get Around Chiang Mai First a word about motorbikes and scooters: many expats and nomads in Chiang Mai rent or …

AirAsia Premium Flex

Review of AirAsia Premium Flex Singapore to Penang

We once again took advantage of AirAsia Premium Flex to fly from Singapore to Penang, Malaysia. The one-way all-in cost was just under $100 US per person. AirAsia Hot Seats and AirAsia Premium Flex add a touch of affordable luxury travel to every flight! Penang Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do Singapore Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do …

What to Do in Singapore for 48 Hours

What to Do in Singapore for 48 Hours

We have visited Singapore many times. So when we arrived this time we knew exactly what to do in Singapore for 48 hours: food, shopping and Marina Bay! Spending a couple days in Singapore was the crowning jewel of a month of fast travel across Indonesia and Australia before we settled down in Penang, Malaysia. We arrived on a British …

Chiang Rai Thailand

What to Do in Chiang Rai for Affordable Luxury

Here’s what to do in Chiang Rai for affordable luxury. Stay at the affordable luxury Sann Hotel Visit both night markets Rent a scooter and see the temples We arrived on the VIP Green Bus from Chiang Mai at around 6pm and took the 10-minute walk to our hotel, the newest addition to downtown Chiang Rai hotels, The Sann. Here …

VIP Green Bus Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

VIP Green Bus Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

The VIP Green Bus is the affordable luxury travel way to go from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do Chiang Rai Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do Plane, Bike or VIP Green Bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai? It’s about 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. …

Priority Pass Lounge Singapore Terminal 4

Priority Pass Singapore Lounge Terminal 4

The Priority Pass Singapore Airport Lounge in Terminal 4 – the Blossom Lounge – is a high quality airport VIP club with lots of seating, eating and drinking options. The Singapore Terminal 4 lounge is one of the nicest Priority Pass lounges we have been in! What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges …

British Airways Sydney to Singapore

British Airways Business Class Sydney to Singapore

We flew British Airways business class from Sydney to Singapore as part of our repositioning from Hobart to Penang, Malaysia. British Airways Business Class and Award Tickets Are Substandard Like many experienced frequent business class travelers, we typically try to avoid flying British Airways business class. British Airways is in desperate need of a redesign and refresh of their wide …

Qantas Business Class Hobart to Sydney

Qantas Business Class Hobart to Sydney and Layover at Ibis Budget Hotel

Leaving Australia We had such an amazing time doing fast travel in Australia. From Sydney to Melbourne to Hobart. But it was a strain on our budget and we were pretty exhausted from a month of fast travel. After much consideration we decided to head to Penang, Malaysia for a nice period of slow and cheap travel where we could …

What to do in Melbourne for four days

Hobart, Tasmania and The Museum of Old and New Art – MONA

Hobart and MONA are becoming synonymous. No trip to Hobart Australia is complete without a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art! Tasmania is the land under down under…here’s what we would do in Hobart, Tasmania for three days of affordable luxury travel. Day 1: Exploring Hobart and MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art *THIS …

Affordable Luxury Travel Wine Tasting In Tasmania

Wine tasting in Tasmania is an interesting and fun day trip out of Hobart. Tasmania Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do We’ve done wine tours/tastings all over the world, including in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne the week before we tasted in Tasmania. We were excited to tour and taste in Tasmania because the winemakers in the Yarra had …

Virgin Australian Melbourne to Hobart Economy X

Virgin Australia Economy X from Melbourne to Hobart Tasmania

After an amazing time in Melbourne, it was time to catch our Virgin Australia flight from Melbourne to Hobart in Economy X class. Lisa designed these clear backpacks. Perfect for travel, work, going to the stadium on gameday or school! Virgin Australia Economy X Virgin Australia’s Economy X is an upgrade from a standard Economy seat. It gives you added …

Hoi An Lantern Festival

What to Do in Hoi An Vietnam for Affordable Luxury Travel

Hoi An Vietnam is the perfect example of an affordable luxury travel destination! Deciding to Visit Hoi An Vietnam After a couple weeks in Da Nang we decided on a quick side trip to Hoi An. Hoi An is an ancient city about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Da Nang. Luckily for the city (and its many visitors), the …

Qantas Sydney to Melbourne

Qantas Sydney to Melbourne

After a delightful few days in Sydney it was time to fly Qantas Sydney to Melbourne to spend some time exploring Australia’s second city and check out the nearby Yarra Valley wine region. Choosing Qantas Over Virgin Australia and Jetstar We debated whether to fly Sydney to Melbourne on Qantas, Virgin Australia or Jetstar since the all-in price was similar: …

What to Do in Sydney for Four Days

What to Do in Sydney, Australia for Affordable Luxury Travel

Here is what to do in Sydney, Australia for four days: Walk around Circle Quay and Royal Botanical Garden Do the Hop On/Hop Off Bus Visit exhibits at the Powerhouse Museum Have cocktails at the Opera Bar and Squires Landing on the Harbor Explore and get some sun on Bondi beach. Why Sydney? We arrived in Sydney during a period …

Qantas Business Class Bali to Sydney

Qantas Business Class Bali to Sydney

We really loved flying Qantas business class from Bali to Sydney, Australia. We had decided to spend some time doing fast travel after slow travel in Thailand and Vietnam. And part of that decision was driven by finding a really cheap business class airfare on Qantas for this segment. We were also looking forward to really seeing Australia and hooking …

What to do in Ubud Bali for 48 Hours

What to do in Ubud Bali for 48 Hours

We arrived in Ubud, Bali for 48 hours from having spent a short time in Canggu, Bali. We planned our time in Bali as part of a fast travel sprint: we would spend three nights in Canggu then 3 nights in Ubud and use that time to decide if Bali was a place we would want to return to for …

What to do in Canggu Bali for Affordable Luxury

We arrived in Canggu, Bali for 48 hours from a terrific Singapore Airlines business class experience. We planned our time in Bali as part of a fast travel sprint: we would spend three nights in Canggu then 3 nights in Ubud and use that time to decide if Bali was a place we would want to return to for slow …

Priority Pass Lounge Bali

Priority Pass Bali Lounges

There are two Priority Pass Bali lounges at Bali Airport. And they are right next to each other: T/G Airport Lounge and Premier Airport Lounge. We could have accessed either with our Priority Pass membership. So we decided to try both Priority Pass airport VIP clubs. What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges …

How to Watch American TV While Traveling

For me, figuring out how to watch American TV while traveling was an absolute requirement for the digital nomad lifestyle. I love great TV. Whether it’s Sci Fi like Dr. Who, The Orville or Westworld or dramas like Game of Thrones, Man in the High Castle or Outlander or comedies like Catastrophe, The Good Place or It’s Always Sunny in …

Business Class SilkAir and Singapore Airlines Da Nang to Bali

As digital nomads we rely on cheap airfares to help us decide where to go next. So when we found business class tickets on SilkAir and Singapore Airlines Da Nang to Bali for under $500 US we decided the fates had spoken! Wondering how we find cheap business class flights? Check out our Cheap Airfare Guides: How To Use Google …

cip orchid lounge Da Nang

Priority Pass Da Nang Lounge: CIP Orchid Lounge

Priority Pass Da Nang lounge is the CIP Orchid Lounge. As digital nomads we often let airfares dictate the timing for and location of our next destination. When we found cheap Singapore Airlines business class flights from Da Nang, Vietnam to Bali, Malaysia it felt like fate was calling us to Bali. And we qualified for entry to CIP Orchid …

How to Find an Affordable Luxury Serviced Apartment in Da Nang

How to Find an Affordable Luxury Serviced Apartment in Da Nang? You can use an agent but we found that process frustrating. Here’s how we did it. Soft Landing: Aria Grand Hotel Based on our experience in Chiang Mai we decided to book a hotel for a couple nights so we could decide what area was right for us and …

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Vietnam Airlines Economy Lite Hanoi to Da Nang

We paid $32 per person for Vietnam Airlines Economy Lite service from Hanoi to Da Nang. We set our expectations pretty low based on that fare. Whatever happened, so long as we got to Da Nang, we were getting a bargain. In the end…well…we got to Da Nang! Vietnam Tours, Tickets, Activities & Things To Do Vietnam Airlines or VietJet? …

Song Hong Lounge Hanoi Terminal 1

Review of Priority Pass Hanoi Lounge Terminal 1 – Song Hong Lounge

Stumbling upon the Priority Pass Hanoi Lounge in the Terminal 1 domestic terminal was a real treat. Even though we were on an Economy Lite Vietnam Airline ticket we got to make use of the airport VIP lounge! What is Priority Pass Priority Pass provides airport lounge access to over 1200 lounges in 143 countries. It’s the largest independent airport …

Vietnam Visa

Getting a Multiple Entry Vietnam Tourist Visa

Getting any visa to visit Vietnam is a bit tricky. Here is how we got our multiple entry Vietnam tourist visas. First, credit where it is due, we had read and studied up on getting our Vietnam Visas, but then this enthusiastic dude Ty Livingston showed up on one of the Facebook digital nomad groups we belong to and he …

areas to live in chiang mai

How to Find an Affordable Luxury Apartment in Chiang Mai Thailand

How to find an affordable luxury apartment in Chiang Mai? Here’s a spoiler: throw a little money at the problem! Booking.com In another post I talked about how Lisa and I neglected to consider what Chinese New Year would mean for domestic Thai travel. That was nothing compared to what it meant for how to find an apartment in Chiang …

hong kong airlines business class seat

Hong Kong Airlines Business Class Review LA to Bangkok

After a year of planning, launch day finally arrived. We had quit our jobs and said tearful goodbyes. Our teeny tiny little backpacks were packed. After a Goodwill run to donate the last of our meager possessions, our tiny little rental flat was empty of what few belongings we had remaining. It was time to start our affordable luxury digital …