10 Things I’ve Learned While Travelling Full-time

Maya and me

It’s Wednesday night. Wednesday night means exorcism night at the church next door to our place. The chanting, ululations, and singing have finally come to an end. Jess has gone to bed so it’s just me on the couch with a cold bottle of Kilimanjaro Premium Lager and a cheeky Jack Russell Terrier.

I’m in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and have been travelling the world full-time for 18 months. I feel right at home here even though I’m on a 3-month tourist visa that expires in 10 days. Not to worry though - our onward tickets to Mozambique are booked, as is our next housesit. This is just another day in my life as a Travelling Homebody.

How did this all start?

After years of teaching English in China, my job eventually became digital - as did my burgeoning relationship with Jess #cyberromance. So after chatting each other up on Skype for a few months, we decided to uproot and move to Chiang Mai (Thailand) together. As of today, we’ve lived in 9 countries, looked after dozens of pets, and mostly lived rent free.

We've been through many ups and downs over the last 18-months and in turn have learned a bunch of things along the way. So without further ado, here are 10 of them!

The Big 10

1. When the weather's hot, drink cold beer.

2. When the weather’s cold, move to a hot place.

3. I waste a lot less money on crap I don’t need when travelling full time - nowhere to put it!

4. Soft Serve is the best treat. It’s cheap, delicious, and readily available - like me in my twenties.

5. Even though I earn less money travelling full time, I save WAY more because I rarely pay rent or utilities.

6. Papaya should only be eaten with lime juice, salt and pepper. Accept nothing less.

7. You don’t need to be a hot-shot, baller, digital nomad entrepreneur to travel full time. I have a normal job and moderate income and manage just fine.

8. Tanzania has way better Chinese food than New Zealand or South Africa.

9. Africa is a gigantic and extremely diverse continent - don’t broad-brush it!

10. Not paying rent is a game changer. It’s called housesitting. Get on board!

So I'm sure you can guess we'll be living mainly in warm climates and drinking beer for the foreseeable future.

We also won't be making sweeping assumptions about entire continents and hope you won't either.

Got any tips for places we ought to visit? Got questions? Let us know below!