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Monday Travel Update – Bye Bye Bangkok Edition


I have a little over 48 hours left in Bangkok.

While I don’t regret coming to Bangkok for a work break, I’m not sure that I’m going to come here again to do the same thing.

I like Bangkok and I have no doubt that I will eventually return, but my decision to come here was based more on security than anything else. Bangkok is a known entity to me. I’ve been here before and I’m comfortable with the city enough that I know how to Thai to tell a taxi driver how to get to my hotel. I knew exactly what I was getting into when I decided to come here.

However, that have been the problem.

I am always on the lookout for places where I can stay for a few weeks to work and rest. My criteria for a good work retreat are:

  1. It should be affordable.
  2. It should be warm
  3. It should have a good internet infrastructure.
  4. It should be near a beach.

Finding a places that meets everything is almost impossible to do. For example, Honolulu meets 2-4, but fails at being affordable. I know of places in Fiji that are cheap, warm and near a beach, but have horrible internet.

I’m probably going to take another extended work break in February as part of my goal of slowing down in 2013. I’m considering somewhere in Central America, possibly Nicaragua. I have heard rumors of good internet there. If you have any first hand experience in this area, please let me know.

I’m also debating if having a constant internet connection is necessarily a good thing. While it is a necessary part of what I do, it is also a massive distraction for me. It is even worse now that I have a VPN and can access Hulu and Netflix from anywhere in the world.

Thursday I’m off to London. I’ll be flying Finnair for the first time and I will have a 14 hour layover in Helsinki. It is overnight, so I’ll be getting a hotel near the airport. It will be my first official visit to Finland, but hardly a real visit.

If you are in London the next two weeks or will be attending World Travel Market, let me know if you would like to meet up. Other than the actual days of the show (Nov. 5-8) I don’t have anything scheduled.


The good folks at G Adventures have a great opportunity available in March/April 2013. They will be running a trip to Bhutan with noted author and environmentalist David Suzuki. Here is the trip description:

Join award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki on this special once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the captivating Kingdom of Bhutan at its most colourful time of year: the annual Tsechu festival. Watch masked Bhutanese dancers interpret the region’s history in celebration of the tenth day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Beauty, wisdom and Buddhist tradition can be found in every dzong, every gompa and in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you encounter. Via gentle treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers and explorers alike will discover a purity of culture, tradition and infinite kindness.

For each traveller booked, G Adventures will donate $1,000 to the Planeterra Foundation and $1,000 to the David Suzuki Foundation! Find out more.


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  1. Max Neumegen says:

    Sawadee khrap.
    Such a short time. Oh I suppose that is what the modern traveller is these days. More time glued to a seat in front of a screen instead of experiencing what is around the corner with no diminution of time.

    If you are in london evening 1st nov, and can get to the EXPLORERS CONNECT lecture by a fellow long term explorer JULIAN MONROE FISHER, please say hello to him from me and the staff at EC. Details on their websites somewhere.

    Thanks for the chats. Maybe come visit me when I get back to kenya , one day, a travellers day.

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