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Behind the scenes – North Korea vs Internet

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues, Thoughts and Treasures | 1 comment

When I turn on my laptop things generally work. I can access the websites I like, I can surf around the net without interruptions – all in all internet is a smooth ride for me, the end user behind the monitor. But behind the scenes things are ugly. Endless cyber attacks targeting websites – this blog gets spammed regularly, and so does my e-mail account. Not all sites are hit equally strong. Differently motivated hackers can easily block a site or in the worst case and more effort delete whole databases. This is what North Korea News has to face – probably more than others – due to their journalistic work about a country that is a locked up, state controlled bastion, solely tolerating propaganda reports. Freedom of speech is a luxury and dedicated people like Chad O’Carroll, the...

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Perpetual travel tips: electronic must haves

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

When travelling around the world (see our travel map for details) we rely on solid equipment to work. I will talk about the selection of our electronic must haves in this post. We are a lightweight couple (I am not talking alcohol)  so it came naturally to us to travel light. OUR CAMERA. We love to walk around cities and do excessive sightseeing which we document with our camera (great pictures and stories I never manage to write up). Nevertheless we decided against a huge lens and photographic equipment which requires extra care and an extra bag. When we started our new way of life, we simply took the one camera we had – our digital Lumix from Panasonic. We were not really thinking about replacing it until the camera broke down in the middle of sightseeing whilst visiting...

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Perpetual travel tips: cheap flights and air travel advice

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

We are what can be considered frequent flyer customers due to our pursuit of constant travel. Because we travel with various airlines and are not loyal to any particular airline, we are not into saving-miles programs. We are more sensitive to prices than airline service and happy economy flyers. But true romantics, which means window seaters, enjoying breathtaking satellite views above the clouds (and a heck of a lot of radiation on the plane), risking to pee our pants rather than squeezing past other passengers to the lavatory. It is all about being rewarded with one of a kind flight perspective, if stunning 30,000-foot views are any indication of why I love to fly. Windows give me comfort. I am distracted from the fact of being stuck in a metal tube cramming over a hundred strangers with weird behaviours...

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Perpetual travel tips: packing for the one-way trip

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 1 comment

Basically, after our first year of perpetual travel I know that we could have packed a lot lighter than we did. Globalization means that your known high street shops (or top end fashion boutiques) can be found all around the globe. In poorer countries you will find great markets with very cheap clothes. If you are a passionate shopper like me, pack light, then cut that pile in half and double the amount of money you prepare to bring. Here is an overview of what we bring to comfortably conquer the world. Your list will totally depend on where you plan to go. We have packed for warmer countries – the benefits of perpetual travel for us is to get the best of the sun all year. Adjusting to cooler seasons (we spent two winter-weeks in Lithuania) was not...

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Perpetual travel tips: storing past life

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 2 comments

My new year resolution is to share some useful things with you, everything I learned from our first year of constant travel. This post is going to be about packing and getting organized to enter the life of a perpetual traveler (the kind who likes to travel comfortably). It was about September 2011 when Tomek proposed a new way of life to me and in February 2012 we left for our first trip to Panama. For someone who didn’t marry in white that was pretty romantic. And crazy. I had my full time job as a speech and language therapist (a nifty pay raise was waiting after New Year), Tomek had started his own IT business, we had paid off a wonderful apartment and completely converted the place into our very unique love-nest. Decorating was in progress, friends were...

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Short term rental advantage

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in All posts, Hungary, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Travelling is a lot about making yourself at home in foreign countries. A major part of perpetual travel is logistics. Finding appropriate accommodation takes up some time, but renting an apartment can be a lot cheaper and more rewarding than staying at a hotel. Short term rental provides many benefits of a ‘real’ home and has a lot of advantages that hotels don’t offer. Renting worked very well for us in Budapest. Here is why: COMFORT Apartments are usually a lot bigger than hotel rooms. Ours had around 45m2, huge windows, a high ceiling, wooden floor, spacious bathroom, working desk and office corner, a big table and open kitchen. The flat was located in Buda, the quiet side of Budapest, in an old residential area which offered privacy – yet we were close to all amenities. What I like...

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Pillow talk

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 1 comment

Since we sold our home and most of our household stuff in January 2012, we are nomads living off our suitcases. As brand new perpetual travelers we are constantly on the move and although getting there is half the fun, we do look for an anchor in every country. And that will most likely be the place where we not only rest but also work – our temporary home, the hotel. Finding appropriate accommodation and holding a fine balance between comfort and budget is not always easy, but independent travel gives you the freedom to chose what you like and the time to look for it. So far, we have spent the majority of our time enjoying our new lifestyle in Asia by going through up scale hotels to middle priced boutiques to fair budget accommodation. But we always...

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Portable Pink Power at Pantip Plaza

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues, Thailand | 0 comments

Walking IT malls is just not the same as walking fashion malls but can be grand if you are buying a laptop looking like a candy sandwich with the inside workings of a pro PC.  Yesterdays shopping spree was like finding a secluded IT world with the best hardware deals in town. In Bangkok the splendid IT mall called Pantip Plaza is an open secret that has all the electronic equipment currently on the market and will probably get anyone’s heart beating faster, even without the usual shoes, skirts and bags fun factor: computer hardware, software, cameras, printers, games consoles and masses of equipments’ accessories, as well as a wide selection of black market DVD copies and the like. There will be men standing in corners, next to elevator niches drawing your attention to pornographic material held beneath the...

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Life of a freelancer

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 2 comments

Work and play is a dream come true but it is not all rock and roll. The truth about working on the road is more down to earth. You got to earn the money and that for us means that we are basically always at work, come weekend or holiday. To some it may look like an ongoing holiday but through perpetual traveling the best of work and holiday become one. Here is the downside of the coin: Tomek is available 24/7 for most of his clients around the world, as meeting time differences between continents involves to be available at what is impossible hours to most. For me, it is to have an eye out for the unusual, beautiful and fascinating. I see so many things I would like to share, there is no time to write it...

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Internet access in Cambodia

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in All posts, Cambodia, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Mobile Internet access. Cambodia may not be the country you have in mind when you think about modern and reliable Internet access. However, if you arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport, the first thing you will see after leaving the terminal are booths selling SIM cards. The list includes Beeline, Smart Mobile, Hello, Cellcard, Mobitel, just to name a few from around 10 mobile operators in this country. The prices are competitive, and you usually pay $1 for a SIM card, and around $3 per GB of data. The guys from Smart Mobile needed my passport to sell a prepaid SIM card, and made its photocopy. On the other hand, Hello employees didn’t even mention the passport as a requirement. Your mobile phone needs a micro-SIM card? No problem, they will cut it on the spot for you: For...

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Internet access in Thailand

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues, Thailand | 0 comments

Mobile Internet access After arriving from Japan, where the Internet access is very problematic for a casual tourist, it is surprising how easy it can be to go online in Thailand. If you need mobile Internet in your laptop, simply visit the nearest True Move shop (can be there are other providers, TrueMove shop in Siam/Bangkok was easy to access for me) and buy a True Move H 3G+ SIM card. It costs 99 baht (around 2.5 €) and comes with a few megabytes included. The guys in the shop told me their 3G works in 850 MHz frequency band and were not sure if it worked with my 3G USB modem (Huawei E160). As 99 baht is not a big deal, I just bought their SIM card and it worked flawlessly (as I saw later, Huawei E160 spec...

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Internet access in Japan

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in All posts, Japan, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Contrary to what you may think, Internet access in Japan is a big problem for casual tourists. For once, there are virtually no public wireless hotspots in Japan. I mean, there are plenty of them, but you can only use them if you have a mobile contract. And, if you’re just for a few weeks in Japan, the chances are you won’t have one. Hotels – lots of them don’t have wifi, and where they have it, it may be problematic (i.e. no reception in your room). The common case is Ethernet in your room (at least it means it works stable). Shinkansen, the bullet train? Some boast free wireless Internet – of course, only if you have a mobile contract. What about buying a prepaid card which would offer you Internet access over Japan’s 3G network (*all* mobile...

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How we find a Home

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Here is how we find ourselves a new habitat during our travels.           9flats and Airbnb Great sites to find a place to stay for weeks not just days. Live like a local, not a tourist. Have your own flat and don’t change hotels all the time. You have to get in contact in advance though or you will end up at booking.com when making enquiries last minute. Yeah, I know you wouldn’t do that anyway. Truthfully, that is just a reminder for us. So far, renting worked out well in Athens, Budapest and Vilnius.   booking.com Choose a city, your budget range and get loads of hotel offers with detailed descriptions and customer reviews. I love this site for the awesome flash-deals you can get if you spent time searching for hotel accommodation. It...

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TICK and GO

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Once you have decided to change your live into permanent travel adventure like us, this is how to go about turning it into reality. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you our brilliant tick list, that helped us to get going, in the literal sense of that word. Under many of these points we had more concrete steps written down, so take this as an inspiration and elaborate adjusting to personal needs.   Wake up with a big smile every morning knowing that soon your dream will come true. (mental preparation) Think of all the places you always wanted to visit. (mental preparation) Think of all the things you always wanted to do. (mental preparation) Prepare parents, family and friends well before departure. Quit your job. Sell or quit your flat/house/rent. Give a goodbye party to all colleagues. Meet...

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Start with a thought and bring it to paper

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Beginning a new chapter in life requires some kind of preparation. Since that first thought of becoming a perpetual traveling couple to actually doing it, there was loads that needed to be done and we talked about what to do and when and how all the time. Many thoughts vanished cause we didn’t write them down in the beginning but finally, to avoid getting things got done last minute before we had a big sheet of paper, on which I jotted down first thoughts. Over time it got crumpled, written up on both sides and developed torn edges. Nice haptic feeling though – of something that transformed as we got more and more things done. So this is what we would recommend: Start one to-do-list with whatever needs to be taken care of before departure day, then gradually add...

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We are world citizens

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Being officially a permanent traveler is not a desired option by state for the average citizen and not such an open possibility for authorities, as we thought, unless you are a criminal and state will thankfully see you leave the country. It does pose a challenge to state office programs designed to change permanent address, not to eliminate it. A person without a permanent address shouldn’t really exist and is sort of a modern outlaw, that is not easy to trace or to control, hence a unwanted matter per se. Bureaucracy has its ways that cannot easily be crossed. So happened, when we were canceling permanent residency at the ‘Bürgeramt’ in Cologne/Germany. The lady behind the counter never had such a case in which she removes residency without a follow up address. But what address do homeless people have?...

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Leftover clothes, books, furniture

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

Perpetual traveling only works if you can do without most of your possessions. So selling and giving things away was a major task before we left. Most of the stuff that we hoped to get rid off were clothes and books. Even after the home-stay-garage-sale we still had plenty left. But in the end all that was supposed to go – went! Here is what we did.   Clothes that didn’t get sold: Sort the best garments out and get them to a second hand shop. This is, of course, a rather female thing to do. I like second hand shops and their special atmosphere a lot and I was lucky enough to find a cute second hand shop that took and sold almost all my dresses, shirts, skirts and coats in Cologne/Germany. This is the romantic name of...

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Let’s get movin’

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in All posts, Perpetual travel issues | 0 comments

This is it. We are becoming perpetual travelers for real:) We will leave Cologne/Germany for good, where we used to work, where we had our own neatly renovated flat, where family and friends live. During the last weeks, we picked up masses of moving boxes from friends, looked around the flat and thought: we don’t have that much stuff, it’s not that much packing, it won’t take much time. Very funny thought actually, sort of underestimating the issue. We have more than we actually need, we had to buy additional cartons (returning twice to the DIY market) and it took longer than expected to pack it all up. Most was done one day (and especially night) before departure day, which positively hurried things up :) So we made it after all. Word of wisdom: Based on that packing experience,...

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