Digital nomad life in Chiang Mai

Most of the time our digital nomad life is sorted. But we really should plan our trips our better.

Our arrival in Chiang Mai, Thailand coincided with the hottest weather of the year, grey smog from farmers all around burning the stubble from paddocks, and three days of water splashed madness called Songkran where hundreds of people were killed in traffic accidents across the nation. Check out our video!

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With our water pistols!

Coming up, we’re going to Japan right when something called Golden Week starts, where seven public holidays are mashed together to create an intense period of celebrations, travel and traffic chaos.

But at least our working lives are organised.

Right before we left on this latest jaunt of travel, we snuck down to Margaret River to have some quality time together and practise our perfect routines of digital nomad life– where work and life run seamlessly together.

Now we’re putting those ideas into action. The purpose of our trip to Chiang-Mai is more business than pleasure, and we have been going hammer and tongs since we landed, conscious that every day counts in our brief stay.

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Cafe, computer and concentration…

Our next stop in Japan will be for two weeks and we intend to have that as a pure holiday – no work save for emergencies. So to allow that to happen, we have to our heads down and get things done, now.

So if you’ve ever wondered what a digital nomads life looks like, forget working beside a pool with a daiquiri in one hand a smart phone in the other. It’s more grind than unwind with this digital nomad life:

6am: Wake, shower, breakfast.

7am – 10am: creative work

10am – 12.30 pm: Paid client work for Red Platypus, our copywriting company

12.3pm – 1.30pm: Lunch and a short break

1.30pm – 5pm: More client work, travel blogs, projects, pitches, work, work, work!

With the working day done, we head out to a yoga class and then have dinner – whether cooking it ourselves or hitting up one of Chiang Mai’s many brilliant restaurants.

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Carmen, cafe, computer, concentration…

Digital nomad life is rinse and repeat.

If digital nomad life sounds just like a normal working day, it’s because it is. We even commute – walking across the road to our favourite cafes is pretty dangerous! But we have some lofty goals to achieve while we are here and it’s a great feeling to have the time to just hack away at our projects.

On the creative front, Carmen is learning graphic design through online courses to enhance her skill set. I’m writing a new book and have managed to lay down a decent sized chunk of a gloriously rough first draft.

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The standing desk I’ve slapped together in our apartment – nice view!

On the work front, we’re smashing out paid copywriting work, redesigning our Red Platypus website and developing strategies to win more clients and expand our networks.

And for this blog, we’re building up a big pile of posts and pitching ideas for travel stories to online and print publications.

We don’t travel to escape work. We travel to embrace it.

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Work life balance!

If this kind of thing sounds appealing to you, here are some posts we’ve created to help you make the break:

Happy trails!


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About the author

Dave is the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel and has been nomadic since May 2013. When he's not busily working on a novel, he can be found exploring a war museum, sailing a yacht (unfortunately not his own), or hiking up a mountain.

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