When you're in need...
* to do some work
* take a mental break
* calm a child down with more than just a high vibration salad (it works)
* take an afternoon nap
* get your 8-10 hours of sleep
* listen to some relaxing music
Put your headphones on and Click Below and/or my How to Stay Focused post again.
Magnesium powder or chewing a magnesium pill also works fast. ;)
Magnesium is one of the most depleted minerals in the body, esp for smokers and/or stressed out people. I always tell people to get more in their system 1st. People can then re-evaluate their lifestyle choices. Life is nothing but a bunch of choices. Make them chillaxed ones.
Magnesium and Headphones are very much needed to help everyone Keep Calm and Carry On. :)
For those who have made the decision to "work from home" while traveling, Digital Nomad is the term we give ourselves. It allows many people to see new locations and/or settle down long term in new locations. Many end up meeting their romantic partners and/or traveling with existing partners. It can be an interesting lifestyle for the long term travel lover.
When it comes to any type of long term travel, cost of living must be taken into consideration.
You can always visit numbeo.com to get a feel of any location's cost of living.
I personally feel that you should base your travel budget on what you're currently spending in your home country for Rent, Utilities, Transportation, Food, and MISC. You can then break down your travel budget for Asia.
Here is a Sample Monthly Travel Budget for a Comfortable stay in Asia...
Accommodation (Hotel, Hostel, Vacation Rental)
$30-$70 a night Max
* You can always be flexible in your budget if you want to stay really fancy. *
Food (Eating Out, Delivery, Groceries)
$300 - $600 Max ($10 -$20 a day)
Transportation (Ride Shares, Taxis, Rental Cars, Private Drivers)
The Low Budget Max would be around $1300 a month.
** Of course you can always find ways to spend much less than $1300 a month in Asia.
I just wanted to provide some examples for existing and future Digital Nomads. :)
You can simply add on any MISC below...
Misc (Shopping, Tourist Attractions, Plane Tickets, Worldwide Personal Assistants, etc)
After a year in Asia since mid 2019 (pandemic included) you start to change in little ways. For anyone who is thinking about taking on the journey, here are some important things that you may notice...(To Be Continued)
* Your Comfort Food cravings go from Photo 1 to Photo 2! - You better believe that Ramen becomes your new comfort food! I was never really a fan of fast food before traveling to Asia though. I was a patient little traveler by stocking up on my Jin Ramen after the pandemic slowed down. :) It may become your favorite ramen too! You'll learn that Korean MILD = SPICY so add the packet seasoning in doses. The name will also make you want to check in with some idols on vlive.tv where they sometimes do cooking (with or without their cute pets) and mukbangs
(with or without their cute pets).
Luckily you can purchase ramen from all over Asia throughout Asia (supermarkets, convenience stores (7-11 in most of Asia and GS25 in Korea are the Best). I still enjoy drinking my kale powder and berry powder though! It's still an easy way to get in your fruits and veggies. The benefits are great! You'll never run out of farm fresh organic fruits and veggies in Asia though! Organic imports from Australia and New Zealand are also available.
Simply purchase some clear plastic containers with lids, silverware or chopsticks, etc for a travel friendly meal.
* You know where to stock up on beauty and health supplements. - SE Asia is great for stocking up on affordable supplements before heading back to East Asia.
Supplements like Astaxanthin are a powerhouse of antioxidants for your entire body! It's what gives salmon and other seafood its red hue. You can get around 4 grams in a 4 oz piece of salmon as well, especially if you're in Japan where salmon bentos to salmon sushi are affordable, tasty, and convenient at supermarkets and convenient stores.
Beauty powders are also very popular throughout Asia. You really can try all the brands.
Nandos is a flavorful SA restaurant chain that you can try if you're in SE Asia, especially if you prefer East Asia's food seasonings more. Everyone has their favorite Asian countries and preferences.
You can get peri peri chicken in other parts of Asia as well (Ex: Okinawa).
The bottom line is that you learn what each Asian country has to offer for your needs.
Asian Costcos exist for bulk buys of supplements when you get back around one. You learn where they are all located too!
* You know where to see Fall foliage in East Asia with little effort. - The ACROS building in Fukuoka is a great find for performing arts, art displays, shopping, eating, and just walking around. I've yet to visit in Spring. The "hipster" city is a quick plane trip to Jeju Island KR (Below) and Okinawa Island JP (Coming Soon...hopefully). If you're "naturally tan" and laid back, the southern islands in East Asia can be an easy adjustment to a new culture.
Learning to write out Korean and Japanese for taxi drivers, accommodations, etc and/or use a translator can be handy though. You may want to stick to hotels and/or hostels at first to get a vibe of the different cities and countrysides. They often come with free gifts/samples and information. ;) You can also meet a lot of people from Around the World that are on the same journey!
* You get "lost" in a sea of fellow 5ft Asian girls. - If you've ever had innocent jokes made about your short height growing up, Asia will make you fit right in. You may actually feel tall when someone is actually shorter than you!
East Asia to Southeast Asia, the 5ft girl height is probably the ONLY way Asians "all look alike". You learn their other similarities and differences in time. ;)
Dome houses have always fascinated me. I would like to think that I had a “normal” childhood living all over the place, but I realized there is no such thing as a normal childhood.
My first dome house experience was right in my neighborhood. I experienced walking by a dome house for years in one area that I lived. The neighborhood kids called it the “boob house” for obvious reasons. It was always a mystery house to many of the neighborhood families.
Who knew the couple were ahead of their time in the 90s! The Jetsons were too though back in the day!
My second experience with dome houses was through a music teacher that had a dome house in the woods. It was always fun to visit her to feed the deer in her backyard. I was always fascinated by the interior design as well, esp how things fit into the two leveled space.
These are just two experiences that captured my love of unique homes.
It really benefits children and adults to befriend those with creative outlooks on life. It can take you to some creative places in life!
I spoke a bit about some of the unique environments that I experienced in Asia as well. It still comes back to dome houses though as my favorite. There’s no surprise that Japan has some of the most eco-friendly, hurricane proof, and earthquake proof dome houses to view.
One community is the "Village Zone" of Aso Farm Land. You can preview it on Tripadvisor.
You can visit its dome features HERE. These buildings are used as homes, shops, restaurants, and more!
P.S. If you have little ones, consider the soccer design above. Sleeping on the floor, esp if it's heated, is very cozy! You can spread out and avoid decorating with bulky furniture!
Would you consider living in a dome home in the future?
If you're not using the street view feature, I don't know how you're planning your Bucket List travels? Know before you go with a virtual tour! :)
I recently started touring northern Okinawa. Tonight I zoomed into a sea wall mural feature. Look what I came across! It's cute right? :) You can tour all of the murals with just a click.
P.S. I also look for trash. The Mother Earth in me really hates to see beautiful islands covered in litter. So far so good. Japan will spoil you with clean streets. It is handy though for people who wish to volunteer (I've done my share) or work with the communities. Just FYI.
When you're a chill digital nomad, you really want to explore places that make your work-life balance as nonstressful as possible. That is what set my journey off in 2019 to Asia.
Many people paint images in their head of certain people, places, and things, esp when exploring Asian countries. Many places are great to visit for awhile if you take your needs into consideration though. You just have to weigh the Pros and Cons for yourself.
One place that has always been on my bucket list to explore since Hawaii is Okinawa.
If you've ever explored Hawaii's local areas, you will see a few Okinawan influences
(Example: Okinawan protective Shisa (lion) statues).
It's enough to make you want to explore the Japanese "Hawaii" as well.
Here's some great points about Okinawa's longevity and happiness from their tourism website (https://www.visitokinawa.jp/information/wisdom-of-long-life).
Point A: "Okinawa Prefecture is known for the longevity of its people, but Ogimi Village in the Northern Okinawa Main Island is specifically known as the “Village of Longevity”, and people conscious of their health are becoming more and more aware of Ogimi’s name not only in Japan but throughout the world."
Point B: "When you actually visit Ogimi Village and talk to people, three main components emerge.
1. Our rich natural environment includes the sea, rivers, and mountains, and we live “without worry or hurry,” and relax.
2. We practice a diet that includes a wide range of nutrients from various sources such as meat (animal protein), island vegetables, and fruits.
3. In the spirit of the “lifelong activity”, we participate in the events and social activities of our village."
Point C: "Specifically, comparing the average Japanese meals to the diet in Ogimi, the following four points are obvious. In Ogimi Village,
a) People eat meat often
b) The consumption of green and yellow vegetables is about three times higher
c) The consumption of legumes including tofu is 1.5 times higher
d) They eat plenty of fruits
Eating meat and legumes means eating protein. Protein is a major component of cells and the ingestion of high-quality proteins such as tofu, meat, and milk is believed to improve the function of immune cells. High immunity supports a healthy long life without diseases. As for the consumption of green vegetables and fruits, including carotene (vitamin A) and also nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, potassium, iron, calcium, etc., all are believed to be a factor supporting healthy longevity."
Are you adding Okinawa to your 2021 Bucket List?
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