Co-Working Versus Cafés

Considering the Café Calorie Bomb

I’ve written before about the on-going nomad debate: Co-working or “Café Bureau.” In a post on, I compared the price tag of working in a coworking space versus a café in 5 popular digital nomad destinations. From the perspective of value, the options are fairly equal in some parts of the world, and in others there’s a clear winner.

Coworking spaces have fees that can seem high, but if you’re going to sit all day in a café and you aren’t an entitled jerk, you must spend money. Upstanding nomads will argue that you are obligated to make a purchase every few hours. This may mean moving from one café to another, but if you put in a 4- to 8-hour day, you’re looking at more than one or two items.

However, a true analysis of this debate must consider all parts of the cost-benefits equation; your well-being is affected by more than the amount of cash in your pocket.

Elephant in Kruger National Park, taken from inside an open safari jeep, with a woman and man taking photos from the jeep in foreground.

My Safari Conversion Story: Part 1

When you say “I’m going to Southern Africa,” most people think “You’re going on safari.” But, when researching my trip to Southern Africa, I looked for a tour that offered a good mix of experiences—not just the safari experience. The itinerary for the tour I ultimately chose included natural wonders, cultural experiences, and some history too. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to see some animals. But at the time, the term “Big Five” was not in my vocabulary. I figured that after I saw a few zebras and giraffes, I’d be done. It was my intention to skip optional game drives. Why spend more money, when I could hang by the pool and read my book?

Umbrella acacia tree surrounded by grassland at the start of sunset

My Safari Conversion Story: Part 2

Read Part 1 of “My Safari Conversion Story”

By the time we got to Hwange National Park, I was truly regretting my decision to skip the Kruger night drive (and having missed the lion sighting on the first day in Kruger). So, against my better judgement, and some skepticism from other group members (after all, Hwange is NOT Kruger), I decided to take the optional (and rather expensive) pre-sunset game drive.

The “Truth” About Thai Smiles

So, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Thailand, often staying months at a time. And like many Westerners in Thailand, I often rely on the various online expat forums for information. The various Facebook groups—and even the old-school Thai Visa Forum—can be very useful resources. From help navigating Thai bureaucracy to finding a good hair stylist, such groups can be a life saver.

But they can also be a shocking object lesson in the bias, entitlement, and unchecked privilege of some folks in the various Western ex-pat communities of South East Asia.

Writing Round-Up: A Year of Not Blogging

So, I’m probably the worst travel blogger in bloggerdom. I’ve been writing in this blog for 6 years, but months and months pass by without a peep. And yet, that’s usually a good sign—it means I’m keeping busy; it does not mean I’m not writing.