You may be wondering what a day in the life of The Wandering Asian Couple looks like. Well, this may be just the post you’ve been looking for. 😉
As you may have read in our previous post, it took us awhile to get used to our new life, our new daily routines (if they are in fact routines) and our way of thinking. We don’t believe we’ve “mastered” any of these just yet. We’re still definitely newbie slow travellers and still trying to navigate our thoughts as early retirees.
We feel that we should also state that this post isn’t meant to sound like we’re boasting about this life, but we thought (and it was requested by some of our followers) that it would be interesting for the ones that may be looking into something similar.
What Is Slow Travel?
First, let us explain what slow travel is. To us, it’s more about experiences rather than seeing all the sights; doing all the “touristy” things. We want to learn about the places we’re in; to connect with the place, the people, the foods and the environment. It’s figuring out how things work.
Also, it’s about learning and self growth. It can definitely entail getting out of your comfort zone. In saying that, having an open mind for new experiences may lead to opportunities of greatness.
“To journey happily may well be better than to arrive successfully.…” ~Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
When we discussed retiring from the rat race, we decided that we needed to each have our own project. We felt that we still needed to be productive or we’d both get bored (especially me) or even become lazy.
This was when we decided that we’d blog about what we’re passionate about. Ernest is gah-gah over stocks and the technical aspects of it so he was encouraged to write about personal finance. Also, we wanted to share the importance of personal finance and financial independence.
On the other hand, I (Alicia) wanted to document our travel experiences since when we talked about slow traveling, I went ham on researching this lifestyle, as well as the different places that interest us. I loved reading about other peoples experiences in a foreign country. Therefore, I wanted to reciprocate and provide our experiences and tips for others like us.
A Day In The Life of The Wandering Asian Couple
7:30 – 8:30 AM Good Morning
I usually wake up around this time although I’ve been trying to get up earlier. As mentioned above, I need to be productive and if I’m sleeping into the late hours of the morning, I feel like I’m wasting my day. Ernest, on the other hand, never have these thoughts and will sleep until his dreams subsides (or until I start stomping my feet loudly walking in the tiny apartment).
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Make myself coffee and breakfast which most days are peanut butter toast (the best thing in life!). I’ll prepare Ernest’s oatmeal so that it’s ready when he decides to lug himself out of bed.
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Check emails and social media while having breakfast. Ernest will usually join me part way through here.
10:00AM – 12:30PM
We’re usually reading (aka researching), writing a blog post or I’m planning our next travel destination.
12:30 – 1:30PM: Lunch
Normally we’ll grab a local meal at places that are within a 5-10 mins walk in the neighborhood. There’s quite the variety of small local spots to choose from. We also found the best Khao Soi (like everyone else here and only costs $1.80 CAD / $1.35 USD per bowl). Khao Soi Mae Sai is normally packed and they tend to run out of food towards the early afternoon; that’s when they’ll close shop. We’ll hit up this place at least once a week. If you’re ever in Chiang Mai, you’ll know where to get the best Khao Soi.
1:30 – 4:00PM
During this time we’re either exploring somewhere in the city, at a coffee/dessert place, or back at the apartment “working” (ie. again… surfing the net, writing blog post, researching stocks, reading, etc.). Be sure to follow us on Instagram @thewanderingasiancouple for posts and stories on our adventures.
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Gym
Either Muay Thai class ($15 CAD / $12 USD) for Ernest and powerlifting ($4 CAD / $3 USD) for me or we hit the apartment gym (free). Lately, we’re at the apartment gym since I haven’t been feeling up to heading out; it’s about a 20 minutes walk to get to the class and the gym. Plus, why pay extra when you have what you need included in your lodging, right!?!
5:30 – 7:30 PM: Dinner
We recently found a grocery store nearby with a variety of healthier food options and have been preparing our own dinner (#health). This is actually more expensive than eating out. Therefore, we try to keep a good balance. 😉
We’ve also ventured out to a few night markets. However, when you’ve been to one, you’ve been to all (in our opinions). It’s rows of food vendors and a lot of people. We prefer a more chill evening.
7:30 – 8:30 PM: Netflix
Lately we’ve been catching up on some of our shows (currently watching Billions). What’s your fave tv show at the moment?
8:30 – 11:00 PM
The highlight of our day! This is when the North American stock markets open (9:30 AM EST or 9:30 PM for us). Seriously, when we were 9-5, we longed for the weekend. Now, we kinda dread the weekends since the stock markets are closed.
When 8:30PM hits, Ernest is looking at premarket (stocks) numbers and/or trends. We’ll also discuss some technical analysis on specific stocks we follow or own.
11PM to around Midnight: Youtube
Here we catch up on our favorite travel couples or search for videos of places to visit.
That’s Our Typical Day
There you have it, that’s pretty much what our day consists of.
We are very grateful that we get to live this life on our own terms. Hopefully this post inspires you to ‘get the job done’ and maybe we can meet in a foreign place and discuss your day over a cup of coffee.