To Fly Or Not To Fly?

Smokey season is creeping in and it’s almost time to make a move! Jamie feels we’ve been procrastinating on booking our flights out of Chiang Mai. I agree, although there’s been so many more things to think about since becoming mom and dad. Some may think we’re being paranoid parents and that’s fine, I think they may be right! Kai is number one and we want to mindful of any of our choices that may cause any unnecessary stress. No matter how excited we are to be getting back on the road! We haven’t been on any adventures since last year’s rickshaw roadtrip.

We’ve promised friends and family a trip to the states though, as well as UK and Europe soon too. So we get it, everyone’s eager to meet the little man and admittedly he is growing up super fast. During Jamie’s pregnancy we had this idea that oh yeah once she pops him out we’ll be right back to backpacking and nomad life. How wrong we were, we had no idea how important having stable surroundings and a routine would be. Especially during these early months.. and sleep lol.

Thankfully Kai’s been guiding us every step of the way and when he is happy we’re happy. He’s already great at cluing us in to what he likes and dislikes. Mostly as long as he’s got boob on tap, lots of cuddles and gets to meet new faces and see new places he’s golden. So traveling seems to suit him already right? Well he’s picked crawling fast and of course he loves riding his rickshaw. The only issue comes when he has to sit still or wait.. for anything. He’s not the most patient boy and who knows where he got that from? Also he’s started putting some real volume to his funny baby language “baaaaah”. We love it and sing along, though not sure his babbling’s for everyone.

Anyway a 13hr flight sounds very daunting right now, I mean props to any parents who do or “have to” travel with young infants. I just don’t know how if that’s for us? This little bundle of energy literally bounces on my head from sun up til sun down, then he has milk party with mom all night long. So I’m not sure if long haul is his kinda thing, right now. I’m not even sure if we’ll fly down to the islands? We’ll have to see and for sure there’s only one way to find out. It might just pay off to wait a bit longer? Then again he might be absolutely fine? Hahaha I’m open to that possibility.

Anyway the smoke’s not here yet, we have probably until the end of this month. Do any of you have any amazing tips for traveling with a little one? If we go ahead and fly, we’ll just have to rally up and hope for the best. So any advice from you guys would be great.. To fly or not to fly, that is the question! 🙂

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February Finances & Feelings

Many “Digital Nomads” move to Chiang Mai to become online entrepreneurs and fall flat before their first visa run. In my opinion there’s so many internet gurus claiming overnight success they’ve created unrealistic expectations. Living a dream to sell a dream only to wake up broke. In my experience building a online brand and income takes time and effort, more work than most are willing to apply honestly. Get rich quick is a promise that inevitably leads the employee minded back to the system.. and not all systems empower equally.

Sustainable blogging is about finding the niche you’re passionate about and consistently creating value. Get ready to put in way more overtime than any J.O.B that you’re thinking of quitting, there’s a lot to learn. However it’s all available and most of what I’ve learned to get started was free. So no more doom and gloom, the internet is infinitely scale-able, accessible, automatable and the ultimate prize is freedom.

Cost of living in Chiang Mai, keeping it real. Here’s a cribs style tour of our “live in storage unit”. Our simple home meets more than our basic needs and we’re glad to share transparently with you all. Since we’ve been together our plan has been to build wealth with experiences not things. We do love having a place to store our “stuff” and feel comfy. Though the less we spend on home, the more we’re inspired to get out there and travel. Our apartments rent, electric, water and high speed fiber-optic internet costs less than 5000 Baht per month. That’s about $140 USD, a fraction of apartment rent anywhere else we’ve lived and only slightly more than the tiny storage unit we paid for in the states while we were on the road.

Living expenses; we pay ourselves 7000 Baht ($200 USD) a week and we barely get through it. Even spoiling ourselves, getting massages, gifting and supporting all our favorite vegan restaurants. All in 33,000 Baht ($940 USD) per month is way above our average monthly spend and we’ve allowed for this intentionally in preparation towards more expensive adventures.

This also promotes our energetic “flow”, we’ve learned that law of attraction responds clearer to how we feel than how we think. Consider the path of each manifestation, is the origin thought or feeling based? Scarcity is often thought a based fear while abundance is actual feelings manifest. Of course intention, vibration, manifestation are all ways subject to perspective.

Finally everything else goes directly to our Bitcoin holdings. We appreciate the process of investing (notice it’s not saving) gives us a greater sense of satisfaction and security than banking. It’s a simple choice to live this way and we’re thankful that as a family we’re able to explore the world, grow our business and invest in the future.

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Blogging, Branding & Rebuild

What’s going on, it’s February already! So let’s catch up on the morning ride. It’s a gorgeous sunny day out here in Chiang Mai and we’ve just hit up our local market and vegan bakery. We featured Melt Away Bakery in January and Fon’s place has since become our favorite spot for tea and cake. She’s fun, amazing and very talented so we promote her any chance we get!

What do you think of the new look kenicamz.com? This year is all about polishing the blog and expanding our skills to share products and services we find valuable. As well as vegan branded clothing, superfood supplements, video courses and ebooks. Over the past month I’ve been helping Seb get his blog set up and monetized, Jamie’s also busy getting her secret project ready to launch too. Our sites are ever evolving works in progress, for a heads up on things to come have a look at sebcam.tv.

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