April Roundup: 15 Months of Travel
As I mentioned in my annual roundup post, I do want to make sure that I take a little time to reflect, reminisce and recap (I know, I know, I'm a wordsmith). I've decided to make it a bit of a monthly occurrence and will include a few overshares as well as an overall recap of all my activities. Oli and I flew to Bangkok, on bargain £200 flights with Cathay Pacific, at the beginning of April with a bit of a one-track plan. The first stop was to our beloved Koh Tao where Oli started his divemaster internship, and I settled into the freelance lifestyle of a travel blogger on the road. It has been surprisingly easy to settle into island life and feels like we've been here forever. In over a year of slogging away on my blog, hustling for freelance work I've done okay. Realistically though, I haven't made any money to speak of and certainly haven't hit the high notes of financially sustainable travel. However, a mere three weeks living on Koh Tao and I've landed two jobs! One of which is full-time, and I'll be keeping it to myself a little while longer.....
Highs Ahhhh every bloody day in Koh Tao. Making new friends, being given epic opportunities and enjoying quality time with my beardy boy has been top-notch fun. If I had to pick just one though, it would be the day Oli and I spent together sunbathing, getting £8 Thai massages and eating our fave £1 soup at 995 Duck. Lows Not too many to speak of. Money was a bit stressful especially as we expected to have a bit more cash coming in....May will be fine though happily. Again, this is all sorted for May, but living in such a small space for the past month has been tiresome. What I've Been Writing I upped my post writing schedule to three times a week (Sunday, Monday and Wednesday) and only had two blips where I forgot to schedule a post because.....I was sunbathing. Not too bad then. If you missed any of them, the links are all below:
What can you rent for £300 in Koh Tao? What I've Been Instagrammin' It's been a serious sunset-fest this month, and I wasn't too surprised at that given how beautiful they are here in Koh Tao. I mixed it up a bit though and threw in some shots of the super cute kittens we've been looking after, a HUGE SNAKE and a sweet video of White Dove playing his sitar, from our favourite Koh Tao bar.
What I've Been Spending This month has been so tricky, and I have definitely spent more than usual. The excitement of coming back to my favourite restaurants, stacks of epic nights out and renting a scooter, as well as learning to dive has contributed to my most expensive month of travel. It's basically averaged out at about £30 a day (eek).
On the plus side though, going forward our new place is cheaper though and I think we'll probably buy a scooter too (which we can sell when we leave, off-setting the cost entirely). I'm absolutely never gonna give up my western food and wine habit so.....I guess Oli will have to sell something;)
What I've Been Watching/Reading I have been YouTube mad this month as the WiFi has been way too slow for Netflix sobs. Amongst the vlogs and funny cat videos, I've developed a weird obsession with retro documentaries. The month started with Thin Blue Line and ended with The Cove. In between there's been a healthy dose of Lily Pebbles, who I'm LOVING at the moment.
What's Next? Well, we found a gorgeous little place in Sairee, which we move into next Friday. It has a kitchen and everything! May is gonna be a pretty quiet one and I'll hopefully settle into a routine with work, home and play. Maybe a little less play actually....
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