A Day in the Life of a Travel Blogger in Chiang Mai

A Day in the Life of a Travel Blogger in Chiang Mai

As many of you know, Adam and I moved to Chiang Mai in November. After 500+ days of nonstop travel we needed a place to call “home” and unpack our bags and catch up on the website for a few months. Within 24 hours we had signed a 5-month lease on a one bedroom apartment, a huge commitment for us travelers.

Friends and family are constantly asking “Why Chiang Mai” so we wrote this article, click here. But that didn’t seem to solve all the questions. Now we are still being asked “What do you do all day?” I think our friends  & family think we sleep until noon, and go to happy hour every day….they are far from being right. So we thought we’d walk you though a typically day for us, this is our life in Chiang Mai.

Typical Day as Travel Blogger in Chiang Mai

7:15 a.m. Wake Up!

Sometimes we set an alarm clock, but we’d rather leave the shades open and let the sun shake us from our sleep. We typically get up between 7-8 a.m. every day even on weekends. Adam makes himself coffee, has some oatmeal, and we check our emails before we out the door.

8 a.m. -10 a.m. The Gym

We try to get out the door by 8:15 a.m. our gym is a short walk away (1km). Many people in Chiang Mai have a motorbike, but we’d rather walk everywhere. It’s our time to talk about what we are doing today, and it gets our bodies warmed up for the gym. Every morning we stop at 7-11 where Adam gets a red bull, at $0.30 a pop. We like to get the gym bright and early as the temperature outside is pleasant under 75, if we waited until after lunch we would be looking at 90+ and into 100+ come March.

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We workout 5-6 days a week, working out was one of the biggest things we and our bodies missed. Being on the road nonstop we never got in a proper workout. I love being able to wear all my fun prAna workout clothes, I think when you have cute stylish workout clothes you workout harder and are more likely to get to the gym The gym is also nice and dead right away in the morning. This is also my time to catch up on my trashy reality TV. On our way back home to our apartment and maybe pickup some bananas or papaya at the small market we walk past.

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Shower, lunch, and get ready for work

Most days we get back shower up, blend up a protein shake for Adam and passion fruit smoothie for me, maybe throw in some laundry, check emails again & plan out what needs to get done today, and make salads for lunch. Having a kitchen was a must for us, we are happy not to have to eat out 3x a day 7 days a week. We typically have lunch or dinner at home every day. Some days we will head down to the pool or up to the roof and layout in the sun for an hour after the gym, trying to keep our tan from Koh Lipe.

12:30 p.m. until 10/11 p.m. Work at a Cafe

On average we are at the cafe 8-10 hours a day. Typically we go to the mall Maya that is less than a 5 minute walk from our apartment. There is a cafe called Camp that is open 24 hours a day, has great wifi, cheap drinks & food, outlets everywhere, cold A/C, outdoor seating, huge, and great place to meet other travel bloggers in Chiang Mai & other nomads.

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Enjoying the great outdoor weather, great place to watch the sunset behind the mountains.

Here we can buy a coke for $0.60, onion rings $1.75, Pad See Eww with pork $2, and they have a full menu of other drinks & food. We typically spend $7 a day here for dinner and sodas for a 9-10 hour shift. There is also a KFC one floor down where they have chocolate dipped ice cream cones for $0.50 which we frequent daily.

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My little “nest” of corner at the cafe, showing off my favorite new accessory my prAna hat!

We like to both be at Camp but not have to be sitting on top of each other, we need our time apart. We spend our time writing blog posts, editing photos, writing freelance assignments, responding to comments on the blog, planning our upcoming trips, updating the website, and so much more that goes on with running a website.

11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Unpack, watch TV

We too often come home and reset up our computers. As it is 10 a.m. at home we probably got an email or something we need to deal with before bed. We try to have our Facebook post ready for morning and night, but often we don’t so we are scrambling last minute for a status update. We try to unwind and turn our brains off while watching a TV show on Hulu/Netflix. We just finished Breaking Bad, looking for a new series to start. Then it’s off to bed, we turn on the white noise app as the bar next door is usually still going and we can’t fail asleep without the app.

1-2 Days a Week

A few days a week we try and leave the cafe by 6 p.m. and go out for dinner & drinks with friends. We have made several friends here, it’s not too hard to talk someone into meeting you at the liquor store for a beer. Yes we drink at the liquor store, there are chairs & tables set out in front of the liquor store. It’s the cheapest place in town for a drink.

Happy New Years!

We have our handful of favorite restaurants in town, and thankfully our friends love them too. We end out at dinner with Brittany & Charlie from The Trading Travelers at least 1-2 times a week. Usually one beer at the liquor store, and then to a real bar for a few more. If we have had too much to drink there is no drunk pizza shops for a slice, we usually end up at 7-11 for a toasty sandwich or one of the tasty street vendors for a tasty bowl of khao soi or maybe a chicken kebab.

Once a Month

I get my nails done every 3-4 weeks, I decided to get gel nails back on. I think my fingers type fast when they are pretty. Also talked my friend Brittany into getting a pedicure once a month with me, but for only $10 we get a full spa pedicure, it’s a great deal if you ask me. Adam and I only get one maybe two massages a month, and we should get more. An hourThaii or foot massage is only $4, we should really take advantage of this while we are here.

We have also taken off a few days from working completely. When we heard there were cherry blossoms in the Hmong village just up the mountain we got a few other friends to come with and split the taxi cost with us. We couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was when we were up there. I couldn’t have planned a better day or a better outfit.Chery Blossoms

On Christmas we went up to Doi Suthep with a few other travel bloggers to catch sunrise. Great Christmas morning! We beat the crowds of tourist, got the perfect stairway shot. Unfortunately, on this day we did end up going “to work” aka the cafe in the afternoon.

Christmas Morning at Doi Suthep

Christmas Morning at Doi Suthep

…At the end of our day

So there you have a typical day as a travel blogger in Chiang Mai. We do not sleep all day…happy hour is not a daily occurrence…and we don’t party all night everynight! If you ask me we kind of have a normal life, it’s just that we are living in Thailand and we are working 2nd shift.

Are you shocked at our typical day? What did you think we did all day?

27 Comments
  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)
    Posted at 18:19h, 28 February Reply

    This seems like a pretty productive routine you guys have there and it sounds as if you guys get more exercise in a regular week than most people!! How nice that you’ve made lots of friends there too and other travellers and bloggers out there to socialise with!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 05:32h, 03 March Reply

      We wish we were more productive but we do have a nice routine going. We love going to the gym daily, was something we both really missed. It is great having a big group of friends here!

  • Karisa @ Flirting with the Globe
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 March Reply

    Wow – you two wake up earlier than I do to get into the office! 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 05:33h, 03 March Reply

      What time do you get the office Karisa? Adam use to get up around 5:30 and out the door around 6:15 and I was up by 6 and off to work at 6:40

  • Jake De Alba
    Posted at 22:19h, 01 March Reply

    I’m intrigued. I’m 22, having a tough time figuring out what I want to do (career wise) but I know I can’t do the 9-5. I wish one day to live a life like that. If you don’t mind going a little more into depth about how you make an income from blogging I’d love to know!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 07:25h, 03 March Reply

      Right now we are working on a few freelance projects, and looking into new business ideas that are separate from the website.

      • Rashaad
        Posted at 18:24h, 04 March Reply

        If you don’t mind, what ideas do you have? If it’s a secret and you don’t know to reveal it, no problem.

  • Paula Through the Looking Glass
    Posted at 01:32h, 02 March Reply

    ekkk…. I just quit my office job to have this life I can’t wait! Travelling for the next 6 months again in SEA then settling in Chiang Mai (hopefully!) can’t wait. Love that their are other bloggers there.

    Where abouts did you get an apartment?

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:12h, 14 March Reply

      Let us know when you are in Chiang Mai you never know we might be back here again!

  • Izy Berry - The Wrong Way Home
    Posted at 09:27h, 02 March Reply

    Holy crap, you guys work a lot! You’re pulling like 20 hours a day between you both. What are you working on? The blog? More blogs? Freelance writing?

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:14h, 14 March Reply

      Catching up on the blog, freelancing, working on other projects…work never stops!

  • Anna Green
    Posted at 14:23h, 02 March Reply

    LIKE. I want to give it a shot.

    New show suggestion: Orange is the New Black.

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:15h, 14 March Reply

      It’s crazy…..we love it but it’s crazy! Will have to check out the show I have seen it on Hulu!

  • TammyOnTheMove
    Posted at 14:24h, 02 March Reply

    I admire how often you are working out. I feel your pain about the heat. We live in Ghana now, which is scorching hot too. We bought our insanity workout dvds with us, but with frequent power cuts (and hence no aircon) it is impossible to do it every day like you should. And even with aircon it is ridiculously hot, but we do try at least. 🙂

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:18h, 14 March Reply

      We really missed working out, we like the routine too. YIKES power cuts and the heat….

  • Amanda
    Posted at 12:07h, 03 March Reply

    Sounds like a pleasant day to day routine. I’d love to get to the point where I can give most my work time to my blog. I only have about 2 hours a day I can give, right now. I posted a similar post about my crazy daily routine on my blog, called HotMama No Travel, to inspire busy working mama’s and show that frequent travel is attainable if made a priority. Great post. I love hearing about the real lives of my fellow travel lovers!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:20h, 14 March Reply

      We are still figuring things out, we wish we could make enough money just on the blog but right now that’s not happening. So we are looking into many options, lots of work!

  • Sadie - Eclectic Trekker
    Posted at 14:30h, 04 March Reply

    3 years ago I visited Chiang Mai and fell in love! It’s such a wonderful city!!! I can see why you guys chose there for a home base.
    It’s nice to see how hard you both work. Blogging isn’t easy!
    I’m currently getting ready for my next big adventure, and a revisit to Chiang Mai at the end of the year is on the list. If you guys are still there maybe we could meet up for an ice cold Chang!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:21h, 14 March Reply

      We are leaving Chiang Mai end of April BUT I have a feeling we will be back sooner than later! Safe travels.

  • TravelSoon
    Posted at 19:01h, 09 March Reply

    Hey there, great blog! Really glad I found it…

    I’m curious how long you plan to keep traveling. Do you have plans to do this indefinitely, or do you plan to return to “the American Dream” at some point?

    Thanks!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:25h, 14 March Reply

      We are visiting the USA this summer, unsure of how long or when we will return to the USA long term…just taking life one day at a time.

  • Traveler
    Posted at 13:27h, 11 March Reply

    Hi there,

    Great blog. Out of curiosity, how long do you think you’ll keep this lifestyle before returning to “the American Dream” (as you put it)? Or, how long do you think you *could* keep this lifestyle (without getting bored, supporting yourself, feeling like you need to be somewhere else for children, etc)?

    Thanks!

    • Hannah
      Posted at 20:50h, 14 March Reply

      Not sure actually. We have to figure this out yet….

  • Mandy
    Posted at 13:41h, 23 April Reply

    Love the new layout of your website. Is it a wordpress theme, or did you guys design it yourself?

  • Paul and Carole
    Posted at 16:37h, 21 August Reply

    Sounds like a great routine! We love Thailand and in the future plan to spend the colder months there, it seems Chang Mai is a great base. I would definitely be making the most of the massages too! ~ Carole

  • Simon
    Posted at 09:50h, 08 June Reply

    Nice post. Sounds like a nice life being a travel blogger! Chiang Mai is my favourite city in Thailand and has so much to offer. There is so much history and so much to do there.

    • Hannah Lukaszewicz
      Posted at 16:42h, 09 June Reply

      Chiang Mai is the best place to be a digital nomad in Asia for sure. It just feels right and that is probably why we keep going back time after time.

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