27 Aug 2017 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
…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?