Wondering what it's like to be a digital nomad? On this trip I take my work on the road with me for a "workcation" to the Outsite coliving space in the creative capitol of Austin. Outsite is a coliving and coworking space all in one, allowing you to work during your stay and meet a community of other freelancers, remote workers, and creatives who love to travel.
Watch my week in the Austin Outsite Coliving Space:
9:00AM - Waking up at Outsite
First, it's time to grab a cup of tea and prepare a quick breakfast in the fully equipped kitchen. Of course, the kitchen is fully stocked with coffee makers, assorted teas, and arabica coffee.
The coliving house has spacious work areas, six private bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen for cooking, and a laundry room. It's the perfect place to stay if you are looking to move to a new city, meet new people, or if you want to have a more authentic experience while traveling. The idea is that you can share the community spaces and save money.
10:00 AM - Time to Grind
In the morning, it's time to get work done from the Outsite coliving space. The work space is quiet with plenty of natural light, making it a productive space. The house comes equipped with a conference room, printer, and high speed internet.
âI catch up on email, join my morning conference calls, plan out my day, and follow up with the folks at Hopscotch to organize a visit to their interactive art show.
2PM - Head to the city with new friends from Outsite
In the late afternoon, I hit up a few of my coliving housemates to organize a group outing in the city. Outsite makes it easy to connect with the other people in the house using the group chat in Whatsapp.
âMany of my other housemates are photographers, so we instantly connected over our love for finding photo shoot spots. We check out Austin's tallest mural by Josef Kristofoletti, located in the downtown.
3PM Street Art Tour
âAustin is famous for its eclectic neighborhoods, street art, and delicious food trucks. Many of the most famous murals and foodie spots are less than a half mile walk from the colving space. I snapped a few photos before heading to a nearby cafe to finish up work for the day.
5PM - Dinner time
âFor dinner, I check out the Elizabeth Street Cafe located right near the coliving space. I grab a seat on the cozy patio with a fellow Outsite member and enjoy the delicious pho and banh mi.
6PM - Barton Springs Trail Group Outing
âIt's time to unwind and check out Austin's natural scenery. My coliving housemates and I have finished work for the day and decide to organize a group outing. We Uber over to the Barton Springs Trail to capture the night views of the city.
9PM - Late Night Eats
Last by not least, it's not a trip to Austin without tacos and margaritas. We walk over to nearby Fresa's for some late night grub before heading back to the Outsite space. to catch some sleep.
My trip to Austin felt like a vacation, but it was one of the most productive trips I have taken. I was able to get work done in an inspiring environment while meeting likeminded creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Also, I was able to stay longer than usual since I had all the necessities of home, allowing me get beyond surface level travel and truly experience the city from a local point of view.
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Travel is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and this year pushed us to a new level. We traveled to 13 countries, saw wonders of the world, and reached over 1M views on our YouTube channel. It's truly astounding that we can share our travels with millions of people around the globe - thank you for joining the adventure!
It's the end of 2018, so time to reflect on this jam-packed year of travel. Here's what we learned during our adventures this year:
1. January - Mexico - Yucatan y Tulum
We spent New Year's in Mexico again - this time to see the Wonder of the World: Chichen Itza. There's no better way to spend New Years Day than by swimming in Mexico's warm Caribbean waters and visiting Mayan archeological ruins. We return to this country more than any other country because of its endlessly inspiring regional cultures, cuisine, and archeology.
2. February - Ireland and Northern Ireland
We crossed the invisible border between the UK and Ireland to visit a once foreboding capital city of Belfast. Here, we learned about how a city known for its religious conflict is moving on from its past to a bright future.
Two hours away is Dublin, where we spent the the rest of our trip. In fact, our Dublin vlog ended up being our most popular video of the year on YouTube!
3. March - Greece - Athens / Paros / Hydra / Delphi / Olympia
We visited one of the oldest cities in the world and Cradle of Western Civilization: Athens, Greece. Many of the pillars of modern society like democracy, philosophy, and the Olympic sports all began here. It truly changes your perspective of time when you view sites from 2,400 years ago that are still standing. Coming from California where the oldest standing buildings are from the late 1700s, seeing these ancient cites were especially mind blowing.
4. April - Spain (Barcelona / Ibiza / Formentera)
This was the most surprising travel destination of them all - Ibiza. It's portrayed in the media as Europe's party island, but in April - the island is chill, magical, and free. Here, we competed in our first international race: the Ibiza half marathon and 12K.
Next, I returned to Barcelona after a whopping 15 years. My first trip was so brief (half a day), that I knew I had to return and spend more time here. What made this trip special was that it was my first official solo international trip. I relied on my Spanish for a week and found the city to be a blast of a travel partner.
5. May - Canada (Vancouver / Victoria), Colombia (Cartagena / Bogota)
On our second trip to South America, we visited the vibrant country of Colombia. For much of the 80s and 90s, Colombia was a challenging country to travel due to the drug cartels, and now it's undergoing a chapter of peace and rebirth of tourism. What surprised us most is that the people here are joyous, full of warmth, and don't let their past get in the way of their present day happiness.
Welcome to Angkor Wat! In this travel vlog, we take a guided weekend trip to the ancient temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and photograph the temple. Like most magnificent sights, we were not the only ones there. In fact, crowds can reach the thousands. So be sure to come prepared. Here is how to photograph the temple like a pro during a weekend trip.
Behind the scenes video:
When to go:
September or March, which are the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. At this time, the sun lines up directly above the central pinnacle of Angkor Wat, a estimate to the genius architecture.
First, we get up at 4:45 am to buy our ticket to the temple, which is $36 for a one day pass and $62 for a three day pass. At 5 am, we reach the temple. You can get to the temple via tuk tuk, taxi, or bike.
Here is the scene when we arrived:
Camera Set Up:
First, make sure your DSLR lens does not fog from the humidity. It took me about 15 minutes for the humidity on my lens to dissipate. I set up my tripod and filmed a time-lapse photo of the glorious sunrise. Be sure to get in the front row for optimal viewing.
Where to set up your camera:
Set your camera up on the west or north sides of the temple next to the outer moat (see pin drops below). You can also cross the moat and set up next to the "Libraries" where you will find an interior reflective pool. This area is much more crowded, so be sure to get there early.
View from the West side of the outer moat. The temple looks more distant, but I got an unobstructed view with no people or scaffolding in the shot.
View from the interior pool near the "Libraries". The temple is closer in view and the colors change every few minutes.
Here is what to bring:
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