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Despite being surrounded by entrepreneurs, I feel like none of their entrepreneurial spirit or talent has rubbed off on me. Take the example of my family: after my immigrant parents met in London in the late 60s, they set their sights on building a good life in the UK. For them, that meant pursuing a… The post Are you born with an entrepreneurial mindset, or can you cultivate one? appeared first ...
Posted: Nov 13 2018 @ 1:05 AM
Welcome to the third edition of Asia on the Cheap! After eating our way through Shanghai and Japan, we landed in Taiwan, a country that is often overlooked by tourists coming to Asia. This was our second trip to Taiwan; the first came back in 2014 when I took an earlier mini-retirement. Taiwan was an… The post Asia on the Cheap: Taiwan Edition appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Nov 09 2018 @ 12:27 AM
Unbelievable that we’re moving into the last two years of the month! This whole year I’ve been planning and looking ahead to the end of 2018. Now that we’re almost there, I’m wondering where the year went, and where the next year will take me. But for now, let’s look back at the month of… The post October 2018 update – time rich, cash poor appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Nov 05 2018 @ 1:02 AM
I gleefully named this travel series Asia on the Cheap, but as you can tell from the title of this post, our trip to Japan didn’t exactly fit into the cheap category. In fact the 16-day trip around Japan cost around one third of my total three-month travel budget – ouch!! But it was worth… The post Asia on the (not so) cheap – Japan edition appeared first on Bangkok to ...
Posted: Nov 01 2018 @ 2:04 AM
Checking in, checking out; late night flights, early morning arrivals; endless immigration queues and figuring out how to navigate a new city. Travel can take a lot of time and energy. I’ve been on the road for the past month, and all of this disruption to my usual schedule makes it harder to keep up… The post Mastering self-discipline while on the road appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 1:41 AM
Ms ZiYou has started a new series called Let’s Meet UK Personal Finance Bloggers, which aims to introduce other UK bloggers writing about personal finance and financial independence. I’m honoured to be the featured interviewee in the series this week! The questions that Ms ZiYou poses go much deeper than personal finance. As a feminist… The post How do you feel about privilege in the UK? And other questions appeared first ...
Posted: Oct 25 2018 @ 1:15 AM
It’s been over 10 years since I started working in the non-profit sector. After graduating from university, I hopped around various charities in London before getting a Masters in International Development, hoping to crack into the NGO-world (think Oxfam or Save the Children, rather than Cancer Research, or the Dogs Trust). I knew from a… The post Reflections on my experience working with marginalised communities appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Oct 22 2018 @ 8:43 AM
Welcome to the first edition of Asia on the Cheap! My partner and I have moved out of our Bangkok apartment, packed our bags, are travelling across Asia before returning home to Europe after years of living abroad. The first stop on this tour was Shanghai, China’s biggest, brightest, and shiniest metropolis. After falling in… The post Asia on the cheap: Shanghai edition appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Oct 18 2018 @ 8:08 AM
Sometimes I wish I could take a time machine back to my twenties. The years when I would fritter away my meager income on cheap wine, cigarettes, plasticky ready meals, and cramped Ryanair flights. The years before I encountered the world of FIRE and personal finance. I had no idea how much I was spending.… The post How I conduct a monthly financial check-in appeared first on Bangkok to Blighty. ...
Posted: Oct 15 2018 @ 1:19 AM
What is your image of a typical backpacker? To me, it is someone with a giant colourful backpack strapped to their back and a smaller one poking out in front, dressed in some fairly questionable clothing. At least, that is what I see when I encounter backpackers in Thailand. People being crushed by the weight… The post Minimalist packing: Travelling for 3 months with a 33L backpack appeared first on Bangkok ...
Posted: Oct 11 2018 @ 1:42 AM


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