who are the watsons?
We are a 30-something married couple who decided to leave behind our home, careers and comfortable Silicon Valley lifestyle to try a new course. Join us as we travel the world to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and ways to generate income beyond the traditional 9-5.

Category Archives: On the road

Our cross-country journey in snapshots

Our Favorites

Now that Brian and I have returned to California, we’ve started reflecting on our travels. The other night at dinner I asked him what his favorite experience was from each place we visited, so we went back and forth, taking turns answering the question for each stop. Here are our top-of-mind responses: Brian Kate Hawaii…

Patara Elephant Farm: Quality time and babies!

Right after visiting Elephant Nature Park (ENP), I thought I’d gotten my elephant fix. A week later, though, I was singing a different tune. I wanted some quality time with an elephant and Patara Elephant Farm promised just that with its Elephant Owner for a Day program. Patara┬áis the #1 activity on TripAdvisor for Chiang…

Visiting Elephant Nature Park, Thailand

I love elephants but I avoid zoos, preferring to see wild animals in a more natural setting. Visiting Thailand, I wanted to have a meaningful encounter with the native Asian elephants. I chose from more than 15 experiences near Chiang Mai, creating a shortlist of four that met my requirements: They didn’t have an “elephant…

Observations of Thailand

Thailand was a new world after our travels through Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Here are a few things we noticed: Despite being farther away from Mexico, Thailand does Mexican fare better than Australia or New Zealand. Maybe it’s a general talent for cooking which we found lacking in our earlier travels… Road traffic in…

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