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

My foray into insight meditation

When Brian told me he wanted to attend a meditation retreat in Thailand, I was all for it. I like meditation. I’ve had many positive, relaxing experiences through guided meditation, breathing meditation, walking meditation, empty mind meditation and transcendental meditation. Insight meditation was another story. I had no idea what I was getting myself into…

You can’t go home again…or can you?

I’ve been silent here a long time. For a while I was uncertain what to write. Then, I was demotivated because I couldn’t tell you the full truth — including some major reasons we returned to the States — mainly because Brian didn’t want me to. You see, he was hospitalized in Thailand and if…

Photo Friday: Thai Squat Toilets

I know how fascinated many of you are with the toilets of the world, so here’s your next installment: a squat toilet in Thailand. While there are many Western-style toilets in Thailand, you will undoubtedly encounter your fair share of squat toilets in public facilities, particularly while on the road. Gas stations, bus stations, smaller…

Homeward bound

The luster of travel has faded. While we were in New Zealand, one of Brian’s friends said our travel plan sounded like logistics on steroids. It turns out he was absolutely right. Usually when we take short trips, I prepare a suggested itinerary and a map with cool places to see, eat and hang out,…

10 reasons to avoid budget airlines

Everyone knows the reason to fly budget airlines: they’re cheap! But if you have a low tolerance for bullshit, the reasons to avoid budget airlines just might outweigh that one positive. Here are just a few examples from our travels in Australia: 1. Upon arrival at the airport, there is a sign indicating that if…

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