Sunset views, Cinque Islands, Andaman Islands

Andaman Islands, India – a cruising adventure! A few months back Vivien’s brother Andy and his partner Kelli asked if we wanted to join them for a cruising adventure – a trip to the Andaman Islands, India!   Quintessa, their 47-foot motor cruiser was to be our means of travel and around 5 other cruising …

Tropical cocktails poolside @ Avista Hideaway Resort, Phuket

Three days staying in 5-star luxury is always exceptionally appealing.  This is a fantastic opportunity stimulated our first ever visit to Phuket. We were invited to be the ‘on-screen talent’ for a promotional video being made to ‘sell’ the exclusive, luxurious and tropical Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa to Australian travellers. Please follow Like …

One year on - toasting our 'new life' as Retired Aussies in Asia!

One year has passed since we landed in Thailand with our worldly possessions (70 kg of luggage) having made the decision to retire early and start a ‘new life’ travelling and living in Asia. We had decided to Sell up totally, Pack up what meager belongings we had left and Take off on the …

"Sell up, Pack up & Take off" - the book

Sell up, Pack up & Take off Living and working in Shanghai for six years led us on a voyage of discovery in Southeast Asia. Shanghai is a fabulous city but it can be very intense. So whenever we wanted to chill out we would leave China behind and head to Southeast Asia – …

Tropical Sanya, Hainan Island, southern China

When Michael and Vivien asked if I was interested in writing a guest post for their blog, I wasn’t quite sure what subject I would pick. The bottom line is that my life has been so crazy for the last decade, I have too many stories to tell!  Let’s just say that you are never …

Main pool lagoon - Hyatt Regency Hua Hin

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin – here we come! In late May we answered a ‘call-out’ from a well-known online travel company that specialises in putting together Luxury holidays to key resort locations Australians love to travel to. They wanted Aussie expats living in SE Asia as the ‘on-camera talent’ in exchange for a few days …

Hua Hin views - Hin Lek Fai viewpoint

Retiring to Thailand – is it an option for us? My wife and I retired at the end of 2015 and began to seriously contemplate our future after having experienced a reversal of fortunes during the GFC. We soon realised that our Superannuation fund coupled with a part pension was not going to support …

International Living Australia magazine_May 2015 front cover

International Living magazine (and website) was a good source of info for us when we were researching the possibility of retiring overseas – so imagine the pleasure we felt when the editor for their Australian edition of the magazine asked us to write a profile for their ‘Living the Dream’ section of the monthly magazine. …

Our new pool

The rental property here in Hua Hin that we’ve called ‘home’ has been very convenient thanks to its location close to the centre of town, shopping centres, public transport and of course, Hua Hin’s main beach.  But it was a rental property and did not feel like ‘our home’ so in late January we …

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Le, Phi Phi National Marine Park

A few weeks back Vivien’s brother Andy and his wife Kellie asked if we wanted to spend some time with them and cruise Thailand’s Phi Phi islands and other highlights in the Andaman sea south of Phuket. Of course, we said YES! Andy and Kellie left Australia about a year ago in their 47-foot …

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