A Day in Our Life

On the Internet Nobody Knows You're a Dog

And on travel blogs nobody knows your life isn’t an endless string of vacation days. Sometimes everyday life does intrude, even if we don’t share those aspects of our travels every single day.

Eventually someone will ask us, “What did you do in Cambodia?” I’m posting this by way of reply. 

For me the day in Phnom Penh started off with a stop at a random barber, because all my barbers are random these days. The good news is that the cut cost me all of one U.S. dollar. The bad news is that it was worth every penny.

Cambodian Haircut

After the cut I consoled myself with an iced coffee just as sweet as it was large. Vietnam had spoiled us with their mocha coffee concoctions. We never found anything quite as good in Cambodia, but these little mobile coffee carts were a welcome break from the Nescafe so often served elsewhere.

It also happened to be laundry day, which meant taking some of the five shirts I still own to the cleaner.

A Day in Our Life-1

With those chores finished I settled into a hotel balcony chair, coffee in hand, to stare at a blank page hoping to get some work done.

A Day in Our Life-2

If I managed to write enough I’d reward myself with some evening cocktails.

That last part is a joke. Every evening gets rewarded with cocktails. Sometimes, every day really is like vacation.



9 Comments on “A Day in Our Life”

  1. gemmari February 18, 2015 at 9:33 am #

    This is a great description. Sometimes friends will call me and when I am doing something mundane, like laundry or working instead of sitting on the beach soaking in the sun, they’re disappointed to hear that I’m not on constant vacation.


  2. Bulldog Travels February 18, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Love the idea of a day in the life…thanks!


  3. nikki February 18, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    I can feel ya on the haircut. I have been cutting my own hair just shortly after hitting the road. I now reward each haircut with a dinner and cocktails! Why let that saved money go to waste!


  4. PaaqaviINC February 18, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    This makes me laugh and made my day!


  5. Jason February 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi Brian,
    Enjoyed this day in a life post. The saying goes there is only three days between a good hair cut and a bad one…
    Did you prove that wrong?
    I think of you guys as not being on vacation, and not being at work, you are at life, a special life that you chose for yourselves.
    Enjoy the great and the mundane.


  6. gallivance.net February 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Brian, you totally nailed it! The life of an international traveler is an odyssey – probably unlike what many people project. Thanks for telling it true. From a fellow long-term traveler, Terri


  7. Passports and Postcards February 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    This is the best post, ever!


  8. allisonmohr February 20, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I was thinking about your life the other day, wondering if we could do it (probably not). The subject of laundry came up and we wondered what how you manage it. So, this was a very informative post. Thanks.


  9. Marie's Travels February 22, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    This sounds like a typical day for a travel blogger on the road. Not every day is full of sightseeing, adventure and challenges.
    But it’s still a better way of living than staying home and working 9-5. 🙂


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