Sam & Zab—Minds behind Indefinite Adventure
We are Sam and Zab, a British couple now based in Berlin, but often traveling and taking our work with us. As we write this, we’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand, something of a mecca for digital nomads! We started traveling together in South America at the beginning of 2013 and spent over 10 months there. After that, we stayed in Europe for a while and are now venturing into Asia for the first time.
Current Favorite Cafe?
We’re going to choose three in our home base, Berlin, and three elsewhere. For Berlin, it’s pretty hard to choose just three as there are so many great cafes to get work done in, but these are the ones we keep going back to over and over again:
Innstraße 26, 12043 Berlin, Germany
Siegfriedstraße 19, 12051 Berlin, Germany
Carl-Herz-Ufer 9, 10961 Berlin, Germany
Bartola in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nicaragua 5935 | Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires1414, Argentina
Cafe Tati in Lisbon, Portugal
R. Ribeira Nova 36, Lisboa, Portugal
SS1254372 Cafe in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2/1 Nimmanhemin 22/1 ถนน นิมมาน เห มิ น ซอย 17, อำเภอ เมือง จังหวัด เชียงใหม่ Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
We love Pêle Mêle because it serves delicious organic, vegan cakes and is full of light. Leuchtstoff because it’s such a typical Berlin cafe with mismatched chairs, a raised sofa area and cute baristas. A.horn because it’s in a great spot by the canal, serves good food and has an attached bike shop, of course! We loved Bartola’s quirky interior, the fact that Cafe Tati is also a jazz bar and serves good food and the way SS1254372 Cafe integrates the art they also sell into the decor. And of course, all of them are definitely good places to work from!
How long have you been traveling full-time?
Sam started travelling more or less on his own in 2010 when he started teaching English around Europe with frequent visits back to the UK, but we didn’t start travelling together until January 2013 when we left for South America. Now that we have a home base in Berlin, I’m not sure you’d say we travel full-time anymore, but sometimes it seems we’re away more than we’re at home!
Ignore all the advice on the stuff you should do and do what you’re interested in.
What do you do to sustain the income while traveling?
Sam does the occasional bit of EFL (English as a foreign language) teaching, but mostly runs our blog (which generates some income through advertising) and does freelance travel writing. Zab is a freelance database developer and wannabe iOS developer, currently working on projects for his office in London. We also have an apartment in Berlin which we rent out when we’re travelling.
What’s Indefinite Adventure and how long have you been running it?
It’s a blog! We started it at the same time as we started travelling together, which means it’s now over three years old. While it started more as personal record of our travels and a place to share them with our friends and family back in the UK, it quickly became something more and now it’s where we write about our travels as gay, vegan, digital nomads for anyone interested in those things!
Any near future plans (3-6 months) from IA that we should look forward to?
As I mentioned, we are both vegan and we’re always on the lookout for the best vegan food wherever we go, Sam works hard to create useful vegan guides with a range of options for different budgets and tastes to cities we visit. For 2016, we’re hoping to produce ones to a couple of European cities we’ve not visited yet, such as Brno and Warsaw. We’ll also be going back to a couple of cities we’ve visited several times to try and finish guides for like Stockholm and London. We’ll also be bringing out guides to cool work cafes in all those cities too, so keep an eye out for that!
What’s the toughest challenge you face (or faced) as a full-time traveler?
Basically the work/travel balance. Having to choose between spending the morning working to meet a deadline and going to see a local sight, visit a festival, sit on the beach or hang out with friends when there’s no one overseeing what you’re doing but yourself takes a lot of self control, which we sometimes lack! In the end, it’s about discipline and organising priorities. Occasionally, it’s worth postponing finishing writing an article by an hour or two to see that amazing sunset, but other times it’s not. Finding that balance, while not impossible, is tough sometimes.
Any other nomadic traveler(s) you lookup to? Why?
The first one we ever encountered was Earl from WanderingEarl.com. Sam got the chance to meet him in Syria while travelling there before their civil war in 2010 and was inspired by his attitude to work and travel, and the way he seems to have found a pretty good balance between the two. Shortly after discovering Earl, we also came across Dani from Globetrottergirls.com and Simon and Erin from NeverEndingVoyage.com, whose travel style we admire and find is the most similar to ours from all the traveling bloggers we’ve read. We also admire Thomas and Tony from ContemporaryNomad.com as well as Dan and Audrey from UncorneredMarket.com for the same thing: striking gold on finding seemingly the perfect work/travel balance.
What advice would you give a novice traveler?
Ignore all the advice on the stuff you should do and do what you’re interested in. In the end it will be far more satisfying than just being able to say you’ve hike up that mountain or seen that temple just because that’s what everyone expects you to have done.
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