About the Penguins

Welcome to our site. We call ourselves the ‘walking penguins’ simple because we love walking and penguins.

History

We met through Tinder. Ok, cut it right there before we hear your judgmental gasps and those “You can’t find love on Tinder. You just can’t!” comments.

Take a look at our profile!

 

 

Whai is Thai. He wanted to travel the world which was why he was looking for foreigner friends to practice his English. He broke up recently, quit his job and a friend (Hi Michael!) recommended to use Tinder.

Crista is a Filipina. She’s been living in Bangkok alone for 3 months. She was teaching English and got bored. She quit her teaching job and used Tinder to hang out with locals. It’s her first time to meet someone online.

And so we met! We traveled together and we fell in love.

What can we say? It was love at first swipe!

WHY DO WE TRAVEL?

The thrill? The escape? Or the adventure itself?

As much as we want to provide you with a sophisticated answer and give you a story which will leave you in awe and astonishment. A story that will give you an idea why we chose this lifestyle, but the only answer we can think of is this – We travel FOR FUN and because WE CAN.

It is not because we have a bundle of cash. It is not because we are a rebel of society, nor because we are thrill seekers and definitely not because we want to make a difference.

We travel simply because we can.

We don’t know how to explain it to you but this story we’ve read online is the perfect explanation to what we mean. It’s a story of a fisherman and a businessman. This story changed our views in life. Here it goes:

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed and asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many fish?”

The fisherman replied, “Oh, just a short while.”

“Then why don’t you stay longer at sea and catch even more?” The businessman was astonished.

“This is enough to feed my whole family,” the fisherman said.

The businessman then asked, “So, what do you do for the rest of the day?”

The fisherman replied, “Well, I usually wake up early in the morning, go out to sea and catch a few fish, then go back and play with my kids. In the afternoon, I take a nap with my wife, and evening comes, I join my buddies in the village for a drink — we play guitar, sing and dance throughout the night.”

The businessman offered a suggestion to the fisherman.

“I am a PhD in business management. I could help you to become a more successful person. From now on, you should spend more time at sea and try to catch as many fish as possible. When you have saved enough money, you could buy a bigger boat and catch even more fish. Soon you will be able to afford to buy more boats, set up your own company, your own production plant for canned food and distribution network. By then, you will have moved out of this village and to Sao Paulo, where you can set up HQ to manage your other branches.”

The fisherman continues, “And after that?”

The businessman laughs heartily, “After that, you can live like a king in your own house, and when the time is right, you can go public and float your shares in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich.”

The fisherman asks, “And after that?”

The businessman says, “After that, you can finally retire, you can move to a house by the fishing village, wake up early in the morning, catch a few fish, then return home to play with kids, have a nice afternoon nap with your wife, and when evening comes, you can join your buddies for a drink, play the guitar, sing and dance throughout the night!”

The fisherman was puzzled, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”

Moral of the story: Life is simple. You don’t need to make it complicated.

HOW CAN WE AFFORD THIS LIFESTYLE?

You’ve probably heard about this and I’m gonna say it again – Traveling is not a luxury.

Everyone can afford it if you are determined.

For a month, we read different travel blogs about people who is committed to traveling, how they earn money while traveling and how they survive on the road.

And from all these blogs we’ve read, nothing actually worked for us.  It doesn’t mean they provide false information, these blogs helped us get started. It made us see how it’s possible to work and travel. But each person has different skills and preferences.

And so we invested in what we do best. We made it possible.

We took advantage of technology to gain a nomadic lifestyle.

Whai is a programmer. He is a freelancer who works for different companies.

I (Crista) currently work for a company in Texas. My kind boss allows me to work remotely.

And this allows us to work and travel. The key is finding what you do best and make it work. Just make it work.

When Whai and I started traveling, I have this little notebook that I carry everywhere. I wrote down everything we need to pay, from food, accommodation, transport, etc. This habit continues even though we are already in a relationship. I don’t like the idea of someone paying for me so I make sure that everything is accounted for.

While I’m doing my math, I realized that we’re spending almost the same cost if we are in our home country, sometimes even less. We usually stay in a country/city for 1-2 months.

And we want to share this information with everyone.

We are not here to convince you to quit your job and travel.

We are here as an example that if two broke Asians can see the world, you can too.

This Site

The main idea of this site is to show the budget you need in your chosen destination. It will show first-hand information of the places we’ve walked to, prices and itinerary.

Crista is responsible for writing and editing, unless otherwise stated.

Whai does all the programming of this site.

We are not travel experts. We are just here to share our experiences.

We do hope that you’ll find our blog useful. If you have questions, comments, suggestions or simply want to exchange travel experience, feel free to message us.

Happy Travels!

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