anecdotes from our travels

Welcome to our new space.

Together for more than 17 years and having travelled the world as digital nomads for the last 7, we could be best described as the ultimate travel geeks. We have also spent the better part of the last decade crafting unique, highly tailored and exceptionally bespoke journey’s for our clients so it was only natural that we would, finally, want to share our love of travel with the rest of the world. Our love affair with Asia began 8 years ago when we decided to move to Thailand, and despite our best efforts to remain in the west, have have over the years found ourselves inexplicably drawn back to Southeast Asia (and in particular what could be described as Indochina). In part thanks to Covid, we decided to cancel our 2020 travel plans in Europe and find sanctuary in Cambodia in what could be described as our craziest move yet. Welcome to our new journal “In the Shade of the Banyan“, filled with daily musings from life in the Kingdom of Wonder, anecdotes from our travels around Southeast Asia (and the world) and everything in-between.

Latest from our Journal

Snippets of Phnom Penh

Lonely Planet describes Phnom Penh as “an assault on the senses. Motorbikes whiz through laneways without a thought for pedestrians; markets exude pungent scents; and all the while the sounds of life – of commerce, of survival – reverberate through the streets. But this is all part of the enigma. Once the ‘Pearl of Asia’, […]

Movement and wellbeing

Hatha yoga – this is how we start and finish the week! One of the benefits to sitting still in one place and not moving between cities and countries every 28 days is the ability to focus a little more on our health.

Let’s talk mental health

Let’s talk about mental health – I think far too often we feel that it’s not alright to admit that we might not be coping. I come from an era where real men don’t cry and it’s not ok to say you are not ok when someone asks how you are. But now we find […]

Endearing and beautiful bonds to ancient tradition

Just before dawn, I am roused from sleep by soft sounds of early morning and the gentle stirrings of my neighbours as they prepare for the day: sweeping, shuffling feet, low voices, a radio playing softly, the faint hiss of frying food. Then, gradually, as the sky lightens, new layers of sounds expand my aural […]

Review: Treeline Urban Resort – Mastering the Art of Hospitality

In 2019 alone we spent 312 nights in hotels and while we might own and manage one of South Africa’s most unique and bespoke travel brands it must be said that my career started in hospitality at one of the country’s first five-star boutique hotels, being trained by one of South Africa’s most critical hoteliers […]

Give of your heart

Saffron-robed monks are a familiar sight across Cambodia and every morning the monks can be seen on their alms rounds, collecting worldly nourishment for themselves (and very often those in need) while allowing the givers to acquire spiritual merit (in return for food the monks chant a prayer and bless the people who give the […]

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