anecdotes from our travels

Welcome to our new space.

Together for more than 17 years and having travelled the world as digital nomads for almost 10 of those, 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. At the start of 2020 we made our way back to Southeast Asia for six weeks of work (and fun), as we do most years, before we were supposed to head back to Europe. Landing in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the 20th of February, we discussed a future where we could pause our nomadic lifestyle and take a moment to ground ourselves, take stock of our lives and map out a new path forward. Little did we know that two weeks later the pandemic would make this a 14 month reality. Now as we restart our journey and embark on what is possibly going to be the greatest adventure of our lives, we feel that this journal “In the Shade of the Banyan“, is a perfect place for us to share musings from life in the Kingdom of Wonder as well as anecdotes from our travels in this new world we all find ourselves in. anecdotes from our travels around Southeast Asia (and the world) and everything in-between.

Latest from our Journal

Chasing sunsets and eating dust

We’ve always made a point of taking Sunday afternoon’s to explore. Climb on the bike and drive in a new direction to see what there is to discover (and Siem Reap is filled with things to discover) but on a whim (and because there are literally no tourists in town which means that we had […]

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 […]

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