Required Reading: “A Better Life for Half the Price” by Tim Leffel

A Better Life for Half the Price by Tim Leffel

Books! I don’t think we’ve ever written about books here. This particular one is a doozy, so what better way to start writing about books than with one of the most comprehensive “living abroad” books we’ve ever read?

A quick summary: The book is called A Better Life for Half the Price, and its tag line is “How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.” That’s a good summary of the book, but this guy is selling himself a bit short. The book is way more than that.

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Next Up: Back to Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain by Jets Like Taxis

Happy New Year! Time for another round of 365, time for a new place to live. Technically, we landed here in Seville, Spain, in December. Alas, a lot of holiday busy-ness and settling kept me away from writing, so it took me a few weeks to log back in and attack a new post.

And with that, greetings from Seville! If you’re a reader of this blog, it may feel vaguely familiar. That’s because we were here two years ago. (Damn, time flies.) But why on Earth would you go where you’ve already been?!?!?!?!

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In Pictures: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

During our little weekend jaunt to Linz, Austria, we decided to have a bit of a rural road trip north into the Czech Republic. Looking at the map, we decided to head up to the old Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, after stopping for a visit to the village of Rozmberk.

Note to literary perfectionists: After all these years, WordPress is still terrible with certain accent marks. Therefore, I’ve left those out of the town names here. I’m trying to live with it – so can you. :)

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Be Festive: Celebrations with a Difference

Cheung Chaubun Mountain

Any excuse will do for a celebration. And for any, read literally anything and everything. Animal, mineral or vegetable – you name it – and someone somewhere in the world is throwing it, eating it, chasing it…all in the spirit of a good party.

Some of these weird and wonderful festivals have roots going back centuries, while others are more recent excuses for letting your hair down and having a good time. But whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: A good time is guaranteed.

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In Pictures: Rozmberk, Czech Republic

Rozmberk, Czech Republic by Jets Like Taxis

‘Twas a dreary morning in the south of Bohemia, yet we managed a stop in the wee village of Rozmberk to check out the scenery and 13th-century castle there, before heading up to another town an hour north.

This was all during our three-day jaunt to Linz, Austria, which we used as a home base to explore the area and inevitably head into the Czech Republic – because if you’re that close, you just have to.

Also, the border crossing meant New Country Day for Ang, which is always a nice little woo-hoo! and whatnot.

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Press: Features on Lonely Planet and Digital Nomad Hub (and more)!

Guanajuato, Mexico by Jets Like Taxis

One we knew about, one we didn’t. Thanks to everyone.

Lonely Planet: Our friend and brilliant travel writer, Tim Leffel, interviewed us for his feature about digital nomads who make a living while traveling the world. We were two of a handful of people profiled in this article. We’re honored to be considered as examples for people, especially considering that most of the others in this article are true travel heavyweights. Thanks to Tim and Lonely Planet!

Digital Nomad Hub: We actually have no idea who these folks are, or what their agenda is. What we do know is that they wrote an article about us and the advice we give now and then, and we appreciate that they did so! Thanks to whoever you are, and thanks for tagging us on Google+; otherwise, we might have never known about it.

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Day Trip: A Visit to Linz, Austria

Linz, Austria by Jets Like Taxis

As you may or may not know, we’re currently in Vienna, Austria, for three months. One thing we love to do is get out and see smaller towns, alternate cities, or whatever else is reasonably close to our home base.

While Linz is hardly a day trip away from Vienna, we wanted to go there because my ancestors hail from a village just north of there. I hadn’t been in over fifteen years, and thought it’d be great to go back, see how the town is doing, and get plenty of photos for my family.

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In Pictures: New Berlin, Texas

New Berlin, Texas by Jets Like Taxis

During our hunt for German-speaking communities in the Texas Hill Country on our “Fabric of America” tour, we spotted a town on the map called New Berlin. Considering our history, you know we just had to go there.

We figured, if we couldn’t find any German-speakers in Fredericksburg, Texas, maybe we could find some in New Berlin of all places? Even if there was only a .00001% chance that’d happen, we went anyway. Because, you know how we do.

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In Pictures: Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg, Texas by Jets Like Taxis

During our extensive “Fabric of America” road trip, one of the things we really wanted to do was explore Texas Hill Country, specifically the areas with a rich German tradition. Texas German is unfortunately fading out, but we figured we might be able to find some folks to talk with and experience some of the history in the area.

The focal point of Texas German country is the town of Fredericksburg, so we obviously thought this would be the place to start.

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