Our life in Flip Flops – Four years of summer

Four years of summer - Our life in flip flops

Four years of summer – Our life in flip flops

For four years we already enjoy permanent summer. We life our lives in flip flops close to the ocean with a lot of sunshine. With one exception. Last year we spent two months in winter wonderland Switzerland. We visited our families and friends and for a change we spent Christmas and New Year together in the snow.

In October 2011 we leave Switzerland without an idea for how long. It’s already the second time that we say goodbye to Switzerland, our families, friends and the safety of our “normal” life. Our goal is to find a balance between travelling and living and working in some of the most beautiful places on earth. So far we really like our life in flip flops.

To earn money for traveling we work as scuba diving instructors and love to introduce new divers to the beauty of the underwater world of our oceans. It’s also a way to dive in some of the most beautiful places and even get paid for it. We love the tropical climate and living at the sea.

We work where others spend their holidays

The first two years we have worked as scuba diving instructors on the small Maldivian island Komandoo. For two years we lived at and in the Indian Ocean, had mostly sunny, warm weather and everlasting summer. Almost every day we dived some of the most beautiful reefs in the Indian Ocean. During numerous courses we introduced new divers to the beautiful underwater world.

Komandoo Island Resort in the Maldives

Komandoo Island Resort in the Maldives

Would you like to know more about living and working as scuba diving instructors on the Maldives? ⇒ The best dive sites in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Since the end of February 2015 we live and work as scuba diving instructors on the small island Pulau Pef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Pulau Pef belongs to Indonesia but is located at the eastern most fringe of the island state close to West Papua. This part of Indonesia is very remote and pristine. The tourism industry is still small and mass tourism is not present. ⇒ Living on an island. Dream or nightmare?

Pulau Pef in Westpapua, Indonesia

Pulau Pef in Westpapua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat is well known by scuba divers and is seen as one of the top dive destinations in the world. The biodiversity is higher than in most other places and the reefs are extremely healthy and pristine.

Even while we live in paradise we need holidays

Living on a small island in the middle of the ocean is wonderful. But if you think that working as a scuba diving instructor is like a holiday then you are wrong.

We really enjoy our lifestyle on the island and the holiday mood of our guests reflects in our relaxed working atmosphere. On the other side, our attendance time is relatively long and we are always happy to have a break and enjoy holidays off the island.

About every half a year we have a break and during that time we can fulfill our travel dreams. Read on if you like to know where we have spent our holidays and which places we have ticked off our bucket list.

Sri Lanka – Traveling through tea plantations by public transport

We have four weeks to travel around Sri Lanka by local transport. During our time in Sri Lanka we drive and walk through tea plantations, hike through misty, cool mountain landscapes, visit numerous temples and sacred sites. We are also privileged to celebrate the highest Buddhist holiday, the Vesakh, together with the locals.

Vesakh in Sri Lanka

Vesakh in Sri Lanka

Rajasthan – The beautiful colors of the north east of India

For five weeks we travel through Rajasthan, the beautiful north east of India. It’s our first trip to India and in the beginning we have to fight with the well-known cultural shock.

After living in the well protected environment of the small Maldivian island Komandoo all the impressions are just too much for us. Poverty, noise, rubbish, stench and the masses of people are very difficult to handle. Luckily we also find many beautiful aspects of India. We are overwhelmed by the enormous cultural heritage, old forts, temples and the colors of Rajasthan with its lovely inhabitants.

The climb up to the Amber Fort

The climb up to the Amber Fort

Thailand – From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by public transport

During a two weeks short break from the Maldives, we hop on buses and trains and travel from Bangkok up north to Chiang Mai. On the way, we visit the historic ruins in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. ⇒ From Bangkok to Chiang Mai by local transport

Sukhothai in Thailand

Sukhothai in Thailand

Singapore – A stopover in the tidiest city of the world

It’s already our third visit to this city and we are still amazed by this tidy and clean metropolis. With its efficient public transport system it’s a breeze to explore the city and visit the many tourist attractions, marvel at the many impressive high rise buildings and shop till you drop. The many hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs are another highlight on a stopover.  ⇒ Stopover in Singapore

Singapore by night

Singapore by night

Australia – Camping with our Toyota Landcruiser for one year

We love Australia and think that it is one of the best countries for an extended road trip. In 2009 we already spent eight months in Australia and drove once around the whole country. Nevertheless we decide to start another road trip and visit some of the more remote areas in the Outback of Australia. We buy a reliable Toyota Landcruiser that has been converted to a Camper and off we go. ⇒ Camping life in a Toyota Land Cruiser

Our Toyota Land Cruiser camper

Our Toyota Land Cruiser camper

We love the nature, the freedom, the wildlife and the camping lifestyle in Australia. The freedom of traveling in our own vehicle combined with the infrastructure for campers is a perfect match. We love to drive deep into the Outback and explore remote areas. During our road trip we drive many of the well-known offroad tracks and cross the 1100 sand dunes of the Simpson Desert. ⇒ The Simpson Desert

The Simpson Desert in Australia

The Simpson Desert in Australia

For a contrast to the remote areas, we also explore some of the beautiful cities of Australia. We spend New Year’s Eve in Sydney and fulfill one of our big dreams. We witness the NYE fireworks in front of the harbor bridge. What an amazing event. ⇒ NYE fireworks in Sydney

You like to know what travelling through Australia costs and how much we have spent on our road trip through Australia for one year? ⇒ How much does it cost to travel through Australia for one year?

Indonesia – Bali, Lombok and Flores

During our road trip around Australia we need a break. After seven months of travelling through Australia we decide to spend one month in Indonesia to recharge our travel batteries. The tickets from Darwin to Bali are very cheap and so we fly to Indonesia for a month.

We have been to Indonesia several times and we like to explore the different islands. This time we visit Bali, the three Gili islands Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, Lombok and Flores. From Labuan Bajo on Flores we board one of the beautiful wooden sailing boats and start a scuba diving safari through the Komodo National Park for a week. It’s a great feeling to be back underwater and dive the breathtaking reefs of the Komodo National Park. ⇒ Scuba diving safari through the Komodo National Park

Scuba Diving Safari through the Komodo National Park

Scuba Diving Safari through the Komodo National Park

Kuala Lumpur – The capital of Malaysia with its iconic Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur is an interesting city and we like to walk through the different quarters, explore the markets and taste the different snacks at the food stalls. We love the Indian restaurants and our favorite is the Tandoori Chicken at Yusoof. This time we do not stay in a Hotel, we have booked an apartment on Airbnb. The apartment is on the 20st floor of a high rise building.

The very best of the apartment is the infinity pool that we have access to. Located on the roof of the building at the 37th floor, this infinity pool is just breathtaking. We can swim with an amazing view over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. ⇒ Stop over in Kuala Lumpur with a beautiful infinity pool

Infinity pool with a beautiful view over Kuala Lumpur

Infinity pool with a beautiful view over Kuala Lumpur

Thailand – The Loy Krathong (Lantern Festival) in Chiang Mai

At the end of our road trip around Australia we have to sell our camper. It’s kind of a frustrating task but at the end we are happy enough to find a couple that buys our camper. We do not have flights and are not ready to travel back to Switzerland yet. We spend a few days in Fremantle and plan our next steps.

On our way back home to Switzerland we spend one month in Chiang Mai. We like this city, especially the old part, surrounded by an old moat and city walls. In this part of Chiang Mai the traditional lifestyle of the locals is still present and you can find many beautiful temples, restaurants with local dishes, coffee shops and much more.

Our timing couldn’t be better. Every year Thailand is celebrating Loy Krathong and at the same time Chiang Mai is celebrating Yi Peng, the lantern festival. We are blown away by the thousands of lanterns that are released simultaneously and float into the night sky. ⇒ Breathtaking Yi Peng Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

Yi Peng / Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

Yi Peng / Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

Switzerland – Two months holiday in our home country

At the end of 2014 we stay in Switzerland for two months and enjoy Christmas and New Year together with our families and friends. We are also lucky enough to get a free Swiss Travel Pass that allows us to travel with the local transport for free. During one month we travel around Switzerland, ride many of the famous panoramic railway lines and cross the Alps several times.

Glacier Express, Bernina Express, Golden Pass Line and the Centovalli Railway are some of the highlights of the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.

During this time we also visit some of the beautiful cities of Switzerland. ⇒ 13 cool cities in Switzerland

On a beautiful, sunny day we took the train up to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch was on our wish list for a long time and we are very happy, that we finally made it. Jungfraujoch “Top of Europe” and Rigi

Sphinx on Top of Europe

The sphinx on Top of Europe looks very impressing.

Our life in Flip Flops

The last four years we have fulfilled some of our dreams and we have lived in some of the most beautiful places of our planet. We have done hundreds of dives and explored many dive sites. During many courses we have introduced people to the beauty of the underwater world and trained new divers. We have lived at the ocean and enjoyed our life in flip flops. We have visited many new places, met many people and found new friends. ⇒ From manager to scuba diving instructor

We prefer warm weather and living close to the ocean. In Switzerland we loved to ski but we couldn’t imagine going back to Switzerland and settle down at the moment.

Our life in flip flops

Our life in flip flops

Can you imagine living a life in flip flops far away from home? Are you a travel addict too? Tell us about it and leave your story in the comments.

 

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