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Money matters

Thailand and Cambodia Backpacking costs-2016

Standard currency to keep record To keep record of our Thailand and Cambodia backpacking costs, we decided to use the Thai baht since we were starting off in Thailand. When traveling, we tend to “think in South Africa Rands” while spending Thai Baht. Once we crossed the border to Cambodia, we were sometimes spending US … Continue reading »

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From home extension to self contained apartment.

Why would a couple need a 270 square meter home, with 3 living areas, 2 bathrooms & 4 bedrooms? This is what we originally had in mind when we planned & starting building an additional 2 bedrooms & bathroom as an additional to our already large, 200 square meter home. We completed the “shell” a … Continue reading »

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Can our house generate a passive income while we travel?

Having both been property professionals for some 23 years, we have always realized the value of owning property, both as security, as well as a form of generation passive income for retirement “one day”. Which is why we have always saved like crazy to fund & ultimately pay off the few investment properties we own, … Continue reading »

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Thailand backpacking expenditure-2015

Recording our Thailand backpacking expenditure To keep track of our Thailand backpacking expenditure while on the road, we used a free app called “Expense Manager”. This app makes it fairly fast & easy to input travel costs on an Android device. There are different categories as well as sub categories that you can create as … Continue reading »

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Some cash for the road

Some Thai Bahts to take along together with the Mastercard. Today the exchange stood at R2.66/Baht. ABSA gave me R2.38/Baht. Last year this time the Rand was at 3.55 Baht. At this rate, soon the Rand will be worth less than the Baht (Seriously). Will see if I can set up an account in Thailand … Continue reading »

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Airline tickets booked & paid for!!

So this is it. Menno & Janneke are finally taking a break from their “responsible” and hard working lives & making a break of it. Mind you, this won’t be a typical holiday with everything pre-booked in resorts. Not the kind of holiday most adults in their late 40’s have. But then again, we’ve never … Continue reading »

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