Meet the Nomads – Chris and Angela of Tieland to Thailand

If you’re looking for a blog that chronicles their move from US to Thailand (specifically Chiang Mai) then this blog for you. Chris and Angela did a great job in documenting their move to another country in their blog Tieland to Thailand.

Prior the move, Angela (a Chemical Engineering graduate) worked in a research facility in US while Chris worked as an Operations Manager in a corporate setting. They got married almost a year ago and have decided to leave US and move to Thailand last January 2013.

Their blog has a lot of useful information that you’ll definitely find handy in case you decide to follow their steps. They have documented the process they went through in getting visas, finding apartments etc.

Get to know more about Chris and Angela and follow their adventure at Tieland to Thailand.

But before you click away, check out my short interview with Chris and Angela.

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How did you discover your passion for traveling?

“We discovered our passion for traveling after two back-to-back trips to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in 2011. These were our first “adult” vacations (at 25 years old) and we couldn’t believe that we had been trading beautiful beaches, delicious local cuisine, and a relaxing lifestyle for a life confined to a cubicle and long hours of sitting in traffic. Our vacations ended before we knew it and we were back in the office, had no more time-off, and would have to wait an entire year before getting a chance to travel again. We both agreed that this was not how we should be living our lives! Almost immediately afterwards we began searching for a way out of the nine to five and for a more location-independent lifestyle.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“The most horrible experience that we’ve had on the road was while we were waiting for our cat to arrive in Bangkok, Thailand on his international flight. We met three casually dressed airport employees who said they would take care of everything at the cargo facility. An hour and a half later and several hundred dollars cash poorer, we still hadn’t gotten our cat and the men seemed to have disappeared! There was about ten minutes of near-panic, but in the end we got our cat. To this day, we still have no idea what went on at the cargo facility or who those guys really were.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“While on our Honeymoon confirming if Thailand was going to be our country of choice, a walk on the beach of Krabi’s Poda Island was made complete with a few cold Chang beers and a simple yet satisfying meal of some of the best spicy som tum salad and fresh grilled corn. By the end of the day we knew that there was no going back to the rat race.”

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What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of traveling?

“That it’s harder to stay on budget than we’d thought! Since we have no set schedule and every day is different, it’s hard to budget for the unknown. Plus, every day feels like the weekend, and what do people do on weekends – go out and have a good time, spend money and eat and drink, right? We had to learn to cut back on living like it was the weekend every day, take it easy, and slow down a bit.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“Traveling is tiring. We don’t travel regularly, seeing as we’ve made a home for ourselves in Chiang Mai, but when we travel we are able to keep going if we do “slow travel.” We like taking our time getting to know the ins and outs of a place rather than rushing through and cutting ourselves short of the deeper experience. We are motivated to travel because every new place presents its own novel experiences. We also find ourselves much more often now trying to go off the beaten path and avoid major touristy sites.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Hands down, we would love to be given the chance to travel with Anthony Bourdain. We enjoy his cynical, dry sense of humor, his uncanny ability to be simultaneously crude and refined when dining on the world’s delicacies, and we envy the fact that he has one of the most practiced pallets of any human being. One of the few celebrities we care to follow on a regular basis, Anthony Bourdain’s knowledge of food and food culture is unbeatable and we deeply respect his opinion on worldwide cuisine.”

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Where’s your favorite place on this planet and why?

“Chris’s favorite place is anywhere with an undeniable variety of cheap and delicious street food, and all the good smells and hustle and bustle that comes with it. Angela likes anywhere that has a hammock, swing, or rocking chair. It’s such a great way to relax. Chiang Mai, Thailand is definitely the perfect blend of both of these characteristics.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveler?

“Know where you want to go but don’t have a set itinerary. There are so many things that can adversely affect traveling plans, so it is best to go with a flexible attitude and not allow yourself to stress out if something doesn’t go according to plans. Also, less is more. Rather than trying to do too much at once, we recommend “slow traveling” and taking your time to visit places. Make sure to throw in a relax-only day once or twice a week so you can unwind and recover from your activities.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while traveling?

“Within the first few weeks of moving to Thailand, we bought a 24 gallon trashcan from the Tesco Lotus (a Super Wal-mart equivalent). Unfortunately, we had traded in our car back in the US for a Thai motorbike, so Angela had to quickly adjust to living life as a local would. It must have been a sight seeing a petite blonde women ridin’ Thai style on the back of a moped on the highwaydesperately trying to hold on to a big ol’ trashcan!”

How do you keep yourself safe on your travels?

“We try to keep ourselves safe on our travels by being courteous of others and try to assimilate into the local culture as best as possible. I think drawing attention to yourself is an easy way to be targeted by those looking for a fight, money, or petty entertainment. We always travel together, do not wear or carry travel gear when possible, and are never intentionally rude, obnoxious, or loud. That has kept us out of trouble so far.”

What do you think about yourself?

“We are proud of ourselves for being able to walk away from our lives in the US and move to a place of uncertainty, and we aren’t ashamed to say that it’s awesome to do almost whatever we want, whenever.

We like to think we are forward thinking and strive to do better and learn from our experiences. We think we are good communicators and try to be open minded, both publicly (through our blog and social lives) but also between each other, which makes for a strong relationship abroad. We both love eating – not in volume, but in variety – we love exploring new cuisine and aren’t afraid to try something out of our comfort zone! Chris considers himself shy initially but is gradually becoming more outgoing since he is meeting new people all the time now. He is a chronic procrastinator, but manages to meet his goals with high quality. Angela considers herself a social butterfly, can be goofy, and slips up with a dumb blonde moment here or there. She is sometimes over critical of others but also believes in holding herself and others to high standards.”

Meet the Nomads - Chris and Angela of Tieland to Thailand

“Our blog details our adventure as a couple who has decided to leave a relatively successful, yet restricted lifestyle for one of more freedom while still young and healthy. We share how we sold our belongings to fund our overseas adventures, how we’ve adjusted to our new budget and lifestyle, and what treasures we’ve found since moving to Thailand.” – Chris and Angela

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Chris and Angela.

Next: Savi and Vid of Bruised Passports Previously: Steph and Andres of Discovering Ice For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.


  1. Thanks again for sharing our story!

  2. great article! im heading to Chiang mai soon hopefully so il definitely check out this blog!

  3. Great interview Flip.. Chris and Angela have a great blog!


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