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  • There's something that most travel couples don't tell you... 🤔
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Traveling together is not always easy, and it can really put your relationship to a test. We have been living together in many countries for over 6 years and have made it work. Yet, traveling full-time has definitely been hard on us at times. 🏡
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We have noticed this a little while ago. Friction here and there, and feeling a bit annoyed with each other at times. Instead of ignoring this, we started talking about this new tension between the two of us. 🤗
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There is a concept of letting your partner "miss" you. Getting some alone time is crucial to having a stable and happy relationship (we think). However, traveling and being in the same hotel room all the time makes things a lot harder. 🤯
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Instead of passively getting some alone time, it becomes something that needs to actively be worked on. Maybe one person works from the hotel lobby or a cafe. Maybe the other one goes for a walk, or a shopping spree. 🛍 😂
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Whatever it may be, it's important to take time and reflect on what each of you feels, needs and wants.
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We'd love to hear the thoughts of other long-term travel couples! Is it all easy breezy for you or are you just trying not to kill each other most of the time? 🤣
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— Diana & Robin 💕
  • There's something that most travel couples don't tell you... 🤔
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    Traveling together is not always easy, and it can really put your relationship to a test. We have been living together in many countries for over 6 years and have made it work. Yet, traveling full-time has definitely been hard on us at times. 🏡
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    We have noticed this a little while ago. Friction here and there, and feeling a bit annoyed with each other at times. Instead of ignoring this, we started talking about this new tension between the two of us. 🤗
    ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    There is a concept of letting your partner "miss" you. Getting some alone time is crucial to having a stable and happy relationship (we think). However, traveling and being in the same hotel room all the time makes things a lot harder. 🤯
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    Instead of passively getting some alone time, it becomes something that needs to actively be worked on. Maybe one person works from the hotel lobby or a cafe. Maybe the other one goes for a walk, or a shopping spree. 🛍 😂
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    Whatever it may be, it's important to take time and reflect on what each of you feels, needs and wants.
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    We'd love to hear the thoughts of other long-term travel couples! Is it all easy breezy for you or are you just trying not to kill each other most of the time? 🤣
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    — Diana & Robin 💕
  • 700 82 14 hours ago
  • Just hangin’ out amongst the clouds in Myanmar! ☁️⠀
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This pagoda was even more beautiful than we’d seen in pictures, and visiting was such a great experience! 🤩⠀
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We took a boat across the river at sunrise to the town of Mingun. 🚤 By 6:45 am when we arrived the little town was already in hustle-bustle mode and we were able to see all the locals getting their day started & the monks doing their morning rounds. We actually didn’t see another tourist for hours! 🙌🏼 ⠀
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Tips for visiting:⠀
- it cost 5000 MMK ($3.50 USD) per person entrance fee to Mingun which gives you access to all the pagodas over there (note: they don’t have individual entrance fees but it’s always nice to make a small donation at the pagodas you visit) 🎟⠀
- highly recommend chartering a private boat early for sunrise! The public boats don’t start until late morning and for not too much more $ you get a private boat that waits for you and takes you back when you’re ready. We paid $20 USD total for the tuk tuk & boat round trip. ⛵️⠀
- there is a dress code, so no spaghetti straps or shoes are allowed at the pagodas! This is pretty standard around the country 👟⠀
- it’s close to Mingun Pagoda, so these two are great to combo for sightseeing! 🗺⠀
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Have you ever visited a pagoda? ⠀
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All of our travel guides can be found on ⬇️ ⠀
LOVEHARDTRAVELOFTEN.COM ⠀
(Latest post: Oman 🤗)⠀
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#hsinbyumepagoda #myanmar
  • Just hangin’ out amongst the clouds in Myanmar! ☁️⠀
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    This pagoda was even more beautiful than we’d seen in pictures, and visiting was such a great experience! 🤩⠀
    •⠀
    We took a boat across the river at sunrise to the town of Mingun. 🚤 By 6:45 am when we arrived the little town was already in hustle-bustle mode and we were able to see all the locals getting their day started & the monks doing their morning rounds. We actually didn’t see another tourist for hours! 🙌🏼 ⠀
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    Tips for visiting:⠀
    - it cost 5000 MMK ($3.50 USD) per person entrance fee to Mingun which gives you access to all the pagodas over there (note: they don’t have individual entrance fees but it’s always nice to make a small donation at the pagodas you visit) 🎟⠀
    - highly recommend chartering a private boat early for sunrise! The public boats don’t start until late morning and for not too much more $ you get a private boat that waits for you and takes you back when you’re ready. We paid $20 USD total for the tuk tuk & boat round trip. ⛵️⠀
    - there is a dress code, so no spaghetti straps or shoes are allowed at the pagodas! This is pretty standard around the country 👟⠀
    - it’s close to Mingun Pagoda, so these two are great to combo for sightseeing! 🗺⠀
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    Have you ever visited a pagoda? ⠀
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    All of our travel guides can be found on ⬇️ ⠀
    LOVEHARDTRAVELOFTEN.COM ⠀
    (Latest post: Oman 🤗)⠀
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    #hsinbyumepagoda #myanmar
  • 877 180 18 March, 2019
  • Hundreds and hundreds of pagodas everywhere you look 👀
〰️ Be careful because you might get lost inside Shwe Indein with all the pagodas 😜
〰️ We spent 1h here walking around the temples 👌🏻
〰️We rented a boat with another couple for the day and they legit waited for us to continue our tour because we couldn't get enough of this place 😁
〰️Not our fault they saw this place in 15 minutes! Places like this one need to be appreciated 🔥
📸 @hairfullofsand 
#shweindeinpagoda #inlake #myanmar🇲🇲
  • Hundreds and hundreds of pagodas everywhere you look 👀
    〰️ Be careful because you might get lost inside Shwe Indein with all the pagodas 😜
    〰️ We spent 1h here walking around the temples 👌🏻
    〰️We rented a boat with another couple for the day and they legit waited for us to continue our tour because we couldn't get enough of this place 😁
    〰️Not our fault they saw this place in 15 minutes! Places like this one need to be appreciated 🔥
    📸 @hairfullofsand
    #shweindeinpagoda #inlake #myanmar 🇲🇲
  • 777 18 17 March, 2019

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  • Blue dreams. On to @aweipila in the name of research. It’s an hour by boat from Wa Ale but worlds apart. For a start, it has more than double the number of rooms and growing. Think traditional trimmings, like this infinity pool overlooking picture perfect white sand and sparkling seas.
  • Blue dreams. On to @aweipila in the name of research. It’s an hour by boat from Wa Ale but worlds apart. For a start, it has more than double the number of rooms and growing. Think traditional trimmings, like this infinity pool overlooking picture perfect white sand and sparkling seas.
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  • Adjustments . . . Bagan, Myanmar
  • Adjustments . . . Bagan, Myanmar
  • 26 2 5 hours ago
  • What is your favorite time of the day for photography? 
We shot this one at the Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun, near Mandalay (Burma). Most people visit here in the morning, but we decided to get here in time for the "golden hour" — and we had the whole pagoda just for ourselves. 
The best way to get here from Mandalay is to take a boat for an hour-long journey up the Irrawaddy River (see our previous post!). Photo © TravelPlusStyle.com

#myanmar #mandalay #mingun
  • What is your favorite time of the day for photography?
    We shot this one at the Hsinbyume Pagoda in Mingun, near Mandalay (Burma). Most people visit here in the morning, but we decided to get here in time for the "golden hour" — and we had the whole pagoda just for ourselves.
    The best way to get here from Mandalay is to take a boat for an hour-long journey up the Irrawaddy River (see our previous post!). Photo © TravelPlusStyle.com

    #myanmar #mandalay #mingun
  • 1,291 22 9 hours ago
  • Бирманские семьи многодетны. Бывали случаи, что на вопрос о числе детей, отец затруднялся ответить точно. Но теперь, особенно в средних слоях города, обозначилась тенденция ограничиваться тремя детьми.

Мальчиков в бирманских семьях воспитывают в меньшей строгости, чем девочек, ведь их ждет послушничество; из беззаботной поры детства они сразу шагнут в период подчинения суровой монастырской дисциплине.

Во многих песнях и стихах отражено беспокойство близких по этому поводу: "Брат наш, послушник,
Отчего побледнел ты и исхудал?
Что случилось с тобою?
Мы так волнуемся.

Здоров я, моя самая младшая сестренка,
Молюсь - ты расскажи об этом всем,
Устал немного только,
Пока я с чашею ходил
По деревенским улицам."
  • Бирманские семьи многодетны. Бывали случаи, что на вопрос о числе детей, отец затруднялся ответить точно. Но теперь, особенно в средних слоях города, обозначилась тенденция ограничиваться тремя детьми.

    Мальчиков в бирманских семьях воспитывают в меньшей строгости, чем девочек, ведь их ждет послушничество; из беззаботной поры детства они сразу шагнут в период подчинения суровой монастырской дисциплине.

    Во многих песнях и стихах отражено беспокойство близких по этому поводу: "Брат наш, послушник,
    Отчего побледнел ты и исхудал?
    Что случилось с тобою?
    Мы так волнуемся.

    Здоров я, моя самая младшая сестренка,
    Молюсь - ты расскажи об этом всем,
    Устал немного только,
    Пока я с чашею ходил
    По деревенским улицам."
  • 14 2 9 hours ago
  • Bagan, a temple town in Myanmar
Photo credit:  @parkgdd
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Bagan (Pagan) is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay, the former royal capital.

Standing on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, it’s known for the Bagan Archaeological Area (with Old Bagan at its heart), where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains, down from 10,000-plus in its glory days.

The name Bagan comes from the old Burmese word Pugan, which is in turn derived from the older Burmese word Pyugam, meaning “Pyu Village” – and in its infancy Bagan was just one of many competing city-states inhabited by the Pyu people in that region.

The Burmese Pagan Kingdom that ruled the ancient temple plain of Bagan was extraordinarily devout. Fervent believers in Theravada Buddhism (the dominant form of Buddhism in most of southeast Asia), the Bagan kings and their subjects built over 10,000 stupas throughout their metropolis between the 9th and 13th centuries, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols. Some 2,230 temples, stupas and pagodas survive, a legacy of the Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit.

Most are superbly preserved or have been restored by Unesco, among others, and many contain frescoes, carvings and statues of Buddha, big and small.
  • Bagan, a temple town in Myanmar
    Photo credit: @parkgdd
    .

    Bagan (Pagan) is an ancient city in central Myanmar (formerly Burma), southwest of Mandalay, the former royal capital.

    Standing on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, it’s known for the Bagan Archaeological Area (with Old Bagan at its heart), where more than 2,000 Buddhist monuments tower over green plains, down from 10,000-plus in its glory days.

    The name Bagan comes from the old Burmese word Pugan, which is in turn derived from the older Burmese word Pyugam, meaning “Pyu Village” – and in its infancy Bagan was just one of many competing city-states inhabited by the Pyu people in that region.

    The Burmese Pagan Kingdom that ruled the ancient temple plain of Bagan was extraordinarily devout. Fervent believers in Theravada Buddhism (the dominant form of Buddhism in most of southeast Asia), the Bagan kings and their subjects built over 10,000 stupas throughout their metropolis between the 9th and 13th centuries, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols. Some 2,230 temples, stupas and pagodas survive, a legacy of the Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit.

    Most are superbly preserved or have been restored by Unesco, among others, and many contain frescoes, carvings and statues of Buddha, big and small.
  • 405 2 12 hours ago
  • Pagoda land 📍 🇲🇲
  • Pagoda land 📍 🇲🇲
  • 154 5 14 hours ago
  • This crack in Mingun Pagoda has been there since an earthquake all the way back in 1839 😱⠀
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The pagoda (which is massive) was actually an abandoned project, and was intended to be 3x the height! It’s predominately unused, with the exception of a small shrine. ✨⠀
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Tips for visiting:⠀
- the best photo spot with this big crack is on the back side of the building 📸⠀
- it’s in Mingun, and just a few blocks from the white pagoda! 🚶🏼‍♀️⠀
- entrance fee is included in your Mingun town entrance ticket, which is 5000 MMK ($3.50 USD) 🎟 ⠀
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What place are you currently exploring or exploring next? ⠀
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All of our travel guides can be found on ⬇️ ⠀
LOVEHARDTRAVELOFTEN.COM ⠀
(Latest post: Oman 🤗)⠀
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#mingunpagoda #myanmar
  • This crack in Mingun Pagoda has been there since an earthquake all the way back in 1839 😱⠀
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    The pagoda (which is massive) was actually an abandoned project, and was intended to be 3x the height! It’s predominately unused, with the exception of a small shrine. ✨⠀
    •⠀
    Tips for visiting:⠀
    - the best photo spot with this big crack is on the back side of the building 📸⠀
    - it’s in Mingun, and just a few blocks from the white pagoda! 🚶🏼‍♀️⠀
    - entrance fee is included in your Mingun town entrance ticket, which is 5000 MMK ($3.50 USD) 🎟 ⠀
    •⠀
    What place are you currently exploring or exploring next? ⠀
    •⠀
    All of our travel guides can be found on ⬇️ ⠀
    LOVEHARDTRAVELOFTEN.COM ⠀
    (Latest post: Oman 🤗)⠀
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    #mingunpagoda #myanmar
  • 477 76 15 hours ago