Category Archive: Laos

What not to wear to a Wat (or any other place of spiritual significance)

When traveling outside of the United States, the “must see” sites often include churches, temples, wats, mosques, cemeteries, and other locations of spiritual significance to the local population. When I first started traveling, I was pretty ignorant to dress expectations. I figured that I was dressed pretty modestly by Western standards, so it was OK. …

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Photo Focus – 13 Weeks in SE Asia Thus Far

Taking photos around the world is a huge reason why I enjoy traveling. In fact, I’d venture to say that it’s largely why I travel— for the chance to capture unique experiences and challenge myself to tell the story to those back at home. While I am no professional, I am constantly learning and (hopefully) …

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I scored a hat trick against a 9-year-old

You heard me. A hat trick—that’s 3 goals—against a 9-year-old. Actually, it was a team of 9-year-olds, although some may have been as old as 12. And yes, I’m proud of it. My team needed me and I delivered. That’s what former Division III 2nd Team All-SCIAC athletes do. Deliver. Of course, I say all …

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Travel Tips – How to save for your DREAM trip without really trying

Over the past year and a half since I quit my job and headed out on my first multi-month adventure, friends, coworkers, and family members have asked, “How do you do it?” This question is quite broad and it applies to various aspects of what I’ve been doing: how I saved money, how I quit …

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A Sobering American Experience in Laos

During my second day in Vientiane I walked across town to the COPE Visitor’s Center, an educational space created by the COPE organization that supports the victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO). The Center is a surprisingly bright and uplifting place, as the organization provides training and work opportunities in addition to high-tech but low-cost artificial …

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Tubing in Vang Vieng— I might be too old for this

What you’re about to read may be the most ridiculous conversation I’ve ever had. While it’s often apparent that I’m in a different place in my life as a “mature” backpacker (read: over 19), I’ll be keeping an eye out for my AARP Card after this one. And you know what? I’m totally OK with …

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