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Packing Carry On Only for 3 Months of Travel

I’ve done the whole 60L backpack thing before. It wasn’t fun. I don’t doubt that there are many fabulous people who actually pack appropriately and use everything that they bring… I’m just not one of them. And I know many challenged packers like myself. I was always incredibly jealous of those who managed long-term travel […]

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A Year On: My Leave of Absence, Was It Worth It?

Tomorrow marks one year since David and I packed our bags (carry-on only!) for three months of adventure in Southeast Asia. It marks the start of a leave of absence to travel, something that many of my friends and family said would be impossible to do. People take leaves of absence to study, or time […]

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Why We Chose NOT to Buy Clothes in Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam. Home of custom, tailor-made clothes. Blogs rave about it. Visitors flock to the destination with magazine clippings of their dream outfit, hoping to have it made to their specifications and chosen fabric. We had this same hope, though we weren’t as fastidious to know exactly what we wanted to have made. A […]

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Spa Time in Southeast Asia

Once upon a time I worked as a receptionist at a gorgeous Scottish hotel complete with spa. On slow days, staff would get to partake in spa treatments for a 50% discount. And so the luxury addiction began. Southeast Asia was going to be another such opportunity to enjoy spa time. I just knew it. […]

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Photo Essay: Hoi An, Vietnam

Okay, I know I’m skipping ahead a bit here. You’re all reading my posts about Laos at the moment, but here we are in Hoi An, Vietnam and I’m ridiculously excited about some of the photos we’ve been taking. The colours here are stunning and even though the weather is less than desirable, at least […]

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Bangkok to Chiang Mai by Train

Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian and that trains are expensive in Canada, but I LOVE trains. Love, love, love. So, when we had the option to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai (1 hour) or to take the train (12 hours), I was all about taking the train. Our tickets cost 1,280 Baht ($44 for […]

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Photo Credit: Mikhail Koninin

And… we’re off!

It’s official! Today’s the day that the hubby and I jet off to Southeast Asia for 2.5 months! We’re ridiculously excited, if a little nervous. We’ve got a route planned, we have some things booked, but we’ve also left some flexibility to discover what isn’t in the guidebooks. (more…)

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