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I’m Dave, and that there with the big smile is Lori. We started AwayGoWe.com in 2010 to chronicle our backpacking adventures as newlyweds, and expat adventures as aid workers.

Today, AwayGoWe has evolved into an essential resource for independent travelers hungry for off-the-beaten-path destinations and adventure travel in less-developed countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Currently based in Cambodia with two young boys, we’re constantly adding new guides & articles with our own unique perspective, all 100% road-tested from our own independent travel experiences in each destination we cover.

All to help make your own independent travel adventure more fun and rewarding!

Latest Destination Guides

Livingston Guatemala Things to Do Guide
Livingston, Guatemala: A Guide for Independent Travelers
Livingston, Guatemala makes a great stopover between Southern Belize and Rio Dulce. Things to do, how to get to Livingston, tips & more!
Tak Bat in Luang Prabang: Essentials for Travelers
Tak Bat in Luang Prabang is a sacred and time-honored ritual. It's also become a major attraction. Here's how to visit respectfully.
Cárnival Dominicana: A Guide for Travelers
Reveling in Dominican Republic Carnival — a lively, vibrant, and surprisingly competitive event in Santo Domingo. Here's what to expect.

Latest Dispatches from Cambodia

December 2019 Wrap-Up
Mall trains, school breaks, a toddler-free day, a long-anticipated move-out, and some long-awaited down time. Recapping a memorable end to an eventful year.
Christmastime in Cambo
The holidays are upon us! Nope, not Khmer Water Festival. Consumermas! has taken over Cambodia with all the pageantry of a million plastic Christmas trees and more!
Visa Run! Crazy Day Trip to Vietnam
Eight hours in a car with the boys to drive to Vietnam and back for the sole purpose of activating our 12-month NGO visas. Loads of fun for everyone!

Independent Hiking + Trekking Guides

Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu: Complete Trip Report
Walking in the ancient footsteps of the Inca to Machu Picchu was a transformative bucket-list experience that surpassed all expectations. In this series, we detail our four-day Llama Path trek to the sacred Andean citadel.
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Istanbul’s Ancient Land Walls: A Guide for Travelers
Exploring Istanbul's ancient city walls (of Constantinople) is an unforgettable urban adventure. Learn how to visit the city's 1,600-year-old ramparts.
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Sipi Falls: Visiting on Your Own and on a Budget
Sipi falls is a stunning corner of Uganda that shouldn't be missed. Here's how to visit independently, on a budget, hike, where to stay & how to get there.

Independent Travel
Gear + Prep

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Vietnam E-Visa: How to Apply Online
Our complete guide for getting the cheapest, no-hassle Vietnam E-Visa, with step-by-step instructions for completing the e-visa application form online.
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15 Tech Essentials for Moving to a Developing Country
Moving to a developing country? Wondering what home/office tech gear to pack? Don't forget these for your moving abroad packing checklist.
The Best DSLR Camera for Travel?
What is the best DSLR camera for travel? Here's my personal take (and kit details) based on over twenty years of travel shooting with DSLR and SLR cameras.

Featured Destinations

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Halong Bay 3 Day Cruise: The Ultimate Guide
Our complete guide to getting the very best Halong Bay 3 day cruise in Vietnam! Helpful hints, trip report, best cruise ships and more!
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Istanbul, Turkey
Heaving with 14 million people and millennia of rich history at every turn, Istanbul may shatter all your hopes of ever landing on a more spellbinding destination.
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Vientiane, Laos: An Insider’s Guide
Sleepy and languid by East Asia standards, Vientiane, Laos will surprise you with its diversity of cuisine, quirky sights, friendly locals, and sense of ease.