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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 Laos 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 Posts

Penang Hill Day Trip
Just 5 miles from Georgetown's bustling city center, Penang Hill rises 2,700 feet, offering stunning island views and a respite from the lowland heat.
Georgetown (Penang)
Devoting 8 days to exploring atmospheric Georgetown on Penang Island — historic UNESCO settlement and foodie capital of Malaysia.
Riley Turns One in Malaysia
Our final full day in Kuala Lumpur AND an extra special day at that! We celebrate Riley's first birthday in style...or at least in Malaysia.
Batu Caves: Kuala Lumpur Day Trip
We ascend 272 neon-colored steps to explore sacred Batu Caves. It's crowded, it's kitsch, but a fun day trip by train with little ones from Kuala Lumpur.
Kick-Around Days in Kuala Lumpur
Visits to amazing KLCC park, a short jungle hike in the middle of the city, a stroll along the River of Life, and dinner at a couple of our favorite KL eateries.
Three Weeks of R&R in Malaysia
Kicking off our three-week inter-relocation vacation in Malaysia! The first stop? Five days in one of our favorite world capitals: Kuala Lumpur.
Our Daily Life Posts Have Moved! Check out dailylife.awaygowe.com for our Laos life dispatches and updates on the boys.

Recently Updated

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Unesco World Heritage Sites
We love UNESCO World Heritage Sites! And make a special effort to seek them out wherever we travel. But what are UNESCO sites, anyway? Read on to find out (including our running list of visited sites).
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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!
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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.
Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib: The Best Crib for Travel?
We put the Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib to the ultimate travel crib test—two years of real-world use and abuse traveling in Southeast Asia and beyond! So, is the Lotus Travel Crib the best portable crib for toddler or infant?
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Best Things to Do in Suzhou: A Guide for Travelers
From the evocative cobblestone-lined canals of Old Town to the stunning, world-famous classical gardens, Suzhou has a multitude of attractions waiting to be explored — all just a short trip from Shanghai.
15 Ridiculously Easy Tips for an Epic Road Trip with Baby
Road trip fun doesn't have to end with an infant in tow! Here are 15 easy screen-free tips for a long or short road trip with a baby, honed from thousands of miles of trial and error.

Destination Guides + Itineraries

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Essential Guide for Riding the Thakhek Loop
Essential information for planning your own epic Laos motorbiking adventure. Why go now, where to rent, what to bring & more!
20 Unforgettable Day Trips from Vientiane
A Laos expat's handpicked list of top day trips from Vientiane for visitors and long-term residents, with helpful tips for visiting each one.
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Tip of Borneo: Off-the-Beaten-Path Paradise
Tip of Borneo (Tanjung Simpang Mengayu), rumored home to Borneo's best beaches and sunsets! Here's our experience, with helpful tips and recommendations for an unforgettable visit.

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.