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20 Fun Day Trips from Vientiane
A Vientiane expat's handpicked list of fun and worthwhile day trips from Vientiane for the first-time visitor or the long-term expat. We'll help you get out of Vientiane and explore
Buddha Park: The Hidden Gem of Greater Vientiane
Looking for something a bit different to discover around Vientiane? The mysterious “spirit city” of Xieng Khuan (commonly known as Buddha Park) is quite unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Champa Garden Restaurant
A 10km drive north of the city center, Champa Garden offers excellent Lao food in a unique aquatic setting, along with a sprawling Champa flower garden in a city where
Just Another Saturday Night…
It's Saturday night again in Vientiane. Riley and I have just made it to the drop zone, and have just 90 minutes to rendezvous with the rest of our party
Hiking Wealth Coffee Nature Trails
Who says there aren't any hiking trails around Vientiane? Today, we're exploring a little-known corner of the area, with a unique coffee shop and miles of semi-shaded nature trails.
Daily Life, 11-18 January
Settling into our new digs, slowly getting provisioned, and soaking up the near-perfect weather that is Vientiane in January.

Travel Tips + Hacks

Vientiane DOs & DON’Ts
Some helpful considerations for planning your visit to Vientiane. A couple may surprise you.
7 Ways a VPN Will Transform Your Travel Life
Whether traveling across the globe or across the street, having a rock-solid VPN will make your online life more secure and virtually limitless, anywhere. Here's how.
15 Tech Essentials for Moving to a Developing Country
Wondering what tech gear you should pack to a developing country or add to your moving abroad checklist? Here are 15 essential travel-tested gadgets for your next move.
The Best Debit Card to Use Abroad
Think all debit cards are the same when it comes to international travel? Heck no. Here's my road-tested take on the very best debit card to use abroad, and what
Lotus Everywhere Travel Crib Review: 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
Forget Absentee Ballots. Vote By Email Overseas!
It's easier than ever for U.S. citizens living abroad (as well as Americans traveling overseas) to vote by absentee email ballot. Here's how.

Explore AwayGoWe

Our travel hacks repository, from getting the best price on gear and essentials to helpful tips and tricks for making travel less stressful and more rewarding.

From helpful tips to inspiring stories about traveling anywhere and everywhere, near and far, short-term and long-term, with babies and older kids.

Dispatches from our daily life in Laos, as well as tips and hacks for others living and working overseas, particularly in developing countries.

Featured Destinations

Vientiane, Laos
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.
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.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The charming former Laos capital of Luang Prabang has fiercely guarded its religious traditions for centuries. Yet, the UNESCO town's biggest test may still lie on the horizon.

Welcome to AwayGoWe.com!

I’m Dave. I’m an Oregonian living in Southeast Asia. I travel. I write. I do other fun stuff. And, I do most of it with a kid or two in tow.

Since 2010, my wife, Lori, and I have been sharing our travel stories with the world on AwayGoWe, and more recently, on PlacesApart.com and Dadventurings.com.

In the interest of simplifying our lives further, we recently decided to consolidate our three sites into one—AwayGoWe.