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Laos Life: March 2019
From killer smog, to potty training, first weekend away, to 3/4 of the fam getting sick, March had a little something for everyone. Here's a look back at an eventful month here in Vientiane.
Toxic
What's it like to live with the worst air quality in the world? Little did we know, we were about to find out.
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.
20 Fun Day Trips from Vientiane
An expat's handpicked list of worthwhile day trips from Vientiane for visitors or long-term resident. We'll help you get out of the capital and explore this fascinating corner of the world!
Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
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.
Lao Lake House
Lao Lake House may have been the very first Vientiane weekend trip we heard of when we moved to Laos. 2.5 years later, we finally make the trip to the serene estate on Nam Houm Lake.

Travel Tips + Hacks

How to Get Malarone for Cheap!
Helpful tips for how to get cheap Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) in the U.S. (under US$3.00/pill), from a budget-minded traveler's own search for affordable Malaria prevention.
Imojev (JE) Vaccine and Breastfeeding
Is it safe for a breastfeeding mother to get the Japanese Encephalitis IMOJEV vaccine? How we suddenly found ourselves asking this question, after-the-fact, and what we learned from the experience.
Vientiane DOs & DON’Ts
Some helpful considerations for planning your visit to Vientiane. A couple may surprise you.
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 makes it the very best.
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.
8 Awesome Things to Do with a Baby in Vang Vieng
Wondering what to do in Vang Vieng with a baby (or toddler)? Here are eight fun (and totally realistic) things, from our own experience living in Laos.

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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

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.
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.

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.