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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!

New + Recently Updated Guides

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India Travel Budget: We Track Every Rupee for 7 Weeks
How much is the cost of traveling in India? Check out our detailed India travel budget with lodging, food, transport, and more!
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South Africa Travel Budget: Our 30-Day Expense Report
How much does it cost to travel South Africa? Check out our detailed South Africa travel budget with lodging, food, transport and more!
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Mozambique Budget & Travel Report
Mozambique can be an expensive travel destination. Here is our own Mozambique budget and expenses over 30 days, including food & lodging.

Latest Dispatches from Cambodia

Moving In & Up
Move-in day is finally upon us! We go about the business of settling into our home in Phnom Penh for the forseeable future. And, celebrate another trip around the sun for Lori!
Kep Crab & Kep Beach
We go crab-wild for Kep's delectable delicacy, give Kep Beach another chance, and I give myself a minor injury at the area's finest establishment.
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Hiking Kep National Park
Starting off the new year with a bit of hiking in Kep National Park and trying our luck, once again, with sundowners and sunset views at the Sailing Club.

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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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10 Butt-Saving Tech Essentials for Digital Nomads & Tropical Freelancers
There's tons of digital nomad gear out there, but few true essentials. Here's our road-tested list of tech essentials—#6 & #10 saved our butts many times.
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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.

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.