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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

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Ilha de Moçambique: A Guide for Travelers
Ilha de Moçambique is an evocative UNESCO time-warp without the crowds that's definitely worth a visit! Here's our guide to getting there, things to do, where to stay, and more!
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7 Reasons Why We Love White Clay Resort in Coffee Bay
White Clay Resort in Coffee Bay is a place of supreme tranquility on South Africa's Wild Coast. Find out why you should add it to your itinerary!
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That Luang Festival: An Insider’s Guide for Travelers
That Luang Festival is the most important religious festival in Laos. Find out when to visit, what to do, where to stay, and more!
Hidden Laos: 7 Offbeat Things to Do in Vientiane
Tired of temples? Shake things up and check out this local's list of unusual and largely-unknown things to do in Vientiane, with map links.
One Week in Cape Town: Itinerary & Essentials
Cape Town Itinerary: What to see and do during one week in Cape Town. All you need to plan your independent, low cost visit!
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15 Awesome Things to Do in Istanbul with Kids
Visiting Istanbul with kids? Here are our 15 favorite things to do in Istanbul with kids, geared to active families and adventure seekers.
Our Daily Life Posts Have Moved! Check out dailylife.awaygowe.com for our Laos life dispatches and updates on the boys.

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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.
Tobacco Caye Belize
Tobacco Caye, Belize: Guide for Independent Travelers
Tobacco Caye, Belize. All you need to know to plan your own island adventure with helpful tips for getting there, where to stay & more!
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Night Ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao: A Guide for Travelers
Detailed guide & trip report for taking the night ferry from Chumphon to Koh Tao, including helpful tips, photos, what to expect, and 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?

Destination Guides + Itineraries

Tobacco Caye Belize
Tobacco Caye, Belize: Guide for Independent Travelers
Tobacco Caye, Belize. All you need to know to plan your own island adventure with helpful tips for getting there, where to stay & more!
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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.
ilha de mocambique
Ilha de Moçambique: A Guide for Travelers
Ilha de Moçambique is an evocative UNESCO time-warp without the crowds that's definitely worth a visit! Here's our guide to getting there, things to do, where to stay, and more!

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.
Turkey Istanbul Walls
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.