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Luang Prabang

Since I left home for my Great Escape, I’ve been doing monthly roundups of my adventures. As this blog is not just a resource for other travelers but also my own personal travel diary, I like to take some time to reflect on not just what I did, but how I felt. I also like to…

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Traveling -- stepping outside your own culture and comfort zone -- tends to come with a side dish of ethical and moral decision-making. Maybe you're concerned about the environmental impact of a Caribbean cruise, or you're fretting over what to wear in a conservative country like Egypt. Maybe you're wondering how to help poverty-striken children in…

While there is plenty to keep you occupied within Luang Prabang, another round of beautiful sights lie just outside the city limits. Visiting the Pak Ou Caves is a popular half-day tour from Luang Prabang. This trip definitely falls under the whole 'the journey is the destination' category. With two hours of river travel there and…

Luang Prabang -- the jewel of Indochina. That's a pretty big title to live up to, and so I was surprised when guidebooks and fellow travelers described the city as a place you go to soak up the atmosphere rather than see the sights. While there is certainly plenty of atmosphere to be soaked, there is…

Laos... what images are conjured when you hear the name of this sparsely populated, largely forgotten nation in Southeast Asia? Despite the fact that only 2.5 million tourists crossed Laotian borders in 2010 (source), Laos now sits in a comfortable position in the traveler's conscience, thanks to endless streams of press that decorates it with titles…