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Vientiane

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…

If you have yet to read Part I of my own personal Motorcycle Diaries, in which I describe how I became a victim of rental motorcycle theft, start here. It’s a doozy. Part II picks up a few days later, at which time my passport and I were safely ensconced back in Thailand. I’m sitting by…

It had to happen sometime. At some point, my good travel luck had to run out. And boy, did it go out with a bang on my last day in Laos. Long time readers might be all like, Alex, what about that time you almost forgot your passport? Or that time you were evicted from your…

I arrived in Vientiane with a mission. I had a to-do list, a carefully combed guidebook, and a curated list of must-have experiences. I was going to fall wildly in love with this capital metropolis. I was going to adore this city, so help me God, and nothing was going to stop me. Why? Because I…

I want to start by saying Happy Mother’s day to all the mamas reading this post today, especially my own mom and grandmothers. My mom has been one of my biggest fans and supporters in my travels and zany career pursuits! She gave me the gifts of independence, financial responsibility, and creativity that have made me…