Plain of Jars and a New Direction

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We knew when we were in Bangkok our plans moving forward would likely change. And thus far in every country we’ve either subtly or dramatically altered our plans. Laos in particular has been nothing like we expected. We had planned to bypass Vang Vieng, but we’re glad we didn’t. We were going to go to the capital city of Vientiane, but after travelers reporting it was really quite boring we opted to head instead to the Plain of Jars in eastern Laos. The plan was to then take the road to Vietnam. We knew it wood be arduous, but weren’t prepared for the complete lack of information or even conflicting information. If we weren’t on a tight schedule through Vietnam we would probably just go for it. But we want to optimize our time in Vietnam. The trade off is security at the sacrifice of some serious funds and likely a few tours/activities. It was the hardest decision we’ve made on the trip so far, and we’re still a bit sad about it. Both because we blew nearly a weeks worth of funds on the overpriced last minute tickets, but also because we felt like we were copping out. We were spending money instead of being adventurous when in all likelihood it would have been fine. We just don’t have good luck with busses, and didn’t want to risk it. And although it’s bitter sweet at least we get to go back to Luang Prabang, our favorite city in Laos and maybe get a second chance at seeing those waterfalls we missed last time! Continue reading

Bucket List

Machu Picchu: A common "bucket list" contender

I’ve had a progressive bucket list for as long as I can remember. Progressive because it never stayed the same very long; constantly crossing things out, not because I had completed them, but because I grew out of it, or lost interest. I don’t have any record of these early ones though. I wish I could look back to when I was seven, and what I thought I wanted to do throughout my life. It would be candid, at the very least, whimsical I’m sure, and likely totally unrealistic. As it should be at seven years old. Continue reading

Travel Confessions: A Fear of Solo Travel

In my head, I generally regard my travel-self (as opposed to my “domestic-self”) as some sort of daring, adventuring, vagabonding type  able to change my mind on a whim and take what ever challenges come my way with great ease. While at home I’m pretty flexible and adventurous I certainly don’t exhibit the same sort of easy spirited nature, at least not the same extent. There are few places I’m unwilling to travel, and few things I’m not willing to try. Not much scares me in the world of travel. Well, giant amazon spiders do, quite a bit, but they would never prevent my venturing. Continue reading

Top 5.

Right now I have a short list of countries to visit, by short, I mean 80-something. But many of these countries I want to visit at some point, not necessarily as soon as possible. And when trying to narrow it down to most interested I find it exceptionally difficult, there are so many incredible places to see! But, if I had choose, these are my top 5 (in no particular order). I choose them based on if I had the opportunity to travel at this very moment; these locations are what jump first into my mind.  Continue reading