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Posted by Caleb | August 9, 2016 I am not a photographer, heck I just went on a trip around the world without even carrying a camera.  However, as I get more connected to digital devices and social networks, my initial reaction to seeing something cool on this trip was to […]

Points High Trip – A to Z in pictures


Waited until the very last country to try out a segway tour. Would absolutely do it again! 1
I’m posting this blog from London’s Heathrow Airport as we are about to board our second of three flights of the day that will take us home. In many ways this trip has been a whirlwind and in others it feels as if we’ve been traveling far longer than eight […]

Last stop: Kansas!



Happy hour with a view from the boat deck in Halong Bay.
Posted by Beth | June 26, 2016 We recently spent a full month traveling across Vietnam, the longest we spent in any single country on our round-the-world trip (not counting our time living in Uganda). We chose to stay the full 30 days allowed on our visa because it’s a […]

Our 30-day Vietnam itinerary (plus suggestions for shorter visits)


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Posted by Beth | June 20, 2016 For a complete summary of where we stayed, what we did and how we got around, see our Ultimate Guide to Flashpacking Laos.  Days in the country: 10 Cities visited: Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang Favorite lodging: Our Airbnb in Vientiane. Best host we’ve ever […]

Country recap and budget tips: Laos



One of our highlights was cruising around the countryside on a motorbike 1
Posted by Beth | June 13, 2016 We adored our 10 days traveling around Laos and encourage anyone interested in traveling through Southeast Asia not to overlook this landlocked country. There are no beaches, but there’s plenty of natural beauty, adventure activities, delicious food and accommodations perfect for a “flashpacker” budget. […]

The Ultimate Guide to Flashpacking Laos


kayaking break in Ang Thong
Posted by Beth | June 10, 2016 Days in the country: 15 Cities visited: Ko Tao, Ko Pha Ngan, Ko Samui, Bangkok, Pak Chong Favorite lodging: The Conrad Ko Samui, easily the nicest hotel we’ve ever stayed in Favorite food: Caleb discovered he loved Thai curry, and though I made myself eat more than […]

Country recap and budget tips: Thailand



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Posted by Caleb | June 1, 2016 Quite possibly the most interesting part of our trip is the rags to riches, then back down to rags accommodation that we consistently stay at.  One night I am waiting in the hotel check-in line behind a Wall Street millionaire spattering on his […]

By Beach Bungalow vs Conrad Koh Samui. Same-Same, but ...


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Posted by Beth | May 28, 2016 One of the best (though some would argue worst) things about Thailand is it is so easy to get around on the well-worn backpacker trail. Most tourists hit Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai in the North, then head south for the islands […]

Off the tourist trail in Thailand: Khao Yai National Park ...