5 Travel Lessons From Our SE Asia Trip

By David

Since we’re getting ready head out on another adventure in a little over a month, I figured it was time to finally finish this post I started back in October (you are correct, I’m the worst).

When we got back to Chiang Mai after our Borneo, Bali, and Ko Lanta trip, we said we would post about the latest travel lessons we learned. Obviously, that never happened. But now, as we’re gearing up to leave Thailand and become even more nomadic, moving from one country to another every month, it’s the perfect time to go back and remember what we learned and apply them to this next adventure.

So here we go, the 5 travel lessons learned from our SE Asia trip and how they can be applied to where we’re heading next:

1. AirAsia, while cheap, has really stupid rules.

airasia flight delays

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Save Money While Traveling With These Two Credit Cards

By David

I feel validated. One of my favorite bloggers, Lucky from One Mile At A Time, published the post “The 2 Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards” yesterday. The two cards he points out:

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Photo Friday: Inside Angkor Wat, Cambodia

By David

inside angkor wat cambodia

My first Southeast Asia experience came in 2010, only a couple months after I met Alexis. I remember this night very clearly — I was hanging out with Alexis in her dorm room when my cousin texted me and said, “Do you want to go to Cambodia?”

“Uhhh… yes?” I responded.

“I’m going with a volunteer group but my mom will only let me go if you come too. She’ll pay for you to come.”

That was all I needed. I was in.

A few weeks later, I had my bag packed and was set to head out on my first real international experience. Up until that point, I had only been to Mexico (Tijuana with my uncle who lives in San Diego) and The Bahamas on a cruise.

So by “my bag” I mean Alexis’ backpack. She was a seasoned traveler, having explored much of Europe during her study abroad year. I had nothing, but I was excited to start my journey as well.

I spent 10 days in Cambodia with the group forPEACE. We built 10 homes in a rural village outside Battambang in western Cambodia. The houses were modest, built on stilts with corrugated metal siding and wood plank floors. We worked side by side with the locals who would live in them. I had never done anything like that before, but the experience was truly enriching.

After the houses were built, we had a few days left in the country to explore the many temples of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat being the most famous. The beauty of the temple was awe-inspiring. The sheer size of it, the intricate details, the endless corridors… it was all incredible.

This particular shot of a female monk surrounded by the golden-clad Buddha and prayer flags is one of my favorites. Her smile was uplifting, if a little deranged as well. She seemed happy to the point of crazy. Perhaps it was enlightenment.

Regardless, it was a smile and experience I will never forget. You can see more pictures of Cambodia here.

P.S. I promise this will be my last Photo Friday guest post 🙂 The star of the show will return next week.

Fun Facts! I “Mustache” You Some Questions

rotr i mustache you some questions

Mani from A New Life Wandering tagged us in a fun quick-facts post a couple days ago. We’re gonna cheat a little and do two each. Here we go… Continue reading

What to do When Your Triple Entry Tourist Visa Expires in Thailand

By David

Some context:

  • We both entered Thailand on triple-entry tourist visas.
  • Alexis switched to a non-immigrant B visa once she started teaching.
  • I extended two of my three entries at the Chiang Mai immigration office before my tourist visa finally expired on January 17th, 2015.
  • We tried, unsuccessfully, to get me on a non-immigrant O visa.
  • I did a border run to Mae Sai to get a 30 day visa exempt stamp. This granted me until February 15, but we don’t leave for Japan until March 31st. So… what to do? Continue reading