Roadtripping in Oman

Situated between the arguably failed state of Yemen, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, and flashy UAE, Oman often and undeservedly gets lost in the Middle East shuffle.  It’s this off-the-radar status plus its relatively progressive attitude, political stability, and absolutely stunning landscapes … Read More

How Not to Cross an International Border

posted in: Motorbikes, SE Asia, Stories | 3

I’m not ashamed to say that I have a bit of nostalgia for the “Come Fly with Me” era of travel – where the suits were three piece, the stewardesses were hot twenty-something virgins from Iowa, and the destinations were … Read More

12 Must-Have Items for Your Next Trip

Have you ever consulted a packing list, either online or in a guidebook, only to find things like a smart phone, toothpaste, and underwear on it? You’re not alone.  We consulted dozens of online resources to put together our own … Read More

Letting Go of the Travel Fantasy

If you’ve been with us since the early days, you might remember that our original plan was to ride motorcycles through most of SE Asia, starting in Vietnam before tackling Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, possibly moving on to … Read More

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Travel Long-Term with Your Significant Other

posted in: Stories, Travel Tips | 10

When we first announced our plan to embark on this adventure, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of genuine enthusiasm and support from family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers.  It was such an awesome, warm bear-hug of a feeling. There … Read More

Vang Vieng, Laos: The Party That Just Won’t Die

posted in: Stories | 8

Unless you’re in your 20’s and from Europe or Australia, odds are you’ve never heard of Vang Vieng, Laos.  I certainly hadn’t until we started doing research for this trip. Vang Vieng was once a sleepy and picturesque village on … Read More

The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

posted in: Planning, Travel Gear | 17

When it comes to travel, the list of things you “absolutely must have” gets longer and longer with each passing year.  If Wanderrlust had taken place in the 80’s before the rise of the internet, Courtney and I would have … Read More

Getting the Most from Travel “Experts”: The Travel Agent

posted in: Planning, Travel Tips | 4

I am surprised travel agents haven’t gone the way of the dodo yet.  Almost all of the services an agent provides can be done easily online, for less money, and with more customization.  My parents used a travel agent to … Read More

Getting the Most from Travel “Experts”

posted in: Planning, Travel Tips | 2

Earlier this year, a book entitled The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor came onto my radar.  The title initially caught my eye because it applies to so much more than global poverty reduction … Read More

The Best of SE Asia

Well, folks – that’s all she wrote for SE Asia at Wanderrlust.  After four months in Vietnam, a month in Laos, two weeks in Cambodia, a month in Thailand, a week and half in Malaysia, a week in Singapore and … Read More

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