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

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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

Top 5 Hotels in SE Asia

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We’ve just hit a very special milestone here at Wanderrlust – our 100th unique hotel of the trip!  This distinction goes to Tiger Eye Guesthouse in Manali, India.  While Tiger Eye probably isn’t going to blow anyone away, it offers … Read More

The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

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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 Guide Book

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Everywhere we go on this trip, we see tourists young, old, purple, and green clutching guide books to their chests, poring over these massive tomes with the eye of a cryptologist or palm reader. I promise you, there is nothing to … Read More

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

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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”

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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

The King of Soups

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I am a soup lover. Bean soup, meat soup, potato soup, noodle soup, clear soup, vegetable soup, creamy soup, bread soup, rice soup, shrimp soup – I could go all Bubba from Forrest Gump on soup for hours.  Except gazpacho.  I HATE … Read More

Top 10 Tips for Travel Photography

It was the fall of 2012, and I was happily planning my first trip with mom, just us two, to Istanbul. Cheap flight with free exit row upgrade?  Check (thank you, MileagePlus status!).  Cool little flat in the old part … Read More

Weekend Getaway: Washington, DC

At some point, we’ve all been asked for advice on visiting our hometowns, from providing tips for acquaintances and colleagues to playing full-on tour guide and host for visiting family and friends.  And, odds are you’ve asked people in your circle … Read More

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