How We Afford Our Travels

How We Afford Our Travels

Whenever we meet up with friends or family members that we haven’t seen in awhile, the first question that they ask us is, “Where are you traveling to next?” The conversation often includes a include a mix of, “You guys are always traveling. You’re so lucky to travel to different places. I wish I have the time and money to travel.” We’re here to share with you that everyone can afford traveling. It’s about priorities and how you want to…

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Visiting Saigon Skydeck in Bitexco Financial Tower

Visiting Saigon Skydeck in Bitexco Financial Tower

Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon as some locals still call it has a number of historical and popular sites fairly close to the city center. I often travel to Vietnam for work, and spend the weekends touring the city. On my recent visit, I had a free day in Saigon and wanted to visit a tourist attraction. Since it was still early in the morning, I decided to beat the crowds to see what the hype was about for…

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Things To Do For A Weekend Along The Mendocino Coast

Things To Do For A Weekend Along The Mendocino Coast

A few years ago, my manager mentioned having a wonderful weekend in Mendocino and said that we would love it. We didn’t know where Mendocino was located and looked it up on Google Maps. The Northern California area was in the back of our minds, and we decided to spend a three day weekend along the Mendocino Coast in February last year. The coastline is truly beautiful and peaceful. The ocean waves, crisp air, and slight breeze easily rejuvenates you…

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Strange Sculptures at Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

Strange Sculptures at Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

Interested in art sculptures? We encourage you to visit Buddha Park (aka Xieng Khuan) in Vientiane, Laos. Our initial thoughts when we walked on the Buddha Park premise was “Wow. Everything is a bit bizarre, yet interesting.” Bunleau Sulilat created the concrete sculptures in 1958. If you’re on the Thailand side (nearby the Laos-Thailand border and the Mekong River), you can visit Sulilat’s other sculpture garden called Sala Keoku. Most of the sculptures depicted Buddhism and Hinduism. We were impressed…

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Top 8 Reasons To Visit Luang Prabang, Laos Now

Top 8 Reasons To Visit Luang Prabang, Laos Now

Luang Prabang, Laos is easily one of the most fun places we’ve visited. Yes, there were tourists everywhere; however, it didn’t feel super crowded like in New York or San Francisco. Fall in love with the small city charm, good eats, beautiful preserved temples and architecture, and easy access to walk everywhere. We can see why Luang Prabang was inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995. We stayed 4 days in this fun, awesome city as a part…

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3 Days of Temples Galore in Siem Reap, Cambodia

3 Days of Temples Galore in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Visiting Siem Reap and seeing the Angkor Wat and the neighboring temples was on our travel bucket for years, especially after visiting Ayutthaya that is often called Thailand’s version of Angkor Wat. We can see why this Siem Reap is popular, and a place you must visit when planning a trip to Cambodia. The allure of the city, beautiful architecture, history, sights in Hollywood blockbuster movies (ie: “Lara Craft: Tomb Raider” or “Transformers 3″), and the opportunity to see and…

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How to Travel to Cambodia and Laos in 2 Weeks

How to Travel to Cambodia and Laos in 2 Weeks

Southeast Asia is one of our favorite places to visit. The rich culture, food, history, and affordable travels are top reasons to visit the area. We had a memorable family trip with Justin’s family to Thailand and Vietnam from December 2012 to January 2013. A few years have passed and we felt it was time to visit another part of Southeast Asia. We planned a 2 week trip to Cambodia and Laos in December 2015 to January 2016. The stops…

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Galapagos Islands: Top Reasons to Visit

Galapagos Islands: Top Reasons to Visit

Have you been to the Galapagos Islands? If not, you definitely need to add it on your travel list. We were invited to share our adventures on The Restless Worker. Check out our top five reasons to visit Galapagos Islands. Continue reading here. By the way, Madi’s blog is awesome and informative. It’s great to meet others who balance travel and adventure with a full-time job. You’ll get a lot of inspiration to plan your next travel trip!   Share…

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Spending 3 Amazing Days at Joshua Tree National Park

Spending 3 Amazing Days at Joshua Tree National Park

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” “We must not only protect the countryside and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities … Once our natural splendor is…

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In Search of Tulou (土樓) Day Trip

In Search of Tulou (土樓) Day Trip

One of unique types of architecture in China are the Tulou (土樓) which means “earth/soil building.” They were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. You may recognize this architecture as it has been popularized by Stephen Chow’s movie, “Kung Fu Hustle.” Some Tulou are over 600 years old and were built like fortresses to protect the family or clan within the walls. I’ve been interested in these buildings for a while since my mother’s family is of…

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