Shadow us Through Southeast Asia?


Southeast Asia


Having  just set out on our Southeast Asia adventure, we are reminded that independent travel has a lot of moving parts. It can be daunting to try something new especially when questions lead to even more questions about everything from what to pack, how to maintain a budget, how to get around, and how not to be on the losing end of scams.

When we need to wrap our heads around something new, it’s always nice to shadow someone who has some experience. If it can work when we are learning the ropes at a new job why can’t it work for travel too, right?  Now that we’re heading out on another adventure we’d like to offer anyone interested in joining us in the virtual sense and see that it’s not as difficult as it might seem.


Follow along through all of our ups and downs in Southeast Asia.


We’ve had friends and family ask us to share our experiences as we travel to other parts of the world. Some out of curiosity and some because they are interested in trying this independent travel thing themselves. We thought we’d kill two birds with one stone. This time we are tripping through Southeast Asia starting in Thailand and will be posting as we go.

Though we’ve been to Thailand, we have zero experience with Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia. We want you to be there with us as we apply our past travel experience and navigate through the good and the bad so everyone can see that it can be challenging but doable, and rewarding.


Learn from our mistakes.


When we started tripping around to all these different countries with our backpacks strapped on, we floundered around quite a bit. We piecemealed together every bit of advice we could find from other travellers as well as internet forums. This info was invaluable. ….most of the time.

But one issue in the beginning was that more often than not we listened to and took advice without consideration to what the motivation was. Some people would hype up the dangerous aspects of a location or activity to look like they were brave. Others made claims of how little money they could get by on to appear super budget savvy. While others provided info that was clearly meant to promote their business.

Along with that, there was no shortage of honest well-meaning travellers like us who just wanted to help and “pay it forward”. The thing to remember is that everybody is different. What works for some will not work for others.

Why don’t you ride along! We’ll share what we plan on doing and you can witness how we try to keep it on track.  Spoiler alert:  it never goes exactly how it’s planned. We’ll share with you the work arounds, the reasons why we do it the way we do, and some alternatives that you can consider if you like or dislike what works for us. You can ask questions in almost real time as we go.


Let’s get going!


We hope you can pick up valuable insight from what we do right and what we do wrong. As always, we’ll encourage you to ask questions, add comments and any suggestions you have. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date. Also don’t forget to sign up to receive our latest posts via email. OK, that’s it for now. Get your imagination going and start making plans to exit the rat race. …even if it’s temporary.

Have any questions or want to add to anything about this post? Feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for checking us out. Ciao for now!

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