Bali, Indonesia

Many people dream of going to Bali, be it for a romantic honeymoon or a vacation. It’s renowned for pristine beaches and amazing waves. Sadly, we didn't find the beaches pristine at all, although the waves were pretty amazing. What we did find, though, were really friendly people and seriously amazing handmade everything. We spent …

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Malaysia and Singapore

Malaysia and Singapore Neither Malaysia nor Singapore were on our original list of countries to visit. Bali, the topic for our next blog, wasn’t either. These were, more or less, last minute decisions. When looking into flights from Tokyo to anywhere else in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, Malaysia was the cheapest destination in terms …

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Vietnam

On our trip to Vietnam, my stepdaughter (Scott’s daughter Aidan) joined us. It was also the Christmas holidays, so instead of “going it alone” in terms of trip planning, as usual, I enlisted the help of a travel agent to arrange everything: booking accommodation, planning and scheduling tours, ensuring rides to and from locations, etc. …

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Laos

Before going to Laos (the “s” is silent, so it’s pronounced “Lao,” rhyming with “how”), we didn’t really know anything about the country. What we learned, saw, and experienced was very powerfully affecting, both joyful and sad, beautiful and at times heartbreaking. We arrived on November 27, 2018, and we were there for 14 days. …

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France is $$$$

I decided to buy cheap plane tickets from Porto to Paris on RyanAir (like, super cheap: a total of $35 for both of us). What a deal!! I couldn’t believe our good fortune! Oh, wishful thinking... As we were preparing to leave our Airbnb in Porto, our host mentioned to Scott that the "Paris airport" into …

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Porto Is Perfecto!

You should visit Porto! Featuring delicious food and wine at very reasonable prices, it is a remarkably comfortable destination. Add to that the beauty of its architecture and the charming riverfront, and you have a winning combination. And to top it off, the people of Portugal are very friendly. We had a wonderful time walking …

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