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If you love independent travel,
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I’m David. Since 2010, my wife, Lori, and I have been sharing our travel stories with the world over at AwayGoWe.com. PlacesApart.com is the next evolution of that project.

This website is dedicated to doing one thing and one thing only—talking about intriguing, inspiring—and often challenging—travel destinations that are totally worth your time and effort.

I’m NOT going to teach you how to make a living from travel blogging or how to travel open-ended for the rest of your life. You also won’t find a ton of baby pictures here (sorry, Grammy and Grampy).

What you will find here are informative travelogues, useful tips, and high-quality travel photography—only my very favorites—from years of exploring this big beautiful blue ball that we all share together.

Come along for the ride and check back often for updates from new and exciting destinations for independent travelers.

November 2017, Vientiane, Laos

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Palatium Cafe…and Dungeon?
We thought we had stumbled upon just another trendy cafe in the heart of the Old City...until we went searching for the restroom.
Antique Hippodrome Apartments
An unbeatable deal in the heart of the Old City, just minutes away from the major UNESCO sights.
Aloran
Ottoman clay pot lamb stew served in the age-old tradition—and oh, so much more.
Istanbul
Heaving with 14 million people and millennia of rich history at every turn, Istanbul may have shattered all hope of landing on a more spellbinding destination.
Sala Prabang
Wondering where to stay in Luang Prabang? In terms of mid-range options, Sala Prabang is hard to beat for its location, service, and overall value.
Lessons on Life from a Journey to the Jungle Cave of Death
An unexpected journey into the jungle of eastern Laos reveals humanity's penchant for both destruction and compassion.

« Destinations »

« Eat + Drink »

Palatium Cafe…and Dungeon?
We thought we had stumbled upon just another trendy cafe in the heart of the Old City...until we went searching for the restroom.
Aloran
Ottoman clay pot lamb stew served in the age-old tradition—and oh, so much more.
Xinjiang Ya Kexi
Just outside of Old Town, but a world apart from mainstream Mandarin cuisine.
Pin Von
One of the world's best teahouses, right in the heart of Suzhou Old Town.
Where to Eat and Drink in Vientiane
Our favorite local and international eateries and watering holes from living in and traveling through Vientiane.
Devouring Zanzibar Pizza at Forodhani Night Market
Not your typical night market and certainly not your typical pizza---in the best way possible.


« Sleep »

Antique Hippodrome Apartments
An unbeatable deal in the heart of the Old City, just minutes away from the major UNESCO sights.
Sala Prabang
Wondering where to stay in Luang Prabang? In terms of mid-range options, Sala Prabang is hard to beat for its location, service, and overall value.
Coco de Mer
Wondering where to stay in Zanzibar? If you’re on a budget, check out Coco de Mer for its central location and excellent value.

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Hiking Phou Phanang
One couple's attempt at a true Vientiane-area hike---or at least, as close as it gets in the capital region...
Visiting Lime Caye
Essential information for a memorable weekend on stunning and off-the-beaten-path Lime Caye—at the southern tip of the Belize Barrier Reef.
The Yellow Convent
Long before nearby Merida's rise to prominence, Izamal was the grand capital of the Spanish Yucatan, and Convento San Antonio was at the center of it all.


« Know »

Lessons on Life from a Journey to the Jungle Cave of Death
An unexpected journey into the jungle of eastern Laos reveals humanity's penchant for both destruction and compassion.
How to Get To and Around Vientiane
Vientiane is not a major travel hub and doesn't yet have a lot of public transport options. Here's what you need to know before you go.
Seaweed Culture
Both ancient practice and livelihood for thousands on the island of Zanzibar.
Vientiane Do’s and Don’ts
Some helpful considerations for planning your visit to Vientiane. A couple may surprise you.
Forget Absentee Ballots. Vote By Email Overseas!
It's easier than ever for Americans living and traveling overseas to vote. Here's how.
How to Get Malarone for Cheap!
An Independent Budget Traveler's Search for the Right Anti-Malarial.