Posted by Sterling Laudon on November 8, 2017

$20 Wedding Rings, $50,000 Honeymoon, and the Secret to Happiness

Sarah and I obsess about happiness. We read, and we scheme, and we make deliberate decisions about how to be happy. After lots of reading and scheming, we left our Washington, DC jobs in February 2017. We moved out of our apartment, drove across the country, got married, and launched an around-the-world honeymoon. We budgeted

Posted by Sterling Laudon on August 17, 2017

How much does it cost to travel in Southern Africa for 10 weeks (plus some sweet islands in the Indian Ocean)?

In total, Sarah and I spent $7,556.35 USD and 160,000 airline points. This was our total spending for two people, including flights to and from Africa. Prior to our 2017 Southern Africa trip, we received several nervous questions about “what is this going to cost?” To answer that question, we meticulously tracked each Rand, Rupee,

Posted by Sterling Laudon on July 10, 2017

Orangutans in Borneo: A Guide to Tanjung Puting National Park

Sarah would tell you the highlight of our trip to Indonesia was seeing orangutans in Borneo. We got engaged in Indonesia, but still—orangutans in Borneo. In Indonesia, we visited Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Komodo Island. None compare to mythical Borneo. More specifically, Tanjung Puting National Park—possibly the coolest place in the world to see orangutans.

Posted by Sterling Laudon on May 4, 2017

Cheat Sheet for Passport DC Embassy Open Houses

Each May during Passport DC, embassies in Washington, D.C. host free open houses on consecutive Saturdays. In 2017, May 6 is “Around the World Embassy Tour” and May 13 is European Union Open House. The best embassies have cool exhibits, native food and drinks, and short lines for admission (see cheat sheet below). The event

Posted by Sterling Laudon on May 3, 2017

What did we pack for 10 weeks in Africa followed by 6 weeks in Canada?

Sarah and I are spending four months in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, and the Yukon. With help from a world weather guide: Weather to Travel, we have loosely planned our itinerary around weather. April to June should be sunny and dry in southern Africa. June to August should be warm with

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Currently exploring: Southeast Asia


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  • Jungle hike on Cat Ba Island 😄
  • We had to climb up six flights of stairs each day to get to our room, but the view from our balcony was worth it! 😃 #sunset #vietnam #catbaisland
  • "The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for." - Louis L
  • Sailed our way to Monkey Island!! 😍🙈🙉🙊🐵🐒😍
  • Vietnam is famous for coffee,  and we knew we wanted to try something interesting when we arrived in Hanoi. We heard about a cafe that you enter through a silk shop, ascend four flights of stairs, and end on a rooftop with a view of Hanoi and Hoam Kiem Lake.

After some searching, we found the "secret" spot and ordered Caphe Trung Da, which is iced coffee topped with a beaten egg white. It was delicious; tasted like coffee topped with marshmallow or meringue! 😍😍😍😍
  • Having so much fun in Luang Prabang, Laos. The city is set in a beautiful area on the river, has international vibes, and great food. We rented scooters to explore waterfalls and temples. This city is so colorful! #laos #temple #luangprabang