Paradise in Palawan; part 1

The Philippines, but specifically Palawan, was easily one of my favorite destinations in our travels of spring 2017.  Its natural beauty and warm welcoming people made it a truly special place to visit.  Palawan is gorgeous, green and lush with gorgeous beaches and incredible opportunities for snorkeling and exploring. While not nearly as developed as other parts of Asia, it is quickly changing so if you want to discover a paradise that is not covered in giant and expensive all inclusive resorts, go now.  We spent a month on this gorgeous island and we stayed in some of my favorite guest houses ever.

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Traveler nirvana; Koh Rong Samloem

The route of our trip to Southeast Asia started with us visiting many beaches in Thailand, but after a few weeks basking in the Sunshine in Koh Tao and Koh Lipe we moved inland and explored cities and towns that were far from the coast. We had fun exploring the interior of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, but after a few months we longed to just spend some time relaxing on a beach doing nothing. We had met a french couple in Vietnam who were spending a year and a half traveling the southern hemisphere of the world; Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia and South America (yeah I know, lucky them) and got to talking about long-term travel and the fatigue that can set in. They told us about a beach they had just visited with nothing to do but relax and swim and chill, it sounded perfect. So a few weeks later we made the decision to forgo Angkor Wat (!!) and just go sit on a beach.

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Cost to travel 4 months in Southeast Asia, 2017

Before we left on our trip to Southeast Asia, we became slightly obsessed on deciding exactly what we should budget for the trip.  We read many blogs and quizzed our friends who had done similar trips. We could not afford to travel extravagantly, but are also too old and too soft to travel like true back packers; there certainly would be no hostels or shared rooms for us.

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