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What an epic adventure with my big brother, Chuck, and his wife, Allison, in Da Nang, Vietnam! Chuck fell in love with spending time on the motorbikes to see the unforgettable views and take in the culture both in the city and along the countryside.

One day we spotted monkeys and drove for hours with a few fellow bikers from Croatia, England, and Ukraine. That day was capped when a local restaurant owner invited us for drinks and karaoke as he shouted at the giant TV screen the lyrics of music we didn't understand.

Our final day in the countryside outside of Da Nang led us to a dice game with three different games of about 25 men rolling dice for money. I was an easy mark for them, and my dough didn't last long, but the memory of the excitement will last forever.

Can't repeat enough how amazing it was to have my brother visit us in one of my favorite cities in the world. We will discuss it in more detail in next week's podcast.

Our podcast episode this week is about the decision to travel Fast vs. Slow. We decided to have Chuck and Allison only visit one major city in Vietnam during their 9-day vacation. It was entirely the right decision. We will discuss the thought process in detail on this episode.

Is it best to stay in one city for a few days and then hop to the next town or is it better to stay longer to really understand the culture when traveling? Is it easier to save money by staying put in one place? Is slow travel more relaxing? Is fast travel more fun? We dive into all of the details and differences between fast and slow traveling and let you know what we find the most rewarding in this latest episode of Passport Joy Travel Talk. 

https://passportjoy.com/fast-slow/

Here is an interesting (and very gross) article on the cleanliness of airplane travel. Hope Chuck is not using the tray during their 14-hour flight from Hong Kong to LAX. Wow - it will make you reconsider using anything on a plane.

The hangover from having my brother depart was pretty rough. I started missing him immediately on my walk back to our apartment. Knowing that I will see him again in three months made it easier to separate.

Please do let me know if I can help you with your travel plans in any way. We love assisting other travelers to make the most of their trips around the world. A friend that just started his journey in SE Asia sent this note yesterday: 'thanks again for all the awesome tips...I have had absolutely zero problems bc of you guys...got all my visas and have my finances working perfectly...can’t thank you enough for sharing such great tips...you guys are pros!'

Heading to India on Monday and I can't freaking wait! I LOVE visiting this country and having the chance to reunite with a family that is celebrating a wedding in Hyderabad will make it even more epic. It's going to be another memorable journey!

Til next time...safe travels. 


Matt

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