Photo Friday: Not an excuse, I'm just explaining my blog absence. We rode bikes through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam last week. Super hot, super humid, and super interesting. I would not recommend April for this activity--I was exhilarated while at the same time miserable. Now we're recovering on an island in Thailand. I'll post that photo tomorrow.
Now a note about the estimated demographics of our 10-person bicycle tour group. Couple #1: Age 70 and mid-50's, neither retired--best bikers. Couple #2: Both 60-something, both retired--husband front-of-the-pack biker. Couple #3: One working, one retired, both 70-something, husband also front-of-the pack biker. Two singles: Both 50-something, work status ambiguous--good to great bikers. And yours truly, Couple #5: The youngsters at 50, retired and back-of-the pack bikers. Go figure.
(Photo Details: Sydney and Doug overlooking the Lido Deck)
We just got back from a cruise, my first ever, to Mexico. My parents-in-law splurged and treated the entire family to luxurious mini-suites with adjoining balconies. I only gained one pound, which was a real feat considering the quantity of food I consumed while onboard.
But even for people without such generous parents, there's still a way to enjoy vacations without paying for lodging. That's the subject of my article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal--sorry for the delay in posting: Home Exchanges Can Stretch Your Travel Budget.