AROUND THE WORLD IN 300 DAYS

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The cou­ple: Dana Youn­gren and Thomas Dohse, to be mar­ried this fall. The plan: The spousesto-be, who live in Austin, Texas, shared the dream of one day quit­ting their jobs and trav­el­ing the world. (He’s a soft­ware en­gi­neer; she works in mar­ket­ing.) So in­stead of set­ting a wed­ding date, they set a de­par­ture date. “We were both at a place in our ca­reers where it made sense to go now,” says Dana, who packed just 17 ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing (not in­clud­ing socks and un­der­wear). Their ad­ven­ture be­gan in Madrid and ended in Seoul—with more than 20 stops in be­tween. Un­der­wa­ter world: In Bali, the pair got scuba cer­ti­fied through Ad­ven­ture Divers Bali (ad­ven­ture­di­vers­bali .com) and ex­plored a wreck off the coast of Amed. “Get­ting to dive for the first time with Thomas was re­ally spe­cial,” Dana says. It’s a good thing they took the plunge, be­cause it meant they were qual­i­fied to ex­plore Riche­lieu Rock, one of the top dive sites in the world, when they ar­rived in Thai­land. Ad­ven­tures in eat­ing: Dana and Thomas em­braced the in­dige­nous cui­sine, even when it meant try­ing taran­tu­las in Ph­nom Penh, Cam­bo­dia (“they taste like soft-shell crabs,” Dana says), and bar­be­cued stingray in Sin­ga­pore (“like any other white fish,” Thomas re­ports). Ho­tel with a cause: While in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia, the cou­ple sought out busi­nesses that gave back to the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the So­ria Mo­ria Bou­tique Ho­tel (from $59 per night, the­so­ri­amo­ria .com). “The lo­cal em­ploy­ees earn shares of the ho­tel over time, so it will even­tu­ally be 100 per­cent owned by them,” says Thomas. Moun­tain mad­ness: Dur­ing their month­long so­journ in In­dia, they spent 10 days tour­ing the Hi­malayas on a cus­tom­ized itin­er­ary

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