The other night I had dinner with a friend of a friend of a friend. yeah, third cousins twice removed. he he he. His name is Daniel and he's traveling in what I find a very interesting and great way to do it. Each month a different city/country/culture. The idea is to spend a more extended time period in just one place. Sure you don't see all the country or area has to offer, but you get to experience more of the culture and more of the people. He also is doing volunteer type work or home-stay helping gigs in each place. He started on January 1st, 2011 (which I think is truly just wonderful and a perfect way to start) and for November he finds himself in the Luang Prabang area. I could tell you more about it but it's probably better that you read more about him yourself at his blog site, http://www.danielbaylis.ca/
I hope you enjoy it.