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When the locals want to get a picture of you

From what I remember, the first time it happened was in Montenegro, summer 2013. A few locals came up to me, and asked to get a picture with me. I didn’t understand. Like really, I was perplexed and confused. It never happened in my whole life before, and I didn’t understand why strangers stopped me […]

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Travel guide to Dili, capital of East Timor

Do you know many people who’ve already been to East Timor? And to Dili, its capital? I’m not sure… Oh actually you know at least one person now, meee 😀 East Timor is probably the least visited country in Southeast Asia. Indeed, East Timor is located on the extreme eastern part of Southeast Asia, one […]

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How to find cheap flights

Recently, I realized I’m quite good -in all modesty- when it comes to finding cheap flights. I had a trip planned with some friends, and among us, I found the cheapest flight (by far!). However, I didn’t spend hours looking for a good deal. The thing is… Over time (and with my experience now!), I […]

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Racism in Singapore

I already talked about it in my article about my visit to Singapore. This city-state, located in Southeast Asia, is very different from its neighboring countries. Either the culture, the standard of living, or even the odd rules you have to follow there. Therefore I was quite disoriented, sometimes surprised and constantly with my eyes […]

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Visiting Kelimutu National Park

After visiting Kuta and Ubud in Bali, but also the Gili islands, I realized I only visited popular places in Indonesia among tourists. I wanted to have some peace and quiet, and I decided to go to the east part of Indonesia, on Flores island. I won’t write about my whole trip on Flores island […]

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Gili Islands guide

The first time I heard about the Gili islands, it was a few years ago at work. A colleague went there on vacation and he loved it! He was telling me how great the islands are, he was also telling me that there’s something for every taste there, that he spent most of the time […]

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Kuta in Bali, you can skip it

“Where are you going after Singapore?” I asked the beautiful Dutch girl in front of me, in the common area of the hostel in Singapore. “I’m going to Kuta, in Bali! What about you?” “Uuuh… Me too!!!” 😀 I had absolutely no idea where to go after my visit to Singapore. Actually I knew I […]

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Visit to Trento in Italy

When tourists decide to visit Italy, they usually go to Rome. Then it varies depending on the people : Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Sicily… But few people go visit Trento in Italy! For the more popular places, check this one-week Italy itinerary. Regarding Trento, truthfully speaking, I didn’t even know the existence of this city before […]

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Should I get travel insurance

Should you buy travel insurance? Especially when you’re long-term traveling? Short answer : yes! Everybody has to get travel insurance when you’re hitting the road! A travel insurance covers you in case a mishap occurs, we all know that. The problem is… whenever I’m preparing my next trip, I notice -reading online forums and travel […]

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The reverse culture shock after returning home

Going back home, in your country, in your city, after a long trip is not as easy as it looks. Very often, we talk about how hard it is to quit your job, leave everything behind and travel the world. It’s true, the hardest part when it comes to long-term travel is actually leaving your […]

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2 days in Montreal

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I had been hearing about Montreal for a long time. People kept saying good things about this city. For quite some time, I was telling myself “One day, I’ll go visit Montreal“. The opportunity finally arrived! After visiting New York, I told myself “Why not also visit Montreal? It’s not far…” All right let’s go! […]

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Racism towards black people in Morocco

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“No you cannot stay here, the hotel is fully booked” “But I booked a few days ago, many rooms were available!” “Yeah we can see you have a booking but we made a mistake. Actually there’s not a single room available. You’ll have to go somewhere else“. It never happened to me before, check in […]

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How to use the NYC subway

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This is when I started traveling that I realized how fast, efficient and clear the subway in Paris (my hometown) is. When traveling elsewhere… It immediately gets more complicated! “How to use the New York subway? How does it work? I don’t understand all the signs…” Those are questions many travelers ask themselves and it’s […]

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Visit to the 9/11 memorial

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We all remember what we were doing and where we were when we heard about the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Moreover, in my case, I had the opportunity to see the twin towers with my own eyes in the 1990s… The 9/11 memorial is located exactly where the twin towers were. Underground, there’s also the 9/11 […]

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Visit to Ellis Island museum

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Ellis Island was the entry point the United States for the immigrants coming from all over the world between 1892 and 1954. Most of these immigrants were the Jews persecuted in Europe, looking for a brighter future in the USA. Other immigrants were going to the United States to flee poverty, war, etc. Ellis Island […]

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The black Westerner travel privilege

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I wrote several times on this blog what it’s like traveling while black : going through immigration takes longer, the locals stare at you in some areas of the world, locals who want to get a picture with you, people asking about your origins (“where are you really from?”), the ridiculous comparisons with black celebrities… […]

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Visiting New York for the first time

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New York is probably the most popular city in the United States. People going to the US usually visit New York. Those who’ve never been in the US first think about the things to do in New York, before potentially going to see other cities. Yes, New York hosts more than 60 million tourists every […]

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3 days in Chicago

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I’ve already been to several US cities, but I was often hearing people say “You have to visit Chicago when you go to the US“. I even heard “Chicago is one of the very few US cities where I can see myself moving in“. I thought about it more and more often, and finally, I […]

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Almost stuck in Italy because of coronavirus

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It’s 10:30pm. I’m at the restaurant in Catania, Sicily, in the south of Italy. We’re a big group, about 30 people, the food is delicious, the alcohol is flowing in abundance… We could hear bursts of laughter in the room. The atmosphere is relaxed, we’re having a great time, and damn we eat so well! […]

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3 days in Lisbon

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Lisbon is getting more and more popular and honestly, I understand why. The weather is nice, it’s a dynamic city, the food is delicious, there’s a rich cultural and historical heritage, and of course life is not expensive. Moreover, Lisbon is a beautiful city and people are nice. I spent 3 days in Lisbon and […]

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