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Why travel solo?

“But… Are you serious? Travel solo?” “Why don’t you bring someone with you? You don’t have any friends?” “You must be bored often when you travel solo right?” “Aren’t you scared to travel solo, on your own?” “Don’t you feel lonely sometimes?” “How do you meet people? Must be hard huh?“. This is the kind […]

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Visit to the Kuang Si Falls, Laos

During my stay in Luang Prabang, I kept hearing about a place, again and again. An unmissable. A place I had to see, Kuang Si Falls. “Daaaaaamn I visited Kuang Si Falls yesterday, it was wonderful! Man, just go, you’re gonna love it, it’s sooo beautiful!” Not just travelers, the manager of my hostel also […]

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Things to do in Luang Prabang

“Opium, ecstasy, weed, MDMA, mushrooms… My friends, you can have whatever you like!“ This is one of the first sentences I heard when I arrived in Laos, before reaching Luang Prabang. I left Chiang Rai in Thailand in the morning, we stopped one night in a village in Laos to spend the night, before hitting […]

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Begpackers : tourists begging for money

The begpackers… I heard about those people before starting my long term trip,  since the media brought this whole begpacking phenomenon to light in 2017. But honestly, I thought begpacking was a marginal trend, and I really didn’t think I would ever see begpackers when I started traveling. However… I spotted a few ones!!! In […]

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Things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is the city where everybody goes in Nepal, because this is where treks start in Nepal. I was hesitating over writing an article about Pokhara, since I didn’t trek for various reasons… But I had the opportunity to visit the city where everything starts, Pokhara, and I met a lot of travelers who were […]

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Travel to Myanmar : what you should know

Myanmar, a wonderful country, attracting every year more and more tourists. Indeed, during the last few decades, Myanmar was almost completely secluded from the rest of the world, further to the military coup staged by Ne Win in 1962. Ne Win was a military commander who led Myanmar for 26 years! But since 2011 and […]

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Things to do in Hpa An

There are so many places, cities and villages to visit in Myanmar. Hpa An is one of those places you have to see in the country. Like the Inle Lake, I didn’t know much about this area before getting there. Hpa An is a city with almost half a million inhabitants, located in the south […]

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Bagan : sunrise and sunset on the temples

“The hot air balloons!? Where are the hot air balloons??? I wanna see the hot air balloons!!!!!!” I love doing my little research about the places I visit before actually getting to those places, but sometimes even the most basic, most evident information slip through my fingers. I arrived in Bagan early in the afternoon, […]

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Visit to the golden rock in Myanmar

The golden rock in Myanmar, so impressive to see it from your own eyes! Honestly, I didn’t even know it existed just a few weeks before arriving in Myanmar, but after doing my research on the internet (and found out its existence!), I told myself it was pretty much impossible to go to Myanmar, and […]

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Common travel scams (and how to avoid them)

Time flies, I’m still on the road, visiting new cities and new countries, and I still meet many people while traveling, either in a bus, a famous tourist spot, or in my hostel. Honestly, I really like it. I meet very interesting and enriching people. Talking to all those travelers, I realized two things. 1. […]

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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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Things to do in Ostrava

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Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic (after Prague and Brno). However, few people decide to go visit Ostrava, and content themselves with a visit to Prague when going to the Czech Republic. Indeed, the city is located far east in the country, 350 kilometers (220 miles) away from Prague. It’s not […]

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Best gifts for travelers

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Looking for a nice gift for someone who’s into travel? But you don’t know what to buy? Here are the best gifts for travelers! This complete list gives you plenty of travel gift ideas! Either for a friend, a colleague, a relative, or for yourself, this list will help you out! There are cheap travel […]

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Things to do in Luxembourg City

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Luxembourg is not the first destination people think about when they wanna go on vacation. It’s a tiny country of 600000 inhabitants, bordered by France, Belgium and Germany. However, people from 160 different countries live in Luxembourg, which is also called the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It’s one of the smallest countries in the world, […]

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2 days in Brussels

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Brussels is the capital of Belgium, but it’s also called the European capital. Indeed, a lot of European institutions are in Brussels (European Parliament…). It’s nice to spend 2 days in Brussels. The city is not too big, nor too small and it’s not too crowded. People are nice, the beer is good, you can […]

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