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Traveling while black

I’m always surprised when I see how people around me are astonished when I tell them stories about what happens to me on the road, anecdotes linked to my color skin. Traveling while black means going through different experiences than my fellow white or Asian travelers. The more I travel, the more I realize it. […]

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Denied entry at the airport : what to do?

“We will not let you get in the country, you’re going to take the next flight and go back to where you arrive from!” It never happened in my life before, and I didn’t think it would happen to me one day! I guess there’s a first time for everything! I was denied entry to […]

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Visit to Palawan Island, Philippines

Since I didn’t have much time, I had to pick one island I would visit during my stay in the Philippines. After doing my little research, I decided to visit Palawan Island. And to be really honest with you guys, I think I made the right choice. Many people say it’s one of the best islands […]

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Visit to the Taal volcano in the Philippines

Seems like the Taal volcano is spewing ash and might erupt anytime, the first time since 1977. More info here. This article recounts my visit to the Taal volcano BEFORE the potential eruption. While visiting Manila, I kept hearing around me people saying it’s useless to stay there and “You better go elsewhere in the […]

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5 best places to visit in Manila

For a short time, I hesitated. Should I visit Manila? Indeed, ALL the travelers I met agreed : it’s useless, there’s nothing to do there, there are no places to visit in Manila, etc… Even the travelers coming from Europe to visit the Philippines, usually take a flight to Manila, and right after another one […]

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The nod (when you’re black)

“Can I get a picture with you guys?“, asked a Korean girl. “With who?“, I replied. “With you! And with your friend!” “Which friend??? I’m alone!” “Your friend over there, he’s going away!“, pointing at a black guy. I burst out laughing when she said that! She obviously didn’t know about the nod when you’re a […]

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Visit to the Niagara Falls, Canada

It’s impossible to go to Toronto and not visit the Niagara Falls! Actually the Niagara Falls are only two hours away by car from Toronto. Moreover, the Niagara Falls are probably the most famous waterfalls in the world, and we can see them from Canada or from the US, because they form a natural border […]

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3 days in Toronto itinerary

We start hearing more and more often about Toronto, this city located in Ontario, Canada. I didn’t have particular expectations regarding my 3 days in Toronto, but I had a feeling I’d like it. We regularly see Toronto as one of the world’s most livable cities in numerous rankings. Moreover, people I know who visited […]

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Meeting people : on the road vs. back home

We all know this phrase saying “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone“. You get the point, basically we become aware of what we have, the chance we have, only when it’s gone. And when you’re traveling, especially when you’re long-term traveling, we’re extremely lucky. I’m not talking about how lucky we are […]

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Before a round the world trip

Roobens, D-day is finally coming… A trip that started to cross your mind about a year ago. For the last twelve months, youkeep thinking about it, you’re preparing it slowly but surely. One year you keep telling yourself “You have to do it now, before it’s too late. Otherwise, you’ll regret it all your life!“. […]

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Where to stay in Lisbon: the best areas and hotels

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Lisbon is getting more and more popular and I totally get it. It offers a wealth of art and culture, great architecture, shopping opportunities and a vibrant nightlife. I didn’t even mention all the great bars and restaurants there. But finding where to stay in Lisbon can be overwhelming. Each area has a distinct look, style, […]

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Where to stay in Tokyo: the best areas and hotels

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Tokyo is an amazing city with so many things to do. It’s an incredible experience and it really feels like being on another planet! But let’s face it, it’s really hard to figure out where to stay in Tokyo. Even though it’s well connected thanks to reliable public transport, it’s a huge city! Pus each […]

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10 best things to do in Palma de Mallorca

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Palma de Mallorca is the largest city of the Balearic Islands, and it’s an interesting place to visit. Indeed, it has a rich cultural heritage because the Romans, the Moorish and the Catholics lived there since 123 BC. Either if you like culture, food or just want to relax, it’s possible to have a good […]

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Where to stay in Budapest: the best areas and hotels

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Budapest is one of the most popular cities in Central Europe! It’s divided into 23 districts. Buda and Pest were originally two cities separated by the Danube River. They were brought together to form Budapest in 1873. Today, most people live on the “Pest” side, the dynamic heart of the city. The “Buda” side is […]

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Where to stay in New York: the best areas and hotels

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New York City, the city that never sleeps! There are so many things to do in New York, it’s impossible to get bored: relaxing in Central Park, discover Times Square, see the statue of Liberty, visit the 9/11 memorial, get on top of the empire state building, etc. But figuring out where to stay in […]

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16 best places to visit in Spain

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Planning to visit Spain soon? This is an excellent idea! Spain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and it’s understandable. Each region in Spain has its own identity, culture and offers beautiful places to see. Roman ruins, Islamic architecture, medieval castles, palaces, museums, etc. Let’s not forget the food, art, music and […]

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Where to stay in Seoul: the best hotels and neighborhoods

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If you’re going to visit South Korea, your first stop will probably be Seoul. It’s a big city with various neighborhoods, each one with its one distinct vibe. You can visit old temples, party all night, visit museums, tea houses, and enjoy the delicious street food. But finding where to stay can be overwhelming. Where […]

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Where to stay in Singapore: the best areas and hotels

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People visiting Singapore sometimes forget they’re actually visiting an Asian country. It’s a futuristic place, from the skyscrapers to the malls and the clean streets. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll discover its Asian culture: ancient temples, markets, casinos, and its multicultural neighborhoods. Where to stay in Singapore? This guide will tell you […]

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10 best things to do in Bordeaux

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Bordeaux is an unmissable city you have to visit at least once in your life. The Bordeaux region is known all over the world for its vineyards and its great vintage. But there’s a lot more than that when visiting Bordeaux! It offers beautiful landscapes and plenty of cool activities! What to do in Bordeaux? […]

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Racism in Singapore: racial prejudice

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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