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3 days in Phnom Penh, the pearl of Asia

I took a van in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, to go spend 3 days in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! On the way, we stopped at the border to get our passports stamped and pay the visa fees. Simple formality. But our driver asked us to pay $35 for the Cambodian visa, even though the actual price […]

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Fear of racism when traveling

I love traveling. Visiting new countries, discovering new places, talking with the locals, etc… Before launching this blog, I was already traveling a lot, and I visited many countries (Brazil, Tunisia, the Bahamas, United Arab Emirates, Montenegro, Australia…). You could ask my friends and colleagues : I was known for being that guy always going […]

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3 days in Ho Chi Minh

Oh my God! The scooters in Hanoi were annoying me to the highest degree, but I hadn’t set foot in Ho Chi Minh City yet, the financial capital of Vietnam. The traffic is insane in Ho Chi Minh City, even worse than Hanoi. Many locals wear anti-pollution masks, there’s noise all over the place and […]

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Going on a Halong Bay cruise

My visit to Halong Bay was a flop. A big flop! Yeah, we’ve all heard about Halong Bay dozens of time, we’ve all seen wonderful pictures on the internet, and anyway, how could I go to Vietnam, and not visit Halong Bay? After spending a few days in Hanoi, I told myself I had to […]

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Visit to Hanoi, a city infested with scooters

“Oh you’re going to Hanoi? You’ll see stray dogs all over the streets in Southeast Asia. Except in Vietnam. You know what happen to stray dogs over there? They catch them, and they eat them. The few dogs you’ll see will be keep on a leash“. That’s what a Lao guy told me in Luang […]

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Things to do in Vientiane

Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse, Thakhek… Only Asian-sounding city names! And then Vientiane, a city name sounding way more Western! How come? Very simple, Laos was part of Indochina, this former French colony. At the time Vientiane was called Viang Chan, but the Frenchies found it difficult to pronounce the name… So they “Frenchified” Viang […]

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Things to do in Vang Vieng

Let’s face it, Vang Vieng is the kind of city where people mainly go to party. I was in Luang Prabang just before, and I felt like it was a party place. But actually it was nothing compared to what I was about to see in Vang Vieng…. Korean, Australian and European people who were […]

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Things to do in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai (not to be confused with Chiang Mai!) is a city located in the north of Thailand. Travelers going to the north of Thailand usually visit Chiang Mai, Pai, and then check the things to do in Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai is the most northern city, and it’s also the biggest city of the […]

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Things to do in Pai

I’ve been to many places where I had absolutely no plans to go : Odessa in Ukraine, Batumi in Georgia, Jaipur in India, Kerala still in India among others… Most of the time I went to those places following advice from fellow travelers. Pai in Thailand is one of those cities. I didn’t even know the […]

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3 days in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand, is known for being the world capital of digital nomads. But… What is a digital nomad? Someone who has the luxury to work from anywhere in the world, as long as the person has a laptop and an internet connection. Among other jobs, digitial nomads are developers, […]

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Things to do in Lille

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Visiting Lille wasn’t my first priority on my list of places to visit. I’m actually wondering why. Lille is only one hour away by train from Paris (where I live) and less than three hours away by car. Moreover, Lille is located between Paris, Brussels, London, and Amsterdam so it’s easy to get there. You […]

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Must read black history books for black history month

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The black lives matter movement put the spotlight on the struggles of black people in the USA and all over the world. Consequently, people started reading books written by black authors, and anti-racist books sales soared following the death of George Floyd. Looking for some of the best black history books written by black authors? […]

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Things to do in spring in Toronto

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Toronto is a beautiful city and most people who go there love it. But wintry days are freezing and the locals tend to hibernate. Fortunately the weather is much nicer in spring. Yes, spring in Toronto means you’ll finally able to enjoy all the green spaces, farmers’ markets and numerous festivals! Thinking about going there? […]

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Things to do in Chicago in spring

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Wintry days in Chicago are really cold. No wonder locals and tourists are eagerly awaiting spring! Yes spring in Chicago means enjoying green spaces, farmer’s markets, plenty of events and festivals and cocktails on a fancy rooftop! Are you wondering what are the things to do in Chicago in spring? Check out this guide! Table […]

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Black travelers bucket list

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Before reading the article, be aware that I wrote a 200+ pages book about traveling as a black person. Click here for more info. With the pandemic paralyzing the planet, it’s complicated to travel. You have to look back on your past previous getaways, or dream about future holidays far from home. While we wait […]

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Do it for the gram: thoughts about instagrammable places listicles

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I’ve been blogging for several years now and more and more often, I see a new phenomenon, which wasn’t existing not that long ago: articles listing the most instagrammable places in a given city. Meaning, the visually breathtaking places which will wow your Instagram followers and garner tons of likes and comments. To me, these […]

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What’s the difference between an expatriate and an immigrant

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Before reading the article, be aware that I wrote a 200+ pages book about traveling as a black person. Click here for more info. I still remember vividly what this conversation I had with this French guy I met in Chiang Mai. He was talking about one of his friends, another French guy “He loves […]

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Best ways to provide proof of onward travel

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Long term travelers all face this problem at some point, and I’m including myself. I’m talking about traveling peacefully with no onward ticket. For instance, if you’re Canadian and you take a week off to visit New York for the first time, you don’t have this problem. You get to the NYC airport, you show […]

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3 days in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is one of the most visited cities in Europe. I honestly understand why! Although there’s 800000 inhabitants living there, the city is enjoyable. Amsterdam is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Indeed, there are dozens of museums in the city, some of them being cultural, others quirky. Oh […]

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Internet killed the joy of discovery when traveling

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What a great time to be alive. Thanks to the internet, it’s never been that simple to travel. How far away is the time when we had to go to a travel agency, ask for the plane ticket prices, pay on the spot, then go buy a guidebook to know what to do there, where […]

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