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Visit to the Gili Islands

This article recounts my stay in the Gili Islands, which took place before the earthquakes of past summer. The Gili Islands were temporarily closed to the tourists. From the information I found here and there, it’s now possible to go there but the islands have been severely damaged, especially Gili Trawangan. The first time I […]

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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 of 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 you buy 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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Japan travel tips : things to know before you go

When you arrive in Japan, you feel like you’re landing on another planet. Everything is so different from home! But at the same time, Japan still fascinates a lot of people. In fact, millions of people visit Japan every year. A lot of them are a bit lost when they get there because they don’t […]

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Is India racist towards black people?

September 2014. Three black students are mobbed by attackers in the subway in New Delhi, India. Wrongly accused of harassing an Indian girl. The crowd laid into them, the poor students were hit with sticks and chairs, some Indians there were chanting nationalist songs. March 2017. An Indian guy disappeared in Greater Noida, 40 kilometers […]

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Is Eastern Europe safe for black people?

At first this article was supposed to be called “Is Eastern Europe safe?”. But slowly, this blog gets more and more readers (yesss! :D), and now I get messages on occasion from people I don’t know. Lately, the messages I got were among those lines “Hey! What you’re doing right now, that’s cool! It takes […]

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Being black in Japan

What is it like, being black in Japan? Before getting to Japan, I heard that the Japanese are rather close-minded, that they don’t accept the fact that foreigners are coming to invade their territory, and basically that the Japanese are racists. But, at the same time, I was also hearing a lot of beautiful things […]

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Sexual frustration in Japan

Are the Japanese sexually frustrated? I think so. I know a lot of Japanophile won’t agree with me. They’ll say that I cannot understand this culture so different from ours anyway. They’ll say it’s easy to think the Japanese are sexually frustrated after spending only three weeks in the country. They’ll say that by staying […]

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How to haggle when traveling?

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I recently realized that I’m quite good when it comes to haggle when traveling. At least I’m better than other travelers when bargaining. As I was talking with fellow travelers, I realized I’m often the one who paid the least, either a taxi ride, a day trip, a souvenir… In fact, a lot of Westerners […]

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Things to do in Essaouira

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Essaouira is a charming little town in Morocco, located 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of Marrakesh, on the Atlantic coast, by the sea. A lot of tourists leave Marrakesh early in the morning, they go to Essaouira and spend the day there, and then they go back to where they come from in the evening. […]

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Visit to Marrakech

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Marrakech is the cultural and touristic capital of Morocco, but it’s also the commercial hub of the country since its foundation. Marrakech, also called the red city or the pearl of the south, attracts about two million tourists every year (mostly from France and Spain). It’s actually pretty simple, when travelers go to Morocco, they […]

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Where are you really from?

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I was peacefully spending a day on a boat, in Palawan Island, Philippines. It was a nice day. I visited several island, I went snorkeling, I ate delicious food, I saw several giant turtles… The atmosphere was good and relaxing. A Dutch guy who was on the boat wanted to get to know us, the […]

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Heineken experience review

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During my visit to Amsterdam, I heard about a place called the Heineken Experience. What’s that? From what people told me, it’s a nice museum to visit recounting the history of Heineken, one of the most famous beer brands in the world. The beer lovers are going to love it! We learn about Heineken, how […]

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Amsterdam in 3 days

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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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Visit to Efteling

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I spent a day at Efteling theme park. Wait what!? You don’t know Efteling!? This theme park, surrounded by the forest, is located in Kaatsheuvel, not far from the border with Belgium. Eftelins is about 70 kilometers (43 miles) south of Rotterdam and 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Amsterdam. Efteling is known to everyone […]

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Things to do in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. When visiting the Netherlands, a lot of people ignore Rotterdam, and just go to Amsterdam. That’s a huge mistake! Rotterdam is a wonderful city, and you have to go visit Rotterdam if you’re in the Netherlands. My visit to Rotterdam was full of surprises, […]

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Why use a VPN when traveling?

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Before starting long-term solo travel, I had no idea what a VPN was. Actually yeah, I vaguely heard about it, I broadly knew what it was, but what I knew about VPN in general was very limited. In fact, I was unable to say in concrete terms what’s its use, what is it for, how […]

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