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Climbing Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, also called the lion rock, is the most famous place in Sri Lanka! It’s the former capital of Sri Lanka, it’s also one of the major archaeological sites in the country and today, Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage site. People kept telling me it was pretty much impossible to visit Sri Lanka, […]

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Visit of the Taj Mahal and tips

The most famous mausoleum in the world, the legendary Taj Mahal, in Agra, India! I still remember my reaction when I saw it for the first time for real, with my own eyes “Woooooow!“. And I wasn’t even there yet, I was seeing it from afar in the city… Everybody knows at least the Taj […]

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Traveling in India

Traveling in India… India, a fascinating country, an intriguing country, an attractive country, also a disgusting country… But above all a country which rarely leaves visitors indifferent. I was told before getting there “India, either you love it or you hate it“. I cannot say I loved it, but I can’t say I hated it […]

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Useful travel apps

Travel apps completely change the way we travel now, either before, during, or even after a journey. We cannot really complain, many people don’t have the chance to travel. And even if I’m aware of the privilege I have to travel for a long time like I do, traveling is not always easy. How to […]

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Traveling in Central Asia

President we could call a dictator, desert, mountain, forest, silk road, nomads, yurts, highway almost empty… Welcome to Central Asia, this area not so well-known by people in general, which includes Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Honestly, do you personally know many people who explored Central Asia ? I’m not sure… Even though this […]

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South Korea : things to know before you go

South Korea is a very interesting country to visit. Indeed, the culture and the traditions are very different from our Western standards, and you leave the country enriched from your visit. What may seem obvious for us might not be that evident for them, and what may seem impolite for us might be completely normal […]

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Visit of Persepolis and Necropolis in Iran

It’s pretty much impossible to go to Iran, and not visit Persepolis and Necropolis (Naqsh-e Rustam). Moreover if you go to Shiraz, you have absolutely no excuses. Persepolis is one of the major tourist sites in Iran, rightly. We’re talking about the former capital city of the Achaemenid Empire! The building of this city started […]

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Odessa the pearl of the Black Sea

I don’t really have good memories of Kiev, where I spent five days. The highlight of the trip was the day I spent in Chernobyl. It really blew me away, and just for this, I didn’t regret my trip to Kiev. Thus I was a little disheartened about my next trip, to Odessa. In Kiev, […]

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Darvaza, the gas crater

Now you know the real reason why I really wanted to make it to Turkmenistan : Darvaza, also called the gates of hell! I had been thinking for weeks about this place, and I really wanted to see it from my own eyes! And I didn’t know if the opportunity would come up, because I […]

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Visit of Seoul in South Korea

Preparing my visit of Seoul wasn’t very easy. Indeed, few backpackers go there (it’s logical since the cost of living is quite high there!). That means I couldn’t ask the fellow travelers I met on the road what to do and what to see there (like I used to do all the time in Southeast […]

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When the locals want to get a picture of you

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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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Visit of Trento in Italy

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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! Truthfully speaking, I didn’t even know the existence of this city before going there. But I had the opportunity to go to Trento for […]

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Should you buy travel insurance?

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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

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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

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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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Being black in Japan

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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

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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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Visit of Osaka

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Osaka is often overlooked by the Western tourists. That’s a shame, they don’t know what they’re missing. I loved my visit of Osaka. It’s not a city-museum like Kyoto, there are probably less things to do in Osaka, but I loved the vibe, the atmosphere of Osaka during my visit. For instance, Japanese are usually […]

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Visit of Kyoto in three days

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to visit Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. It’s not a huge megalopolis like Tokyo, but it’s not a small town either, like Kobe or Nara. In fact, Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million, but the vibe is not the same […]

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Kobe and Nara day trips

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There are so many things to see in Japan… This country keeps enthralling its visitors. After discovering Tokyo and Hiroshima, I decided to visit Kobe and Nara in the center of Japan. Kobe and Nara are two medium-sized cities in Japan, and you can visit them quickly. Indeed, most tourists do day trips to Kobe […]

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