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Do it for the gram: thoughts about instagrammable places listicles

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

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

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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What to do in Mauritius

I spent a week in Mauritius thanks to the Mauritius tourism board. They invited bloggers from all over the world to discover and explore Mauritius. Needless to say, all opinions are my own. Mauritius is an island located in the Indian ocean, not far from Madagascar. Most people hear about Mauritius because it’s known for […]

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Things to do in Ubud

My visit to Kuta in Bali didn’t go as planned. I was expecting a peaceful place, and I ended up with backpackers who were just thinking about getting shitfaced and having drugs. So I started wondering if it was going to be the same thing in Ubud, my next stop (in Bali as well). Fortunately, […]

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3 days in Singapore

Wow! I’m used to live comfortably with not that much money in Southeast Asia. Either in Laos, Vietnam or Indonesia, I just need a few euros to sleep, eat, do activities and have a beer! But it was without counting Singapore, the city state of Southeast Asia. Everything is extremely expensive compared to the neighboring […]

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Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

“Where you from?” “From KL” “Huh?” “I’m from KL!” “What’s that KL???” “Kuala Lumpur!!!” “Oh sorry I didn’t know the term ‘KL’!” The first time I heard the term “KL”, from what I remember I think it was in Eastern Europe. I thought that was how cool people were calling Kuala Lumpur, the capital of […]

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Things to do in George Town, Penang

George Town is the capital of Penang Island, located northwest of Malaysia. I didn’t particularly want to go there but Penang Island is not far from Langkawi, where I spent a few days to relax. After doing my little research, I finally told myself “Yeah… Why not go to the capital of Penang Island, George […]

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Solomangarephobia, the fear of eating alone in public

We learn so much from traveling around the world. Of course, you learn about yourself, but you also learn about the other travelers, the way they travel, their mentality, etc… For instance, I didn’t know the fear of racism in a country is a selection criterion of many black people, when it comes to choose […]

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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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3 days in Hong Kong

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Oh wow! There’s a lot of money here! I spent 3 days in Hong Kong, and after backpacking Southeast Asia, the first thing that really struck me, is how rich Hong Kong is! 3 days in Hong Kong and I feel like I’m living on another planet than the one I was living on for […]

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Denied entry at the airport : what to do?

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“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

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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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Places to visit in Manila

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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)

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“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

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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

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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

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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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3 days in Austin, Texas

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My visit to Austin in Texas was a lot different than what I was expecting. We all have those images and prejudices about Texas. Over there, they’re all cowboys, Texas is a giant desert where it’s scorching outside and there’s nothing there apart from three or four big cities, all the Texans are close-minded, not […]

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