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Racism towards black people in Morocco

“No you cannot stay here, the hotel is fully booked” “But I booked a few days ago, many rooms were available!” “Yeah we can see you have a booking but we made a mistake. Actually there’s not a single room available. You’ll have to go somewhere else“. It never happened to me before, check in […]

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The black Westerner travel privilege

I wrote several times on this blog what it’s like traveling while black : going through immigration takes longer, the locals stare at you in some areas of the world, locals who want to get a picture with you, people asking about your origins (“where are you really from?”), the ridiculous comparisons with black celebrities… […]

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Almost stuck in Italy because of coronavirus

It’s 10:30pm. I’m at the restaurant in Catania, Sicily, in the south of Italy. We’re a big group, about 30 people, the food is delicious, the alcohol is flowing in abundance… We could hear bursts of laughter in the room. The atmosphere is relaxed, we’re having a great time, and damn we eat so well! […]

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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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Why travel solo?

“But… Are you serious? Travel solo?” “Why don’t you bring someone with you? You don’t have any friends?” “You must be bored often when you travel solo right?” “Aren’t you scared to travel solo, on your own?” “Don’t you feel lonely sometimes?” “How do you meet people? Must be hard huh?“. This is the kind […]

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Begpackers : tourists begging for money

The begpackers… I heard about those people before starting my long term trip,  since the media brought this whole begpacking phenomenon to light in 2017. But honestly, I thought begpacking was a marginal trend, and I really didn’t think I would ever see begpackers when I started traveling. However… I spotted a few ones!!! In […]

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First time in India : what to expect

First time in India soon? 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 […]

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Central Asia travel guide

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… Planning to travel […]

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Where are you really from?

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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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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Am I lucky to travel the world?

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“Oh it seems like you’re having fun in the Gili islands! You’re so lucky to travel!” “Oh really you went horse riding in Kyrgyzstan!? So lucky!” “What the hell is this hole in the desert you saw the other day!? Oh man, you and your travels… You’re really lucky!” All those comments, and many more, […]

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Solomangarephobia, the fear of eating alone in public

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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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Fear of racism when traveling

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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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Traveling while black

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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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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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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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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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Racism in Singapore

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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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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