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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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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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Internet killed the joy of discovery when traveling

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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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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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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I wrote a book

Holy shit I wrote a book! I WROTE A BOOK! Who would have believed it? Honestly, if you had told me two years ago that I would write a book one day, I would never had believed you! To me, until then, writing a book was reserved for literary people, philosophers, those who read a […]

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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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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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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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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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Before a round the world trip

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Roobens, D-day is finally coming… A trip that started to cross your mind about a year ago. For the last twelve months, youkeep thinking about it, you’re preparing it slowly but surely. One year you keep telling yourself “You have to do it now, before it’s too late. Otherwise, you’ll regret it all your life!“. […]

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