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Eating at McDonald’s while traveling is a bit of a controversial topic. Some travelers think it’s a waste of time to eat familiar fast food that you can get anywhere when there are authentic local dishes to try. Other travelers make a point to eat at McDonald’s in every city that they visit. If you’re …

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Ten years ago in the summer of 2011, I set out on my first international solo trip. I was young, naive, and unprepared. It sounds cliche but this trip ended up changing my life. This article outlines my journey over the past decade. I’ll talk about my past trips, how travel has changed, and how …

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After an unexpected delay in London, I arrived at Amsterdam central train station around midnight. Being the cheap traveler that I am, I figured I’d just spend the remainder of the night wandering around rather than looking for a place to sleep. I didn’t have much of a choice anyway. After all, it was peak …

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In the Summer of 2011 at 18 years old, I set out on my first solo trip. For three months I backpacked around Europe through 20 countries. I traveled by train, bus, and boat. In this article, I review my first solo trip. I’ll talk about planning, packing, budgeting, my route, experiences, and more. I’ll …

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In this article, I describe an interesting afternoon that I spent with an Ethiopian scammer that I met while wandering around Addis Ababa. Throughout the day, he attempted various scams on me and explained some of the cons that he pulled on tourists to make his living. He was a full time, professional scammer. Throughout …

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When I first arrived in Vietnam, I didn’t even know buying a motorcycle and riding through the country was an option. At the very least, I thought it would be too expensive. After talking to a few travelers about the journey, my interest was piqued, but I still wasn’t sure. The following night the decision …

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My phone was pickpocketed when I was riding a minibus back to Arusha after going on Safari in the Serengeti. It all happened pretty quick. There were at least three guys involved and I’m not sure exactly who took my phone but I have a pretty good idea of how they did it. I have …

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While walking home one evening after enjoying a couple of drinks, I noticed a bar that was advertising beers for only two bucks. I decided to stop in for one more drink before calling it a night. Inside, the place was depressing. It was run down and pretty empty. Maybe 5 customers sat scattered throughout …

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