The Great Staatenlos Shanghaiing Hoax

Let’s be clear to start. This is not a post about going stateless in Shanghai.  I have partied it up in China before. But that was back when I was jet setting the world, rather than sailing the high seas aboard The Staatenlos Catamaran. So in this post, we’re talking about shanghaiing, also known as…

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Changing My Mind On Montenegro?

You’ve read about my metric mistake in Montenegro and the resulting crackdown the Staatenlos catamaran endured. In the age of Covid-1984, me venturing to Montenegro constitutes “high-risk” travel (learn more about that at the bottom of this post). So it was my expectation that the Montenegrin authorities would be more lenient with me, especially over…

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Heuereka IV And A Metric Mistake In Montenegro

As many of you know there was a large milestone in store for me in 2020. No, it was not completing every country on the United Nations list. That was supposed to be at the beginning of 2021. But that’s now pushed back because of the Plandemic. Rather, my big milestone was turning 30. And…

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Closing My Last European Capital

You all know I am a country collector. But did you know I am also a capital collector? This summer, while exploring Europe due to COVID*1984, I had just one remaining European capital to close. And I closed her. Do you know what her name is? Well, I’ll give you a hint. She is petite…

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Croatian *Road* Trip Part 4: Island-Hopping In A Sailboat

Have you been thinking my Adriatic adventures ended abruptly… maybe in a shipwreck or seasickness, and that spelled the end of my Croatian travel series? 🤔 If so, think again… and welcome to the fourth installment of my adventures in Croatia! To recap, in part one, I spent a week driving around northern Croatia with…

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The Seas Of Southern Sweden — Europe’s Freest Covid Country Part 2

Are you ready to traverse the remainder of Europe’s freest country in COVID-1984 times? We’ve already driven up the Baltic Coast of Sweden, prioritizing the strangest hotels possible en route to one of the last open ski resorts in the world. Now it’s time to see the North Sea coast and the (much warmer) southern…

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Monkeying Around In The Golden Pagodas Of Myanmar

Once upon a time I joined a biker gang and invaded Myanmar. It was a great story of conquest and overcoming hardship, but the truth is I didn’t see or do a whole lot once I made it inside this Southeast Asian state. So that meant I was destined to return and so I did.…

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My Life In Europe’s Freest Covid-1984 Country

Socialist Sweden no more. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Sweden is no longer a country run by social justice warriors. That’s a thing of the past, though Sweden does still has its share of problems. But in the time of COVID-1984, Sweden is a sane country in an insane…

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India Part 2: I See Dead People… BURNING

We’ve already journeyed along India’s Golden Triangle to the Islamic holy sights. Now it’s time to see India’s holy sights for Hindus and Buddhists, which include a pink city and one heavily polluted holy river. This second and final leg of my first India trip involves completing the Golden Triangle in Jaipur and flying to…

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From the UN to TCC and SISO – All About Country Collecting

While the articles on staatenlos.ch are usually about taxes and various aspects of flag theory, today I want to take a look at the more personal side of perpetual traveling: “collecting countries”. As everyone knows, I plan to visit all the countries in the world by the age of 30 – from January 2020, I’ve…

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India Part 1: Taj Mahal Trippin in the Other Golden Triangle

You’ve heard all about the time I joined a biker gang in Thailand, battered and bruised myself on a mountain road approaching the Golden Triangle and then invaded Myanmar with my fellow gang members. If you haven’t read about it, what are you waiting for?? Click here and then hit back when you are done.…

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Closed World Flag Theory: My Great Corona Escape To Mexico

You’ve already heard all about me getting evacuated from a country simultaneously dealing with civil war and Covid-1984. And the title of this post tells you I escaped to Mexico. So the question remains: How did I get from a Yemeni island next to Somalia to lounging on the playa with corona? You’re about to join me…

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Uncertain Times In Yemen: A Civil War, Pandemic And An Alien Island

Have you ever experienced a civil war and pandemic simultaneously? Probably not. But I have. When all was said and done, I was forcibly evacuated from the country. But I survived and managed to enjoy beautiful — and alien — island life along the way. Here is how I pulled it off… Where did things…

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Tracing Germans, Japanese And Volcanoes In Lovely Papua New Guinea

Remember my recent excursion to the island group with semi-clothed dancing women who are seceding from Papua New Guinea? Yep, that was Bougainville. And it was a blast. Now it’s time to continue and on see what Papua New Guinea proper is like. So get ready for WWII and German colonial history mixed with volcanoes…

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Bougainville: A Nascent Nation In The South Pacific

What are these semi-clothed women dancing to? You’re going to find that out in this post, along with the ins and outs of the formation of a new country. No, the new country is not the Nation of Staatenlos, though there is a chance this country could play host to a free private city… Setting…

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The Novelty Of Being A Tourist In Saudi Arabia

Do you want to see a beheading? I can’t promise one. But in this Arabian adventure, we’re heading to a beheading square. It’s not in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, nor is it in Mecca. But it is located in the gateway to Mecca — a place known for playing host to pilgrims that…

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Nomad Cruising To The Fjords Of Arabia

Did you know Oman has fjords? For that matter, do you know anything about Oman? Most people probably know Oman is a country located on the Arabian Peninsula. Most people probably aren’t aware that Oman was once a powerful empire that stretched all the way to Zanzibar, an island off the east coast of Africa…

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Naked Wrestlers And Africa’s Greatest Lake: My Travels In South Sudan And Uganda

Right after experiencing the most frightening moment of your travel career — being held hostage in terra nulius by machine gun-toting Bedouins — what do you do? Do you take a break from it all and go lounge on the beach in Bali with rainbow nomads? No! You carry on to one of the world’s…

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Lake Hopping Burundi And Rwanda And Dodging Ebola In The DRC

You’ve already heard about my kidnapping in terra nulius between Sudan and Egypt and the adventures that followed in South Sudan and Uganda. It’s now time to hear more about my recent East and Central Africa travels, including my experience in an Ebola-ridden city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We’ll get to Goma, DRC…

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Held Hostage By Bedouins In Terra Nullius: My Trek To And Escape From Bir Tawil

I’ve been to Somalia. I’ve been to Venezuela during political unrest, and I’ve been to Syria during civil war. I’ve circled the globe many times and am nearing completion of the United Nations countries list.  Yet never before I stepped foot on the world’s last remaining terra nullius — located along the border between Egypt…

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Trekking The Stans Part 2: Islamic Architecture And A Dying Sea in Uzbekistan

We left off on my Central Asian adventure on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Following treks across an Afghan border region and one of the world’s highest mountain passes, we were headed for the historic city of Samarkand. Ahead on this journey through Uzbekistan lies a tour of classic Islamic architecture, a cemetery date…

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Trekking The Stans Part 1: The Mountain Corridor Straddling Tajikistan And Afghanistan

When many people think about The Stans, what comes to mind is what’s in the news. Afghanistan: perpetual war; conflict in Kurdistan, an unrecognized country. But this Silk Road-occupying region is also rich with history and beautiful sights to see. And it’s debatable whether the more Middle Eastern neighbors — Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan etc. —…

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The Overlooked Gem Of The North Atlantic: The Faroe Islands

This wasn’t quite an Arctic excursion. I wasn’t defending against polar bears like in Svalbard or trekking across an ice sheet like in Greenland.  But it was certainly a remote North Atlantic adventure — one most travelers skip over or fly by. Visiting the Faroe Islands was similar to exploring Iceland in that it is all about…

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Reviving Tourism in Syria: Beach Life and My 15 Minutes of Palmyra Fame

Note: This is part 2 of 2 on my September 2019 trip around Syria. Read part 1 here. Having followed my journey on the road to Damascus from Lebanon and then around Syria and into the soon-to-be dating Mecca of Aleppo, it is now time to explore the gems of Syria that lie outside its…

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Reviving Tourism In Syria: Out On The Town In Damascus And Aleppo

Note: This is part 1 of 2 on my September 2019 trip around Syria. At last a country you have all been waiting for. For a while now, I’ve been well on my to visiting every country in the world, so it was only a matter of time before I stepped foot in Syria. An…

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Make Greenland A Summer Getaway Again

You may have noticed Greenland has been in the news as of late. Donald Trump wants to make Greenland great again and to erect a Trump Tower in Nuuk. ? Okay realistically speaking, most people don’t know much of anything about Greenland, let alone what life is like in this remote autonomous territory in the Arctic…

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That Time I Visited South Ossetia And Got Stuck In The Mountains Of Southern Russia

Most travelers do not explore Russia on an itinerary starting with Moscow-Chechnya-Ingushetia. As you already know, shortly after the start of first my Russian adventure I found myself in the North Caucasus, visiting mosques, climbing watchtowers and celebrating at a wedding where the bride’s family was nowhere to be seen. But that was just the…

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The Heuereka Brand Expands: Act III In Vienna

It’s not a birthday party anymore. Don’t get me wrong. There were plenty of birthday celebrations. I had a birthday party at a heuriger (remember those traditional Viennese wine bars/restaurants). I had a birthday party at my preferred club in the heart of Vienna. And I had a birthday party at a restaurant that is…

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My North Caucasian Vacation: Exploring Chechnya and Ingushetia

Ever since my childhood, I was interested in Russia’s North Caucasus region. This region includes the famous republic of Chechnya and a bunch of other “ethnic” republics. I remember being aware as a kid that there was a war in Chechnya, and as a result, some Chechens were moving to Germany. In fact, there were…

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Trying To Cash In On Crops In The Comoros And Finding Paradise In Madagascar

Having already covered my survival of Somalia and safari hopping up and down the continent, we left off on the last leg of my big Africa adventure. I had just departed Mozambique and was headed for Madagascar. But before I tell you what Madagascar is like in reality, as opposed to in theatrical animation, I’m…

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