Getting Shot In Mogadishu, Somalia And Surviving

To be totally honest, I wasn’t shot. But I did go to Mogadishu, Somalia and survive to tell you about it. And in the process, I was struck by a flying object on a Somali beach. By the grace of Allah, it was a ball, not a bullet or shrapnel from a bomb. But I…

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Bermuda: Lots To Love Once You Get Through Customs

Atlantic beaches are lovely, and when combined with a tax haven, they form a true oasis. Bermuda, despite being situated in the middle of the Atlantic and despite being famous for shipwrecks, is certainly an oasis. There is, though, one nagging element of statism: customs.  Customs control in Bermuda is a nightmare. My experience was…

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The Overrated Carnival Craze In Trinidad

I arrived in Trinidad with high expectations. It was my first visit to the Caribbean island nation — really a twin island nation, but I wasn’t visiting the Tobago part — and I was there for Carnival. Having read online that Carnival in Trinidad was very exciting, I rearranged my Guyana and Suriname trip so…

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Guyana And Suriname: The Outlier Countries Of South America

Guyana and Suriname may be worth visiting, but they are not worth planting flags in… if I’m going to start off this blog post very frankly.  Let’s consider my experience at immigration. That was very telling. In Suriname it took me 3 hours to get through immigration after landing at the airport. Guyana wasn’t very…

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The Curse Of The Missed Flights To Curacao And Aruba

Did you know the Netherlands has territory that lies just 30 km off the coast of Venezuela? Indeed, several islands that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands sit in the Caribbean Sea very close to the north coast of Venezuela. These islands are part of the Antilles archipelago, and three of them make…

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Hawaii Pre-Eruption: Volcanoes, Sea Life And Breathtaking Beauty

Hawaii is not an offshore jurisdiction akin to some of the many Pacific Islands I recently visited (Marshall Islands, Vanuatu etc.). But for a tourism destination, the Hawaiian Islands are unmatched in the Pacific, unless you count the Galapagos Islands. Hawaii offers volcanoes almost as startling as Mount Yasur on Vanuatu, beautiful, rugged terrain like…

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Surviving Venezuela In Style, Then Narrowly Getting Out

I picked an interesting time to visit Venezuela. The opposition leader had recently declared himself president, and the world was split over whether he or socialist leader Nicolas Maduro was in charge of the country. Meanwhile, media reports were saying there were food shortages, and people were waiting in long lines to get food, as…

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Going To The Galapagos — A Perpetual Traveler’s Dream Trip

Have you ever dreamt of traveling to the Galapagos Islands? I have.  It wasn’t enough for me to just dream of walking and snorkeling among exotic creatures of every sort in the volcanic equatorial islands that Charles Darwin visited on the HMS Beagle. I had to be there.  I don’t just travel to check boxes.…

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My View Inside An Erupting Volcano In Vanuatu

Have you ever come under fire from a flamethrower? I’m not talking about in a video game. I mean in real life — fireballs flying in your direction and coming within 20 meters of striking you. Not Molotov cocktails, but rather a true force of nature. For me, that force of nature was Vanuatu’s Mount…

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Island Hopping The Rarely Visited Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Fiji And Tuvalu

fI had just wrapped up my 5-day stay in the least visited country in the world, Nauru, which as you may recall, was very memorable yet, at the same time, getting very boring by the end. So how would I find the next Pacific Island stops. Would I embark upon exciting new adventures in a…

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My 5 Days On The Once-Wealthy ‘Bird Shit Island’ That Now Has A Refugee ‘Gulag’

Have you ever walked in a circle around an entire country? I now have. And I did it in 3 hours and 15 minutes.  To put it bluntly, there is not a lot to see in Nauru, the Pacific island nation that is the least visited country in the world. But because of this feat…

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Capping Off North Korea With Great Leaders And Mass Games In Pyongyang

Note: This is the third and final installment of a three-part series on my trip to North Korea. As expected, this last part of the series is about my stay in the North Korean capital Pyongyang. To see what is like to cross into the DPRK by foot and speak face-to-face with North Korean kids,…

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Island Hopping My Way To The Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands make for a beautiful snorkeling destination and a tax haven/hideaway for tax evaders. Sounds like a place for me, though I don’t advocate the latter. Without a doubt I enjoyed my short stay in the Marshall Islands. But, as some people say, it’s about the journey. This time was no different. My…

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My Transatlantic Voyage Aboard The Nomad Cruise

I have been a perpetual traveler for over 4 years now. This year I spent more than 1 out of every 20 days at sea (Antarctica, Pitcairn & Nomad Cruise). I have long been destined to set sail with fellow world travelers on a ship specifically for nomads. Yet destiny was not manifesting. A few…

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Discovering North Korea’s Beautiful Nature – Part 2

Note: This is the second installment of a three-part series on my trip to North Korea. As you may guess, this post will focus on exploring North Korea’s outdoors. To see what is is like to walk across a bridge connecting China and the DPRK and to have face-to-face interactions with North Korean schoolchildren, read…

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Crossing The Bridge Into North Korea And Getting To Know The DPRK – Part I

Note: This post is the first installment of a three-part series on my trip to North Korea. In this post you will get a glimpse of life in a peculiar Chinese border town, see what is like to cross the seldom-used (by westerners) northeastern border between China and North Korea and actually venture inside North…

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Escaping an ambush to freedom in Europe’s most liveable microstate

I was expecting to get more than just a simple pat-down on this mid-November day. I wasn’t expecting when and where it would ultimately occur. The day started in Israel. Backtracking a bit, before I even landed in Israel a week prior, I was interrogated for a couple hours by Israeli airline workers. They searched…

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Climbing The Sacred Mountains Of China

You’ve heard about me partying it up in Beijing while also surveying the extreme Chinese work ethic. But there is far more to China than the work hard, play hard lifestyle. For that matter, China as a whole, is not much of a party. I should note, though, there will be some peculiar nightlife coming…

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Nomads-turned-farmers? Invest in Europe’s most underrated country!

Let me guess. You have questions… What is the coolest country in Europe? And what is this investment opportunity? When it comes to combining incredible hospitality, delicious food and wine, natural beauty and remarkable affordability into just one place in Europe, the country that comes to mind is undoubtedly Georgia. Nestled in the Caucasus and…

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Clubbing It Up In Beijing As A Party Toy For Chinese Elites

Even as a perpetual traveler visiting dozens of countries a year, there are some destinations you eagerly await visiting, full of anticipation and childlike excitement, as if you were embarking upon one of your first international trips. In 2017, I visited China for the first time. It was just a 71-hour stopover in Beijing on…

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Cruising The Mekong River To Luang Prabang In Little-Known Laos

It’s common for holidaymakers and digital nomads to go to Thailand. They hit the beaches, Bangkok, Chiang Mai etc. On my recent Southeast Asia trip, I took things a bit further. I joined a biker gang in Thailand and invaded Myanmar. Along with my fellow libertarian gang members, I crossed illegally — through a hole…

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Throwback: Getting In And Out Of Trouble As A Teenager In Paris’s Red-Light District

Moulin Rouge in Quartier Pigalle, where I stayed on a class trip to Paris Ever wonder how my traveling career began? Ever wonder what I was like before I was a perpetual traveler, before I was publishing Staatenlos and before I was an Austrian School-educated anarchocapitalist? You’re in luck. We’re going to take a trip…

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Mutiny On The Aegean: Greek Island Hopping Gone Wrong

It was all part of my master plan. I would learn how to steer a ship and navigate the open waters. Eventually this skill would blossom into full command of a submarine I would then use to complete my world travels beneath the sea, all while bringing to life both long-lost and futuristic civilizations underwater.…

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Joining A Biker Gang In Thailand And Invading Opium-rich Myanmar

I told you about anarchy in Mexico. With all due respect to Acapulco and the Anarchapulco Conference — and even the great state of Guerrero — they are not nearly as anarchic as Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle, where opium is the cash crop, central governments are kept in check and militias and drug lords run…

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Workationing During Carnival In Rio de Janeiro

This was not your average workation. You may have already been introduced to the concept of workation from my time spent getting to know babes and babushkas and working at the beach while in Odessa, Ukraine. The concept is simple: work + vacation = workation. For that matter, my life is pretty much a never-ending…

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So You Think I Can Dance… In The Dominican Republic?

I will tell you up front. I can’t dance… at least not very well. I’m very tall and I have two left feet. That’s not a good combo for mastering salsa — so I have found out over the years. Not once but twice have I been given the boot from salsa dancing programs. As…

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Living It Up In The So-Called Last Dictatorship Of Europe

If you go to Belarus looking for a glimpse of life inside a dictatorship and police state, you might just find a bunch of people having a great time while being left alone by the authorities. I’m not saying this to endorse the Belarusian government or its president for life, but the reality is, for…

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Discovering The Cuba Of Africa

Discovering this country was a watershed moment for me. Although I was visiting a Portuguese-speaking island nation, it was my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa. In less politically correct terms, it was my first time stepping foot in “Black Africa.” Yet it was here where I successfully exercised my white privilege. You will see how…

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Navigating The Social Dynamics Of South Africa’s Last Absolute Monarchy

As an avid reader of my blog, you are now well aware that I took a three-week trip around South Africa (the South Africa you don’t see in the news) and I made detours in Lesotho and Swaziland. Having already heard all about the mountain kingdom tucked away inside South Africa, it’s now time to…

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Heuereka II: Bigger And Better

Investment presentations, a boat party on the Danube, unveiling plans to create a free private city in Honduras and screening a documentary about yours truly made Heuereka II a whole lot better than the inaugural birthday conference I threw last year in the Austrian capital. This time based in the heart of Vienna, Heuereka had…

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