Islamic Polygamy and the Holy City of Touba

During my time in Senegal with Alana, we had quite a bit planned. Since you already know about our sightseeing day in Dakar and Goree Island; on this post I’ll tell you about the other parts of the country we visited before crossing borders to The Gambia. The plan was to head to The Gambia…

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Vacationing in Senegal: Slave trade tourism in Dakar and Goree Island

After a long hiatus, from this blog – it feels really good to be sharing my adventures with you once again. Africa is the theme for this comeback season. I’ve already begun telling you about Libya and my troublesome trip to Tripoli. For this post, I wanted to change gears a bit. Keep it light-hearted…

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Hopping Along the Canary Islands pt. 3: Lobos Island and Fuerteventura

As you may know from my previous post, I had somewhat spontaneously decided to embark on a solo escapade, and my first solo stop was Fuerteventura. Well, it wasn’t completely solo since I traveled to the island by ferry with two girlfriends who had just come to visit me in Lanzarote. The evening I arrived…

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TSC Maiden Voyage Part 3: Dark and Stormy Days Ahead

Ready to find out about the stormiest week of our maiden voyage? Let’s pick up right where we left off on my last post… First Stop: Trogir By the time we arrived in Trogir (after having spent almost two weeks on the boat already), life aboard the Staatenlos had become quite predictable -in the best…

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Croatian Road Trip Part 6: Istria

In my last post I told you about the days we spent conquering the Biokovo Mountain Range after a week sailing the Adriatic. My time in Croatia seemed to have been moving slowly. I’d done so much already, and It hadn’t even been a month. Don’t get me wrong, I’d enjoyed every minute of it,…

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Croatian Road Trip Part 5: Conquering the Biokovo Mountain Range

If you’ve been following along, you know I just spent about a month in Croatia. I got to discover the country by both land and sea. First, I road tripped from the capital to Dubrovnik, right before going on a week-long catamaran cruise around the Croatian islands. This next series of posts picks up right…

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Croatian Road Trip Part 3: Getting the Drug Mule Treatment Crossing Borders and Enjoying Relatively Empty Croatian Cities

Note: This post is the third and final installment of a multi-part series about a small road trip through Croatia before boarding my chartered catamaran for a week. In this chapter, we visit Split, cross borders to Bosnia and Montenegro, and enjoy the beautiful town of Dubrovnik almost to ourselves. In my last post we…

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Croatian Road Trip Part 2: Geeking Out in Karl May Movie Sets and Spontaneously Sailing the Adriatic

Note: This post is the second installment of a multi-part series about the week I spent exploring Croatia by car with my little brother. In this chapter, we traverse through our time in Plitvice Lakes and a few of the Karl May movie sets. I also throw caution to the wind and hop aboard a…

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Never Say Never Part 1: How I Ended up in the Rainbow Nomad Mecca of the World – Ubud, Bali

If you know me at all, you know I can have a strong opinion about many things. One of those things is my friends, the rainbow nomads. If you’re new to this blog, a rainbow nomad is a definition I coined, and it’s for people who fit the following description: A traveler that considers themselves…

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Spotting UFOs While Exploring Both Ancient and Futuristic Cities in Kazakhstan

This post is also a throw- way back to the time just after my studies in Malta. In this story, I tell you a little about the was up to when my career as a perpetual traveler finally began to flourish. As you may or may not know, I started my business five years ago…

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Throwing it Back to my First-Ever Visit to The Great White North

Let’s take this opportunity to throw it way back. All the way to 2016 and my first ever visit to North America and, more specifically, the weeks I spent exploring the east coast of Canada. Technically, I had been to The States briefly in 2014, but that was a different kind of travel. So, to…

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Fortnight Caribbean Cruise Part 4: Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada and Barbados

Note: This is the fourth and final installment about the two weeks I spent aboard the Star Breeze, exploring most of the Leeward Islands Chain and the Lesser Antilles Archipelago by cruise. In this final chapter, I tell you all about remaining stops on our journey, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, and our last day in…

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Fortnight Caribbean Cruise Part 3: Anguilla, Sint Maarten, Antigua and Montserrat

Note: This post is the third installment of a multi-part series about the two weeks I spent cruising the Caribbean with my little brother. This particular chapter includes the adventures from land days 7 through 10, as we anchored in Anguilla, Sint Maarten, Antigua, and Montserrat. At this point, we had been aboard the Star…

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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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Workation With Dad Part 3: Our Road Trip to Key West – Post Cruise

If you’re reading this, you probably know that I invited my father on a little workation to Florida and a cruise through the Caribbean. This post is actually part 3 of the entire vacation. So, if you want to catch up on previous adventures, you can do that here. This post, however, will be about…

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24-Hours of Sightseeing in Taipei: My First Time in Taiwan

After five glorious days in Palau, I had a short stay in Taiwan. Taiwan is a state in East Asia. Some of its neighboring countries include the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the north-west, Japan to the north-east, and the Philippines to the south. It is common for travelers to spend time in Taiwan…

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Exploring Palau Part 3: Trying Bat in Micronesia, History Lessons from Peleliu and the Best Views of Palau

If you’re reading this, you probably have been following along my trip to Palau. This last post is about the second half of my time there, let’s dive in! On my third day in Palau, I went on a tour of Peleliu, which is one of the more remote islands in Palau. Peleliu, along with…

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Exploring Palau Part 2: Snorkeling in Jellyfish Lake and Kayaking Through the Palauan Archipelago

Palau was the last of the Micronesian islands left for me to discover, and I was excited about my days there. After all, I had 5 full days to adventure and was already scheduled to see some of the best things the country had to offer. If you read my previous article(link), then you know…

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The Road To Palau Part 1: A Full Day in the Intramuros of Manila

This is the first of a three-part article about my trip to Palau. It was an adventure-packed trip, and for your sake, I’ve decided to tell the story in three parts. I would like to start by giving you the preamble. I first set foot in Palau in early February of this year. Only 2.5…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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The Channel Islands: How The United Kingdom Ought To Be

Have you ever considered what the United Kingdom might be like had it not, like all empires, lost its way? What if I told you that slice of British paradise still exists? Its weather is not as enticing as Bermuda’s and its beaches are not as pristine. But that’s part of what gives it the…

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