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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Iraqi Kurdistan: Exploring the land of the biggest stateless nation in the world

Greetings from Iraqi Kurdistan! My today’s reportage will be dedicated to this fascinating region with the incredible and agonizing history of its people and numerous cultural and architectural treasures. The Kurds are known to be the largest ethnic group without a state of their own. About 25-35 million Kurds live in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria,…

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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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Fortnight Caribbean Cruise Part 2: St. Barts, St. Kitts and the BVI’s

Note: This post is the second installment of a multi-part series about the two weeks I spent cruising the Caribbean with my little brother. In this chapter, I regale you with tales from land days 4 through 7 as we anchored in St. Barts, St. Kitts, and two of the BVI’s. In my previous post,…

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Fortnight Caribbean Cruise Part 1: The Grenadines, St. Lucia and Guadalupe

Note: This post is the first installment of a multi-part series on the two weeks I spent cruising the Caribbean with my little brother. In this chapter, I give you a glimpse of what life is like aboard the luxury cruise line Windstar Cruises. I also delve into the first three land days we had…

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Iran Part 2: Vast Desserts – Famous Salt Lakes and a Myriad of Mosques

In my today’s article, I’m going to continue telling you about my unforgettable trip to Iran. Check out the first part here. So the road was taking my Iranian guide Ali and me to Isfahan, the city in central Iran, mostly known for its grand Persian architecture. It takes around 3-4 hours to get there…

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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 2: Cruising Through The Bahamas and Grand Turk

Let’s dive into the five days I spent at sea with my dad cruising through the Caribbean. As you know, this cruise was part of a workation I planned with my father to Florida and the Caribbean. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to cross a few islands off my list. The cruise…

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Iran Part 1: Becoming a Zoroastrian

I have long been dreaming about making this journey! Ever since my childhood, ancient Persia has inspired romantic ideas in our heads: a cartoon about Aladin, geography and history lessons at school, a popular game of the mid-nineties called the Prince of Persia and so on. Unfortunately, in today’s world, Iran is considered the country…

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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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Angkor Wat: To see the heart and soul of Cambodia

Cambodia is a land of hope. It is not large, but it is a country that stands proud in Southeast Asia, attracting people from all over the world with its distinct culture and history. For some, it’s just another exotic country, simply a place to leave cheap in a tropical paradise. For the rest, they…

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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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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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Discovering East Timor

My today’s article will be dedicated to my journey to a place that is not very well known but therefore is even more interesting to see and explore. I’m talking about the country called East Timor. It is an island country located in the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia. Despite its official name, the Democratic…

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What Could Have Been: Why I Would Have Gladly Quarantined in Fernando de Noronha

Today, I want to talk about a destination I really enjoyed exploring a few years back, and where I was initially planning on spending my quarantine. As you probably already know, I am currently riding out the Corona crazy in Mexico, and it’s been pretty delightful so far. They have a very relaxed attitude towards…

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Exploring New Zealand Part 2: The Route to Wellington

On Sunday morning I left Hastings and headed south. As you could have seen from the previous post on New Zealand, I had intended to go directly to Wellington but I happened to have a few stops and a little adventure on my way there. The first stop was in the southern inland Hawkes Bay…

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My First Time in a Tiny Monarchy and Being Pleasantly Surprised in Vietnam

This time I’d like to regal you with stories from my trips to Brunei and Vietnam. It all started with a direct flight from Taiwan to Bandar Seri Begawan – the capital of Brunei. I was in Taiwan for a short visit after my stay in Palau. From Taiwan, I arrived in Brunei. If you…

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Exploring New Zealand Part 1: The Island With an Active Volcano, a 2000-Year-Old Tree and the Easternmost Point

Part I After arriving in New Zealand, I spent a few wonderful days with my friends in Rotorua — one of the most popular tourist destinations on the North Island of New Zealand. Since the 19th century, it has especially been famous for its hot geothermal springs. If you are ever there, don’t miss the…

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First Time on Horseback and not Dying on the Road of Death in Bolivia

Let’s go back to the most adventurous moments of my time in Bolivia: Horseback riding through the altiplanos in Tupiza and Mountain Biking through the Road of Death. This story is set in 2014 during my first South American trip, in a town called Tupiza in Bolivia, close to the border with Argentina. Famous for…

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My First Time in South America and Exploring a Tropical Jungle

I'll leave you with this last sunset photo from my first time in the jungle

Let’s go back to my first time traveling through South America… It was back in February and March of 2014. Let’s start by establishing that my travel experience at the time was quite limited, and this would be my first time, ever, in such environments. It was sure to be an experience I would never…

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Missed my Flight and Got Lost in a Pitch-Dark Silver Mine: My First Ever Trip to Bolivia

Six years ago, in February 2014, I was on my first South American trip. Having traveled around for already three weeks, I finally headed to Bolivia. My route ran from Arequipa, a city in Peru, to El Alto airport 13 km west of La Paz, a city in Bolivia. El Alto airport is the highest…

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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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