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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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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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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Overcoming Seasickness And GoPro Loss in Beautiful Mozambique

You just got a rundown of my safari-hopping adventures across Africa. But I cut things off abruptly. There is still a safari left, and again it involves water.  Right after my boat safari in Zambia’s Chobe National Park (remember all those wading elephants?), I hopped and skipped my way over to the East Coast of…

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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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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 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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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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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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Discovering North Korea Part 3: Capping Off NK 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 Part 1: Crossing The Bridge Into NK And Getting To Know The DPRK

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 its 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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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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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? Or considered 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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Preparing For Life Beneath The Sea In Icelandic Waters

Some of you may be under the impression that I will set up a stateless base in the Arctic or Antarctic to plot the demise of governments worldwide and starve politicians of their tax dollars, euros and yen. While roughing it around the earth’s poles can make for great fun once in a while, it is…

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Partying in the Arctic: A Trip to The Far, Far North Of Norway

I’m not in need of a Norwegian passport. But if I was ultra-motivated to pick one up and it meant spending seven years living within the Arctic Circle, I would be ready and willing to migrate… to Svalbard. Situated above the 70th parallel north, Svalbard is farther north than Antarctica (at least the part I visited)…

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Exploring A Long-Lost Nazi Civilization in Antarctica

I didn’t just go to Antarctica for bragging rights or to see penguins (You already know I love animals). I was on a mission to discover a long-lost Nazi civilization in a part of the world to which few ever venture. The destination was New Swabia, or Neuschwabenland, named after the German territory of Schwabenland.…

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Going Rogue as a Traveler in Nagorno-Karabakh

Even though I became a stateless man several years ago, I had never been kicked out of a country. That changed on this trip to a hotly disputed and, at times, fought-over territory in the South Caucasus. As a stateless man, it is only fitting for me to travel to places where no state exists,…

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Betting Against My Country In China’s Gambling Mecca

Recently you learned that I love animals and someday when I grow old I may be a zookeeper, or rather a zoo owner. Now it is time for you to learn about another hidden passion of mine. This one has a bit of a darker side to it and could be characterized as a dangerous…

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Visiting Pitcairn: Life With The Modern-Day Mutineers On The World’s Most Mysterious Island

  Have you ever gone on vacation and stayed in the home of a mayor-turned- … wait for it… wait for it… convicted child rapist?! That’s right. My host was the mayor, and now he is a convicted child rapist. Better yet, he is a direct descendant of the Bounty mutineers, and more than two…

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Overcoming Phonebreak On Magnificent Mangareva

It was just supposed to be a stopover on the way to the ultra-isolated Pitcairn Island. Mangareva was where my French Polynesia trip would come to an end and I would brace for my encounter with the descendants of the Bounty mutineers in Pitcairn, the most difficult to reach territory in the world. Entering my…

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Dodging German-Eating Cannibals In The Marquesas Islands

Cannibals? They still exist? They eat Germans? They prey on tourists in French Polynesia? No one seems to know exactly what happened. It was 2011. A German tourist named Stefan Ramin was on an exotic trip around the world with his girlfriend. Ramin died after going on an excursion with his girlfriend and a local…

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Going Wine Tasting In The Tropics

Having met the seasteaders in Tahiti, Roadstered around Moorea and summited my future honeymoon destination of Bora Bora, I moved on to lesser-known islands for the second half of my French Polynesia trip. Have no worry… the fun will come. Following a pleasant flight that involved no TSA hassles — or any airport security procedures…

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Honeymooning with my laptop in Bora Bora

Bora Bora Pacific

I have yet to find my bride, but I have already found my honeymoon location. In fact, I have already honeymooned there. Some people say to reward yourself first and the desired result will come. The idea is that if you get a taste of what you want in life — even if you are…

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Racing through Moorea

Tahiti is famous. Couples dream of vacationing or honeymooning in Tahiti. The island, with its rugged interior surrounded by Polynesian beaches, makes for a great getaway destination. The fact that it is the seasteading capital of the world makes it even better. But when beauty beckons, it comes from the next island over. On my…

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