Seeing Benin — From Voodoo Serpents To Lake Living

Do you know what’s the birthplace of voodoo? Let’s pay a visit to Benin (😉) to check out everything from the serpent temple, where we’ll get to hang with pythons, to the Venice of West Africa, where we’ll get to experience life on the water in Africa’s largest lake village. Let’s do it… Getting to Benin…

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On Safari With An Army-For-Hire In Niger

You’ve heard all about my safari successes and trials and tribulations. It’s time to step it up a notch… from spotting big game like a capable Maasai man to dodging Boko Haram while mixing and mingling with giant giraffes. For this I’ll need to hire my own army. Welcome to Niger! Getting to Know Niger…

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Getting To Know Burkina Faso

Are you ready for mud mosques, crocs, rock outcrops and waterfalls? And odd, more so than awe-inspiring, monuments? That might not be what comes to mind (if anything does) when you think of Burkina Faso. But that’s on our itinerary as we get to know this little-visited, landlocked West African country — and do so…

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Monkeying Around In Ghana And Togo

It’s not quite like being in the Serengeti, but there is more to do in West Africa than visit beaches and sightsee in capital cities. So on this two-country trek, let’s do a little monkeying around and see some animals — both alive and dead. 😱 I flew from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Accra, the…

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First Time in Paris in Over a Decade

As a perpetual traveller, the start of every new travel adventure is almost always intertwined with the ending of another travel adventure. Sometimes, I even manage to make the in-betweens and layovers noteworthy as well. Such is the case of my layover in Paris, the prelude to French Guiana. This story begins in Munich, where…

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Crossing borders to the Casamance Region of Senegal

By now, our time in West Africa was coming to an end. As you know, we’d spend our time learning about things like the West African Slave trade and Islamic Polygamy. We also visited the smallest country on the African mainland.  Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper trip to West Africa without having our fair share of wildlife…

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TSC Maiden Voyage Part 5: The Party After the Storm and Sailing Winnetou Canyon

In the last week of sailing, we had encountered some of the craziest weather I had ever experienced. First, as we tried to outrun the storm by sailing north from the Kornati Islands to Mali Losinj; and then, as we discovered what bora winds were while navigating through the Velebit Channel. The bad weather wasn’t…

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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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TSC Maiden Voyage Part 2: Blurring the Lines Between Business and Pleassure

Hello again, I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the continuation of our catamaran’s maiden voyage story. In my last post, we left off during our time in Lastovo, right around the time we lost most of our guests. From Lastovo to Mljet The night everyone left, it was just Sheila, Josh, and…

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Complying With Bureaucracies: The Trials and Tribulations of Exporting and Re-Importing a Boat in Just one Weekend

While we spent a week hopping around the Kornati Islands on a sailboat, my agent (boat purchase broker) was on mainland diligently carrying out all the bureaucratic errands to finalize the acquisition of my boat… or so I thought. You may know that by this point, I had already paid for the boat in full,…

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Croatian *Road* Trip Part 7: Hopping Around the Kornati Islands… On a Boat

It’s been a little while since my last post; life has been quite busy lately. As you know, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Croatia, while the rest of the world has shut down in panic, afraid of the harmless flu that shall not be named. Most recently, I’ve spent a considerable amount…

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Tinder and Theme Parks: That Time I Spent 3-Full Weeks in Florida

Lately, I’ve been taking you on a few trips down memory lane. Little by little, I’ve shared how my journey as a perpetual traveler started. This post continues to shed some light on what my travels were like in the early days of my career. This time, I would like to take you back to…

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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 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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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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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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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 2: Beautiful Nature

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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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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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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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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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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