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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Touring The South Africa You Don’t See In The News

I did not come to South Africa to investigate claims of blacks killing whites or rampant race-based injustices. Sure the country’s got its problems, but I wanted to see the beautiful and exotic sides of South Africa — its coast, its backcountry, its wildlife and its bizarre signage and caves, all while mixing in a…

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Navigating The Mountain Kingdom Tucked Away Inside South Africa

Technically, this kingdom is not inside South Africa. Lesotho is a separate country — an enclave surrounded by South Africa. It is a mountain kingdom, though… think Bhutan. But, other than it being a mountain kingdom, Lesotho has very little in common with the kingdom of the thunder dragon. The Kingdom of Lesotho has no…

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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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Measuring My Happiness In The World’s Only Wholly Buddhist State

The mountain kingdom of the thunder dragon, Bhutan, might very well have some of the happiest people in the world. But that doesn’t mean the people of the world would be more happy if they lived in Bhutan. Take me, for example. I’m a Taoist (It says so on my Instagram account) and I have…

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Seeing The Top Of The World And Dodging Death By Rhinoceros In Nepal

Keeping it real, Kathmandu is a shithole. I never get headaches, except when in Kathmandu. The air quality is terrible, not to mention the place recently got hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and it wasn’t the prettiest of cities to begin with. But that makes sense. Nepal is a country of contrast. This…

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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 The Disputed 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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Being The Outlier In The Outback — Going Back To Backpacking

Once upon a time, I was a backpacker. I slept in hostels, partied with young travelers and quietly built an internationalization brand in between sightseeing time and nights at the club. Even though I had global (tax-free) business ambitions, I still fit in. Those days have come and gone. That doesn’t mean I must always…

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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…

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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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