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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My Life In Europe’s Freest Covid-1984 Country

Socialist Sweden no more. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Sweden is no longer a country run by social justice warriors. That’s a thing of the past, though Sweden does still have its share of problems. But in the time of Covid-1984, Sweden is a sane country in an insane…

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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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I See Dead People… BURNING – India Part 2

We’ve already journeyed along India’s Golden Triangle to the Islamic holy sights. Now it’s time to see India’s holy sights for Hindus and Buddhists, which include a pink city and one heavily polluted holy river. This second and final leg of my first India trip involves completing the Golden Triangle in Jaipur and flying to…

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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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Exploring Iran – Part 2

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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Taj Mahal Trippin In The Other Golden Triangle – India Part 1

You’ve heard all about the time I joined a biker gang in Thailand, battered and bruised myself on a mountain road approaching the Golden Triangle and then invaded Myanmar with my fellow gang members. If you haven’t read about it, what are you waiting for?? Click here and then hit back when you are done.…

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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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Workation With Dad Part 1: Exploring Miami – Pre Cruise

This post is the first of a three-part series about a workation I had with my father around April of 2019. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know I like to vacation with my dad a few times a year. I invite him, or sometimes he invites me, but mostly…

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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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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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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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How I Conquered my Last Two Polynesian Nations: Tonga and Samoa

Before I take you back to the trip where I discovered the last two nations left in Polynesia for me to conquer, let me start you off with a small geography lesson. In case you don’t already know this, Polynesia is a subregion of Oceania, made up of more than 1,000 islands that scatter over…

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Exploring New Zealand Part 3: My Doom in Mt Doom?

This is what happens when you’re alone and you have a car. Spontaneously, I made up my mind to extend my route or, if you will, to completely change it. I was now on my way to the Tongariro National Park for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike. What I was about to experience had been…

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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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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 Short Visit to the Country of Bengals

Let’s dive right into my short visit to Bangladesh. First, I want to start by telling you a few exciting things about the country. For starters, its name literally translated means “the country of Bengal.” It is a secular, democratic, and independent state located in South Asia, and it has the eighth-largest population in the…

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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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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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