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Travel with Rose-Colored Glasses – My Nicaragua Experience

Nicaragua was not kind to me. My luggage was delayed, I had a violent bout of food poisoning. My belongings were drenched with rainwater when a hostel roof collapsed, and I suffered through a debilitating, week-long illness. And when my prized dSLR was stolen from my hostel dorm room? I had thoroughly had enough. (Are hostels safe? Analyzing the safety) But if Nicaragua taught me nothing else, it’s that every single experience is valuable. Every experience shapes you; I learned from those hardships and am better off because of them. Travel comes with no guarantees except that it’ll be worth

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Tinos, Mykonos - what does it matter?
Tinos, Greece

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Tinos, Mykonos – what does it matter?

After 6 hours on a ferry from Athens to Mykonos, my best friend and I got off the ferry to realize our bus that was supposed to get us wasn’t there. Confused, we walked around to no avail. We approached an old Greek man and asked: “Mykonos?” He replied: “Oxi, Tinos.” We. messed. up. What do we do? Thank God for Greek police officers! They were SO helpful. They sent us to a nearby travel office and we were told to take the night ferry to Mykonos. Okay, so what do we do for the afternoon? Food! We went to Palaia

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Speechless in Khao Sok: No WiFi, No TV, and electricity for only a few hours at night
National Park Khao Sok, Thailand

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Speechless in Khao Sok: No WiFi, No TV, and electricity for only a few hours at night

After spending four days in the craziness of Bangkok, we set off on the very long and smelly train journey to Surat Thani, Thailand. I was so glad to arrive in Surat. The smell from the toilets and even though we had pull down beds, I was constantly whacking my head off the top of the bed (if anyone reading this has done the journey and they are over 6feet tall they will understand) every time the train hit a bump. And trust me there are a lot of bumps. When the train arrives, it is not like at home. There

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Regretting feeling daring in Tokyo

Regretting feeling daring in Tokyo

Weary from a day of walking across Tokyo, we went to the first restaurant we could find. The owner did not speak any English and unlike in the tourist restaurants across Tokyo, there were no photos on the menu. Feeling bold, we asked for a selection of dishes. We are not fussy eaters however when we looked at the plate of mini crabs on cocktail sticks and chunks of chicken that had been seared, but were raw in the middle. We realized that this was not a sensible attitude to adopt in Japan. We also realized that we would be

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Sharing a room with glass walls to the bathroom with strangers
Nanning, China

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Sharing a room with glass walls to the bathroom with strangers!

When I came for the first time to teach English in China, I crossed the border on a bus from Vietnam. My journey took around 8 hours and I met two people there, a French guy and a Chinese girl. Once we got of in Nanning, we realized that there were no tickets available for any trains that night, we had to wait till the morning to carry on to our destinations. We decided to share the cost of this night’s accommodation and reserved a hotel room with two beds. Nothing would have been strange about the experience if we

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Trying Aperol Spritz for the first time in Venice, city of Refuge

Trying Aperol Spritz for the first time in Venice, city of Refuge

This short travel story is an excerpt from the new novel Exquisite Hours by Joshua Humphreys. Set in New York, Bangladesh, Bangkok, Venice, London, and Vietnam, Exquisite Hours is the story of Anaïs Spencer, a beautiful young woman who travels the world lying to men. ‘What brings you to Venice then?’ ‘I, Octavian, have always felt that I would end up here. And somehow I have, ended up here.’ ‘Is this the end?’ ‘Do you think it is?’ ‘How should I know? Taste that.’ She pushed the skewer back with her finger and drank. ‘That’s amazing.’ Astonished, she broke into

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Loosing my Shared-Taxi at the Togo-Benin border

Losing my Shared-Taxi at the Togo-Benin border

Usually, problems crossing borders involve corrupt officials, visa troubles, or unexpected closures… I’m not sure what the locals thought when they saw a tall hairy white man running barefoot from the border in the morning sun, with no luggage, clutching his chest pocket to ensure his passport didn’t fall out – asylum seeker or drug dealer maybe. Truth was, I’d managed to lose my shared-taxi. I was traveling from Benin to Togo, and being a ‘foreigner’, I’d had to be stamped in/out of both countries, rather than doing as the locals do & showing ‘ID’ in the form of small-value

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Hitchhiking in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
Lajares, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

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Hitchhiking in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

No transport, no rush! Hitchhiking: the golden answer to budget travel! It doesn’t cost a dime plus you can meet interesting people, and get a sneak peak into their lives. In Fuerteventura we were hitchhiking from Lajares to the beach in El Cotillo. It’s only a 10 km ride, and hitchhiking is very common across Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands. However, it was our first time ever. The very first cars had big yellow and white corporate stickers on them. The tourists that were driving them looked at us with big scared eyes…”No, dear tourists, we are not planning to

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hunting an Iguana for dinner
Cambutal, Tonosi, Panama

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My Cab Driver hunting an Iguana for dinner – Panama Experience!

Cab fares in Panama are determined in advance. There is no meter running and for good reason. You never know what could happen. There are random stops, occasional detours, and the odd errand that you, as a passenger, should be happy to tolerate. This week, my cabbie stopped in the middle of the road when he spotted a large iguana on the shoulder. He began to chase after it as I sat in the front seat watching the drama unfold with my iPhone. Losing the lizard in the dry leaves, I gave a whistle to the cabbie and pointed to

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Winter is not coming, a warm Hostel Story
wallyard concept hostel berlin

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Winter is not coming, a warm Hostel Story

Going to Berlin on November was a challenge for me, since I’m not really an enthusiast of low temperatures. Me and my boyfriend started looking for hostels online, and found some incredible photos of the Wallyard Concept Hostel. We are attracted by places with great design projects, and this is one of the things we look forward to find on our trips together. Amazed by the decor of the Wallyard Concept Hostel, but traveling on a low budget, we booked a shared room for 4. We travel often, and sometimes the hostels are nothing like they look like on their website

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The value of being spontaneous – Christmas Serendipity in York

Visiting a medieval town over the holidays should be a magical and postcard-like experience. However, the mad rush to buy all those gifts before it starts raining again is what I found in a recent visit to York in the northern United Kingdom. The retail stores have lines, the streets look like swarms of something scary, the restaurants are all packed to the windows, folks are dressed up like Vikings, and you can barely find a place for a nice scone and a hot tea. But, on our way to get a cab home after dinner at Drake’s, a local

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Varanasi, a City to Die - Travel Story India
Varanasi, India

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Varanasi, India: a terror attack in the city to die

I cannot imagine myself in a more awful yet interesting place than Varanasi. It is one of the oldest cities in India and the holiest city of Hinduism. Varanasi is also considered as Shiva’s favorite city which he never leaves. Above Varanasi hovers a mixed mist of smoke and fumes, so that at night no stars can be seen. The narrow streets are littered with garbage and feces, and cows, pigs, dogs and monkeys are roaming around. Drug dealers and pimps are standing near the Ghats, the stairs leading to the Ganges, looking out for tourists to scam. Many religious

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10 Hours of Big Boys fighting - Sumo in Japan

10 Hours of Big Boys fighting – Sumo in Japan

Japan is not only the land of cherry blossoms and sushi: it his also the home of sumo, a traditional fight that resembles more to a sacred Shinto ceremony rather than to a wrestling sport. We arrived in Fukuoka, Japan during the November tournament and bought a ticket to see some Sumo fights. We ended up spending a full day at the stadium and over 10 hours watching big boys practicing ancient ritual gestures and fighting against each other to be the last one standing on the Dohyo (Dohyo is the ring in which sumo wrestling bouts are held). When

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We need more white players! Am I a racist?
Barcelona, Catalunya

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We need more white players! Am I a racist?

“We need more white players!“ Yes, this is an original quote from me. Back in the days – jeez, this makes me sound so old – me and a big group of friends played football at least once a week. We play 5  a side so in total there are 10 of us running after a ball. All of us are from really different parts of the world, and we are a mixture of Barcelona Expats coming together trying to score goals against our own friends. 10 players – 10 nationalities. To make the teams, we usually have vests to

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