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Author: Karin

Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey. Follow me on my wonderful <3 social media - click on the orange icons below!
Nudity & Wilderness: Interview With A Naked Hiker

Nudity & Wilderness: Interview With A Naked Hiker

Have you ever tried naking? While some regard naked hiking as an indecency or outright an invitation for sexual violence (especially when women do it), I believe there is no harm in nudity. (There is a certain harm in meeting a misogynist psychopath, mind you.) I have found Sara in one of the female traveler groups on Facebook and she kindly agreed to answer a few questions about her experience with nude hiking. Sara is a young woman from Canada…

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Exploring Palermo: Beauty And Decay In The Capital Of Sicily

Exploring Palermo: Beauty And Decay In The Capital Of Sicily

It takes us three rides and one afternoon to get to Palermo from which we wrongly assume that hitchhiking in Sicily is easy. We say goodbye to two Spanish designers and their rented car in a narrow street paved with shiny blocks of stone. Palermo welcomes us with a mix of languages, noises and skin colors. Its decadent beauty reminds me of many places I´ve known, yet adorned with unseen patterns and people. We walk past the Palace of Justice,…

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How Sexual Harassment Changed My Attitude to (Solo) Travel

How Sexual Harassment Changed My Attitude to (Solo) Travel

A man once asked my partner to exchange me for two fifteen-year-old girls. Another squeezed my hand when saying goodbye and rubbed his finger against my palm while looking suggestively in my eyes. Yet another one rubbed his hard-on against my butt while watching a traditional dance spectacle in a crowded square. Once, a man felt free to take a look while I showered – not on a beach, I must say. Each of these happened in a different country…

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Arrecifes, Cabo San Juan & Pueblito: A Practical Guide to Tayrona Colombia

Arrecifes, Cabo San Juan & Pueblito: A Practical Guide to Tayrona Colombia

Tayrona must be the most famous National Park in Colombia. Its magic has to do with seeing the snowy mountain peaks while swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean, surrounded by thick jungle. If the idea of swaying in a hammock and listening to the noise of the selva (yes, the jungle is noisy at night!) at night, waking up to birds chirping and starting your day eating an arepa and jumping right to the waves (because it´s effing…

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15 Awful #BorderCrossingFails To Scare You Before Summer

15 Awful #BorderCrossingFails To Scare You Before Summer

Digital nomads, serial backpackers and full-time travelers are well-organized people with neatly arranged files of documents to fulfill visa requirements everywhere they go…sorry, what? Don’t you believe me? Yeah, actually, no. I have entered Mexico without getting stamped (and had to sneak in back to the US secretly), barely saved my husband from a big red REJECTED stamp when we tried going to Macedonia, spent two months in Turkey illegally without even knowing and got searched through and through for…

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How To Get A Teaching Job In Colombia As A Foreigner & Without Agencies

How To Get A Teaching Job In Colombia As A Foreigner & Without Agencies

I have heard from many travelers that it is a piece of cake to get a teaching job in Colombia, since the locals like foreigners and prefer them for language teaching positions. Well…yes and no. It is indeed relatively easy for a native speaker to find a teaching gig because many people assume that being fluent in a language is an equivalent of being able to teach it. However, it is definitely possible to work as a teacher even if…

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An Insanely Detailed Guide To Bogota Colombia For Clueless Adventurers

An Insanely Detailed Guide To Bogota Colombia For Clueless Adventurers

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is one of the places tourists often hesitate to put on their itinerary. Safety issues, general big-city-ness or even weather seem to daunt some of the travelers who love Colombia for its tropical nature, however, for an adventurous traveler interested in different aspects of Colombian society, Bogota is a fascinating spot to see. I have lived and worked in Bogota for over a year and even married a local Bogotano – therefore I often get…

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How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

The heavy rain has been beating the borders with Syria since early morning. We’ve slept in a small mosque in Iskenderum that night, but got kicked out by the police soon after the first prayer call and so we were already on the road that we call home when everything went down. We’ve been riding this wave of luck for months as a somewhat clumsy surfer, but somewhere deep inside, as cliché as it sounds, I knew this charm would…

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Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Karpaz National Park is a green needle sticking out from the northern part of the island of Cyprus. While Google Maps doesn’t show much when it comes to hiking trails in Karpaz (shame on you, google!), you can definitely hike there with success. I had no idea about how are the hiking paths in Karpaz (also called Carpasia or Karpass), but based on my experience with hiking the Lycian trail, I figured there must be some in the NP – and…

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Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Short answer: yes. When I told my mom I left my loving husband on the mainland in Turkey and took a ferry to hitchhike around Northern Cyprus on my own for two weeks, she got really nervous. I think she even lost some sleep because of it – sorry, mom! In spite of her concerns, I felt safe and happy in Cyprus. I enjoyed the culture, the people and the food, the landscape was beautiful and I even got to…

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