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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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Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

If you are anything like me, you probably don´t have much experience with getting searched by police or other authorities. The closest I ever got to a detention cell was when I slept in one, back in the days of hitchhiking in Cambodia in 2013, but that was because they invited us to hang our hammock in there, even providing us with an anti-mosquito spiral. Apart from regular airport controls, I never got into a situation where an officer would …

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No, you can not travel for “free”. Here is why.

No, you can not travel for “free”. Here is why.

I am sorry for the click-bait in the title, but this topic has been bubbling inside of my mind like a nauseating potion. The point has come where I can´t shut up about it anymore. In the age of cheap airlines and online visa applications, it seems that every budget travel blog that respects itself must answer the omnipresent “How to travel the world for free” question with some smartass insights. Yet, here I am with this ugly assertion: you can…

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Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Every hiker who decides to walk the Lycian way from Fethiye must pass through Kayaköy; however, most of its visitants are whether tourists (unsurprisingly few this year – 2016) or local youth who is looking for a fun place to spend their Saturday evening. Most of the time the village is truly abandoned, more so in the light of the dropping tourism numbers following the Syrian conflict. Abandoned village of Kayaköy About 500 houses, empty and crumbled, attract the eyes…

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Basic Albanian Phrases For Your Budget & Hitchhiking Trip

Basic Albanian Phrases For Your Budget & Hitchhiking Trip

Having basic language skills is a must when hitchhiking in a country; Albania is not an exception. Hitchhiking in Albania is relatively easy, however, you are likely to meet people who don´t speak any foreign language. To avoid a few misunderstandings and awkward moments, here is the survival cheat-sheet of Albanian language phrases you might need during your budget travel across this beautiful country. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey….

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Hitchhiking Albania: Stories from the Road less Traveled (part 1)

Hitchhiking Albania: Stories from the Road less Traveled (part 1)

The region of Balkan is getting more and more famous as a perfect spot for hitchhikers avid for adventure. Its history is rich and natural beauty abundant – what more should you ask for? Even the post-communist feel is becoming hip these days. As for me, Albania doesn´t seem exotic (no palm trees and no coconuts, that´s why! …ok, I guess they do have some palm trees!) – my homecountry is too close and its history too similar. That is…

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