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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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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 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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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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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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Bitching about itching: Can you travel with atopic eczema?

Bitching about itching: Can you travel with atopic eczema?

I am sweating as I slowly walk uphill. Fit runners pass me by, but the only thing that is up for a race today is my heartbeat. You used to walk a lot, I remind myself. You can do it, common! You´ve done it before. When I was twenty, I walked more than 850km in a single take. It took me a month and some days and afterwards, I was fitter than ever. I was even skinny for a short period…

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