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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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How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

Let´s start with a nasty secret, shall we? Right on: I used to think Turkish coffee was blueh. You know, all the weird stuff floating in it and getting into your teeth…well, you get my point. Those were the times my only experience with Turkish coffee was the one at the buffet of the Poprad train station – and believe me when I tell you you don´t want to try that brew! (Or any other train station coffee in former…

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Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is mostly visited and praised for its historical downtown, UFO bridge and castle. While these are certainly worth seeing, what about all of the history that happened in the second half of 20th century? If you are interested in how communism shaped the face of the city, you came to the right spot. In this article, I will walk you through the communist architecture waiting for you to experience in Bratislava and hopefully inspire you…

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A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

Southern Italy is overflowing with abandoned buildings and Sicily is no exception. Among those, hotels are not seldom. Seeing this favorable situation, we have decided to test a couple of those to relieve our wallet and entertain you, my readers, with an adventure at the same time! There was a little complication though – what was meant to be a comfortable way of spending the night, turned into a test of courage for the little fearful me… I enjoy a…

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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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5 weirdest places I slept at during my travels

5 weirdest places I slept at during my travels

Budget travel, as you know for sure, is not all about nice hotels and cute bed&breakfasts (although we all love those, don´t we?). When your budget is low even among the poorest guys, you need to level it up with unconventional ideas. And since that couchsurfer´s comfy couch is not always free, here I am with the collection of the five strangest and most uncommon accommodation spots I have spent a night at. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot….

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Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Since centuries ago, ships and boats float around the Mediterranean sea, discovering countless pieces of land scattered in the blue waters like colorful jewels. Among them, a few of the islands are of volcanic origin – Pantelleria being one of them. If your soul is yearning for adventure, your heart longs for ancient history, but your body pleads to be pampered, Pantelleria is THE place to go. The black rocks of the island break the waves just 141 km from…

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Inspired in Istanbul: A Short (But Useful) Guide

Inspired in Istanbul: A Short (But Useful) Guide

Taksim greets us with empty arms. Slow drizzle on a Tuesday night in Istanbul is falling on the pavement as we walk past the bright shops, and only a few locals hurry somewhere through the fresh dark air. Zero tourists. Did the ongoing war in Syria finally manage to scare everyone away? It must be because of the recent bombings near Sultanahmet, those that happened shortly after my first visit to the Queen of cities. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry…

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