Visiting Vietnam: 40 Years Post-War [WARNING: Some Graphic Images]

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I knew I’d experience a varied range of emotions while learning more about the history of the war between Vietnam and America.

At times I felt AWKWARD.

Other times I felt DEFENSIVE.

But ultimately, I felt EMPATHETIC.

You could try to avoid it. You could pretend not to notice it. You could even go as far as to tell a stranger that you’re Canadian while at the War Remnants Museum because you’re just unsure of how to feel.…

10 Reasons You Travel Better When You’re Broke

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In the off chance that Sallie Mae’s chokehold hasn’t yet cut off your circulation and you also have aspirations to travel, then you’re still in debt luck!

During my two and a half years of living and traveling abroad, I’ve had days where I felt like Oprah’s nose hairs (filthy rich, pun intended) and days where I’ve had nothing but Casper currency.…

Don’t Judge a Country By Its Cover(age)

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In an attempt to bring justice to the beauty that is the Balkan Peninsula, I wanted to give you guys a quick recap of my latest Busabout tour through a region I not only felt comfortable calling home, but would relocate to in a heartbeat if I needed a break from my nomad life.

My tour started in Istanbul, Turkey and ended in Split, Croatia passing through the countries of Greece, Albania, and Montenegro in between.…

Why More Black People Need to Travel Around Europe

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If you’re already reading this with a defensive edge because of the title, understand that this article isn’t only for black people, but rather about black people, so that anyone who reads this can gain perspective as to how more of us traveling abroad could enhance the experience for others in the future.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: There are two completely different experiences you have traveling abroad as an American and traveling abroad as an African-American (or a person of color).…

ADULTING: Why it’s not for me

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Ever since I turned 18 and was penetrated by adulthood and infected with HIV (Highly Irresponsible Virus) sans lube, it’s been an exhausting cycle of getting screwed daily.

I’m talking about the biggest scam in the history of forever — growing up.

Most people grow up; others just get taller.…

My First Visit to a Nazi Concentration Camp

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This past Saturday marked the 70th anniversary to the end of World War II, and being in Munich, Germany I had the opportunity to to visit the first Nazi Concentration Camp that opened a few weeks after Adolf Hitler came into power.

Dachau Camp opened in 1933 as the model for the several dozens of other camps across Europe that were designed to torture and kill through medical experiments, forced labor, and mass executions.…

The Most Cheap, Beautiful, & Underrated Village in Europe

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I’m going to be completely honest, as opposed to my usual lying and deceitful ways?, and let you know that when I learned Český Krumlov (pronounced: chesky) was a stop on my current Busabout tour, I wondered if it was a typo, or maybe a shortcut to get into Vienna.

I have to admit, I fell victim to the wrong type of travel — only anticipating the visits to the well-known cities.…

PRAGUE: My Least Favorite City in Europe

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I never thought I’d ever make a post about a city I hated, because quite frankly, I’m an easy pleaser that’s what she said, and it really doesn’t take much to make me happy (take note, future hubby!). But I’ve been asked this question before, and I never truly had an answer until now.

I’ve had my qualms with British and French authority, but for the most part, it takes a lot for me to flat out say, “I HATE THIS CITY”.

The Problems With the Question, “How Do You Afford to Travel?”

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Whenever someone asks me how I afford to travel, I have to force myself not to respond with “selling Nutella by the spoonful and procrastinating Sallie Mae payments.” It’s just so funny because people think there’s this magic formula out there. This one-size-fits-all encompassing route that gives everyone an equal chance of seeing the world.

But our equal chances don’t mean we have an equal will or stubbornness to pursue traveling further than just a wish.…

How to Avoid Pickpockets in Europe: Tips Included, Common Sense Sold Separately

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As high-tourist season is peaking in Europe, popular city streets are lined with foreigners that have virtual dollar signs on their foreheads and physical dollar signs in their pockets. Thieves know this, and it makes for the most exciting and lucrative time of the year for them.

First off, no one is really immune to pickpockets, because even the most seasoned travelers fall victim to them.…

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