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The Peyote Adventures: Part 2

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If you haven’t done that already, please read part 1 first. At this point of the story, my auditors generally ask me if I lost anything valuable in the backpack. I left a small backpack with my computer and my ukulele in the guesthouse back in Real de Catorce. My documents and money are always on me, inside a hidden travel pouch. In my backpack I had my sleeping bag, warm clothes and my glasses, and losing them was not so dramatic, but I also had a 2-month-old diary and…read more

Guide to Weird Cuba on a $10/Day Budget

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Cuba is special. It’s fascinating. The beaches are breathtaking, the architecture is astonishing, rumba is enchanting. And if you want to dig a little down beneath the surface, Cuba reveals so much more. But is it cheap? Before taking the trip to Cuba, I looked around the web for budget traveling tips in Cuba, about hitchhiking, wild-camping and stuff like that. But all the articles were talking about a budget of $20-$25 per day. Yeah… I’ll give you tips about how to travel in Cuba with $10 a day. I won’t…read more

Struggling with Post-Travel Depression

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As I write this article it has been exactly 48 days since I got home from my one-year trip around Central America. I’m lying here, on my bed, with a million thoughts running through my mind. These thoughts started one week before my return flight from Bogotá to Paris. I wanted my last week to be memorable. I wanted to dance until 6am, I wanted to take a two-day trip around Bogotá, I wanted, I wanted… I did none of the above. It turned out to be a horrible week….read more

9 Life Lessons I Learned After One Year of Traveling

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Yep, it’s been one year. One crazy year. I left Latin America. I’m back home in France. And I’m thinking about 9 things I didn’t know this time last year. 1. Long-term travel is not long-term vacation I spent the first 3 months of my trip arriving each week in a new town with my shiny backpack, smiling to everyone and taking pictures of old churches. Like a tourist. But I was no tourist. Hell no. I was a traveler. I hitchhiked, I tried to talk to people in their…read more

Hitchhiking in Mexico

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I’m not an experienced hitchhiker. Before this current trip, I’ve only hitchhiked once: from San Francisco to Mount Rushmore. It was because I had one week of holidays and nothing better to do, so I wanted to try hitchhiking. Plus hitching through half of the United States sounded fun, I too wanted to be a Sal Paradise or a Dean Moriarty, to be one of those “mad” ones, “the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the…read more

My Very First Impressions of Mexico

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I didn’t know much about Mexico before crossing the border. Tequila, sombrero, large moustache. And fiestas. I had no Mexican Lonely Planet or any other travel guide, I forgot all the Spanish I learnt in high school, I knew nobody in Mexico; I just had in mind I wanted to reach the southernmost point of Baja California (is there even a city down there?). But still. I walked through the door. A totally mysterious world was waiting for me. Two armed Mexican soldiers were standing there next to the door….read more

Why I Hate the New Couchsurfing Website

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I didn’t want to write this article at first, I was planning to write one about my very first impressions of Mexico. It would have been a happier article, maybe. But today I was using the website version of Couchsurfing to plan my next trip, and man was I disappointed. Even a bit furious. For those who haven’t heard about Couchsurfing, it’s a worldwide community of people who will open their homes to guests at no charge. Couchsurfing aims to bring like-minded, travel-obsessed people together for the sheer good of…read more

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