Tag Archives: hitchhiking

Cultural traditions and an Asian female solo traveler

Sarah’s story: Often times, it’s hard for me to explain to others that I had to sacrifice many things, including family, in order to take hold of my own life and travel around the world.  Though my parents are not very traditional, their traditional upbringing, thoughts, and dreams still sometimes suppress who I really am: a Nomad. At four years old, my …

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The NOMADS Manifesto – values of a traveler

By Ali Haytch Dear traveller, wanderer, journeyman, person of the road: You’ve seen so much, within and outside yourself, and you’ve felt a change. You keep asking yourself what you’re about, to remind yourself why you keep doing what you do; why you keep moving. To effect change for the better; to be conscious of the environment; to live in …

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Card Games and Kudos: Practicing My Durak-face in the Caucasus

By Iris Veldwijk In Belize, April 2014, I met an über-cool lady from Kazakhstan who grew up in Berlin and works in one of the hostels there. We were headed the same direction – south – and she had hitchhiked a couple of times before, so it stood to reason we join forces on our way from Hopkins to Punta …

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‘Marrakech’ by Ali Hussain

Marrakesh, Marrakech, however you spell it. So many spellbound by it, its souks, its splendour,  its overwhelming orangeness – I don’t have a clue regards its beauty as I arrive somewhere on its outskirts with the sun starting to fall. ‘Casablanca’, what with the association of a famous Hollywood movie, has a romantic twang to it but in reality is …

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‘Roaming Oz – Part 1: Hitching’ by Emmanuel Marshall

…Yuuri is much cuter looking than me, so I get her to stick her thumb out, and sure enough she gets us a ride in about three minutes. The lady who stops for us is taking her kids home from school. “Hi, I’m Carol.  I’m not going very far, but if you don’t mind stopping off at my place on …

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‘The Name is Illuminated’ by Xiao Wei – Part Two

A-Angkor Wat I have slept in many unconventional places, a school yard(Laos), an abandoned barn(Spain), strangers’ houses(Lithuania, Switzerland, Iran, Cambodia, Vietnam, China), monasteries(Laos, Cambodia, Thailand), an abandoned mosque(Iran), a police station(Cambodia, not as a criminal!), a catholic church(Cambodia), under an ancient pagoda(Thailand), rooms where ATM machines are kept(Hungary, Croatia, Spain)…… However, one of the most challenging locations I managed to …

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‘Memory’ by Ali Hussain

Saturday, late afternoon. Out walking to a Danish harbour. And an afternoon last July walking a long street to my apartment in Krakow: I shop for groceries, take a stroll around the old town – a neat pirouette covering the giant mask statue, the fifthteenth century cloth hall, the immaculately standing St Mary’s Church, immaculate as a dream you’ve just …

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‘The Name Is Illuminated’ by Xiao Wei – Part one

I like all the places in the world, except my comfort zone. June, 2013 — “I can’t stay in my quiet and stifling lab anymore, dealing with DNA and cancer cells. Biomedical research is my interest, but never my passion. I have experienced enough to realize that my heart is on the road, in the vast world and with those chaotic …

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‘Why I started traveling?’ by Ron Tiriillas

Why I travel is a question I have been asked so many times in the past. Coming from a, and excuse the label, third world country, people cannot believe that I have been traveling this long. Then, the next question is how the hell can I afford to travel? But that story is for another time. Let’s focus on ‘why’ …

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‘l’auto stop en Maroc’ by Ali Hussain

Casa I arrived in Casablanca in a stupor of hunger and lack of sleep, thinking about the heat, hoping for it to be intense. Actually I was thinking back to Karachi in the late nineties, the way the heat hit me as I stepped off the plane, the mosquitoes starting to bite once I was outside the terminal: but in …

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