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The Challenge Begins! Mumbai-Damascus

My host Mustafa and his friend Mustafa came to meet me at “Sharky Bob” and we walked to his fascinating house down millenia-old alleyways in the Old City of Damascus. Once there, we met Mustafa, a housemate of Mustafa, but no relation to Mustafa’s friend Mustafa. Continue reading

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Planning My First RTW Trip (Part 3 – Visas)

Ah, the tourist visa – the bane of independent travel. I really don’t understand the need for restrictive visa policies. I don’t mind furnishing proof of my travel plans, financial status etc., but why make it difficult? Tourists spend money, why not welcome them with open arms? But anyway, that’s a topic for another day. Let’s talk about visas… Continue reading

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Planning My First RTW Trip (Part 2 – Budget)

How much do you think it costs to travel around the world for a year? Go on, take a guess. You’re right! Travel can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. Sadly, many of us are simply unaware of the ways we can make travel fit into our budget. Continue reading

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How to nurture and care for your travel bug

You dream of travelling, don’t you? And let me guess… that’s what it remains – a vague dream. You assume that it would cost an arm and a leg to travel around the world, and so you never move past … Continue reading

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2005-2007: How Indonesia Changed My Life

As I mentioned in my last post, I had moved to Jakarta for work towards the end of December 2005. I had already been there a couple of times and knew the city reasonably well. I was also slowly getting to know … Continue reading

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