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The Best International Rallies

By |2019-05-25T12:07:33-05:00April 20th, 2015|Categories: Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Unique Experiences|

This is a continuation of the article on Yahoo Travel on the international rally - A Crazy New Kind of Amazing Race: International Car Rallies. Picture the scene. You have been driving for over 15 hours. The monsoons are thundering down. You and your friend are in an auto-rickshaw, laboring along an ink-dark road in the [...]

Ethiopia: The Good, The Bad, And A Lot Of Ugly

By |2019-05-25T11:26:58-05:00August 5th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“You are late. Hurry up,” an unknown man intoned. My face scrunched up. I was an hour and forty-five minute early for my short domestic flight in Ethiopia: Lalibela to Addis Ababa. How was I late? And who was this guy? The Airline He grabbed my bag and dragged it over to the singular counter. The [...]

Travel For Free

By |2019-07-01T13:39:06-05:00July 20th, 2014|Categories: Advice, Africa|Tags: , , , , |

This is the Holy Grail, travel for free! In a several week period in April, I received about $8,000 in free airline tickets and hotels. I stayed in a hotel I would never typically stay in: Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa. My 1000 square foot overlooking the Indian Ocean was over $700 a night. My [...]

The Roof Of Africa, Simien Mountains

By |2019-07-01T13:42:53-05:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Simien Mountains, a UNESCO site, are found in northern Ethiopia. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen at 4543 meters in  The Simien Mountains are found on a massive plateau (412 sq km) ranging from 1600m-4543m. Peaks dangerously dive into deep gullies. The most common launching point is Gondar, about a 3 hour drive away. Besides the [...]

Somaliland (A Country That Does Not Exist)

By |2019-07-01T08:03:19-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Somaliland, An Overview Somaliland has its own currency, military, government, and requires a Somaliland visa to enter the country. Yet, there are 193 countries in the United Nations and not one of those countries recognize Somaliland as an independent, sovereign nation. In fact, type in Somaliland into Google Map and the country does not exist. Somaliland [...]

Eight (8) Things To Do In Somaliland

By |2019-07-01T09:15:54-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Walking The Streets Of Hargeisa, Somaliland I will be honest; there are not a lot of traditional tourist haunts in Somaliland. A lot of it, is simply soaking in the atmosphere. There is no better place to start then strolling the dusty and cluttered streets of the capital Hargeisa. If you are staying at the Oriental [...]

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