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Bolivia: 8 Ways to Avoid Altitude Sickness

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Bolivia, the land of soaring peaks, vibrant cultures, and captivating history, beckons adventurers with its diverse landscapes. But for many, the initial excitement gets tempered by the fear of altitude sickness, a potential spoiler in this high-altitude wonderland. However, don’t let altitude anxiety deter you! With proper preparation and awareness, you can enjoy the Bolivian […]

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How to Get a Venezuela Visa Fast 2024

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Venezuela has always been high on our list for future destinations.  However due to the very difficult process of getting a tourist visa for the country, we had left this visit to one of our last 20 countries in the world.  And now with only 20 left, we needed to figure out how to get […]

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6 Shocking Truths About Cuba & How to Help

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While Cuba captivates with its vibrant music, sun-drenched beaches, and rich cultural heritage, a closer look reveals the complexities and difficulties faced by its citizens. Beyond the tourist facade lies a reality often marked by economic hardships, limited freedoms, bureaucratic hurdles, and persistent social inequalities. And before you start scoffing, yes, we agree Cuba is […]

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Cuba 7 Awesome Places

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Cuba, a captivating island steeped in history, beckons with its sun-kissed beaches, salsa-pulsating streets, and mojitos as vibrant as its culture. Beyond the iconic cigars and vintage Chevys, a tapestry of hidden gems awaits the curious traveler. Buckle up, because we are taking you on a journey to seven dazzling  and surprising corners of the […]

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Togo: 5 Crazy Experiences

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Togo is a tiny country on the west coast of Africa.   It is home to some peculiar and a few interesting cultural attractions.  One of the most disturbing and gruesome, is the Akodésséwa Fetish Market, which is the biggest voodoo market in the world.  Vodun or Voodoo permeates the fabric of this country as for […]

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Distressed Cap Haitien, Haiti: 3 Days

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The sun paints the bay of Cap Haitien in Haiti a turquoise canvas, but its brushstrokes are marred by garbage swirling on the surface, littering the embankment, the streets and any other surface. Colonial architecture whispers tales of grandeur, but their echoes reverberate through the cracks and broken stones of yesteryear. This is not a […]

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The Gambia: 5 Unique Adventures

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The Gambia is one of those delightful gems that we uncovered during our lengthy travels through West Africa.  Have you ever seen a map of this country (hint, it is just below)?!  It is something!  In addition, this is the smallest country in mainland Africa. Gambia is chock full of interesting and diverse flora and […]

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Burkina Faso: 3 Awesome Days

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Burkina Faso is definitely an off the beaten path destination.  It is a country of many contrasts, incredibly welcoming people, stunning architecture and deep culture. Visiting Burkina for us was a real adventure. It was also a chance for us to step outside of our comfort zone, challenge our preconceptions, and discover a world that […]

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Scary Malaria Story & Comparing 2 Healthcare Systems

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Our story is a cautionary tale of how powerful and deadly malaria really is.  All it takes is just one mosquito bite and left untended, what can happen and did happen to us.  In addition, we got an opportunity to evaluate two emergency medical systems.  One in rural Senegal, which is one of the poorest […]

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Liberia: 4 Amazing Ecotourism Escapes

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Most folks wouldn’t immediately connect ecotourism with Liberia. It’s not the first destination that might spring to mind for a nature-focused adventure. But that’s precisely why it’s such a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! However, Liberia’s ecotourism scene offers an enriching experience for travelers seeking adventure, sustainability, and a connection with nature. Notably, Libassa […]

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