Travel News and Deals – May 5, 2009 – Reinvent Yourself, Sleep in Jumbo Hostel, Banned Countries

by brian on April 5, 2009

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How to Reinvent Yourself While Traveling Abroad

I talked about my personal experience when I returned in a previous post. From the article:
“And although travel may give us the opportunity to try out new personalities, in the end it teaches us more about who we really are, if only through the process of elimination.” Very, very true.

Why It’s OK to Go to Africa

Even in 2009 the continent of Africa is one that is so misunderstood. Lately we mostly hear about Somali pirates. But on a continent of about 50 countries, there is something to catch your interest. From the Maasai of East Africa to the Pyramids of Egypt, the history of West Africa to South Africa’s tumultuous past and present. Not to mention the wildlife that abounds on the continent, there is something for everyone.
Oh and by the way, no matter what anyone tells you, Egypt is in Africa. It is not part of Europe. Just thought I make sure to say that again.


Very cool. A hostel created out of a 747! Must see to believe.

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5 Compelling Reasons to Visit Banned Countries

Everyone has their reasons to travel somewhere. Conversely everyone has a reason NOT to go somewhere. A bad previous experience or hearing about the experience of others, disagreeing with the current government or the nation’s laws or political views.

What are some countries you would NEVER go to? What is on your personal do not fly list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Haitian Fabio May 5, 2009 at 5:59 PM

Although I’ve heard it’s very beautiful, the only place I doubt I’d visit is Alaska. I like to go to warm places :-)


brian May 5, 2009 at 10:47 PM

@Haitian Fabio
I hear you on Alaska. I think cold would have to be high on my list of reasons not to go somewhere.


Kevin May 6, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Haha, it’s funny, on our RTW tickets, Egypt is part of “Europe.”


mark May 6, 2009 at 9:35 PM

whats going on Buddy. I about 27 days out from my next adventure and I just added Sri Lanka to the plans. According to the State Department it is a place that N.Americans should avoid going but I will try my luck, never had any problems so far. I will keep you posted.


brian May 7, 2009 at 7:24 AM

@Kevin and Zhou
There is a stigma with the word Africa. Some people will say Middle East or North Africa.

Be safe! Let me know how it goes.


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