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Sally Elbassir Confronts Stereotypes as a Muslim Traveler

Sally Elbassir of Passport & Plates bills herself as an Arab-American Muslim food and travel blogger. On Without A Path, she shares how she’s confronted stereotypes in her travels from California to Egypt.

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Top 8 Off the Tourist Trek Destinations for 2017

We’ve all heard about what a crummy year 2016 was from Zika to Brexit and Trump to celebrities gone too soon. It got so bad, people were looking back to 2006’s Children of Men as some kind of peek into the future. (Happy New Year! Humanity is sterile.)

Methinks we could all use something to look forward to. Something to get the imagination running and potentially even build a little excitement in our respective lives.

Nothing takes my mind off things more than travel, whether it’s the actual act of travel, planning a trip or simply reading of another’s travels. This works exponentially well if said destination is someplace a bit off the tourist trek. After all, Without A Path is primarily interested in getting to those lesser-traveled corners of the world to hear more stories and expand our worldview. As Alexander von Humboldt said, “The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”

I think the idea behind that quote is more important now than perhaps ever before. With that in mind, we’re offering for the first time a look at the coming year’s top off the tourist trek destinations as decided by travel writers. For this first edition I solicited inquiries from “The Road Less Traveled” Facebook group, which is made up of travelers who participate in the weekly #TRLT twitter chat. These travelers have shown an exceptional interest in expanding their worldview by traveling to and writing about destinations not typically at the top of a tourist’s wish list.

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Minimalist Travel and Living in Madagascar with Charity Yoro

People have too much stuff. Why do you need all that stuff? Truth is, you don’t. Charity Yoro chats with Joe in San Francisco about her minimalist philosophy for both life and travel. She also shares some of her travels through Southeast Asia, including studying abroad in Thailand and teaching English in South Korea. Then, we hop over to Madagascar and talk about Charity’s two-year experience of working in the Peace Corps.

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Africa / Asia / cambodia / egypt / india / international / podcast / travel

Walking with a Gandhi, and the Refugee Crisis with Darren Hamm of the Refugee Response

Darren Hamm spent 10 years traveling between Egypt and Asia. Among his list of adventures includes walking with the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and exploring the history of the infamous Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. Today, Hamm has settled down in Cleveland and quenches his cultural thirst by working with refugees at The Refugee Response — a non-profit that empowers refugees to become self-sufficient in their new communities. Darren also shares with Joe his insights on the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.

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Africa / international / kenya / podcast / travel / uganda

How to Travel in East Africa with Erin Huber of Drink Local Drink Tap

Traveling to East Africa is a sensitive issue for good reason. A white savior complex exists in which travelers will circumvent the globe just to snap a few photos with some cute kids and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Erin Huber of Drink Local Drink Tap talks about how to do East African travel right and shares some of her own experiences of working in the region.

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