How to Keep the Rest of the World from Hating You: Tips for Being a Good Guest While in Someone Else’s Home(land)

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Koricho, Karo people, Ethiopia, 2015

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a record-breaking 1.2 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2015, 50 million more than in 2014, marking the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth.

There’s no doubt about it… everyone’s a tourist these days. But not all tourists are created equally.

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Why I Travel the World Alone

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I’ll never forget the day I checked in for my flight to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I was at South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and had been waiting in line forever. When I finally reached the counter, the agent took one look at my ticket and asked why I was going to the DRC. When I replied, “For vacation,” he laughed.

I admit, my vacation choices aren’t always conventional.

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