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MJ Lopes's Been There Done That

  • Travelled to over 100 countries in all 6 continents over 3 decades
  • Hugged adult pandas in China
  • Walked among lions in Zimbabwe while camping in Africa
  • 2 trips around the World including a solo trip for 28 months
  • Travelled for over 4 months of continuous non stop hitch hiking through the Middle East and Eastern Europe followed by another 5 months of hitching in South America after a break in between, totalling over 30,000 KMs of hitch hiking away
  • Fluent in 5 languages and working on the 6th for the past few years

Recent articles in Globetrotting Away There Goes Mj

  • 23 Mar 2017
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There is another world out there

Iran part II - A road trip

Ancient civilisations, historical cities, quaint little villages and incredible landscape...
  • 27 Feb 2017
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Amazing cities

Tehran - A great introduction to Iranian culture, customs and hospitality

My first week in Iran opened my eyes to the charm of Iranians and the beauty of their cityscape. As I discovered its capital city and got acquainted with the local lifestyle, the landmarks and the helpful approach of the people, I instantly fell in love with Tehran and made life-long friends who I would come back throughout my two-month backpacking journey in Iran. Read on to see my first impressions on this highly underrated and misinterpreted destination.
  • 24 Jan 2017
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There is another world out there

Iran part I - Preparing yourself to be amazed!

Sadly, most people don't consider Iran as a holiday destination given the bad international rep it gets, most of which is largely disproportional or downright untrue. I'm here to dispel myths about travelling to Iran by helping you prepare ahead and navigate difficulties in obtaining a visa, arranging accommodation and getting around this vast and beautiful country. Fear not, fellow travellers, Iran is very safe and you will find it most uniquely enriching - let me show you the way!
  • 31 May 2016
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Unforgettable experiences

Kathmandu and its valley - An unforgettable visit

Read about my emotional, eye-opening journey through wondrous Nepal, a Phoenix still rising from the ashes with a positive and infectious can-do attitude despite the heart-breaking aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. Find out why this is a destination to seriously consider and enjoy in spite of the shortcomings and some of the destroyed sites. There's still plenty of wonders to admire and I'll show you how. Join me on my amazing journey and discover what is it that makes this country so magnetically enchanting with some locations still a stunning sight to behold.
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