WHO AM I?

Hi, I’m Omar Oualili. I guess you are here because you must love travel. So do I! I’m a travel addict going around the world and exploring it, one city at a time. I have been to over 100 cities in 52 countries.

Welcome to my travel blog! This is where I share my city-break experiences with you through stories, photos and videos.


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Enjoying the ball in Vienna!

Why IN A CITY NEAR YOU?

I’m a city lover! I love being in a city, feel its vibes through its buildings and its people. I grew up in a big city myself. I am from Casablanca, Morocco where I lived until I turned 18 to only move to a much bigger city. I live in London for over 5 years now.

I’m 24 years old. I currently work in ad-tech. I studied Accounting and Finance, did a Bachelor, followed by a Masters and in between, I travel the world. Right now, I do a second masters in Political Economy of the Middle East at King’s College, London part-time with my work. Whether it’s for 2 weeks vacation or for 2 nights city-break. I seize every opportunity to travel!

I leave my footprint on this blog and I love doing that. I do not blog full-time since I’m studying and working but I try to keep it going as I can afford it with time and money. I have had an incredible experience maintaining this blog and writing about important travel stories and experiences that I will never forget! It has also been rewarding since I won award of “Best Under-25 Blogger” with Turkey Tourism and been shortlisted Top 10 Travel Blog at the UK Blog Awards 2014 and Top 8 Travel Blog at the UK Blog Awards 2018. In 2017, I was Finalist at the Global Youth Travel Awards as Best Youth Travel Blogger. I am also shortlisted as Best Digital Influencer at the International Travel and Tourism Awards 2018 presented by WTM. This blog opened many opportunities as well such as finding jobs easily, featuring on international press and teaching workshops about blogging. One of my highest achievement was speaking at TEDx event in Morocco.

Where I have been?

I have been to 52 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas where I visited over 100 cities. There is a list of all countries I visited on the right sidebar of my blog. But you must know that I do not choose destinations, I let them choose me. I’m not picky at all when it comes to travel, I can go anywhere and everywhere.

At Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.

What is my favourite country?

It’s the question I can’t answer. Simply because I love everywhere I have been to! But I have a list of cities that I loved before even visiting. However, I can tell a top 10 of favourite places: Serbia, Brazil, Lebanon, Morocco, Italy, Russia, Hong Kong, Bosnia, Albania and India.

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The Blue Lagoon, Iceland

How can I afford to travel the world?

This question comes back often. The answer is that I travel smart. Here are some smart tips to travel cheap and experience rich experiences! I also don’t save any money, whatever goes in my work salary goes straight to buy flights… I guess it’s not really ideal but this is how I live for now.

Do I travel with a Moroccan passport?

People always ask me this question. Do I hold dual nationality? The answer is no. I travel with my lovely green Moroccan passport and I’m proud of it. It’s true there are lot of visa restrictions but I so far been very lucky to never have a refusal. Fingers crossed it stays this way! There are also many visa-free countries for Moroccans which some of them I visited.

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Porto, Portugal

How do I manage to work, study and travel?

It’s not easy… but I organise myself well in advance. I make sure I set the departure date for my trips the same as the deadline for an essay. It motivates me to work well, submit my work, travel and forget about it! You can learn more here.