Wander Woman

Marie Javins is a writer, comic book creator, traveler, and blogger who alternates between roaming the planet by public bus, overseeing the output of a Kuwait-based superhero comic book company as editor in chief, and writing books entirely unrelated to her day job. In 2001, she circumnavigated the world by surface transport live on MariesWorldTour.com. Ten years later, she did it in reverse, alone and this time allowing the use of airplanes.

Marie has written a travel narrative (Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik, Seal Press, 2006), a prose novel about Iron Man, and two camping guidebooks.  

Known for her work as an editor and colorist at Marvel Comics during the nineties, Marie has also edited and colored for smaller publishing companies. She’s been involved in several independent publishing ventures and teaches digital coloring at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Originally from Northern Virginia, Marie once considered herself a New Yorker but has lived in Australia, Barcelona, Uganda, Namibia, New Jersey, Kuwait, and Cairo since the last time she called Manhattan home. She’s no longer sure if anywhere or everywhere is home. She can say "hello," "thank you," and "how much" in seven languages.

You can read our interview with Marie Javins here.

Articles by this author

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On the road to Marrakech

Marie starts her epic around-the-world journey by shedding baggage - both physical and emotional

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The mystery of Beni Nsar Port

Marie stumbles around Morocco in search of the mysterious, seemingly non-existent train station

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Morocco to Mauritania, and on to Naughty-Boo

Marie ventures south into Mauritania and discovers the best driver in Saharan Africa ... when it's too late

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Fish Head Men on the Mauritanian coast

A daily ritual among the fisherman in Nouakchott, Mauritania leaves Marie speechless

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Crossing Senegal's most notorious border

An arduous day crossing from Mauritania into Senegal pushes Marie close to the edge. But at least the coffee's good ...

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How President Obama secured my Gambian Visa

Marie's application for a Gambian visa is in jeopardy. Then President Obama intervenes...

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Taking a gamble in Gambia

Our intrepid adventurer heads south into Gambia and ponders: how long in Africa is long enough?

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How to avoid Gambian bumsters

Marie hitches a ride with a Dutch family to avoid the advances of local Gambian bumsters

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Gambia's mysterious stone circles

Our intrepid traveller sets out to find hippos but uncovers Gambia's biggest mystery instead

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How to get to Senegal in 10 not-so-easy steps

Our intrepid traveller heads to Senegal and discovers that getting there isn't quite as easy as it first seems

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The Sleeping Camel of Bamako

Marie discovers there's only one thing you can do when you check in at a hotel called the Sleeping Camel in Mali. Go to a pro-Gadaffi rally.

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The pros and cons of bus travel in Africa

Intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that travelling by bus in Africa doesn't get cheaper if you help push

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On fire in Dogon Country

Our intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that getting to Dogon can be a matter of life and death

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Djenne in the afternoon

Marie gets her sense of wonder back in Mali's mud-brick marvel. Cleans sheets helped

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How not to ride on a motorbike

Content she's got to grips with travelling by bus in Mali, Marie discovers she's not so clued up when it comes to motorbikes

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Can around-the-world travel be glamour-less?

After a long trip from Mali to Burkino Faso, our intrepid traveller asks whether travelling around-the-world sounds a lot more glamorous than it actually is

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Hurdling language barriers

Intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins finally meets someone who speaks her language and enjoys the undeniable pleasure of being understood

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Outrunning the law in Ghana

Our intrepid Wander Woman discovers that not having enough small change can get you into big trouble

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Dark times on the Cape Coast

Intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins is forced to face her country's role in slavery on a visit to Ghana's Cape Coast

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Going out with style: The world's most outrageous coffins

Intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers an inventive way shuffle off your mortal coil. Ghana style

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Bribes and borders: Togo to Benin

Wander Woman discovers how to get around like a local on her border crossing to Benin

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Ghana to Nigeria: Taking the good with the bad

Wander Women Marie Javins attempts to get to Nigeria and discovers that sometime you just get stuck

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The Nigerian border two-step

Intrepid Wander Woman Marie Javins hits the Nigerian and discovers you need both patience and courage to cross it

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Beware the Sacred Forest of Oshogbo

Wander Woman Marie Javins falls into the clutches of a sacred forest deep in the heart of Nigeria

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Getting scammed – Nigerian style

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers you can't escape the reach of Nigeria's infamous scammers

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Hooray for Nollywood!

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that bus travel in Nigeria means one thing: back-to-back Nollywood movies

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Secret monkey business in Cameroon

Our intrepid Wander Woman discovers that the best place to see primates in Cameroon is Limbe. At closing time

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Would you get a manicure by candlelight in Africa?

A little thing like a power failure doesn't stop Wander Woman Marie Javins when she hits the salons of Yaounde

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Cameroon to Gabon on a loaf of bread

Wander Woman Marie Javins arrives in Gabon and discovers that it's the simple things that give the most pleasure

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The strange mating rituals of the Gabonese

Marie Javins heads south towards Zaire and is propositioned in a very novel way

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How to wear a backpack on a moto-taxi

Marie's resolve - and balance - is tested as she tries to get to the Congo border before it closes

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The truck that runs on beer and mud

Wander Woman Marie Javins witnesses a muddy miracle in the Republic of Congo

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The benefits of travelling alone in Africa

Marie Javins tackles the worst road in Africa and discovers the upside to travelling alone as a women

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Brazzaville Blues. When good trips go bad

Marie Javin's overland trip across Africa starts to unravel on the train to Brazzaville

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The travelling goats of Pointe-Noire

Wander Woman Marie Javins gets her African overland adventure back on track travelling with a boot full of goats

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Big Congo. Little Congo. What's the difference?

Wander Woman Marie Javins crosses from one Congo to another and discovers that 'big' Congo isn't as scary as she was led to believe

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Tintin tackles corruption in Kinshasa

Marie Javins' wooden carving of Tintin sparks an international incident in Kinshasa

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Escape to Victoria Falls

Wander Woman Marie Javins (and Tintin) escape the Democratic Republic of Congo and into the welcoming embrace of Zambia

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Confronting the ghosts of Swakopmund

Wander Woman, Marie Javins returns to Swakopmund and faces some personal demons

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Sossusvlei from above

Wander Woman Marie Javins gets a totally different perspective on Namibia's greatest wonder

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How to tell if you've been mugged in Namibia

Our intrepid Wander Woman, Marie Javins got mugged in Windhoek. Or did she?

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Rainbows over Cape Town

Our intrepid Wander Woman discovers what lies at the end of an overland adventure through Africa

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The power of two in Madagascar

Wander woman Marie Javins hits Madagascar and rediscovers the joy of travelling with company

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The Karma Chameleon of Andasibe

Wander Woman Marie Javins zigs when everyone else zags and sees more lemurs than you can poke a stick at

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When lemurs attack

Wander Woman Marie Javins quickly discovers that it isn't wise to get between a lemur and an avocado

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The art of finding craft in Madagascar

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers there's a knack to getting to the self-proclaimed arts and craft capital of Madagascar

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What are you prepared to do to see a mouse lemur?

Wander Woman Marie Javins faces an ethical dilemma in Ranomafana. What would you do?

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In praise of lemur lamps

Wander Woman's quest to find the legendary lemur lamps of Antananarivo reaches a conclusion. Of sorts...

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Calling Bangkok home

After conquering Africa, Wander Woman Marie Javins heads to Bangkok to earn money and plan the Asian leg of her trip

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Ladyboys, longboats and sky trains

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers the pitfalls of getting around Bangkok by public transport

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The wild zebras of Bangkok

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that in Bangkok, Chinese visas are more elusive than zebras

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Bangkok by bike. At night. Madness.

Wander Woman Marie Javins takes to the chaotic streets of the Thai capital on a bike. At night. Has she gone mad?

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The art of leaving Bangkok

There's a trick to getting out of Bangkok. Especially if you leave by bus. Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tells all

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Quiz night in Chiang Mai

What do you do when your Thai visa runs out at midnight? Wander Woman Marie Javins answers quiz questions about Public Enemy

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Visiting Thailand's comic book temple

Wander Woman Marie Javins visits Thailand's version of the Sagrada Familia and discovers Spider-Man and Batman – among others – on its walls

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The wrong 'season' to cross into China

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, hits an obstacle crossing from Laos into China. But discovers that with a little local help anything is possible

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How to sleep well on a Chinese sleeper bus

Wander Woman Marie Javins arrives in China to find a lot has changed in ten years. And it's not just the toilets...

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How to get a sleeper on the train to Chengdu

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers a sure-fire way to get a sleeper berth on the train from Kunming to Chengdu

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Getting to Tibet in three difficult steps

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers getting a travel permit for Tibet is the easy part

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The ethics of visiting Tibet

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, arrives in Lhasa and wonders whether she should really be there

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Will tourism save Tibet?

Wander Woman Marie Javins explores Tibet and ponders whether tourism is its saviour - or destroyer

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The best toilet in Tibet

Wander Woman Marie Javins ventures into the Tibetan interior and is introduced to the only decent toilet between Lhasa and Nepal

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The lucky snow of Mount Everest

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers that if you want to see the world's highest mountain, you need a little snow

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The high road to freedom

Wander Woman Marie Javins continues her worldwide solo trip and crosses into Nepal. And unfettered internet access.

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Piggy-backing into Nepal

With the road to Kathmandu washed out, Wander Woman Marie Javins accepts an unusual offer to get to the other side

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Eating shawarma with Cate Blanchett in Kathmandu

Wander Woman Marie Javins chills in Kathmandu and has a surprising encounter at the local kebab stall

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In search of Chitwan's disappearing rhinos

Marie Javins re-visits Chitwan National Park and wonders where all the rhinos have gone

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How to survive the slow train to Varanasi

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers there's a trick to conquering India's chaotic train system

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A night on the Ganges

Wander Woman Marie Javins discovers a gentler side of Varanasi – after the sun sets

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Varanasi to Darjeeling on a budget

Wander Woman Marie Javins takes the long way from Varanasi to Darjeeling. And sees the country transform

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A ticket for one on Darjeeling's toy train express

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that sometimes it pays to travel the world on your own

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A bus driver's guide to entering Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that the easiest way to get into Bhutan is to listen to the guy driving your bus

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How to be treated like a queen in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, is treated like royalty in the kingdom that time forgot

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How to escape a yeti attack in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, gets the low down on evading rampaging yetis. No matter what gender they are

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Introducing Bhutan's female darts team

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, meets the hidden kingdom's premier sports stars

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The true meaning of Bhutan's phallic obsession

The Divine Madman's "thunderbolt" may adorn the walls across Bhutan, but Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that it's the women who wear the trousers

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The three-legged dinosaur of rural Bhutan

In rural Bhutan, Wander Woman Marie Javins uncovers a tale of a dinosaur that made the ultimate sacrifice for mankind...

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The hardest way to leave Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, hits a final stumbling block before leaving Bhutan

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What I learned in Bhutan

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, reflects on her time in Bhutan and the valuable lesson the small nation taught her

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No soap dishes in Singapore

Wander Woman hits Singapore and revels in its clean rooms and salad. But where are all the soap dishes?

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Meeting orang utans in Borneo

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the best way to meet the 'old men' of the jungle

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The barking frogs of Borneo

Marie Javins on how to get the most out of Borneo's stunning Mulu National Park. And its frogs

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Brunei or bust

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, dodges bats and barking frogs in her attempt to get to Brunei

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Borneo by boat

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the fine line between pleasure and pain on boats in Borneo

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In search of Borneo's big-nosed monkey

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, heads deep into Sabah in search of a proboscis monkey and discovers they're not as ugly as you expect

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Finding an apartment in Ubud

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of an apartment in Ubud – with wifi and, preferably, rice paddy views

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The ceremony of moving house in Bali

Wander Woman moves into her Balinese apartment without making an offering to the appropriate Gods. And suffers the consequences

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How to make yourself at home in Bali

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, settles into the gentle rhythms of life in Bali... and discovers her inner silversmith

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How to work silver like the Balinese

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, gets schooled in the finer arts of working silver in Bali – and how to ride a bike like a local

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How to find a writer in a rice paddy

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that volunteers at Ubud Writer's Festival are expected to know their way around the rice paddies

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Reflections on a month living in Bali

After a month living in a bungalow in Ubud, it is time for Marie to move on. What will she miss most? Not the monkeys...

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How to survive floods in Bangkok

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, stops in Bangkok enroute to Western Australia and finds the city underwater. How does she cope?

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How to make dollars go further in Australia

After the affordability of SE Asia, the high cost of Australia comes as a shock to Wander Woman Marie Javins. Here's how she coped...

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Staying connected in a Western Australian desert

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the challenges of staying juiced up and online in remote Western Australia

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Meeting the dolphins of Monkey Mia

Wander Woman Marie Javins finally gets to meet the legendary dolphins of Monkey Mia

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How to avoid getting flattened in Western Australia

Wander Woman Marie Javins refuses to let wild weather on Australia's west coast dampen her spirits

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Getting the hump on Australia's Humpback Highway

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers that the whales in Australia aren't as friendly as those in Antarctica

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Hanging out in Hobart

Wander Woman discovers that life is a whole lot easier – and cheaper – in Tasmania

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Hunting tigers in Tasmania

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of Tasmania's elusive tiger on Wombat Hill

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What's it like to be an Australian?

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, returns to Sydney and ponders how her life would turned out if she had become Mrs Turbo...

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How to find low-cost luxury in Tahiti

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, discovers how to get all the frills without the bills in Papeete, Tahiti

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How to get ahead on Easter Island

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, has her preconceptions about Easter Island shattered

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Easter Island unearthed and on the cheap

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, digs a little deeper to uncover the mysteries of the Moai of Easter Island

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Around the Marquesas Islands on a freighter

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, finds the perfect way to discover the Marquesas Islands when money is tight

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Doughnuts and the sex lives of cannibals

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, learns new skills as she sails towards the Marquesas Islands

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How to find solitude on a Pacific island

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes in search of solitude in French Polynesia. Will she find it?

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Cannibals and traffic jams

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, hits the Pacific island of Nuku Hiva and goes in search of the island's notorious man-eaters

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The art of buying tikis

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, picks up a tiki on a Pacific Island where they don't care one way or the other about tourists

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How to spend two weeks on a small boat with lots of people

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, reflects on the skills needed to spend a lot of time in close quarters with a lot of people, many who annoy you

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Man overboard!

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, witnesses a marine emergency on her final day cruising the islands of French Polynesia

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Beating the big trip blues

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, arrives home after her epic around the world adventure and ponders all that she has learned

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How travel helped pay my bills

Fresh from finishing her big around-the-word adventure, Marie Javins finds herself on a plane again, in an attempt to save on rent and health care

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The impossibility of staying still in Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tries to settle into life in Mexico. But she finds her plans keep changing

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Mexico City by social media

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, pops across to the Mexican capital and uses social media to get things done. How does she fare?

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The curse of Mexico's Island of Dolls

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, tries to visit La Isla de la Munecas, a macabre island littered with mutilated dolls, but she is blocked at every turn. Is she cursed?

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How to avoid being taken down by a taco

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, dodges a midget Iron Man in Mexico City and battles the effects of a dodgy taco in San Miguel de Allende

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How to bag a bargain in Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes souvenir hunting in San Miguel and learns a trick or two about getting the best deal

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Mexican ruins on a budget

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the cheapest way to get to Mexico's famous ruins

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Visting Mexico's 'newest' Mayan ruins

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, drops by some newly-discovered Mayan ruins and recommends chillin' at Yaxchilan

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Diving right in to underwater Mexico

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, goes diving in Cancun before saying adios and goodbye to Mexico. And Wanderlust

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The best of Wander Woman 2013

Our fiesty independent female traveller, Marie Javins, has hung up her boots – for the moment – but here are her most audacious adventures this year

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Could you help at the Ubud Writer's Festival?

Wander Woman, Marie Javins, on the pros and cons of volunteering at the annual writer's festival in Ubud, Bali

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