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Meet Lifehacker's New Travel Writer

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Hey Lifehacker peeps! I am Lifehacker’s newest staff writer, and I’ll be covering travel. I can’t wait to bring you tips that I can guarantee are usable because, well, I’ve used them.

Having lived in four countries (Egypt, Poland, China, and the U.S.), and four states (Maryland, Georgia, New Jersey, and Delaware), I have built a pretty decent résumé in the travel space. I took a liking to seeing places outside of where I lived while working as a sports broadcaster, and I traveled across the country for nearly a half a decade before randomly deciding to buy a one-way ticket to Cairo, Egypt in 2015. I’m a Sagittarius, so my life is all about jumping out of windows and building my parachute on the way down.

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I live the travel life and here’s how you know:

I met my husband in Egypt in 2016. I gave birth to my son in Poland. My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (no, not Eat, Pray, Love). I have no idea how many countries I’ve been to—I just never thought to count. I try McDonald’s fries and Starbucks’ Caramel Frappuccino everywhere I go. (The jury is in: The fries are exactly the same and there’s no better frap to be found than in Paris).

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Up until a few weeks ago, my husband, my three-year-old son, and I were living in Wuhan, China; we left to go on vacation for Chinese New Year a week before the city was shut down. As expats, we were displaced for over a month in Malaysia and had to leave our belongings and friends behind. Unfortunately, our story of displacement is still ongoing—we’re currently in London. This is a real-life experience I am navigating minute by minute, and I am truly thankful to have joined the Lifehacker team during this strange time.

Leave your comments and travel questions in the comments below! Feel free to email me at ibashir@lifehacker.com, or say “hey” via Twitter and/or Instagram. It doesn’t matter the time zone because I’ll be in one or another.

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