Instagram and other social media platforms have turned traveling into the most beautiful and miraculous journey one can go on. Complete with history lessons and eye-opening cultural experiences in which you can learn about unique places, taste new foods, and experience foreign traditions.
While all of this is true, and traveling is an incredible experience unlike any other, there’s a little less sunny side that most people don’t talk about publicly.
That’s why artist Malachi Ray Rempen was inspired to share some of the realities and hurdles he experiences throughout his travel experiences in a hilarious series of weekly comics he calls the “Itchy Feet Comic”.
Malachi’s weekly cartoon chronicles are largely focused on his travels and learning new languages, something Rempen is rather fluent at considering he lives as an expat.
Picture yourself in just about any bizarre situation you might find yourself in while traveling, and that’s what these comics focus on.
1. Surveillance in North West Europe vs. South East Europe
“Itchy Feet Comic deals with two very specific areas: language learning and traveling. One of the things I love about Itchy Feet Comic is the minute observations on the experiences that are so universal that you cannot help but say ‘That is so true!’” – Malachi Ray Rempen
2. The Itchy Feet Guide to Differentiating Between Asian Scripts
“I do it as a labor of love in my limited free time. Like all the best things in life, Itchy Feet is free, and will stay that way forever,” writes Malachi on Patreon.
3. The Exhausting Nature of Airplanes
“I learned some Spanish in school, but it wasn’t until I moved to France to chase a girl and actually was FORCED to speak a new language that I learned to…you know, speak it,” Malachi wrote on Reddit.
He added: “Then I married an Italian (same girl) and moved to Germany! So thereabouts I learned Italian and German. My French sucks now, but every now and then I break it out to impress people at parties. Meaning my cat when I’m alone.”
4. Personal Space Differences
Rempen has created a social travel-themed card game for travel enthusiasts that he funded via Kickstarter.
That campaign has since come to an end. It was successful and you can purchase the game through the Itchy Feet Store website, where it’s listed for $25 with free shipping worldwide.
5. Professor Itchy Feet’s “True” History
On Kickstarter, over 3,700 backers pledged $113,366 to bring this project to life. That’s how great the game is!
For $1, donators were offered a pat on the back in thanks along with regular email updates. For just $5, they received the PDF version that you could print out and assemble at home. And by pledging $24, they got the full game + free shipping to anywhere in the world (the same deal that as listed on the website today).
6. A Scandinavian in the Tropics
Malachi has authored a couple funny comic books as well, which are for sale on the Itchy Feet website, including Bumps in the Road up Mt. Fluency and Tears of Multicultural Joy.
7. Fancy Thai
8. Map of Every European City
9. Things That Americans Don’t Realize Are American Before Going Abroad
10. Typical Tourist Viewing Angles Around the World
11. What’s your definition of a steep hill?
12. Eating Good in Italy
13. Coffee Strengths Around the World
14. An Asian American in…
15. Alarming Sounds
16. The Sunny Life in Iceland
17. Pronunciation in France
18. Packing for a Trip vs Packing to go Home
19. Getting Directions Around the US
20. How Airports Get You to Spend Even More $$