Traveling is the perfect medium for experiencing different cultures complete with all sorts of art, music, crafts, and traditions. But visiting other countries is usually not just all roses.

With cultural differences in mind, artist Malachi Ray Rempen decided to share his traveling experience and situations in the form of funny comics dubbed "Itchy Feet Comic". This weekly cartoon drawings chronicle is mostly about travel, language jokes that happen while learning, and life as an ex-pat. It's just about any bizarre situation you can imagine yourself in while traveling.

"Itchy Feet Comic deals with two very specific areas: language learning and traveling. One of the things I love about these webcomics is the minute observations on the experiences that are so universal that you cannot help but say “That is so true!” - says the artist.

So scroll the page and have a quick walk around the world with the help of these funny drawings!

More info: itchyfeetcomic.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Makes sense *nods and makes notes*

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Daria B
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2 years ago

Eheheheheh True.

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Eunice Probert
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2 years ago

Ah now that explains Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

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Sreenath
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2 years ago

Bingo!

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Kaisu
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2 years ago (edited)

As a Finn, I can confirm this is 100% true. Finns are very particular about their personal space and you absolutely do not touch strangers if you can avoid it

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Tal Jamchi
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2 years ago

Ahh yes,I recognize thi place, its the the maginificent city of Romeberlinathensparis!

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Ingrid
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2 years ago

Ha, I remember having this reaction

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DP von Icecream
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2 years ago

As a native Dutch, I confirm this is true :-)

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Erika Drewke
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2 years ago

Yup sounds about right. Having an american best friend is very eye-opening for both of us! They drive outside their state about once a year, out familytravels often means car and going through 7ish countries to get to our destination

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

I confirms 🤣🤣

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Jeanne Wessinger
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2 years ago

Omg. Love this. So true

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PyroarRanger
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2 years ago

This would drive me crazy!

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years ago

USA: OHHHH SAYYYY CANNN YOUUU SEEEE???

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QueenOlive
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2 years ago

so true

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Ml7500
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2 years ago

As a native French, I honestly admire people learning french : this langage is hard ! Therefore I would never make fun or faking not to understand just because is is not perfect. This comic shows a very parisian reaction you would probably not know somewhere else in France...

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years ago

I do this all the time

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QueenOlive
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2 years ago

Siri: Go straight for 570240 feet. Your destination is on your left

Pseudo Puppy
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2 years ago

And all non-americans think "how many metres / kilometres is that?"

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Milan V.
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2 years ago

Saudi Arabia. Go straight and on Thursday turn right.

it's me again
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2 years ago

Well you take a left at Mr. Johnson's cow, but if she ain't thar then look for the old elm on the Smith's property that got cut down a couple years ago and drive about a tick thataway for a bit & you'll be thar in no time. ⬅️⬆️⬇️↗️

Mildy
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2 years ago

I live in Nebraska and the directions are more complicated than go straight like we have go left on o or keep going on capital parkway then with all the curves it will turn into pioneers boulevard

Cat Skyfire
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2 years ago

As a Nebraskan, I can confirm.

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
2 years ago

As a Californian, yup! Fortunately I live a bit further East than these freeways because they're usually a mess!

DotC
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2 years ago

AZ is similar only we have a LOT fewer freeways. You do have to be careful with the 202. It is a big loop so you have to say Red Mountain (North side of the East Valley) or the SanTan (South side of the East Valley). 101 is tricky for outta towners, too. It starts in the SE of the county and turns West in North Scottsdale and goes all the way to the 17. The 303 is pretty much so West siders can get to the 17 without touching the 10 East.

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Sylvia Niedner
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2 years ago

i live in nebraska! i can confirm XD

DotC
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2 years ago

OK, KS, SD, eastern CO and most of Texas are similar.

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Maci Mae
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2 years ago

I don't know if this is how it is in a lot of places, but where I live most of the roads are named for how long they are. So if somebody asked for directions, they would probably be told to "go straight on 3 mile, then turn left onto 5 mile. After that turn right onto 9 mile." XD

Anugerah Firdauzi
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2 years ago

In my place, people will reply by mentioning the cardinal direction, like south, north, east, or west instead of going straight then taking left or right. This is so confusing for outsider who's new to the city

Cesi Baca
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2 years ago

When people make these kind of freeway jokes @ CA they always forget to add the NSEW direction. You can’t just tell someone to get on the 710 for example. You HAVE to tell them either the 710 north or the 710 south or you use the city name for that freeway heading in the right direction. Anyone who has gotten on the freeways in California heading in the wrong direction knows how quickly that can becomes a nightmare how fast you can find yourself in the desert when you’re supposed to be heading towards the ocean. But actually freeway talk is kind of a thing of the past since everyone just uses their phones for directions now.

WillemPenn
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2 years ago

Disagree. This is the route from Long Beach to Glendale. There is only one way these freeways connect together in this order so cardinal directions are not necessary. From Long Beach there is only one direction one can take the 710 and connect with the the 405: North. From the 405 there is only one direction one can take and connect with the 110: North, etc.

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Cat Skyfire
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2 years ago

As I Nebraskan, I can confirm this.

Kyana Winter
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2 years ago

As a New Yorker, so very true. (Don't take crowded trains, too many creeps. Might as well have another transfer)

EM
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2 years ago

New York and Nebraska are spot on. Know because I have been to both cities.

fruit_panda
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2 years ago

Kansan here. We use cardinal directions in the city because it's so flat and open that most of our city streets are in nice even grids. But out in the country it's definitely "Go straight for a couple miles and make a left at the grain elevator."

Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 years ago

LA Guy looks so accurate.

Cesi Baca
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2 years ago

Weird how my original reply was deleted but whatever. Basically the LA thing is outdated. Everyone uses their cell phone navigation. And the directions in the comic would never be said like that anyways.

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Wanda Queen
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2 years ago

New York *city*

lunar bluemoon
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2 years ago

yea im from Nebraska this is so true

Esther
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1 year ago

So true about NYC and LA. Haven't been to Nebraska yet.

marnidarr
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2 years ago

Midwest, (even at a gas station): Oh sure, I know where that is, but why don't you come on in, sit down and take a load off. I'll get a pad of paper and a pencil after I make you a sandwich. Be right back!

Steve Zytveld
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2 years ago

In Canada: You straight two blocks, then turn right where the gas station used to be; then you keep going past where the co-op used to be and turn left; once you've reached where the market was you're almost there; it's just past where the church was until three years ago; I think it's a restaurant now but I'm not sure...

Jana Harms-Bouw
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2 years ago

Haha! I lived in (and loved) Nebraska for 10 years! But this is basically true.

Sara Halldórs
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2 years ago

x'D

Mike Sherrard
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2 years ago

I currently live in Nebraska, this would better fit Kansas

Paule Rogol
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2 years ago

Yup, that’s New York directions alright! Been there, done that!

Jessica Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Oregon: drive 1 1/2 hours north take x turn left, than right , than right again it you drive by a blue house with three old cars and a tire swing you went to far. We don't give street names because they're often blocked by trees.

Sandy Townzen
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2 years ago

Texas: Turn left at the old oak tree (you can't miss it) then make a right just past the First Pentecost Church and just keep going 'til you see it. Should be about 35 minutes away, but if you get to the Dairy Queen you went too far.

Ruth Beaty
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2 years ago

Kansas is worse, lol.

Ashley Wright
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2 years ago

Truly depicted.

Annamay
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2 years ago

In the south: drive this road for 20 minutes.

Meri Kassner-Gomez
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2 years ago

You TOTALLY have to know the nuances of the subways in NYC. I get stopped all the time by confused tourists.

Dana Wolcott Saavedra
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2 years ago

Southern Californians put "the" in front of freeway numbers... it's expected. You can't give directions or talk about traffic any other way.

David Grady
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2 years ago

Arkansas: Turn off the paved road when y'all get to the old Johnson place (I don't know any Johnsons, and usually they don't even live there anymore). After the gravel road turns to a dirt road, keep on goin a spell. When you see a big tree (oddly enough, you'll actually recognize the tree they're talking about, despite the fact you're driving through the woods), y'all'll (yes, that's a word there) turn left. It's on'y a coupla miles, as the crow flies (25 miles of twisty, turny mountain roads - you may need 4wd, as the "dirt road" may only be a double-track, and will possibly cross a small body of water known as a crick). Once you see the yeller house (it's been green for the last ten years, but when it was built in 1923, it was yellow, so it always will be) if'n y'all turn right agin, yu'll see it down the road a stretch (another 20-something miles of tight curves - you may even bottom out as you turn up and around them).

Michelle Wallace
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2 years ago

The American South: "Head down this road a ways, turn left at the rock that looks like a bear, then continue past three red lights and hang a right at the big oak tree. It'll be on your left. You can't miss it!"

Zsuzsanna Szucs
Community Member
2 years ago

LOL

Neurotic_Octopus
Community Member
2 years ago

Michigan: "Stay in the left lane on Adams, watch for the crater in the road, then quick change lanes and turn right when you see the huge oak tree. Watch out for deer."

Erin Butler
Community Member
2 years ago

America: Fifty miles due West. UK: Eighty kilometres by the road that way. Canada: I dunno, 'bout an hour drive or so?

Mike Pangilinan
Community Member
2 years ago

Hahahaha!!!

David Partee
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2 years ago

Boston:"I have no idea but it's that way" *points in vague direction

Natasha Forchione
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2 years ago

Hahaha so true about Los Angeles!!

Cesi Baca
Community Member
2 years ago

Not anymore it isn't. Everyone uses their cell phone navigation to get places. People don’t really do the long freeway direction convos anymore cause it’s no longer necessary.

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Catherine Henry
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2 years ago

In Costa Rica they say ''go straight for 70 meters and then left for 120 meters'' so confusing to me.

SirPatTheCat
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2 years ago

I love how it’s city, city, and then just Nebraska because there are no large cities worth taking note of in Nebraska 🤣

lunar bluemoon
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2 years ago

this is not true there are a few but not many

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2 years ago

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years ago

Good play on words

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Lynn B
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2 years ago

Don't forget....a meal is eaten in HOURS, not minutes!

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Buse Demirel
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2 years ago

İ am Turkish. And i dont think this is true :/

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Kathleen Barlow
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2 years ago

Historic Building (est. 1965) hahaha

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years ago

Bloody hell :)))

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Kaisu
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2 years ago

You gotta be quiet or you'll scare the fish

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Bored Moogle
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2 years ago

Americans are chronically sleep deprived. We need a constant infusion of coffee.

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Kaisu
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2 years ago

I think it's very respectful to greet people in their native language when you travel abroad

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Ruth Sneddon
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2 years ago

Translation: There's a nice cottage in the small valley just past the farm by the edge of the lake.

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Hans
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2 years ago

Just so very accurate... (hardly anyone sings "zum Geburtstag viel Glück!")

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Lynn B
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2 years ago

Whud'ja say?

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

Similar in Hispanic countries. Tourists don’t know that you can bargain the price and get something for quite cheap—if you’re lucky that is.

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

This is actually quite sad.

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