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ADAM: Hey Benny, check it out. It's a letter from Charlie. He's going on vacation!
BENNY: Cool! Where is he going?
ADAM: No idea. Maybe the letter will say. Let's see...

Hey guys! So I finally left for my vacation. I know you're itching to find out where I'm going, so I'll give you some clues. Maybe you can figure it out!

BENNY: Okay, if I didn't care before, I have to know now.

For my first stop, I will be flying to Vienna. Hope to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and maybe see some kangaroos as well!

ADAM: Ahahahahah, kangaroos in Vienna? This guy was always garbage at geography.
BENNY: There is absolutely 100% chance his trip will go hilariously wrong. Let's see what else he writes.

My second stop is Luang Prabang. Looking forward to an in-depth experience of an African megacity!

ADAM: Hahah, African? Pretty close there, buddy. Not!
BENNY: No way Charlie is this stupid. He has to be messing with us.

Next up, I'm flying to the exciting Andalusia. Looking to chill out at the beach, enjoy a margarita and swim in the warm Caribbean water.

ADAM: Just wait a minute. These destinations are all over the globe. Charlie's vacation is just two weeks. There's no way he can visit all of these places.
BENNY: Yeah, he has to be playing us. Maybe there's a hidden message or something.

After that I'm headed to Togo to check out the historical sights. You can expect a postcard with the picture of my face and the Colosseum in the background!

ADAM: Do you understand any of this?
BENNY: No clue. What's the last place he's visiting?

Last but not least, I'm making a stop in Niamey. Check out the Igbo homelands and the Niger delta. After that I'll be on my way back home.

BENNY: Well, at least he's a bit closer this time. Still no cigar, though.

Anyway, I've given you some clues. Maybe you can figure out where I'm actually going! Hahahaha! See you in two weeks! Love, Charlie

ADAM: Okay. We'll never hear the end of it if we don't figure this out.
BENNY: I agree. Where on Earth can he be headed??

What is Charlie's actual destination? Looking for the name of a country.

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    $\begingroup$ nice puzzle,really enjoyed it. $\endgroup$ – Shahriar Mahmud Sajid Aug 20 '18 at 11:07
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I'm guessing he's really going to

Algeria

The trick is that

each clue gives multiple similar answers. We use the letters that are different in the second answer to make the final answer

For my first stop, I will be flying to Vienna. Hope to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef and maybe see some kangaroos as well!

Austria and Australia, so AL

My second stop is Luang Prabang. Looking forward to an in-depth experience of an African megacity!

Laos and Lagos. So G

Next up, I'm flying to the exciting Andalusia. Looking to chill out at the beach, enjoy a margarita and swim in the warm Caribbean water.

Granada and Grenada. So E.

After that I'm headed to Togo to check out the historical sights. You can expect a postcard with the picture of my face and the Colosseum in the background!

Lomé (Togolese capital) and Rome. So R.

Last but not least, I'm making a stop in Niamey. Check out the Igbo homelands and the Niger delta. After that I'll be on my way back home.

Niger and Nigeria. So IA

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  • $\begingroup$ <hide> As an aside, mathematically, for two words w1 and w2, we find the union of the set differences: (w1-w2) U (w2-w1). (Each word is a set of letters, the order doesn't matter). </hide> $\endgroup$ – flow2k Aug 20 '18 at 23:49
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    $\begingroup$ Was misled by Spain - Port of Spain for the longest time! $\endgroup$ – kwypston Aug 21 '18 at 2:10
  • $\begingroup$ Actually, once I'd worked out the first two, I spent a fair while trying to make the rest fit rot13(Nytneir). I'd even started the explanation with the answer as rot13(Cbeghtny). It was only when I skipped the middle two and got the last one that I realised I was on the wrong track. Really good puzzle @jafe $\endgroup$ – Mohirl Aug 21 '18 at 10:38

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