Thirsty Thursdays: A Wacaday Night in Krasnodar, Russia

Krasnodar is a Russian city of a million people, or more. That doesn’t even guarantee heard-of ness from common tourists and whackpackers. Indeed I hadn’t even heard of this joint before my trip! It was a pure fire wacaday spot of madness to bung into the final days of my visa free entrance into Russia, Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: A Wacaday Night in Krasnodar, Russia[…]

Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel

“She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi, She’s a Nazi Way oh Way” – Switzerland (Cheatzerland) supporters. This was a weird one, as I have only ever been to Switzerland twice in my life and both times have such similarities to them. They were both in years ending in 7. I also visited a wacaday republic Read more about Backpacking in Switzerland: Staying at the Urban Hostel Culture in Basel[…]

Backpacking in Lebanon: A Super Time at Mady's Hostel in Beirut

Backpacking in Lebanon: A Super Time at Mady’s Hostel in Beirut

New Year’s Eve has seen me bed hop, city hop and country hop a lot in recent years. 2018 ended in a similar fashion, as I began 2019 in Beirut, capital city of Lebanon. I came across a cosy little hostel online, with its own flashy website and a cool location in the Lebanese capital Read more about Backpacking in Lebanon: A Super Time at Mady’s Hostel in Beirut[…]

Backpacking in Saint Petersburg: My Winter Stay at the Kino Hostel, Vyborgsky District

“A world in white is underway” – Paul Hewson. First of all thanks to the Russian government’s decision to give all World Cup ticket holders (and therefore FAN ID holders) visa free entry until 31st December 2018. It meant we could all go back for unlimited entries into Russia (any city, by land, by air…) Read more about Backpacking in Saint Petersburg: My Winter Stay at the Kino Hostel, Vyborgsky District[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: On the Rip in Beirut Lebanon, 7 Cool Bars

I finally made it to Lebanon in 2018 and celebrated New Years Eve here and my entrance to 2019. It was my second time to see the new year arrive in the Middle East having been in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan in 2013. That was a special trip at the time as I honed Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: On the Rip in Beirut Lebanon, 7 Cool Bars[…]

Backpacking in Russia: Budget Dorms at the Loft Hostel in Krasnodar

Backpacking in Russia: Budget Dorms at the Loft Hostel in Krasnodar

Krasnodar was the final stop for me in 2018, as I used up the final days of my visa free entry, thanks to the Russian government’s inspired decision to allow all football fans UNLIMITED visa free entry until the 31st December 2018. I left on the final day, and from my second cosy hostel in Read more about Backpacking in Russia: Budget Dorms at the Loft Hostel in Krasnodar[…]

Backpacking in Russia: My Luxury Hostel - Home in KRD, Selezneva in Krasnodar

Backpacking in Russia: My Luxury Hostel – Home in KRD, Selezneva in Krasnodar

“We’re leaving together, but still it’s farewell and maybe we’ll come back to earth, who can tell?” – Europe. To ensure I got another Russia city swallowed into my backpack before my visa free stay ended, I headed to the southern city of Krasnodar, where I would stay until the final day of the Russian Read more about Backpacking in Russia: My Luxury Hostel – Home in KRD, Selezneva in Krasnodar[…]

Sunday’s Inspiration: Why Did I Ever Ever Travel?

“Where do you go? Buttoned in your favourite coat, stepping out to a different world. And you might be home late.”- Ocean Colour Scene. Aged 17 I flicked through the CDs in His Master’s Voice record shop in Belfast city, the Northern Irish passion-drenched capital. Imagine the thrill of it all. Life was amazing. I Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: Why Did I Ever Ever Travel?[…]

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