My Top 5 Memories From Backpacking in France

Despite not having a big love for France the way most people do, I have still managed to visit the country around 60 times and of course I still recommend it. Working on the Cross Channel ferries for five months, of course helped this but on many other occasions I visited France. There are some Read more about My Top 5 Memories From Backpacking in France[…]

My Top 5 Highlights From Backpacking in Norway

Yes I know, it’s been three years almost exactly since I backpacked in Norway and celebrated my 99th country on route to the magic 100 (which was Tunisia). I never truly got round to writing the 20 plus stories from my fast week in Norway but I toured a lot, including a train from Gothenburg Read more about My Top 5 Highlights From Backpacking in Norway[…]

More than Just the Chocolate: 6 Things about Switzerland you Probably Don’t Know

Europe has many countries with a high standard of living. And then there’s Switzerland, a country of the size of a handkerchief, that’s famous for more than just its chocolate and banks. It has a wonderful landscape with many mountains and hills, and it has many traditions – but it’s not stuck in the past. Read more about More than Just the Chocolate: 6 Things about Switzerland you Probably Don’t Know[…]

Backpacking in Belarus: Staying at the Kip Town Hostel in Grodno

Backpacking in Belarus: Staying at the Kip Town Hostel in Grodno

2018 meant a welcome return to Belarus after a gap of 11 years. While my 2007 adventure took me to Babruysk and Minsk, here in 2018 I backpacked Grodno after another gruelling visa struggle at the Belarus Embassy (in Warsaw this time). Grodno is a cool city in western Belarus. Its only about 20 minutes Read more about Backpacking in Belarus: Staying at the Kip Town Hostel in Grodno[…]

Backpacking in Cyprus: Staying at the Only Hostel in Nicosia, Costas Hostel Action in Tseri

I went backpacking in Cyprus in order to visit both Northern Cyprus (the Turkish part) and the main part of Cyprus (which is mostly Greek influenced). Both of course are real countries in my own eyes and made it onto my wacaday list. It’s a really interesting island, much more exciting than I expected. There is Read more about Backpacking in Cyprus: Staying at the Only Hostel in Nicosia, Costas Hostel Action in Tseri[…]

Backpacking in Germany: How to get from Berlin ZOB Bus Station to Tegel International Airport

Berlin has become a transport hub for me now that I live in Poland. International flights and especially those to Africa and the Middle East don’t really have many direct options from Poland. But with the Warsaw / Łódź / Poznań Polskibuses to Berlin being so cheap, fast and cosy, I now often crackpack my Read more about Backpacking in Germany: How to get from Berlin ZOB Bus Station to Tegel International Airport[…]

Backpacking in Portugal: My Stay at the Famous Central Lisboa Hostel

Backpacking in Portugal: My Stay at the Lisboa Central Hostel in Lisboa. So whatever fate brought me to Lisbon (Lisboa) again after all these years, I will never know. In fact, I will know and will share it when life slows down a notch. It was a sentimental late 2017 visit when I soul sook Read more about Backpacking in Portugal: My Stay at the Famous Central Lisboa Hostel[…]

Looking for My Police Car: My Return To Portugal After 26 Years

Looking for My Police Car: My Return To Portugal After 36 Years

“Where’s my peeler car?” – Northern Irish guy lost his police car. Have you ever flown to a country 37 years later to find a police car you lost 37 years ago? No, well, oddly I have. In my entire life, Portugal may well end up being the country that had the biggest timeframe between Read more about Looking for My Police Car: My Return To Portugal After 36 Years[…]

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