Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah

After arrival into Jeddah for the Saudi Arabia Hotel Show in April 2018, I got a taxi to my hotel from the main international airport. It was my first time in Saudi Arabia and was a business trip on a 10 day adventure. We were staying in the Al Hamra district which is pretty close Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah[…]

The Truth About Vacation Packages

You hear it everywhere, especially these days when travel savings websites are so hot: “Book flight and accommodations together and save!” “Reserve your hotel and tour together and save!” “Rent your car and room together and save!” But is it true? Can travelers really save money by bundling their entire vacation? The Short Answer: Yes Read more about The Truth About Vacation Packages[…]

Places to Stay: The Best Alternatives To Hotel.com

Booking a room on hotel.com is a great way to find the best online deals. Not only for your hotel stay but also for local accommodations, travel packages and all-inclusive deals you want to book online. However, there are alternatives to purchasing through hotel.com when the time comes for you to plan your travels and Read more about Places to Stay: The Best Alternatives To Hotel.com[…]

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[…]

Staying at the Ibis Plateau in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Since 2015, I have been using Ibis Hotels as one of my consistent brands to stay in. I have so far stayed in their hotels in Poland, Kaliningrad, Kuwait, France and Bahrain. Next it was the turn of the Cote d’Ivoire or the Ivory Coast. I was backpacking in Abidjan and Grand Bassam after getting Read more about Staying at the Ibis Plateau in Abidjan, Ivory Coast[…]

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 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[…]

Backpacking in San Marino: My Stay at the Affitta Camere Franciosi Hostel, San Marino City

Backpacking in San Marino: My Stay at the Affitta Camere Franciosi Hostel, San Marino City

“On that damp and lonely Thursday years ago” – Jarvis Cocker. When I look back on my early travel adventures, I forget how many obscure and ridiculous cities I was crackpacking through. Quite simply, I never wrote about lots of them on here. I have all my notes and folders still and will get them Read more about Backpacking in San Marino: My Stay at the Affitta Camere Franciosi Hostel, San Marino City[…]

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