Backpacking in the Philippines: My Top Five Memories

Being based in Hong Kong from 2011 to 2015 (give or take a few side trips and jaunts around the world) allowed me to see most of Asia, and as of August 2017, there are only 6 recognised Asian countries I have yet to visit (Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Maldives). I was so busy working, Read more about Backpacking in the Philippines: My Top Five Memories[…]

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Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Using Lonely Planet Guides on Your Travels

If you have followed my journey the last 10 years on here, you will know that I love to be the tourist, every day of my life. I am a very spontaneous tourist who ventures anywhere and everywhere I can. “If it exists as a place, I’ll go there” – Jonny Blair. I am a Read more about Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Using Lonely Planet Guides on Your Travels[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: The Importance of April 1st and My Top 7 Bars in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

A party city, Ulaan Baatar? Yes, for sure! And one that offers a huge range of bars – from the dingy sheds to the flambuoyant rock clubs, there was a lot to cram in. But my liver subsides as I get older. I’m not going to tour 20+ bars in a city in a few Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: The Importance of April 1st and My Top 7 Bars in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia[…]

My Birthday Stay at the Kaiser Hotel, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

My arrival into Ulaan Baatar in March 2017 in time to “celebrate” my birthday here in a new city and a new country is the biggest surprise in my travel life since my Afghanistan tour in 2016. I didn’t expect to be here, I had lost all passion for long term whackpacking, backpacking and sightseeing. Read more about My Birthday Stay at the Kaiser Hotel, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia[…]

Baatpacking in Mongolia: Exploring the Red Hero, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Baatpacking in Mongolia: Exploring the Red Hero, Ulaan Baatar

“Longing for, it’s been a long time longing for To carry the sky away” – Manic Street Preachers. Dinosaurs chased me down the alleyway asking Lenin what drugs I was on. My heart and soul got the better of me as the mountains gaped in, fooling me that I was back in magnetic Kyrgyzstan. Exactly Read more about Baatpacking in Mongolia: Exploring the Red Hero, Ulaan Baatar[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

This is long overdue and one of about 1,000 articles that I started and never finished. On my ongoing writing about my base in early 2016, Bishkek, it’s time to explore the pubs and bars of this city. Having been based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from December 2015 – April 2016, I often frequented the bars Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan[…]

Backpacking in Thailand: Chao Phraya River Cruise, Bangkok

I don’t write about Thailand much, it bored the living daylights out of me, but it seems to be on everyone’s travel list and I started this article about 5 years ago and never finished it, so here it is. Bangkok has normally been on my “try to avoid” list mainly because loads of people Read more about Backpacking in Thailand: Chao Phraya River Cruise, Bangkok[…]

Top 11 FIFA Countries To Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

Top 11 Countries To Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

“Travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody’s looking for something” – Eurythmics. As the debate over countries can get ridiculous and I even argue with my family and best friends over what is a real country and what is not, I thought I’d do a few separate articles on my round the world journey. Now Read more about Top 11 Countries To Backpack In From My Round the World Journey[…]