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 Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo "Baby"

Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”

“Fly me down to capital city in the sun”- Noel Gallagher. It came as more of a shock to my travel friend Malina than me that the muddy, agricultural hub known collectively as Porto Novo is the capital of Benin. I guess I kind of expected it. Having witnessed some unusual capital cities on my Read more about Backpacking in Benin: Visiting the Capital City, Porto Novo “Baby”[…]

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[…]

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Everything You Need to Do When Visiting Toronto, Canada

Everything You Need to Do When Visiting Toronto, Canada Whether you’re taking a relaxing weekend getaway or a family vacation, you are sure to find plenty of fun-filled activities in the Canadian city of Toronto. It is such a popular destination that it hosts over sixteen million tourists a year. But with all the choices, Read more about Everything You Need to Do When Visiting Toronto, Canada[…]

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