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A Secret Religion: Exploring Isfiya Druze Village, Israel

Have you ever heard of the Druze people? Well maybe you have, but probably not, as neither had I until I ended up staying with a couple of great friends, Natali and Alex in their home in Haifa in Israel. We hit backpacking pretty hard again in Israel, going through towns and cities a lot Read more about A Secret Religion: Exploring Isfiya Druze Village, Israel[…]

Backpacking in Israel and Palestine: Best Restaurants in Jerusalem

When you are visiting Israel or Palestine, it’s a good idea to sample the food as well as take in the sights. Israeli and Palestinian cuisine is a melting pot of flavors from all over the world: Middle Eastern, American, Indian, Moroccan, and Eastern European, among others. It would be a mistake to skip trying Read more about Backpacking in Israel and Palestine: Best Restaurants in Jerusalem[…]

Backpacking in Oman: Top 10 Sights In Muttrah

On arrival in Oman in April 2018, I decided to stay in Muttrah. It’s 4 kilometres from Old Muscat and sits right on the Gulf. Muttrah is a harbourside village that is officially part of the Muscat sprawl. Oman’ s capital seems to never end though personally I saw the quaint and quittle Old Muscat Read more about Backpacking in Oman: Top 10 Sights In Muttrah[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 7 Non Alcoholic Beers in Saudi Arabia

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes” – Oscar Wilde. While backpacking in Saudi Arabia recently, I realised it was one of the rare countries I visited where I didn’t consume any alcohol. This is due to the strict law – alcohol is simply forbidden here and will result in imprisonment, fines or expulsion. Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 7 Non Alcoholic Beers in Saudi Arabia[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: The Train Journey From Hail to Riyadh

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: The Train Journey From Hail to Riyadh

“Grimsby Town don’t even play in the town of Grimsby!” – Every football fan! So another train journey and I love them. This one, in Saudi Arabia. Hail Train Station, Saudi Arabia Hail Train Station, Saudi Arabia just reminded me of over elaborate, middle of nowhere train stations in China. Shaoguan sprang to mind, I Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: The Train Journey From Hail to Riyadh[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 12 Sights in Jeddah

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 14 Sights in Jeddah

So I spent 10 days in Saudi Arabia backpacking in April 2018 as part of a Business Trip with Young Pioneer Tours. My friends, family and followers were unsure if I would still find time to explore these places and go backpacking in the country as I was here on business. Well, I milked it Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 14 Sights in Jeddah[…]

Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Staying at the Swanky Bagt Koshgi Hotel and Wedding Palace in Ashgabat

Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Staying at the Swanky Bagt Koshgi Hotel and Wedding Palace in Ashgabat

“Don’t kill your dreams” – Adam Topolski. The sea air eased my corporate soul back in 2007 as I smoothed my way for eternity out of daily office work, nothing against the wonderful Bite Communications company I worked for at the time, but I’d barely backpacked the globe and life was as stale as Turkmenistanian Read more about Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Staying at the Swanky Bagt Koshgi Hotel and Wedding Palace in Ashgabat[…]

Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Camping at the Darvaza Gas Crater, Karakum Desert

“Is this burning an eternal flame?” – The Bangles. Another travel dream was made when I visited the Darvaza Gas Crater in central Turkmenistan in 2018. This country was also my final FIFA country in the former Soviet Union. I really recommend a trip here, this is my story of Darvaza, go and see it. Read more about Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Camping at the Darvaza Gas Crater, Karakum Desert[…]

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