World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

Crossing world borders still has intrigue for me. It’s the adrenalin buzz and excitement of it all. As a Northern Irish nationalist, I love separatism and I detest land borders like Belgium to Netherlands. Where basically you have no idea which country you are in – you even use the same currency and don’t get Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)[…]

Crazy Dog best hostel Kaliningrad

Backpacking in Kaliningrad: My Wacky Stay at the Crazy Dog Hostel in Kaliningrad City

“You’re turning every modern theory on its head” – Gruff Rhys. Things are always a bit wacky with me. A little bit left of the middle, a bit obscure and a tad crazy. I just don’t buy any concept of normal because life is too short for silly billy rules. So when I heard about Read more about Backpacking in Kaliningrad: My Wacky Stay at the Crazy Dog Hostel in Kaliningrad City[…]

Staying at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia

My Perfect Stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia

When I finally crossed the border from Poland into Kaliningrad in August 2016, I was looking forward to my stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center. At the third time of asking, I secured an amazing 4 day visa for Kaliningrad. I was able to collect my visa on the border and get ready to explore. Read more about My Perfect Stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia[…]

How to get Kaliningrad visa in Gdansk

How to Get A 72 Hour Kaliningrad Visa While Based in Gdańsk, Poland

There are always a few tough beasts to crack in the visa world as we backpack it hardcore. Russia is a tough enough one to get, but luckily I have been there years ago (2007) so at least have experienced some of Russia and I will be back. I have written about my top 20 Read more about How to Get A 72 Hour Kaliningrad Visa While Based in Gdańsk, Poland[…]

Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan: My Top 20 Sights in Bishkek

“The world is closing in. Did you ever think that we could be so close, like brothers? The future’s in the air. I can feel it everywhere.” – Scorpions I cry writing this, but you knew that. It’s damn emotional. Bishkek is a magnetic city. As my travel repertoire gained new momentum by reaching Central Read more about Backpacking in Kyrgyzstan: My Top 20 Sights in Bishkek[…]

A Cool New Way To Save Money From Travelers Box

Travelers Box: A Brilliant Way to Use Your Left Over Foreign Currencies!

During my recent lost luggage challenge I had two stopovers at Ataturk Istanbul Airport in Turkey. It’s an airport I’m used to. I have flown directly in and out of it a few times when backpacking in Turkey and I have also had multiple stop overs here before. In 2015 on one of my stopovers, Read more about Travelers Box: A Brilliant Way to Use Your Left Over Foreign Currencies![…]

How to Get An Indian Visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

How to Get An Indian Visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

It’s a funny world and I’m surprising myself with this article as I was convinced I would never ever visit India, nor want to. Before, I backpacked through Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar which either border India or have some history/overlap with Indian culture in some way. Possibly due to my love for China, which was Read more about How to Get An Indian Visa in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan[…]

Coffee Sinking and Transiting in Russia: My Brief Return to Moscow

“So catch the next flight to leave Moscow” – Manic Street Preachers. It’s another live blog post, here from Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow’s massive transport hub. I haven’t been to this airport since I started this travel blog, it was 2007 when I was last here. I also haven’t been to Moscow since 2007 either. But Read more about Coffee Sinking and Transiting in Russia: My Brief Return to Moscow[…]