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[…]

5 Websites Blocked in Turkmenistan

I was recently backpacking in Turkmenistan, where I visited Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza, Dashogus and Konye-Urgench amongst some other cool sites. It is by far the strictest country I have been in in terms of website banning. I was shocked by how many websites have been blocked by the government there. Although since depression kicked Read more about 5 Websites Blocked in Turkmenistan[…]

Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Touring Merv, The UNESCO City of 5 Cities

“Got no reason but I’m king of the castle”- Wamdue Project. While on a tour of the Mary province in Turkmenistan, we spent a day exploring the spaced out sights of Merv. It was another highlight from my time in Central Asia and helped complete my journey through every former Soviet Union FIFA country. I Read more about Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Touring Merv, The UNESCO City of 5 Cities[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Mashar National Park and Tawarun

“Ridahah Ridahah ” – Arabic Desert Song. While based in Hail City in Saudi Arabia we did two day trips out into the remote desert. The first of these included an ancient dwelling place and a hike. This hike brought reminders instantly back from my 2013 adventure to Jordan. On that trip I celebrated 10 Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Mashar National Park and Tawarun[…]

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