Backpacking in Kazakhstan: Top 7 Shy Sights in Shymkent

I simply loved the pronunciation of this city. SHYMKENT! Wee shimmy. Ess Hym Kent. Shy m Kent. Shimkent. Chimkent. Spelt Shymkent, once called Chernayaev, currently housing 850,000 people, it’s a somewhat inspiring city with low promotion. Is it shy? Why are the first three letters spelling the word shy? I headed to find the answers. Read more about Backpacking in Kazakhstan: Top 7 Shy Sights in Shymkent[…]

Backpacking in Afghanistan: Top 5 Sights in Masar e Sharif

Backpacking in Afghanistan: 10 Outrageously Cool Things to Check Out in Masar e Sharif

Masar e-Sharif is Afghanistan’s third biggest city. It boasts an estimated population of around 1 million people and sits shyly, unknown to most backpackers, in a country less ventured. On my tour of Central Asia, I made sure I got this place on my list. Masar e Sharif is home of the famous Blue Mosque and Shrine Read more about Backpacking in Afghanistan: 10 Outrageously Cool Things to Check Out in Masar e Sharif[…]

Backpacking in Tajikistan: A Guided Tour of Dushanbe, on a Monday!

Backpacking in Tajikistan: A Guided Tour of Dushanbe, on a Monday!

Visas in hand for Tajikistan and Gorno Badakhshan (ye-ha!), it was on with the show, the reality show. After arriving in Tajikistan and checking into Marian’s Guesthouse, I was ready to explore this less-ventured country and I started things off in the capital city, Dushanbe. Dushanbe translates as “Monday” and is a booming city with Read more about Backpacking in Tajikistan: A Guided Tour of Dushanbe, on a Monday![…]

Backpacking in Belarus: Top 5 Sights in Bobruisk

Backpacking in Belarus: Top 5 Sights in Bobruisk

“We’re in the army. Now. Woah oh we’re in the army.” – Status Quo. I find it hard to believe that it has been nine years since I backpacked my way to the unknown and non-touristy city of Bobruisk in Belarus. This obscure journey was the story I wrote for Shaun Schofield’s book “Albania to Read more about Backpacking in Belarus: Top 5 Sights in Bobruisk[…]

Backpacking in Toilets: Top 8 Shights From My Travels

When we travel sometimes we just get too carried away with the good things. It gets a bit ridiculous doesn’t it? I mean who really cares what the top 5 sights are in a city of a country? Who really cares which hostel is coolest to stay in? Nobody reads that sort of stuff and Read more about Backpacking in Toilets: Top 8 Shights From My Travels[…]

Backpacking in Poland: Top 5 Sights in Poznan

Backpacking in Poland: Top 5 Sights in Poznań

You’ll probably know that when I travel to a city or town in a country, I like nothing better than banging out a top 5 hit parade on backpacking sights. In most cases, we only visit these cities once in our life, so make the most of it and enjoy the highlights as a tourist. Read more about Backpacking in Poland: Top 5 Sights in Poznań[…]

Backpacking in the Faroe Islands: Top 5 Sights in Torshavn

Backpacking in the Faroe Islands: Top 6 Sights in Torshavn

Torshavn is the capital city of the Faroe Islands. This small nation consists of a group of 18 islands and it’s north of Scotland and west of Norway. While the country is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, you won’t see many Danish flags here. This is a proud and patriotic country, a beautiful one Read more about Backpacking in the Faroe Islands: Top 6 Sights in Torshavn[…]

Backpacking in Iceland: Top 5 Sights in Reykjavik

Iceland isn’t so much a “backpacker’s gem” as it is a traveller’s gem. For a start, it doesn’t border any other countries, so there’s no chance of backpacking there overland. Most people fly in and out, though some get a boat up there. I visited in 2007 as part of a football trip and spent Read more about Backpacking in Iceland: Top 5 Sights in Reykjavik[…]