#gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016

“Michael O’Neill’s Green and White army” – Northern Ireland football fans. Now that June 2016 has arrived, it feels crazy that this month, I am finally living out a childhood dream. Since my early days growing up in Bangor, Northern Ireland I only had one dream in life. To watch the Northern Ireland international football Read more about #gawa #daretodream Living Out A Childhood Dream Supporting Northern Ireland: My Plans for June 2016[…]

My Top 10 Football Stadiums From My First 100 Countries

As we travel to countries torn apart by war (past or current), let’s not forget that football is the people’s game, the one happy medium from my journeys through a century of countries. Football brings the people together and in most cases, it acts as some kind of peaceful entity between people. Anyone who has Read more about My Top 10 Football Stadiums From My First 100 Countries[…]

Backpacking Football Nomad Alert!! Become the Ultimate Football Fan

As a serious football fan, global nomad and travel writer one of the joys of my travels around the world is watching football, visiting football stadiums and collecting items related to football. You’ll have noticed I included a visit to a football stadium in each of these posts: 1. Top sights in Coleraine, Northern Ireland Read more about Backpacking Football Nomad Alert!! Become the Ultimate Football Fan[…]

Hand of God and Mexico 86 Memories: Visiting Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

Here goes. This is a big one. A big one for me personally. Every single time I hear the mention of Maradona, Norman Whiteside, Jose Batista, Joel Bats etc. I get inspired. The 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico were my first major childhood memory. Northern Ireland qualified. We punched well above our weight, defying Read more about Hand of God and Mexico 86 Memories: Visiting Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico[…]

15 Different Places I watched the World Cup Knockout Matches

You may have read my post on 41 places I watched the World Cup first round matches. This is the sequel and the final part as my journey round South America took me to a few more places on my travels as I attempted to catch up and keep up with the knockout stages of Read more about 15 Different Places I watched the World Cup Knockout Matches[…]

Watching the World Cup Fan Fest in Fortaleza, Brazil

Since the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, fan parks have provided another fantastic element to the world’s most popular sporting event. While Rio’s Copacabana Beach has probably been this World Cup’s number-one fan park, visitors to Minas Gerais capital, Belo Horizonte, are able to attend the first ever indoor Fan Fest. However, life took Read more about Watching the World Cup Fan Fest in Fortaleza, Brazil[…]

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Sunday’s Inspiration: Mexico 1986, Norman Whiteside, Kim Pyung Suk and the REAL Reason Why I Travel the World

I’ve done load of travel interviews in the last few years and almost all of them ask me why I travel or what started me on travel. While there are probably many reasons for it, I can actually limit it to one word: football. Casting my mind back to 1986 on today’s Sunday’s Inspiration. An Read more about Sunday’s Inspiration: Mexico 1986, Norman Whiteside, Kim Pyung Suk and the REAL Reason Why I Travel the World[…]

Backpacking in Turkey: Watching Northern Ireland Lose 1-0 to Turkey in Adana

The Background to my adventure backpacking in Turkey to Adana This is probably my first ever backpacking adventure that led me by chance to watching my beloved Northern Ireland football team. It was just amazing. Having made my return to Northern Ireland matches after more than four (count them, four) years at the 2-0 defeat Read more about Backpacking in Turkey: Watching Northern Ireland Lose 1-0 to Turkey in Adana[…]