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Backpacking in Turkey: My Top 5 Highlights

Turkey has a very special allure for explorative travellers and one that I must admit surprised me. It took me a while to travel there but I spent just over 3 weeks in the country last year. Located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia and boasting some of the most photographed landscapes on Earth, Read more about Backpacking in Turkey: My Top 5 Highlights[…]

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Backpacking in French Guyana: A Stop Over in Iracoubo

French Guyana continued to surprise. It really is the laid back version of France. Scattered mini villages and towns along our drive from Cayenne to St. Laurent du Maroni gave us glimpses of country and village life in this often unventured country. After checking out St. Georges de L’Oyapock, Cayenne, Kourou and Sinnamary, we next Read more about Backpacking in French Guyana: A Stop Over in Iracoubo[…]

Touring Monte Alban: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico

When you have travelled for years on end through more “lost cities” than you can think of (Sigiriya, Machu Picchu, Teotihuacan etc.) the idea of yet another one might sound like more of the same. However Monte Alban was a pleasant surprise. Situated on a mountain top only a half hour drive from Oaxaca de Read more about Touring Monte Alban: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico[…]

How to Get a Suriname Visa in Cayenne, French Guyana

This one felt good, I won’t deny that. The reason being that in 2011 it was a big hassle and stress the first time I got my Suriname Visa, I wrote about that before in the Suriname Visa struggle post and the aftermath that explains how to get a Suriname Visa in Caracas, Venezuela. I Read more about How to Get a Suriname Visa in Cayenne, French Guyana[…]

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Loving the Relaxing Charm of Casa San Ildefonso: The Best Place to Stay in Mexico City, Mexico

As backpackers we stay in more hostels than we can remember, we change beds more often than underwear and yet deep down there is only one thing that really matters – happiness wherever you are. Imagine my delight when after 2-3 days of travel on buses, friend’s flats, flights and airport floors when we landed in Read more about Loving the Relaxing Charm of Casa San Ildefonso: The Best Place to Stay in Mexico City, Mexico[…]

Hospitality in Iran: The Longest Night Dinner in Shahr-e Kord, Iran

Hospitality in Iran is second to none. Which means it’s first. Iranians are by far and away the most welcoming and friendly nationality I have ever met. On every corner of every street in the cities of Iran you will be greeted with warm, genuine welcoming smiles. “Welcome to Iran” 100 people will say to Read more about Hospitality in Iran: The Longest Night Dinner in Shahr-e Kord, Iran[…]

Backpacking in Brazil: 6 Things We Did On A Quick Stop Over in Belo Horizonte

I actually love quick stop overs and there are a few reasons for it. One reason is you feel obliged to get off your ass and actually see a few sights and get some things done as you know it’s a quick visit to a city you may never be in again and your travel Read more about Backpacking in Brazil: 6 Things We Did On A Quick Stop Over in Belo Horizonte[…]