Reminiscing my Youth: Watching Blur Live in Hong Kong

“Street’s like a jungle, so call the police” – Girls and Boys (1994) Conceived in the 70s, born in the 80s, teenage years in the 90s made me a Britpop teenager into my Indie Music. What is BritPop? What is Indie music? Brit – British Pop – Popular Indie – Independent Record Label “The Queen, Read more about Reminiscing my Youth: Watching Blur Live in Hong Kong[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Coffee Shops in Chicago, Illinois, USA

When you are traveling to a city as huge and busy as Chicago, Illinois, grabbing a coffee in the morning might be high on your list to prepare for a busy time. Check into one of the best Chicago Hotels, and you are ready to explore the “Windy City.” Before you head out to see all the Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 5 Coffee Shops in Chicago, Illinois, USA[…]

Backpacking in Turkey: Staying at the Hotel Tahran in Dogubayazit

Our overland journey through Turkey was three weeks of rollercoaster emotions, proper sightseeing, a Northern Ireland football match and then we got dumped off a morning bus in the cold snow in the city of…”Dog Something!”, “Doggy”, this is Dogubayazit and is as peculiar as they come. We couldn’t remember the name of the city Read more about Backpacking in Turkey: Staying at the Hotel Tahran in Dogubayazit[…]

Backpacking in the UK: Reasons to Visit Devon and Cornwall

It’s backpacking in England and Cornwall time again. You might have read my recent English posts on Dorset and Hampshire. I’m slightly biased here as I used to live there, but my favourite four counties in this part of the world are Dorset, Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall. In fact, three of those are English counties, Read more about Backpacking in the UK: Reasons to Visit Devon and Cornwall[…]

Backpacking in New Zealand: My Top 20 Memories

“You’ll never see the end of the road when you’re travelling with me ” – Neil Finn (Crowded House). Looking at the 2,000 plus posts still to be converted from my written notebook to this website, I noticed that New Zealand occupies a bigger chunk of them than I expected so condensing is required. My two visits (2007, Read more about Backpacking in New Zealand: My Top 20 Memories[…]

Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Buying Gifts for Family and Friends – 5 Ideas

As a long term traveller, I have to admit that I don’t like everything in the daily grind of life. Most of the time, I’m glad that I’m a traveller as there are a few things in particular I despise: – Shopping (pet hate) – Bills (sorry what are they?) – Shopping (pet hate) – Read more about Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Buying Gifts for Family and Friends – 5 Ideas[…]

Backpacking in China: Top 5 Things to Do in Yangshuo, Guangxi

Even the most touristic towns and cities in China continue to be epic and inspirational. I’ve mentioned many times before that China is probably the best country in the world to really feel like you’re backpacking in. This is what you dreamed of China to be like before you ventured here, even in popular Yangshuo. Read more about Backpacking in China: Top 5 Things to Do in Yangshuo, Guangxi[…]

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100 Places I Backpacked Through That You’ve Never Heard Of, in Australia

“We may never meet again so shed your skin and let’s get started” – Split Enz Firstly, this article has taken a fair bit of work over the years and I’m finally getting it published over 4 years since I left Australia behind! Secondly of course I’m probably wrong and you might have heard of Read more about 100 Places I Backpacked Through That You’ve Never Heard Of, in Australia[…]