Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Touring Islandhill, Near Newtownards

Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Touring Islandhill, Near Newtownards

In 1980 I was born in the Northern Irish town of Newtownards. It’s a place with a lot of important links in my life. I was born there. I passed my driving test there. I studied there. I got into university by doing a course there. Despite all of that, I grew up in the Read more about Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Touring Islandhill, Near Newtownards[…]

25 Years Ago Today – Be Here Now: Was There Then, The Album That Defined My Youth

“An extraordinary guy can never have an ordinary day” – Noel Gallagher. The truth is that I have been way too busy to actually write this blog post! I am brimming with ideas and I was meant to post this on the EXACT 25 year anniversary of the epic album “Be Here Now” being released. Read more about 25 Years Ago Today – Be Here Now: Was There Then, The Album That Defined My Youth[…]

Friday’s Featured Food: Sunday Lunch At The Blonde Hedgehog, Saint Anne, Alderney

First things first – Alderney is a pure fire gem. That much I know. Some 200-ish countries into my zany escapade around the world and it takes a lot to impress me now. But Alderney 🇬🇬 had it. It is an unbelievably satisfying place. From riding the country’s epic railway line, to nights on the Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Sunday Lunch At The Blonde Hedgehog, Saint Anne, Alderney[…]

Backpacking In Spain: Feeling Where I All Began in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Backpacking In Spain: Feeling Where I All Began in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

“Things get clear when I feel free” – Manic Street Preachers. This is where I possibly all began. This is where my journey in life started. At least, I want to believe this, and now at the ripe old age of 42, it felt like I finally needed to visit this place. Gran Canaria, and Read more about Backpacking In Spain: Feeling Where I All Began in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands[…]

My Cosy Night In Shakespeare's Town: The Queen's Head, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

My Cosy Night In Shakespeare’s Town: The Queen’s Head, Stratford-upon-Avon, England

“Is this a dagger which I see before me?” – Macbeth. Years later than billed, far too late in my life I finally ended up in Shakespeare’s Town! Here I was in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. One aspect to backpacking in England that I enjoy is the traditionalness of it all. I love a good old style Read more about My Cosy Night In Shakespeare’s Town: The Queen’s Head, Stratford-upon-Avon, England[…]

Backpacking in Sint Maarten: Aeroplanes Flying Above Your Head At The Famous Sunset Bar on Maho Beach

Backpacking in Sint Maarten: Aeroplanes Flying Above Your Head At The Famous Sunset Bar on Maho Beach

“We sat and watched the sun go down” – Robbie Williams. “Music is my aeroplane” – Red Hot Chili Peppers. I saw photos of Sint Maarten beach years ago with aeroplanes flying right over tourist’s heads. I always thought that either – 1.These were photoshopped. 2.The photographer was lucky to catch a freak of an Read more about Backpacking in Sint Maarten: Aeroplanes Flying Above Your Head At The Famous Sunset Bar on Maho Beach[…]

My Ultimate Seven Day Itinerary For Iceland

Once you’ve decided you are heading to Iceland for your next holiday, adventure or even just a city break, you’re in for a real treat. I had so much fun there and even when I did that, I felt that I only scratched the surface of this incredibly under-rated country. Iceland is mega and you’ll Read more about My Ultimate Seven Day Itinerary For Iceland[…]

Backpacking In The Canary Isles: My Stay At Alojamiento Playa Chica, Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura

Backpacking In The Canary Islands: My Stay At Alojamiento Playa Chica, Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura

In July 2022, I finally arrived in The Canary Islands. This remote part of Spain is off the coast of Africa! The eight main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. If you look at the below map, it is weird Read more about Backpacking In The Canary Islands: My Stay At Alojamiento Playa Chica, Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura[…]