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Backpacking In Gabon: How I Fluked A Visa On Arrival As A Birthday Surprise In Libreville

“Oh my starry eyed surprise, sundown to sunrise, dance all night, we’re gonna dance all night, dance all night to this DJ” – Paul Oakenfold. First up, I wasn’t even meant to be in Gabon. I need a visa for Gabon as a Northern Irish citizen, and even after booking connecting flights in a frenzy, Read more about Backpacking In Gabon: How I Fluked A Visa On Arrival As A Birthday Surprise In Libreville[…]

Backpacking in Sao Tome: Top 5 Sights In Trinidade

Backpacking in São Tomé and Príncipe 🇸🇹: Top 4 Sights In Trinidade

“Would you stay on standby? Because I need another alibi” – Shed Seven. Whackpacking at São Tomé away probably changed my life; again. Well, firstly there was my excellent Writer’s Lair at Casa De Ferias with my host Bernilda, and almost getting stranded in Africa again. I got through it and returned to the calm Read more about Backpacking in São Tomé and Príncipe 🇸🇹: Top 4 Sights In Trinidade[…]

Friday's Featured Food: Bissap Juice And Tieboudienne in Restaurant Chez Ndioufa, Dakar, Senegal

Friday’s Featured Food: Bissap Juice And Tieboudienne At Chez Ndioufa, Dakar, Senegal

When travelling in Senegal in May 2016, I was not backpacking there. I was there as part of a Money Supermarket lost luggage challenge and therefore, I had NO luggage. It was a 12 day adventure which took me from Dean Court to Dakar! I attended AFC Bournemouth v. West Bromwich Albion in the Premier Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Bissap Juice And Tieboudienne At Chez Ndioufa, Dakar, Senegal[…]

Backpacking In Cameroon: My Cool Stay At Foyer du Marin, Douala 🇨🇲

“Omam-Biyik? Oh and he scored” – Football Commentator (1990). I finally lived out a childhood dream in March 2024 when I arrived in Cameroon! Ever since Omam-Biyik’s header in 1990 for Cameroon against Argentina, I have followed Cameroon’s football results. I have a soft spot for them, despite my clear bias of Northern Ireland. Back Read more about Backpacking In Cameroon: My Cool Stay At Foyer du Marin, Douala 🇨🇲[…]

Backpacking In São Tomé🇸🇹: My Writer’s Lair At Casa De Ferias, The Coolest Place To Stay In The Capital

Backpacking In São Tomé: Casa De Ferias Is The Only Place To Stay In The Capital!! “Everything in its right place” – Radiohead. You don’t study international tourism and hospitality management for nothing, and you’re not the coolest hotel owner by chance. Some things are meant to be. Fate, fame, life and love intertwined, I Read more about Backpacking In São Tomé🇸🇹: My Writer’s Lair At Casa De Ferias, The Coolest Place To Stay In The Capital[…]

How To Get A Guinea 🇬🇳 Visa Online

Guinea was the hardest visa to get for me, out of the hat-trick on my 2023 Christmas List – Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. They all border each other but to save time, I was flying in and out of the hat-trick on a fast trip which would also see me back in Senegal and Read more about How To Get A Guinea 🇬🇳 Visa Online[…]

Backpacking in Guinea🇬🇳: Touring Conakry The Week Of The Oil Explosion

Backpacking in Guinea🇬🇳: Touring Conakry The Week Of The Explosion“It’s just a dropped stitch; in life’s tapestry” – Joanie Trotter. Monday morning 18th December 2023, two things happened that would influence and impact my entire next week, changing the title of this very blog post. It was supposed to be “Backpacking in Guinea 🇬🇳 : Read more about Backpacking in Guinea🇬🇳: Touring Conakry The Week Of The Oil Explosion[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: 11 Bars And Cafés I Visited in Sierra Leone 🇸🇱

Thirsty Thursdays: 11 Bars And Cafés I Visited in Sierra Leone 🇸🇱 “The self unseeing” – Thomas Hardy. On my West Africa tour of 2023, the last of a hat-trick of new countries on my jigsaw was Sierra Leone (which followed my repeat into Senegal, and the Guinea brace – Guinea and Guinea-Bissau!). The plan Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: 11 Bars And Cafés I Visited in Sierra Leone 🇸🇱[…]