Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou

“Runaway train never going back. Wrong way on a one way track” – Soul Asylum. Having watched many Michael Palin documentaries down the years, I always envied his journeys. He did them in mostly pre-internet days. Back thence, visas were tough and we needed to be embassy-loyal. Booking accommodation could, at best, be organised by Read more about Backpacking in Mauritania: Riding The Iron Ore Train From Choum to Nouadhibou[…]

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[…]

Backpacking in Alderney: Riding The ONLY Trainline in The Channel Islands

“Last train to somewhere, come take a ride” – Scott Gordon. In Summer 2022, at the ripe of age of 42 and with over 200 countries already swallowed into my backpack along the journey, I finally arrived in Alderney. It was a long time coming, given that two decades prior I had already been in Read more about Backpacking in Alderney: Riding The ONLY Trainline in The Channel Islands[…]

Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island

Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island

The Azores happened by fluke. I really didn’t plan this one. I was trying to visit Cape Verde Islands and it just made sense (and was cheaper on Ryanair loyal) to visit The Azores on route. So here I was! The Azores was a bonusball, extra trip and yet I still had three days here Read more about Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island[…]

World Borders: How To Get From France to Monaco (And Get Your Passport Stamped in Monte Carlo)

“Give me something I can rely on, far away from the life that I once know – Monaco. Monaco is an enigma, that’s for sure! As a lover of wacaday republics, unrecognised states, countries that don’t exist, nations unofficial and unclaimed lands, Monaco was right up my street. And it was a handy little trip Read more about World Borders: How To Get From France to Monaco (And Get Your Passport Stamped in Monte Carlo)[…]

Quad Biking in Saudia Arabia on The Sand Dunes Near Shaqra

Quad Biking in Saudia Arabia on The Sand Dunes Near Shaqra

“Little dune buggy in the sand, little blue dune buggy in my hand, little blue dune buggy” – The Presidents of the United States of America. I didn’t expect this to be enjoyable by any stretch. After all I grew up near a beach in Bangor in Northern Ireland and used to slide through the Read more about Quad Biking in Saudia Arabia on The Sand Dunes Near Shaqra[…]

Backpacking in Angola: Visiting the Crazy Shipwreck Graveyard in Panguila

Backpacking in Angola: Visiting the Crazy Shipwreck Graveyard in Panguila

“Loose lips, sunk ships, I’m getting to grips with what you said” – Robbie Williams. A Shipwreck Graveyard by the Atlantic Ocean in Angola? Are you serious? This place was a surprise to me. I didn’t expect to find it fascinating, interesting or in any way spectacular. I certainly didn’t expect to write a blog Read more about Backpacking in Angola: Visiting the Crazy Shipwreck Graveyard in Panguila[…]

Crossing Lake Togo from (Unknown southern town) to Togoville

Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville

“It really really really could happen” – Damon Albarn. One of the most remarkable sights in Togo is Lake Togo. It is a natural lake in the east of the country. While staying in Coco Beach Hotel just East of Lome, I organised a guided tour with well known tour guide Jeremies. Jeremies and our Read more about Backpacking in Togo: Crossing Lake Togo to Togoville[…]