Backpacking in Zimbabwe: Staying at Shoestrings Backpackers Hostel in Victoria Falls City

Backpacking in Zimbabwe: Staying at Shoestrings Backpackers Hostel in Victoria Falls City

“Down the waterfall, wherever it may take me” – Robbie Williams. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls, stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to” – TLC. It might seem odd and even lazy of Zimbabwe to name a city (or town) “Victoria Falls”. It doesn’t quite fit with me. It is so English Read more about Backpacking in Zimbabwe: Staying at Shoestrings Backpackers Hostel in Victoria Falls City[…]

Backpacking in Zambia: Manuel Loyal - Sleeping at Fawlty Towers in Livingstone

Backpacking in Zambia: Manuel Loyal – Sleeping at Fawlty Towers in Livingstone

“There is too much butter on those trays” – Basil Fawlty (John Cleese). “No, Mr. Fawlty it’s uno dos tres!” – Manuel (Andrew Sachs). #Manuelloyal My recent Africa trip threw up a load of quirky new and exciting dwelling places for the nights. As well as sleeping in a local estate in Luanda, Angola, a Read more about Backpacking in Zambia: Manuel Loyal – Sleeping at Fawlty Towers in Livingstone[…]

Backpacking in Namibia: Staying at Chameleon Backpackers Hostel in Downtown Windhoek

“Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon. They come and go. Oh ho. They come and go.” – Boy George. Windhoek will never make my list of world’s greatest capitals, nor Namibia a highly ranked country, however there was solace and some joy to be had during my time here, even in the largely neglected “fly Read more about Backpacking in Namibia: Staying at Chameleon Backpackers Hostel in Downtown Windhoek[…]

Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Guided Tour of George Best’s Childhood Home in Burren Way, The Cregagh, Belfast

“Maradona good. Pele better. George Best” – A Northern Ireland flag’s message at George Best’s funeral. Local heroes are real. George Best is a superhero to me. To many of my friends. To many Northern Irish people. To many AFC Bournemouth fans. Even Manchester United fans like him. Hold on – even Leeds United fans Read more about Backpacking in Northern Ireland: Guided Tour of George Best’s Childhood Home in Burren Way, The Cregagh, Belfast[…]

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo

Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Nile Delta, Michael Palin DVDs, Suez Canal, Abdelghani precision penalties and the recent exploits of Champions League winner Mohammed Salah. That is some kind of generic overview I had of Egypt. When your filthy backpack has galloped its way through 181 real countries, you would half expect tourist puller Egypt to Read more about Backpacking in Egypt: Staying at the Australian Hostel in Cairo[…]

Backpacking in Greece: Staying at Dioskouros Backpackers Hostel in Athens

Backpacking in Greece: Staying at Dioskouros Hostel in Athens

Greece somehow escapes my travel blog and even my backpacking days. I have never really properly backpacked through Greece, nor even entered neighbouring Albania. However, this was my third visit to Greece and I was on a one day transit through the capital city, Athens. My first visit to Greece was actually 29 years ago. Read more about Backpacking in Greece: Staying at Dioskouros Hostel in Athens[…]

Backpacking in Czechia: Staying at the Huge Plus Hostel in Prague

In August 2007, I first visited Czechia, when this blog was only just released. On that trip, I arrived by flight into Prague and we backpacked Prague hardcore. I was with Lock In Lee Adams on that trip. I left by train to Decin, then onto Leipzig in Germany by train also. Despite passing through Read more about Backpacking in Czechia: Staying at the Huge Plus Hostel in Prague[…]

Das Alte Gefängnis, Braunau Am Inn, Austria: Spending A Night in a Converted Prison in Hitler’s Town

“Escape from our history, history” – Manic Street Preachers. I headed back to Austria recently with two main places to be visited – the Republic of Kugel Mugel (a micronation in a sphere in Prater Park, Vienna) and the town of Braunau Am Inn. Braunau Am Inn is not exactly a backpacker’s paradise and is Read more about Das Alte Gefängnis, Braunau Am Inn, Austria: Spending A Night in a Converted Prison in Hitler’s Town[…]