How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

“Nayim from the halfway line ” – Tottenham Hotspur fans.

How To Backpack The “European Union” in Africa

Is it possible to go to one continent and yet class yourself as backpacking a different continent? 😂🤣

Backpacking In Malawi: My Stay At Mufasa Eco Lodge in Monkey Bay

Backpacking In Malawi: No, this is actually Africa, not Europe right?!

Well I did a bit of research and it turns out that it is possible to backpack The European Union while also backpacking Africa. You can even backpack The European Union in Antarctica as I did in 2010 when I visited Polish🇵🇱 Antarctica🇦🇶.

Arctowski Polish Station: Backpacking the EU in Antarctica

Arctowski Polish Station: Backpacking the EU in Antarctica

Whilst I don’t recognise the “European Union”, I still respect the countries within it and so I backpack them. The easiest way to do that is in Europe but I also officially backpacked the European Union in The Caribbean, Antarctica and South America. Here’s how to do it in Africa…

How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

One cringeworthy fact to note is that a few of the European Union countries succumbed to the dreaded left wing ultra togetherism known as “The Euro”. It’s one of my most hated aspects of travel. It sometimes feels like crossing the border from Belgium to France you are not even aware which country you are in.

Euros: The currency that destroyed Europe and makes me sad everytime

I remember the glory days when we could visit Republic of Ireland with Punts, France with French Francs, Germany with Deutsch Marks, Latvia with Lats, Spain with Pesetas, The Netherlands with Gilders, Greece with Drachma, Italy with Lira and Portugal with Escudos. The sad fact is most of those dead currencies will not come back. It upset me to the point that in those countries, I now like to pay on card so I don’t have to look at their destructive currency. So instead, backpack Africa and the EU and try to forget all that. Here’s how you can do it, and how I’ve already done a bit of it.

Seaside Boy by the Sea in The Azores: How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

1.The Azores (Portugal)

I first backpacked the Azores in 2022 when I landed in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island. I enjoyed a pub crawl, swimming in the Atlantic, touring Ponta Delgada and an epic quad bike tour.

Monte Palace Hotel, Eastern Sao Miguel Island, The Azores: How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

The country is an overseas territory of Portugal so they speak Portuguese, use the Euro and one of their football clubs plays in the Portuguese league, yet here you are backpacking in Africa.

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

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

Famous for – Pauleta (who dicked Poland with a World Cup hat-trick)
Don’t Stop Living best post – Backpacking in The Azores: Quad Tour To Sete Cidades, São Miguel Island

2.Canary Islands (Spain)

Officially I completed a fool circle of a 42 year journey in 2022 when I backpacked through Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.

Backpacking In The Canary Isles: In Fuerteventura The Day Before Flying Into Gran Canaria

My Mum and Dad had a summer holiday here in 1979. 9 months later I was born and something tells me I’m linked to the Canary Islands.

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

I really felt sentimental on my visit.

Famous for – Dave.
Don’t Stop Living best post – Backpacking In Spain: Feeling Where I All Began in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

3.Madeira (Portugal)

Surprisingly I haven’t yet been to Madeira, but for sure it is on my list and actually it’s quite an easy one to get to and to tour so I won’t be doing it anytime soon as I’m focused on more wacaday spots. Madeira is off the coast of Africa yet it’s EU loyal.

Famous for – Cristiano Ronaldo.

4.Reunion Island (France)

Finally in 2023, I backpacked on Reunion Island. This is connected by direct flight to France, every day! So it’s also easy to get to and although the French class it as a domestic flight, for me, they are two separate countries on separate continents!

Backpacking In Reunion Island: Coastal Beer in Saint Denis

Backpacking In Reunion Island: Fruit Smoothie Loyal in Saint Denis

Famous for – Lauren Robert and Dmitry Payet.
Don’t Stop Living best post – Backpacking in Saint Gilles, Pubs of Saint Denis.

5.Mayotte (France)

The French got around and I also recognise Mayotte as a real country but as yet, it’s unbackpacked for now. I’d like to whack it into the same trip as Zanzibar (away) and Comoros (away).

Mayotte: How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

Famous for – sounding like BIOT, which is also Indian Ocean loyal!

6.Ceuta and Melilla / “Spanish Morocco” (Spain)

“Spanish Morocco” sounds epic and I skipped it despite officially been to Morocco 5 times! Oops. Next time maybe…these are two Spanish enclaves and probably the best way to backpack the European Union at Africa away.

Ceuta: How To Backpack The "European Union" 🇪🇺 in Africa

Ceuta: How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

Famous for – Nayim from the halfway line.

7.”Buy It”/ BIOT (Northern Ireland)

Whilst officially “The UK” is not in the European Union anymore (the Brexit vote in 2016 ended ties), there is a wee Northern Ireland away trip loophole here, so bear with me on this one! British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), an archipelago of 58 islands covering some 640,000 sq kilometres of ocean, is a British Overseas Territory. Remember that Northern Ireland is in the UK and until 1921, was joined with Republic of Ireland which is currently EU. Plus, back then, the EU didn’t exist and when it finally did, both the UK and Republic of Ireland became members…nice flag too.

“Buy It”/ BIOT (Northern Ireland): How To Backpack The “European Union” 🇪🇺 in Africa

Since some parts of Northern Ireland associate themselves as Republic of Ireland then I’m sneaking it in as a wee “EU away trip”. What you do is you backpack through BIOT, which is acronymical for British Indian Ocean Territory. If you get an Irish passport you will notice that the map on it includes Northern Ireland which in turn is also included in the UK. The capital/main island of BIOT is actually called Diego Garcia, which sounds more like a Spanish footballer! It’s pretty hard to get to as a backpacker though with not many flights or boats in and out. Diego Garcia is UK, ex-EU, Africa and Indian Ocean all in one. It looks nuts though…

Diego Garcia is UK, EU, Africa and Indian Ocean all in one.

I fully recognise BIOT as a country and as part of Africa Away (close to India too, mind you) The only snag here is there are no Belfast to BIOT direct flights just yet.😂🤣It won’t be £39 on Ryanair anyway. BIOT is tropical! So with those 7 places you really can backpack the European Union and Africa away at the same time!

So with those 7 places you really can backpack the European Union and Africa away at the same time!

This is one of the worst blog posts I have written on REAL backpacking as I only backpacked THREE out of these SEVEN so far!! Crazy, but until next time, DSL, GDL – Don’t Stop Living, Glory Days Loyal!

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