Backpacking isn’t just for exotic foreign places – how to be a Backpacker At Home

I’ve been back in the UK, my home country, for two months now (and yes, it feels like a lifetime since I was eating delicious street food and swimming in volcanic lakes in Central America). I’m back home to work the summer season, save enough money to put some away for when I’m old and grey… Continue reading Backpacking isn’t just for exotic foreign places – how to be a Backpacker At Home

When is a country not a country? Non-countries, principalities and disputed territories to explore

I love backpacking and would like to eventually visit every country in the world. At the moment I’m at 78 countries (I think!). However, not every country is a country. Or is it? Here’s some of the odder places I’ve visited during my many years of backpacking. Transnistria, Moldova This disputed territory declared independence from… Continue reading When is a country not a country? Non-countries, principalities and disputed territories to explore

A new year, a new European music festival – with some backpacking on the side naturally

Five years ago my friend Beck and I got really fed up with the price of UK music festivals. Despite being in our thirties we still enjoy live music and the thrill of discovering new bands at festivals. But the cost of tickets, plus the uncertainty of British weather was putting us off. So a… Continue reading A new year, a new European music festival – with some backpacking on the side naturally

Kiev to Lviv – a week backpacking in Ukraine

Okay, so I might only just have returned from three  months in Central America, but when I realised I had a completely free week before starting work again, I was straight on Skyscanner. I love searching for United Kingdom to ‘everywhere’ to find cheap flights to random places. Who could refuse £38 return to Ukraine… Continue reading Kiev to Lviv – a week backpacking in Ukraine

Exploring the site of the worlds largest nuclear disaster – Chernobyl, Ukraine

After a last minute decision to have a week in Ukraine I immediately signed up for a tour of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster site. It’s now a 30km no-go ‘exclusion zone’ with nearly 200 deserted villages and towns. I was inspired by a great book I read recently by Dom Joly about ‘dark tourism’,… Continue reading Exploring the site of the worlds largest nuclear disaster – Chernobyl, Ukraine

How to visit 12 countries in 12 months – while working full time

So, there was this very brief period when I decided I might want to ‘settle down’ and I ended up staying in Bristol, England for a whole eighteen months (although I managed to have three different jobs and live in three different houses during that time!). It didn’t end well and I quickly went back… Continue reading How to visit 12 countries in 12 months – while working full time

38 years old and still backpacking – my favourite travel adventures

So, I’m a few days back from a three month trip around Central America and I’m already thinking about where to go next year. I’m lucky enough to travel every year for a few months, mainly because I choose to take seasonal work contracts as I hate working for a living! Although there are lots… Continue reading 38 years old and still backpacking – my favourite travel adventures