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

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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

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