Backpacking

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Although most of my trips tend to be short breaks, I sometimes go further afield like the rest of us in search of new adventures. In this section of the site, you’ll find posts about backpacking destinations all over, but mainly outside of Europe.

caye caulker, belize

Backpacking Solo in Belize: Tips for Staying Safe

Mind-boggling, but in an oddly pleasant way, Belize is a total misfit. Culturally Caribbean, linguistically English (or a bizarre creole form), accepting of US dollars as legal tender, surrounded by Spanish-speaking countries and there are Chinese takeaways everywhere. Belize only gained independence from the ruddy British in 1981, and this is the outcome after 34 years […]

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bed bugs when traveling

When the Bed Bugs Bite!

Imagine this: Being absolutely mauled by mosquitos from head to toe, smothering yourself in insect repellent only to repel women not mosquitos, cooling off in the sea, getting stung by a jellyfish, then being attacked by fucking bed bugs. No joke. This was how my month in Cuba ended and another in Mexico started. I felt […]

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The Dalmatian Coast (Part Three): Dubrovnik

Since the break-up of SFR Yugoslavia in 1991, Dubrovnik has emerged as the absolute jewel in the crown of Croatia’s flourishing tourist industry. Yes, there are crowds and yes, it can be cripplingly expensive, but go at the right time and you’ll quickly see why. Every stone inch of the city’s crumbling walls exudes a history so […]

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croatia, hvar

The Dalmatian Coast (Part Two): Split, Hvar and Other Islands

Some see Split as a mere terminal to its neighbouring network of paradise islands. Let me assure you, it is not. This city is the cultural hub of Croatia, and offers a matchless combination of hedonism and historical discovery. If you’ll pardon the unfortunate addition of bleak and unsightly apartment blocks that now occupy the central […]

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The Dalmatian Coast (Part One): Zadar and Sibenik

Now here’s a destination you’d be hard pressed to find fault with. Dalmatia, the 375km-long stretch of coastline in the south of Croatia, is an infinitely understated part of the world and offers holidaymakers seemingly endless lists of things to see and do, from lounging around on sun-drenched beaches to exploring Roman ruins, colonial cities, […]

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