The sleepy hinterland of the Italian Riviera

I’ve been three times to Liguria. I never really planned to, but sometimes life has different plans for you… On my first occasion I visited the Cinque Terre, unanimously considered the highlight of the area. Fair enough I guess, five villages clinging on precariously to the cliffs with the blue waters of the Ligurian Sea below: there’s worse when it comes to scenery. But to be 100% honest, it was all a bit too touristy and I discovered much more about Liguria and its hilltop villages Continue Reading

Mljet: Croatia’s greenest island!

Sure I’d heard of Korcula and Hvar, even Brac sounded somewhat vaguely familiar. But when a colleague suggested I should visit the Croatian island of Mljet, I shrugged and had to admit I’d never heard of it… “One third of the island consists of National Park, there’s ample opportunity for hiking & enjoying the outdoors and above all it’s quiet and away from the crowds”, said Ken. That was all the convincing I needed! So on a sunny Thursday morning, around 10am, we found Continue Reading

Walking the West Highland way: a day-to-day itinerary

I came to Scotland for the very first time in 1998. It was my first backpacking trip and my rucksack was way too heavy for the frêle 20-year-old I was back then. Sitting on a train towards Fort William, I spotted more experienced travellers making their way into the fierce looking highlands on foot. It looked like the apogee of freedom! 20 years later, I finally followed into their footsteps! With a much lighter backpack this time, I made my way from the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William, a Continue Reading

10 FREE things to do in Dubrovnik

Twenty euro to walk around the walls and another twenty to take the cable car up to Mount Srd?! You’d be forgiven for thinking that visiting Dubrovnik is an outright assault on your bank account! Or is it? If, like me, you’d rather spend that amount of money on a delicious meal of grilled squid and a couple of glasses of white wine, then read on and let me tell you about all the free things to do in Dubrovnik! 1.Walk up Mount Srd Saving 20 euro for not taking the cable car AND getting your Continue Reading

Top things to do in Chiapas

If you think Mexico is all about white sand, warm beaches and all-inclusive resorts, you’re in for a surprise! In the Chiapas region, the dense rainforest jungle is scattered with remnants of the Maya civilisation. You will find traditional villages where people still practice ancient rituals and to top it all off is the gorgeous colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Chiapas paints a very different picture of Mexico and it’s a picture you simply can’t afford to miss! Intrigued? Continue Reading

Backpacking in Nicaragua: a complete guide

Nicaragua is often seen as the cheaper and lesser touristy neighbour of Costa Rica. More travellers flock to this Central American beauty every year and it’s not difficult to see why! From colonial towns to spouting volcanoes, from pristine beaches to rural coffee plantations, backpacking Nicaragua should definitely be on your list! Backpacking Nicaragua: things to do and best places to visit 1. Granada Probably THE showcase city of Nicaragua. Colonial architecture coincides with vibrant Continue Reading

One month in South Africa: from Cape Town to Johannesburg

An intriguing history, abundant wildlife, scenic beauty, mouth-watering food and, ok I admit, some of the best wines in the world! No wonder South Africa attracts visitors from all over the world! So in January 2018 I hopped on a plane to Cape Town, ready to discover everything the country has to offer. I wanted to do the place justice and truly discover its diversity. From bustling cities to remote Xhosa villages, from game reserves to the Drakensberg mountains, this is the story of my one Continue Reading

The best traditional pubs in Belfast

When sidling up to the bar, have you ever wondered what the story is behind the pub you’re in? In Belfast, you should! The city is home to several pubs that date back a few centuries and have plenty of original artefacts or interesting stories to tell. Let’s go on a pub crawl and discover the best traditional pubs in Belfast! The Crown Liquor Saloon The Crown Liquor Saloon is Belfast’s most famous pub! It’s in every tourist guide and you owe it to yourself to at least Continue Reading

The Causeway Coastal Route in 15 stops

Pristine beaches, photogenic castles and areas of outstanding beauty: this is in a nutshell the Northern Irish “Causeway Coastal Route”! It runs from Belfast to Lough Foyle and is officially 120 miles long. Most tourists drive it in one day. If you really want to do it justice, however,  I would recommend staying somewhere overnight. It’ll give you time to walk along the lovely beaches or cliffs, have a closer look at the photogenic castles and take time for a well deserved Continue Reading

Game of Thrones magic in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland was once a no-go zone where no sane traveler would venture. The beauty of its countryside was overshadowed by stories of troubles, bombs and sectarianism. And although all wounds aren’t completely healed yet, this little odd piece of the UK is nowadays more and more on the tourist radar. Even Lonely Planet has chosen Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route as one of the top areas to visit in 2018! But above all, Northern Ireland has become a country of magic, history and Continue Reading