As I’ve previously written about the 2.5 days that I spent in Kraków, I thought it about time that I did the same for Poland’s capital city, Warsaw. Let me set the record straight (and incite a riot) at the beginning. If you only have time to visit one Polish city, I’d head to Kraków. It just edges it for me in terms of architecture, atmosphere and proximity to day-trip locations. Read More

I’d heard lots of things about Malta, not all of which were positive, before we decided to make it our winter escape in February 2016. Some family friends had raved about it, making the beautiful Mediterranean island their yearly holiday destination of choice. Others had a far less pleasant things to say about Europe’s 5th smallest country, describing it as overcrowded, over-urbanized and rather dull. Never willing to let someone else decided my mind for me, I convinced MP it would make a decent week away and booked a February trip to escape the chilly UK weather. Read More

Note: The photos in this blog (all taken in wet, grey and windy weather) do not do the city justice.

I recently read another bloggers post that argued that Kraków was overrated. I disagree. Firstly, if I asked a group of my friends for a list of the top 10 cities in Europe, I don’t think many of them would include Kraków on that list. Secondly, it’s a cheap, fascinating, beautiful city, that’s easily accessible and has less of the drawbacks that befall other cheap destinations (well… I saw a lot less stag do’s than usual…). It’s not rated as highly as it deserves to be. Read More

Lisbon is one of my favorite cities in Europe and thankfully it doesn’t have to be too expensive to escape to for a few days. I spent 6 days there last year and kept costs down to around £200, including flights and accommodation. Yeah, really.

We flew to Lisbon from London for about £40 return and we managed to find ourselves a private en-suite right in the heart of the city for under £8 a night – you could probably do this cheaper if you wanted to stay in a dorm. That’s under £80 for 5 nights in the beautiful capital of Portugal. While I wont give you a breakdown of exactly how I spent the rest of my budget (because, um, I don’t remember), I will gladly tell you about some of the free (or very cheap) things that Lisbon has to offer. Read More

It might seem strange that my first post on Florence is about the Pope. I could of written about Il Duomo, Galleria degli Uffizi, Galleria dell’ Academia or Ponte Vecchio, but nope. I chose to write about the Pope. Why? Because it’s the fucking Pope, man. I’m not Catholic. Hell, I’m not even religious (is it obvious?). But with over 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, this dude’s a pretty big deal. And since he was the reason I couldn’t visit Il Duomo or move freely through the streets of Florence, I thought I might as well see what all the fuss is about. Read More

This was honestly the highlight of my time in Tallinn – however morbid that sounds. While undeniably creepy, it is a fascinating insight into a very dark period of Estonian history.

This former sea fortress was built in the early 19th century, before the Soviet’s used it as a prison during their occupation. Incredibly, it was open right up until 20002. The prison has been left exactly how it was when it closed, right down to the discarded medical equipment left strewn throughout the operating room. More recently, artists have entered some of the rooms and turned them into vivid reminders of the harrowing events which occurred here. Imprisonment, torture, execution. Read More

When people use to ask me what’s my favourite country in Europe, I always use to say Montenegro. It’s absolutely stunning. For so, so many reasons. Although it’s a small country, one of the smallest in Europe in fact, it has so many beautiful places and a fascinating history too. Although, I’ve only been to Montenegro once, I have been longing to return every since. Read More

I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions. And when I do, I almost always do it on a whim and rarely stick to them. Therefore, I have no certainty in my mind that I’ll stick to these goals either. I think the travel ones will be easier than the personal ones, but there’s only one way to find out.

Perhaps this blog will give me the degree of accountability which will keep me committed, but I think if I have to rely on that, it’s probably not a goal worth sticking to in the first place. Read More

Let’s take a look back at 2017.

In January, I described the upcoming year as the ‘year of adventures‘ and in a way I guess it was – but in another way, it wasn’t. What do I mean by that?

Well, I did go on some adventures – I walked for a thousand miles, sleeping on mountains, beaches and sand dunes as I walked across Spain’s Canary Islands. I also spent a month travelling solo around Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo. Throw in another couple of trips and that sums up my travel year.

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Montenegro is small. Real small. In fact, it’s half the size of Wales. Yet it’s packed with so much beauty and diversity. It’s honestly got everything you could want. It’s got rugged mountains, Venetian-style red-roofed towns, beautiful beaches,mystical islands, tiny remote villages and so much more.That being said – there are few places in the country that are more spectacular than the city of Kotor.

What’s so great about Kotor?

Located on the Bay of Kotor, it has a beautiful stretch of water on one side and a rugged mountain backdrop dotted with fortifications on the other. The town itself has quiet cobbled traffic-less streets, piazzas, charming architecture and an incredible atmosphere. And what’s more… It doesn’t feel engulfed and distorted by tourism in the way that Budva does. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple of days. Read More

I’m not suggesting that people don’t know where Slovenia is (although I have heard a fair few people confuse it for Slovakia). What I am suggesting however, is that most people don’t realise it’s beautiful diversity. As far as European countries and European capital cities go, Ljubljana is one of the best kept secrets.

Beautiful Ljubljana

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Having now written about my walk across about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (parts one and two), Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Gomera… 

I decided to make my final (for now) blog about the GR131 a photo blog. Please enjoy some of my favourite photos from the island.

La Palma was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever had the pleasure of walking and I hope these photos do justification to the incredible landscape that I spent my time walking across. The island, like the other Canary Islands, is volcanic – actually being the tip of of an almost 7km high volcano rising from the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second highest of the Canary Islands, only being outdone by the peaks in Tenerife’s Teide massif. It is currently the most volcanically active of the islands and last erupted in 1971. It is also the island that scientists have predicted will break apart upon future eruptions, fall into the ocean and cause a tsunami which wipes out Florida. Let’s hope not. Read More

This is the 9th blog inspired by my 900km walk across the Canary Islands, following my two day crossing of the beautiful La Gomera.

Having previously written about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. To read about the other islands, please click here.

La Gomera is small, but it certainly packs a punch. Crossable in 2 days, it still manages to climb up from the north coast to over 1400 meters before descending to the capital of San Sebastian in the south east corner. Read More

This is the eighth blog covering my 900km+ crossing of the beautiful Canary Islands, off the West coast of Morocco. Please click the links to read about La Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura (parts one and two) and Gran Canaria. I hope you’re enjoying following my adventure.

If you’ve been reading my blogs on the GR131 so far, it’s important you’re aware that on Tenerife I decided to do something different. I decided to base myself in one place and cover the route as a series of day walks. Why? Well, I wanted to see a bit more of the island than the areas flanked by the GR131 and I was also aware of the hugely intermittent weather that was forecast over the next week. Read More

Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe.

Fact. Boom. Done. End of discussion.

Okay, allow me to elaborate…

Budapest has got a fascinating history, incredible architecture and a brilliant location (right on the Danube).

It’s also very cheap. Compared to most capital cities in Europe, it’s very affordable. We got a private en-suite room, 5 minutes from the city centre, for £7 a night. Hell, you can barely get a Big Mac meal in the UK for that much. Speaking of food… You can eat for under £7 a day too. Yes, 3 meals. A goulash (so good – I could genuinely eat it every day) will cost you about 1400 HUF (about £3). A pint will cost you about 80 pence. Read More

As Gran Canaria was one of my favourite islands, I’ve decided to do something different than just writing a diary-type-blog of all five stages of the GR131.

Whereas I did that for Lanzarote (here) and Fuerteventura (here and here), I decided here I’d write about my highlights of the island as a wholeApologies if you were looking for tips/route guidance. Read More

If you read my last blog, you’ll know that after an interesting few days on Fuerteventura, I’d covered the first four sections of the GR131 walking trail, ending in Betancuria at the end of the final day. It’s from here that I resume my story.

Stage 5: Betancuria to Pajara.

A 200-300 meter climb out of Betancuria and back up to 600 meters above sea level, led me along a ridge which descended through a large recreation area and into Vega de Rio Palmas (at about 200 meters). It was through a small tunnel, followed by a bit of a fight with the overgrown trail, before another 450 meter climb took me up, and another descent brought me down into into the small village of Toto. The final section of today’s walk was down a dirt track which closely followed the main road. Read More

This blog features as part of my 900km+ walk across the Canary Islands. Click here to read more.

After a days rest in Playa Blanca, I couldn’t wait to be moving on. While this trip has always intended to show that there is more to the Canary Islands than tacky tourist resorts – there still are tacky tourist resorts and Playa Blanca is one of them. Therefore it was with a feeling of excitement that I boarded the ferry and headed for Corralejo, on the northern coast of Fuerteventura. It was from here that I planned to pick up the island-hopping GR131 which crosses the entire length of the island with around 160 kilometers of trail. This has been split into 9 sections which are recommended to take a day each – this blog will discuss the first four of those sections. I hope you enjoy. Read More

So… it turns out I’m not very good at keeping a ‘live’ blog while undertaking hundreds of miles of walking. Therefore, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. This blog features as part of the Small Islands, Big Walk series, following my crossing of some of Spain’s most spectacular islands. 

If you did manage to follow what little I’ve written about my adventure so far, you’ll know that my last post ended with me having crossed and camped out on La Graciosa, the small island off the northern coast of Lanzarote, which does not feature on the GR131. Written on an iPhone while wrapped inside my bivvy, I hope you can excuse the mediocre photos that were included. In order to truly highlight the magic of La Graciosa, I thought I’d include a couple of photos here: Read More

If you read my last post, you’ll know that my first night in the Canary Islands was spent wrapped up in my bivvy on sunset beach on the beautiful island of La Graciosa. (In case you missed it, you can check it out here).

Just to reiterate how awesome of a campsite this actually was, here’s another picture… Read More

I wrote this while curled up in my bivvy yesterday morning, waiting for the sun to come up:

With a trip like this, not everything can be expected to go to plan or run smoothly. The sooner that I accept that, the more enjoyable this trip will be.

While I’m usually pretty laid back when travelling, I’m still having to remind myself that when it isn’t going to plan, you’ve just got to roll with it. Read More

I’ll have to keep this brief. I’m currently hurtling along on my train to Birmingham Airport, where I will be spending the night before embarking on my first adventure of 2017 – Small Islands, Big Walk (yeah, I couldn’t think of a better name than that).

Where am I heading? Well, umm, I’m going to Lanzarote. Not what you expected? Allow me to explain (while trying to avoid giving you a convoluted backstory). Read More

It was back in April 2016 that I first decided to visit Slovakia, a relatively small country in Central Europe. Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, I feel, has been largely overshadowed by the nearby more popular cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague. This means it’s rather off the beaten path for most European travelers. Read More

“Zagreb? Why? Croatia is all about the Dalmatian Cost!”

Yes, the coast is stunning. I won’t argue with that.
And Dubrovnik, although brimming with tourists (and the accompanying army of umbrella holding tour guides), is a must-see location.But while everyone crams themselves in to Dubrovnik’s tiny old town (think Venice, in summer, on steroids – at least Venice is a bit bigger, has a bit more of a local population and can be quiet if you get yourself lost enough), Zagreb is often overlooked completely. That, in my opinion, is a massive injustice. Read More

Being the cliched individual that I apparently am, I wanted to kick off my year (at least) of adventures in symbolic fashion. Yesterday, that’s exactly what I did – with my very own microadventure to climb Kinder Scout in the Peak District.

I left home at 7am to make the 2 hour drive north, aiming for the small village of Edale (well known as the starting point of the Pennine Way). From there, I’d mapped out a 14 kilometer loop up to the Peak District’s highest point and back down again. While you’d be right to suggest that I wouldn’t be scaling dizzying heights in the Peak District, with Kinder Scout clocking in at just 2,087 feet (636 metres), there were other reasons why I chose this mountain for my first climb of the year. Read More

So… I quit my job.

Probably best to start with that. While I’ve had a fantastic four years in my job, I felt it time for a change. And no, not a change of job… You might have noticed, either from speaking to me or from the not-so-subtle tweets and posts, that I’ve been making plans for awhile. While I’ve made sweet progress, those plans are – ridiculously – still not finalised. Read More

At the end of last year I reflected about how lucky I had been, having traveled to 18 different countries in 2015.Although I prioritise and self-finance all my travels and practically live paycheck to paycheck in order to make them a reality, I’m still extremely fortunate to have the luxury of being able to spend my time and money doing what I’m passionate about – exploring the world.

I now appreciate how that makes me lucky, a lot more than I have in the past. Read More

If you only have time to do one thing in Croatia, there’s a choice to make. If you’re a lover of history, architecture and crowds of people – head to Dubrovnik. However, if you’re a lover of waterfalls, natural beauty and crowds of people – head to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Hopefully you have time to do both.

Initially, this blog was nothing more than the photos I took of the incredible emerald lakes and towering waterfalls. However, I thought it might be useful to some people to offer a bit of practical advice too. So that’s what I decided to do. Read More

When I visited Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau last year, I wrote the following:

While it was an educational experience, it wasn’t an enjoyable one, nor one that I wish to repeat. However, it was an experience that I believe everyone should have. Learning about the past is the only way to ensure it isn’t repeated and that couldn’t be more important than in the case of the Holocaust. This is the only picture I’m willing to upload from today. Not because I believe it is disrespectful, as images are hugely powerful educational tools, but because there are no photos that can do justice to the amount of terror and despair that the 1.5 million people within this camp went through. That being said, I was not comfortable watching people smile and pose for photos or take selfies next to gas chambers or prisoner barracks. “For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity”. Read More

Early last year I spent 4 days in Barcelona, Spain.

And while I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, looking back on things, I feel like I’ve never actually been there at all. I’m not sure why this is. It’s possible it’s because I was in a state of saturation when I visited, at least as far as European cities were concerned. Optimistically, I like to think it’s more likely because Barcelona is a city with so much to offer that it’d take weeks, months, years to truly experience it and four days just isn’t enough. Either way, I think I need to return. Read More