Europe’s Unknown Hiking Paradise – Part Two

The drive to Zabljak is to put it simply, stunning. All of the mountain ranges in Montenegro are made up of the same limestone/Karst region that makes Croatia and Greece so spectacular. The other result of this is that most of the rainwater that falls simply percolates into the ground and then into underground rivers….

Europe’s Unknown Hiking Paradise – Part One

Back in August 2015 I was travelling along the coast of Croatia when I met another Australian guy, Nate, who was also travelling solo and heading south. We hung out for the next couple of days with some other travelers doing the usual Croatian tourist musts; beach, party, admiring yachts, chilling and admiring the ladies…

Ireland Part 2 – End of Europe

Derry is a quiet place compared to the big cities and with winter scaring off all of the tourists it made the stay there even quieter. On arriving in the hostel I did a quick scope around and found that there were probably 3 other people staying there; a South African couple and a blazer…

Ireland Part 1

  How to start with this one? At the moment I’m sitting in a café in Columbia University in New York. I figured if I’m going to be sitting in a café writing on my laptop I should do it with some people who might exude some brilliance in my direction. I first travelled to…

Christmas in the UK

It was time to leave Turkey behind and get ready to celebrate Christmas. Originally I had planned to spend the time with family in Germany and continue for another 3 months through the European winter before moving onto the Americas. But at the last minute these plans fell through and I hastily needed to organise…

Gallipoli

  Every great Australian gap year in Europe is incomplete without doing a pilgrimage to the Gallipoli Peninsular. For those that aren’t quite up to speed with this part of WW1 history, the Gallipoli Peninsular is the site of one of the biggest defeats for the Allied Forces in WW1. Ironically it was also one…

Istanbul

The journey to Istanbul was definitely a saga and my first overnight bus trip. When waiting for a bus to arrive in an Eastern European country you always have a bit of an inner dialogue going on. Most of this is concerning what the actual bus would be like and after previous trips they can…

My Experience of Turkey

Turkey was incredible on so many levels and I constantly found myself drawing comparisons between what I’d heard from rumours, social media and the media and what I was actually experiencing. While we were there the media and government agencies were constantly squawking about the risk of crime and terrorism but honestly in Istanbul I’ve…

Sunny Beach

Sometimes you arrive somewhere and all you can think is “I’ve fucked up, I’ve fucked up so bad.” This is a story that makes you pay attention to the words ‘off season’. The trip to Sunny Beach should have been a pretty good indicator for how the rest of the time there was going to…

Plovdiv

Before leaving VT we’d spoken to an Australian couple who told us that if we liked Sofia then Plovdiv was going to be even better. They weren’t wrong. We arrived in Plovdiv during the night and the guest house we were staying in was epic with old architecture and beds which made us feel like…

The Communist UFO-Velico Tarnovo

On our last day in Sofia while trying to work out how we were going to get transport to VT, we were overheard by the staff in the hostel. Just by chance it turned out that there was a guy, a tour operator, who was travelling there the next day and would be happy to…

Sofia

The train journey here was painful. All up it took around 12 hours on a really old, loud and uncomfortable loco. Luckily with the other 2 we managed to find ways to pass the time and none of them included drinking, so be proud of me mum. On arriving at the hostel we were completely…