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Backpacking the Salt Flats? Here's some useful tips. The reflection illusion created by the salt flats of the sky and clouds

Backpacking the Salt Flats? Here’s some useful tips

I’d landed on the moon and by eck’ it was a good place to land.
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So, you’re Backpacking the Salt Flats?. If you’re into photography, you’ll capture the most unusual photos of your life here. I normally hate tours, being told what to do, where to go. I like to do what I want when I want (brat).
However, I honestly loved this the tour and was fascinated by driving around in a 4×4 jeep with 6 other people across plains…

What to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips. The endless desert with a car to the left hand side and mountains surrounding

What to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips

As soon as I got there I wanted to get out. Sadly food poisoning kicked in and I spent 3 very lonely, ill days in the best hotel I could find. Which was shite.
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So, what to expect backpacking Uyuni with advice and tips.
This place is how I picture the wild west, with hay bails rolling down the empty streets. Ideally I was looking at getting an overnight coach here arriving in the morning and leaving on a tour by…

Advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz. The view of La Paz from the top of the Teleferico

Advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz

As with many who venture here, I lost my shit in La Paz. Altitude, Wild Rover and Loki hostel parties that would be illegal in Europe and, how do you say? The prison known for some of the best high grade… Anyway no beating around the bush here.
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Now I’m simple minded but here’s my advice on what to prepare for backpacking La Paz. I found the culture and structure of the city mind-bogglingly-fascinating. As I said though, I’m simple…

A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora

A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora

In 4 days this place destroyed me. Sorry, let me re-phrase that. The Loki hostel Mancora destroyed me. Peru’s version of Magaluf on steroids.
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A reason NOT TO travel or backpack Mancora, Or maybe it’s a REASON TO travel it?
After two weeks with my mother taking her around Peru I was in need of some letting loose time. Mancora didn’t disappoint. I arrived into Loki, made friends and got hammered. That’s how I spent 4 days here.
I wouldn’t go here…

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman. Ecuadorian housing on the side of a hill

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman

An Ecuadorian once said to me Quito is like a woman. All bright and cheerful one minute, storms and anger the next. He’s obviously never been to Newcastle.
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“Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman.” Now these were his words not mine. But I could appreciate the weather joke after living here a while.
Previously, I’d made some Argentinian friends who were, at this point, working in a bar on the outskirts of Quito. Naturally I couldn’t turn down…

Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise. The view from the adjoining island with palm trees and lush green coast line

Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise

This was one of the best places I’ve been to on earth. And I’ve been to a Greggs.
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Why travelling Providencia Island shows you true paradise. You have to go. And by have to to I mean you HAVE TO. I found this the ultimate paradise. Arriving here is simple from San Andreas via boat. We crashed in an Airbnb and had our own little bit of paradise with 360 degree views of the island.
They are few and far between…

A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island. The beach front coastline with golden sands and palm trees

A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island

I‘m living in Grand Theft Auto. Shame I’m not a hard drug dealing bad-ass to match, a yuppy northerner will have to suffice.
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A simple guide to travelling San Andreas island. I found the main centre of San Andreas island a little shabby, I mean for island life it’s good touristy. However, head round to the other side of the island along the east coast and you’ll find something seriously exquisite. Miles of golden sand beaches with wooden huts serving…

How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. The church built into the side of the hill with it's detailed architecture

How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales

We had about a 6 hour wait before continuing on the coach to Cali from Ecuador. One hour was spent at the church and the rest, I’ll be honest, was spent bored. 
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How to see The Las Lajas Sanctuary of Ipiales. I’d recommend visiting this church if you’re travelling from Colombia to Ecuador or vice versa via coach. My post on How to get to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap covers that leg. It’s an impressive church for photos…

Why travelling Quito is like being with a woman. The views of Quito from the top of the teleferico

Travel to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap

I’d heard this could be a suspect 2-day journey. South of Colombia is apparently known for its robbing’s on coaches so I travelled in a mini wolf pack.
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Travel to Medellin from Ecuador on the cheap. Annnnd… I had all my electronic equipment carefully robbed on the coach whilst my bag was between my HUGE legs (I’d been doing my workout plans here). Granted I was a fool to not be hugging it while sleeping. The journeys was tough and…

Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea. A woman stands in front of the sun as it sets

Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea

What happens when you whack a hostel in the middle of the sea and ask backpackers to come? A quiet civilised meal. Ha! Bugger off.
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Staying at Casa en el Agua, the hostel in the sea. I went here seeking some and thinking some quiet times, but I got the opposite. Grabbing the boat from the port of Cartagena the music was immediately turned on and up. I mean I’m talking Space Ibiza with a sub to match. The Colombian…

A backpacking guide to Cartagena. A graffiti bird on a bright yellow wall in old town.

A backpacking guide to Cartagena

This was my first sighting of Colombia sailing into the harbour after a 5-day crossing from Panama. I could smell the coca..oonuts.
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It was also my last sighting after 8 months of backpacking South America, how cute. A backpacking guide to Cartagena. If Cartagena was a woman I’d marry her. Loved it for it’s small, old town, historic vibes and party scene. Hated it for it’s tourist traps and terrible beach.
After sailing from Panama to here on the Koala 2…

A short layover travelling Bogota is all I needed. The streets of the old town

A short layover travelling Bogota is all I needed

The best airport in South America. So good I slept in it on a flattened cardboard box on two separate occasions. Aside from that joy, the club night DJ selection here is awesome.
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A short layover travelling Bogota. If Medellin has the culture Bogota has the business. I stayed in hostel Arche Noah Guesthouse for three nights, which was more like a hotel than a hostel. Followed by Explora hostel for four nights, which was laid back, more social and…

Why I'd live in Medellin after travelling it. The view of Medellin from the top of the teleferico

Why I’d live in Medellin after travelling it

I got a tad drunk turning 30 here. Party scene aside, I found the contrast of culture between barrios fascinating. Hands down I could live in Medellin. It’s sick, so to speak.
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Why I’d live in Medellin after travelling it. After the two-day bus/plane journey from Ecuador to here, the three of us were pretty wrecked. I’d met the two other lads in Buenos Aries and we happened to cross paths in Quito, which aligned spot on for us all…

Why one day backpacking Cali is enough. A view looking over Cali from a view point

Why one day backpacking Cali is enough

A brief one-day layover travelling through from Ecuador to Medellin, via coach and flight left me satisfied. Like a short Tinder fling.
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Why one day backpacking Cali is enough. I arrived here with my small rucksack emptied by a sneaky looter going under the back of my seat and thieving a laptop, camera, ear phones and external battery. So it wasn’t the best start to the second home of the cartel but fair play to the fella for his skills….

Sailing San Blas Islands the epic 5 day sea adventure. A view of one of the islands from the boat with two other yachts in front of it

Sailing San Blas Islands the epic 5 day sea adventure

It’s mental to do this but also mental NOT TO DO this. I mean 5 days sailing from Panama to Colombia. On a small yacht in the open ocean. With a Colombian captain and a tiny hole to take a dump in? Sure.
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Sailing the San Blas Islands, the most epic sea adventure you’ll do. I got lucky. Sailed with a group of 9 other wicked people….

Travelling to the end of the world Ushuia. Looking at the mountains over the water from an island out at sea whilst on the boat tour, a must do.

Travelling to the end of the world Ushuia

And so I went to the end of the world. The end of my tan after many months in the wilderness. And the end of my tether for having freezing balls. It was sun and heat after this.
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Travelling to the end of the world Ushuia .Let me start by stating that I had the best empanadas on the planet here. Weird to find them at the end of the world but I guess if this is it, then the…

Here's the best way to backpack Chiloé Island. A view looking out over the water with one of the small towns below

Here’s the best way to backpack Chiloé Island

I was in the arse end of nowhere on the arse end of an island with an arse end of a rental car. Arse. Only one thing to do ROAD TRIP!
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Here’s the best way to backpack Chiloé Island. I called 13 Lunas in Ancud my home here after stepping off the coach from Puerto Montt, and it is a home. A home from home. It has huge lounges, a massive kitchen and apple orchard garden where I TRX’d and…

Why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. The far right of the beach after a 30 min walk. A man stands with his back to camera looking up the miles of golden sands at Palomino

Why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination

There was bollocks all here and that’s why I loved it.
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Here’s why Palomino is a must see backpacking destination. This was my last stop before flying home to London. After 8 months solo backpacking South America. I shouldn’t have went back. Although I’m glad I did as I owed the tax man a large amount of dollar and it inspired a path. A path of working hard to get back out here and live a nomad life. My point,…

Travelling Caye Caulker the tropical paradise. A view of the island whilst arriving arriving on the ferry

Travelling Caye Caulker the tropical paradise

This place had the personality of a rock star mixed with the feel of a Caribbean island
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Travelling Caye Caulker the tropical paradise. I snorkelled with with sharks and manatees, drank myself silly at THE GAP (mind the gap!) a space between two islands with a bar, grill and slides and partied at the sports bar till sun rise. This place is slow, like my grandma slow, bless her cotton socks. Ideal.
A view of the island water…

Here's why you'll feel at home backpacking Havana. A black car drives down the Malacon in Havana

Here’s why you’ll feel at home backpacking Havana

I thought I was going to get ass raped the first time I wandered into The Old Town seeking  accommodation here. However,  I sharp realised this was the safest place I’d felt in all of the Americas.
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Here’s why you’ll feel at home backpacking Havana. I’m not sure why, but after checking into a lovely casa and doing the usual settling: Internet; maps.me; food; exploring plan, I felt right at home. I was here with my Spanish cousin who’d flew…

Playa Punta Larva visit one of the best beaches in the world. A view of the white sand golden beach

Playa Punta Larva visit one of the best beaches in the world

I felt right at home sitting in the back of a wooden cattle truck for an hour to reach this place.
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Playa Punta Larva visit one of the best beaches in the world. As I jumped down out onto the dirt track road that sat behind the beach, my initial thought was “well that was a waste of a sore arse.” While my cousin went off-on-one at the driver about her sore arse and how that not so VIP transportation…

The best Himalayan travel adventure on earth: 3 day Kuari Pass Trek. A group of people walk in the shadow of the mountain on day 3 with the Himalayas in the backdrop

The best Himalayan travel adventure on earth: 3 day Kuari Pass Trek

Patagonia, Peru, The Himalayas… aye, they are spectacular. But this trek just pipped them to the post.

A big call

It’s a big call ‘The best Himalayan travel adventure on earth: 3 day Kuari Pass Trek’ but hear my out.

To say we were the only white people would be an understatement. No tourists, no Europeans and thank Christ no Americans. Not that it mattered, the Indians are legends and more warming than a Sunday roast when it’s 2 degrees in London….

Rainbow Mountain the greatest one day trek on earth

Rainbow Mountain the greatest one day trek on earth

This took my breath away, literally, I mean its almost 6000m. Christ!
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Rainbow Mountain the greatest one day trek on earth. Bold statement I know but I’ll back it.
I’d regret not doing this if I hadn’t done it. I just don’t think you can see the layers of colours like you do here at any other place on earth. From the very start the scenery was magnificent and I love a llama in shot, cute buggers very photogenic,  they wander…

Backpacking Panama city? Here's why I hated and loved it. The boats sitting on the water in the city port

Backpacking Panama city? Here’s why I hated and loved it

Both times I’ve been here, I mainly just got hammered.
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Backpacking Panama city? Here’s why I hated and loved it. Panama City was like Marmite for me. It’s huge expanse of business and crowds I hated, it’s old historic area with winding streets, atmospheric bars and a gym! A bloody gym! Loved.
After checking into Lunas Castle, great place with a popular backyard bar. I wandered round the old town grabbing a few (many) cheeky beers on roof tops and in…