The word ‘deli’ in the Turkish language means ‘mad’. Hence the affectionate nickname of ‘Deli Delhi’. For a first-timer in India, Delhi is an apocalyptic, full-frontal assault of the senses that can leave many visitors exhausted, confused and massively overwhelmed. The sheer amount of people combined with an endless orchestra of car horns whilst navigating people, bikes, 10 year olds riding scooters, rickshaws on the pavement and an array of livestock and wildlife is the very definition of culture shock. But isn’t that what travelling is all about? Experiencing other cultures? So, whilst Delhi may be some peoples definition of a nightmare, for those willing to embrace it, the experiences will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Obviously Nepal is synonymous with hiking and mountain climbing, but for most people backpacking Nepal this can take up a lot of time and money. Some hikes can take the best part of 3 weeks or even more and the cost of permits will easily run into the hundreds of pounds. With that in mind we’ve put together a little 3 day, 2 night hike which you can do permit-free and will have you back sipping on almond milk iced-lattes at the lake side in no time.
Backpacking Nepal is nothing new. Thrill-seeking adventurers have been making ways through the Himalayan beauty for many many years now. The difference is these days Nepal’s infrastructure (road network aside) is built to cope with large-scale tourism, and it copes well. Nepal will grab with its charm and charisma, draw you in and not let you go. So, assuming you’re not planning to scale Everest, what else can you do? This is backpacking Nepal in a nutshell.
Turkey has, for good reason, always been a popular holiday destination, but has never been much of a feature in backpacker’s plans. Every year millions of tourists flock to the bustling bazaars of Istanbul and the spectacular beaches or Turkey’s west. For an all-round experience of sights, sun, sea, culture and, of course food, you’d be hard pressed to find a better destination. Backpacking Turkey has never been easier.
The west of Turkey sees more tourists and visitors than any other part of the country, and yet most people who visit know surprising little about what there is to experience. Backpacking Turkey, especially in the west, is super fun, safe and exciting. The west with it’s bustling cities, ancient ruins, charming villages and pristine beaches will have you booking your next trip before you’ve even left.
Street food in Istanbul is amaaaazzzzing. Food is a massive part of travelling and experiencing different cultures and, if you’re like us, you won’t want to miss out on a single bite. Turkey is famed the world over for its array of tantalisingly delicious dishes and Istanbul is the epicentre where they all come together to help you feast into oblivion. Loosen your belt, the diet starts tomorrow, you can hit the gym on Monday, here are our top picks for street food in Istanbul.
For a first time traveller the thought of navigating a land-border crossing in South America can be a pretty scary idea. We’ve all heard the horror stories of crooked border patrol agents in shady, isolated border towns giving foreigners a tough time. We’ve now crossed 11 borders by land in Latin America and, take it from us, it can be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
What makes for the perfect romantic holiday destination? How about a beautiful island surrounded by seemingly endless sea glistening brightly in the sun. An island with Greek style stone houses lining its cobblestone streets. An island draped in natural charm and beauty where you can spend hours strolling amongst the olive trees. The island of Cunda seems too good to be true and from the moment we first set foot upon it, we were in love.
Brazil is the biggest country in South America covering almost half of the continent. A country rich in stunning natural beauty, Brazil has something for everyone. Incredible wildlife in the Amazon and Pantanal, thriving nightlife in Rio and São Paulo and golden beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. Brazil is one of our favourite countries in the whole of the Americas and, hopefully, our guide will help you enjoy it as much as we did.
Chile has nearly 4,000 miles of coastline stretching from the deserts of the north to the Patagonia region in the south. Long and thin, Chile is easy to travel and much like neighbouring Argentina, Chile is rich in scenic beauty, culture and friendly people. You certainly won’t be short of entertainment here. Hit the beaches on the coast’s surf towns, feel the European vibes in Santiago and explore the maze-like cerros of Valparaiso. Our Chile backpacking guide will help you to have the trip of a lifetime.