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.
Cuba is one of those places that evokes a curiosity too strong to ignore. For many Cuba will forever remain nothing more than a mystery, but those who make the journey will find a land stuck in limbo between two eras. From the bustling capital of Havana to the sprawling, prehistoric foothills of Vinales, Cuba is full of history and culture that is unlike anywhere else in the world.
Mexico is larger than life in many ways other than its sheer size. Rich in culture, history, cuisine, colour, energy and some of the most amazing people. With pretty much every time of landscape imaginable, choosing where to start your Mexican adventure is a challenge in itself. The bustling metropolis of Mexico City? The cultural hub of San Cristobal? Or maybe the white sand beaches of the Caribbean coast? Whichever you choose you’re in for the journey of a lifetime.
Peru is a land of mystery, magic and enchantment. Long a highly coveted destination for seasoned and amateur travellers alike, Peru leaves all in awe of its beauty. Peru is undoubtedly the most backpacker-friendly country on the continent and its bus network makes it super easy to get around. The historical wonders of Machu Picchu, the beautiful beaches of Mancora and the jungle wildlife of Iquitos are merely a small taste of what’s on offer.
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.