Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Whilst Bosnia still remains relatively off the radar for many tourists who prefer to stick to the coast, one city which has arguably well and truly opened itself up to tourism is Mostar in the south of the country. Its proximity to Croatia and its iconic Ottoman-style horseshoe bridge bring many visitors day-trippers and visitors. … Continue reading Bosnia: Making the Mostar It

Yunnan: Ye Olde Lijiang

(Apologies for the lack of posts lately - real life has got in the way!) I've heard pretty scathing indictments of long haul bus travel across Yunnan and of course trains are my favourite way to cruise anyway so it made sense to take one of the many trains from Kunming to the mountainous town … Continue reading Yunnan: Ye Olde Lijiang

Kazakhstan: Shymkent – Astana

It was an early start for me in order to catch the 6.55am train from Shymkent to Astana. As Shymkent's railway station isn't centrally located, the lovely Nina from House Hostel arranged for a taxi to pick me up and take me to the station for 500 tenge. There I was greeted with just one … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Shymkent – Astana

Japan: Kagodreamer

Considering it's not a city that gets a lot of publicity, certainly in the west anyway, Kagoshima is remarkably well geared for tourism. The small airport is laden with English leaflets and brochures promoting the city's many tourist attractions - and there's certainly plenty. Even without the gigantic active volcano on its doorstep, Kagoshima has … Continue reading Japan: Kagodreamer

Taiwan: Capital ‘T’

I'd heard so many good things about Taiwan's capital, Taipei, that it seemed only right to go and see what all the fuss is about. Unfortunately, travelling during Chinese New Year presents its own problems as all the trains from Hualien to Taipei were fully booked and there are no direct buses between the two … Continue reading Taiwan: Capital ‘T’

The Budapest to Belgrade Train

Getting a train ticket from Budapest to Belgrade is so easy that it makes me wonder why more people don't make the leap from Hungary to the Balkans. The ticket can be bought online or head to the international ticket office at Budapest Keleti station. You have to get a ticket and wait for your … Continue reading The Budapest to Belgrade Train

Budapest: Big Buda

The almost 7 hour train journey from Prague to Budapest may have been somewhat cramped (though there was some great scenery, particularly going through Slovakia) but it was worth it to arrive in what would end up being one of my favourite travel destinations ever. Budapest is an absolutely amazing city. I could have stayed there … Continue reading Budapest: Big Buda

Bucharest: The Last Leg

It really was a weird feeling to be taking the train into my final country after 3 and a half months of travelling and 13 months of being abroad. It was quite fitting that I made the journey from Bulgaria to Romania by train, given it's my favourite way to travel and I had been … Continue reading Bucharest: The Last Leg

Myanmar: The Sloooooow Train to Inle

There are two options for heading to Inle Lake from Yangon. Option 1 is to take the relatively comfortable and fast bus. Option 2 is to take a 24 hour train journey through far-flung Burmese destinations on the ricketiest train known to man. Naturally, I went for the second option. I was opting for the mammoth train … Continue reading Myanmar: The Sloooooow Train to Inle

Myanmar: The Adventure Begins

It was with a heavy heart and slightly hungover head that I waved goodbye to Hong Kong, with its dazzling blue skies making it look as fantastic as ever, as if it didn't need to make me feel any worse for leaving. That said, I was faced with a much more exciting prospect than returning … Continue reading Myanmar: The Adventure Begins