Hi! I’m Hayden — I am a backpacker, amateur photographer & blogger. My blog and destination guides are perfect for backpackers wanting to travel spontaneously and cheaply. Check out my destination guides and travel blog for more.


Riga is the financial, creative, and cultural centre of Latvia famous for Art Nouveau and wooden architecture. It has a very lively nightlife centred around the Old Town and is developing a reputation as the backpacking party centre of the Baltics.


Tallinn is a fantastic city for backpackers. It is small enough to be easily navigable on foot, cheap, and with plenty to see and do. The medieval old town is one of the best in Europe. A great starting point for any trip through the Baltic states.


Helsinki is the capital and largest city of Finland. It is also the world’s northernmost metro area of over one million people. Helsinki regularly features towards the top of the ‘world’s most liveable city’ list, coming at no. 10 on this 2015 ranking.

Ultimate 2 Week Itinerary for Iran

Many travellers make the assumption that Iran is not a safe place to travel to, that it is unstable and unfriendly. This is absolutely not the case. The tourism industry in Iran is still emerging and mainstream tourists are not flocking to Iran just yet. But there is a strong backpacking travel community and while most of what I write on is aimed at the budget backpacker, this itinerary should be ideal for all travellers.


Albania has a beautiful coastline on the Adriatic, every bit as beautiful as that found in Croatia. Albania is the kind of country that you really want to visit within the next 5 years before tourists realise […]


Bosnia is a mostly landlocked country with and has borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. Bosnia is a country still striving to recover from Balkan conflicts of ’90s. But it is a wonderful destination for backpackers.


Bulgaria is not as regularly visited compared to other European nations, but it is a beautiful place, with a wide range of activities for travellers.


Croatia in on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has some beautiful sights to visit and some stunning coastline making it a very popular destination during the summer months. A backpackers dream.


Greece is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.


Some travellers landing in Iceland may only have a few days during a stopover. Others will be planning a ‘ring road’ trip around the entire country. No matter the length of time you have and your level of ambition, Iceland is an incredible place […]


Iran is one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries I have been to. For a detailed personal account of my experiences, check out my Iran Travel Blog. I just want to know the facts, where to sleep, eat and how to get around Iran, read the guides below.


Israel is a very underrated backpacking destination. Tel Aviv is one of the best cities for partying and catching some sun on sandy beaches, and Jerusalem is without peer when it comes to history and culture […]


A land locked country sandwiched between Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. A beautiful country to visit off the beaten track for most tourists but is growing rapidly as a backpacking destination.


The Republic of Macedonia boasts a natural paradise of mountains, lakes and rivers, amidst rich historical ruins and idyllic villages. Macedonia represents the Balkans in the truest sense and a fascinating mix of cultural influences.


Montenegro is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. The coastline of Montenegro is stunningly beautiful but there is also some beautifully locations inland in the Durmitor Mountains.


Many travellers will duck into Poland briefly to visit the extremely popular Krakow, but the country deserves more than this. Gdansk up in the north of the country has a beautiful old town at it’s core, as do the cities Poznan and Wroclaw […]


Serbia is one of the six countries forming the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The capital, Belgrade, was also the capital of the former Yugoslavia and has a very rich history. Famous for its excellent nightlife.


Slovenia lies at the crossroads of Balkans and Central Europe in the eastern Alps at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, bordered by Austria to the north, Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, and Croatia to the southeast.


Backpacking Spain Spain has a lot to offer the budget backpacker boasting beautifully warm weather for the majority of the year. Even the winters is Spain require little more than a fleecy jumper to get you through. Madrid and Spain are two very popular cities to visit. Spectacular monuments and museums, delicious Spanish cuisine and nightlife […]

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