Michael Catford

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Traveling Africa Overland

Africa is big. Seriously big. Like, imagine how big Africa is in your head. Wrong. It’s even bigger. This was a fact that I didn’t entirely grasp when I made the decision to travel overland (i.e. on roads) up the east coast of this huge landmass. Point A was Cape Town, South Africa. Point B […]

7 Activities for the Backpacking Adrenaline Junkie

I’m far from hardcore, but I generally enjoy the feeling of a racing heart and clammy hands. Adrenaline is Mother Nature’s drug, served up for free when you place yourself in the right situation. Never do I feel more alive than when I’m going fast, falling from a height, or using mum’s good fabric scissors […]

5 Insanely Awesome Budapest Ruin Bars

From the bathhouses-turned-bars of Ancient Greece to prohibition speakeasies, the art of serving liquor in unconventional places is, to my mind, a tribute to the ingenuity of humankind. And nowhere is this alcohol-fuelled ingenuity better demonstrated than in the city of Budapest, Hungary. In the last 15 years, this town has seen an explosion of […]

Hidden Australian Beaches: 4 Best-Kept-Secret Destinations

Any backpacker who has been to Australia will be familiar with the east coast. A well-worn tourist trail carves its way along the coastline from far north Queensland, through New South Wales, and down to Victoria in the south. When people say they’re going to an Australian beach, they mean they’re going to one on […]

Travel Malawi: The Best Backpacking Destination You’ve Never Even Heard Of

Malawi is one of those countries that a perfectly educated and worldly person can get through their entire life having never thought about. It’s fair to say that this landlocked African nation hasn’t exactly got a lead role on the global stage. If anything, it’s the kid in class who has to play background tree […]

The Danakil Depression: 5 Reasons to Visit the Hottest Place on Earth

There’s a place on this beautiful earth of ours that experiences average daily maximums of 41.1C (106F). I’m not talking the average in the height of summer. I’m talking every single day of the year. Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest inhabited place on earth. It can be found in the very heart of the Danakil […]

5 Things To Do in Bolivia to Experience the Real South America

In Bolivia, progress is more an abstract concept than a reality. That isn’t an insult. It’s a compliment. Arriving in Bolivia from almost any other part of South America, whether Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, or Peru, you can feel as though you’ve Marty McFlown back 50 years or more. Everything you’ve been force fed about South […]