Middle East

Follow in my Footsteps: Exploring Kyrenia, Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion Castle

Selfie with The Way Away at Bellapais Abbey in Kyrenia

When I landed in Cyprus, I had no idea I would get to explore an abandoned castle in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a separate territory to Cyprus on the island. In the evening of my second day on Cyprus, I got a message from Ashley Brown of The Way Away …

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Follow in my Footsteps: One Day Trip to Paphos, Cyprus – Europe’s 2017 Capital of Culture

Paphos Tomb of the Kings #2

While on Cyprus, I decided to take a one-day trip to the town of Paphos. I had read in Lonely Planet that it was rated as one of the top ten European destinations for 2017. Yet many of the locals also said it wasn’t worth visiting. Well, here’s my own judgment on the town, and whether I think you should …

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Budget Travel: Cyprus Isn’t Backpacker Friendly, But You Can Still Visit on a Budget

Budget travel in Cyprus is nearly impossible. It’s not that the country is particularly expensive; it’s more than the Balkans but cheaper than the Nordic countries. No, Cyprus just makes it really difficult to enjoy the country if you’re not rich and looking for a luxury vacation. Transportation Getting to Cyprus, since it’s an island in the Mediterranean, is mainly …

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Just How Bad Can a Bad Hostel Get, And How to Avoid Them

Messy Hostel Room (Bad Hostel)

Hostels in Malaysia tend to be very cheap, so I don’t arrive at them with any high hopes of quality. However the hostel I stayed at in my trip to Penang gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “bad hostel.” A Penang Nightmare Contrary to my modus operandi, I chose to book my hostel in advance for my four-day trip …

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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is So Much More than Grand!

I had one primary thought when I visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE. They need a better word than “grand”! Magnificent? Stupendous? Getting to the Grand Mosque isn’t the easiest. The bus system in Abu Dhabi isn’t integrated into Google Maps yet, and both the bus and mosque websites are confusing and unhelpful. I got lucky …

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