Fact: public transport in the Middle East is notoriously unreliable. Fact: the only way to get directly from Egypt to Jordan is by ferry across the Red Sea. Fact: the alternative route crosses overland through Israel. Fiction: Nothing could possibly go wrong! The ferry from Egypt to Jordan leaves from the port town of Nuweiba. […]Read more "Accidentally in Israel"
Climbing a holy mountain at 2am will leave you dazed at the best of times, but add a million stars and a few dozen bellowing camels into the mix and I defy you not to feel like you’ve stepped into a Christmas carol.Read more "Bus Egypt: Conquering Sinai"
Call me ignorant, but I never knew that the Red Sea was a decent diving spot. And I certainly didn’t expect it to measure up to the Great Barrier Reef. Red Sea = 2, Andrew = nil.The dive centre in Dahab feels like a hippie hangout – a recurring theme in this coastal town which […]Read more "Bus Egypt: Snorkelling in the Red Sea"
Thank God for Mohamed. Egypt is full of temples, and they’re a little tricky to figure out for hieroglyph muggles like me. Thankfully, Mohamed (our Busabout guide) was always on hand to decipher things… Mohamed giving one of his enthusiastic talks about the hieroglyphics at Karnak Temple. The 10 day Egypt trip includes stops at […]Read more "Bus Egypt: Temple Town"
For thousands of years, the Nile has been more than a river for Egyptians. The country is pretty much only the desert and the river. So it’s their lifeblood. That’s why sailing down the Nile has always had a special place on my bucket list. The newest tick on my bucket list. On Busabout’s 10 […]Read more "Bus Egypt: Sailing the Nile"
In Cairo, the ancient clashes with the modern in an extraordinary way. Cows chill out underneath a motorway overpass. The ancient remains in the Egyptian museum are right next to the burnt out ruins from last year’s revolution. The burnt out remains of Mubarak’s headquarters behind the museum. The trip from Cairo to Giza is half […]Read more "Bus Egypt: Cairo"
If your knowledge of the Emerald Isle consists mainly of Guinness and leprechauns, you need to check out Shamrocker Adventures’ Southern Rocker trip. In three packed days, you get the chance to discover why everyone says they love Ireland.For such a superstitious country, what better number than 13 for a list of things to check […]Read more "A Weekend in Ireland"
Today, for the second time in a month, I ended up naked in front of my entire tour group and an ensemble of assorted strangers. Well, almost naked. It was this woman’s fault. I’m going to call her Jezebel. After being entertained by her display of belly flexibility, I think nothing of it when she […]Read more "Life Lesson #48 – Never Look a Belly Dancer in the Eye"
The Turkish riviera is often called the Turquoise Coast. After a week exploring it on Busabout’s Sail Turkey trip, it’s easy to see why. These are the highlights of a week afloat. Fethiye harbour, shortly before departure. 1. Butterfly Valley The butterflies may be seasonal, but the steep cliffs blocking this bay off from overland […]Read more "Sail Turkey: Highlights"
When contemplating the stifling heat of August, nothing sounds more attractive to me than a week on a boat. Jumping off the bow to cool off. Reading in the late afternoon sun. Sleeping on the deck, under the stars. That’s exactly what you get with Busabout’s Sail Turkey trip. And it’s not just any boat; but […]Read more "Sail Turkey: Preview"