“Ladies and Gentleman of Mad Monkey Boracay, there are free shots at the bar. Let’s go!” So echoes the call that pierces the air every hour while the bar is open at Mad Monkey Boracay. And what a welcome call it is for the budget traveller. It is just one of the things that makes… Continue reading A Bed in Boracay – Mad Monkey Boracay Hostel Review
When you think of cheap budget travel destinations a few ideas might spring to mind. India, Vietnam, Eastern Europe. But have you considered Egypt? Here are eight and half reasons why you should.
Let me start by saying, I have stayed in all manner of hotels, guesthouses, hostels, campsites and apartments. I have nothing against any accommodation option (although I may skip camping in deepest, darkest winter). I think that, of all of them, hostels have the worst reputation and I would love to change the mind of… Continue reading Why Staying in Hostels is NOT as Bad as You Think
Our time in Kolkata was very special. A very happy diary clash meant that we were in Kolkata for both Diwali and Kali Puja. These happen at around the same time, and so we were able to join in with all of the festivities. What is Diwali? Diwali (or Deepavali) is known as the festival… Continue reading Diwali & Kali Puja in Kolkata – A Double Whammy
There is an expression about Kolkata, “Where Kolkata leads, India will follow”. Well that’s the gist anyway. This can be seen throughout its recent history. Kolkata, then known as Calcutta, was the centre of the British Raj until the capital was moved to New Delhi. During this time money poured in from the British Empire… Continue reading Kolkata, India – A Glimpse of the Past
From one holy city (Varanasi), to another and this time it is Bodh Gaya. An unassuming town that holds the most holy sight for Buddhists in India. Bodh Gaya (or Buddhagaya) For such an important location, Bodh Gaya is quite a modest place. It definitely has a small town feel about it, with the touts… Continue reading Bodh Gaya – Buddhas, Boys and Balls
Writing about vibrant Varanasi has been surprisingly difficult. My memories of this extraordinary place were so jumbled, more a feeling than a narrative. After struggling with this concept, I decided that Varanasi, with its colourful collage of life and confusing lanes, is the inspiration for the structure of this piece. Let’s call it a maze of… Continue reading Vibrant Varanasi
This is the epitome of a first world problem, I make no excuses about that. I am completely aware that I have been living a fantastic life over the last few years. This isn’t a cry for help, or a call for praise, it isn’t even a travel post really, although our holidaying is definitely… Continue reading Weight Gain Holiday Pain
There are so many labels for people who travel; traveller, backpacker, flashpacker, tourist, holidaymaker,….. Thinking about it recently, going through these options, I have come to the conclusion that the Flying Fluskeys have developed into flashpackers. So how did I come to my realisation, here are the reasons why:
Have you heard of Montenegro? Have you been Montenegro? I didn’t know all that much about it before I started researching our trip to the Balkans. This itinerary took us to the town of Bar for one afternoon and night and it was great to get to know Montenegro just a little better.