Istanbul’s Underworld: The Basilica Cistern

No, I don’t mean that during my four days in Istanbul I delved into the Turkish mafia (which I know nothing about, but I’m sure there is one). By underworld I mean literally under the city. Whilst you’re in the Golden Horn visiting the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmet, take some time to check out…

Change in Travel Plans: No Egypt in August

I’ve had yet another twist in the plot of my 2015 travel plans. As I’ve mentioned before, #taxpocalyse in January really put a damper on my travel plans, knocking the conference in Paris in July off the table, and making Egypt and London planned trips unlikely. I did manage to get to London few weeks…

Why I Love Staying in Hostels and You Should Too

A lot of my travel recently has been to places where I’m going with the express intent of visiting a friend(s), and have a place lined up to stay. Staying with friends is the ultimate- it’s a great way to squeeze in some real catch up time, and it’s free accommodation. However, when I’m travelling somewhere…