The Unlikely Traveller has returned...

To travel life having safely arrived on the Atlantic coast in a city named Essaouira (pronounced Essa-weera).   Leading up: It would be fair to say that for many days leading up to my departure I was a little hesitant. After all, I'd had settled back into 'normality' for over six weeks and therefore the prospect of solo travel to an African continent had me feeling somewhat ambivalent, som ...

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Why you should come to Essaouira right about... NOW

No, honestly, you really should and here's eight reasons as to why people, particularly from the UK, should not ignore this post:   1) Sunshine! Essaouira offers almost constant sunshine with a very pleasant ambient temperatures ranging typically between the late teens to mid 20s for January and February. That single reason alone might be enough ...

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A bonkers day out at Paradise valley

Having decided it was finally time for me to leave the relative tranquillity and calming ambience of Essaouira, I searched for and found a new destination. Instead of taking the obvious north east route to Marrakesh, I've headed further down south along the Atlantic coast as there are a couple of towns/villages I've been advised to visit. One of those was Taghazout (pronounced tag-ra-zoot). The 2.5 hour bus journey cost me 80 ...

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A weekend in Agadir

  'Should I stay or should I go'? I've learnt that Agadir appears to definitely divide opinion between travellers and tourists. 'Don't go to Adagir, there's nothing to do there'. 'If you do go there, you won't even need a night - just a day at most'. Those two sentences I'd heard multiple times in Essaouira and now ...

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Three nights in Marrakech...

Might not seem like much time to spend there - especially considering I spent a week in the relaxed, less well known village of Essaouira. However, my reasons for only wanting three days in Marrakech can be explained. You see, contrary to popular belief, there are not a bucket load of things to do here. Additionally, I've actually been to Marrakech once before with my ex partner, Kate. We had such an amazing time here those years ago ...

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Journey to and arrival at: FES

Have you ever heard of the Moroccan city named Fes? This city boasts some impressive facts and figures so hopefully by the end of the post, you'll have learnt some memorable things about Fes making it not just another city, and certainly not just another city to forget. For starters, with over a 1 million population count, it's Morocco's second most populated city.   ...

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Chefchaouen: Fifty shades of blue

I've arrived at Chefchaouen; an instantly likeable and popular tourist destination.  Visitors seek out Chefchaouen due to its relaxed vibe, pleasant mountainous surroundings and spectacle that is all things blue. Having heard the city was indeed painted blue, naturally my expectations were set accordingly but on discovery that only a large portion of the buildings were blue, well, I'll admit to this being a slight anti-clima ...

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Wrapping up my time in Morocco

Just last week I smashed my train travel record racking up 7.5 hours and yesterday I broke my bus record reaching Casablanca, or 'Casa' as the Moroccan's would say, in a solid 6 hourer! I can also tell you that was my final journey in Morocco as I won't, for several reasons, be spending any notable time here in Casa or in Morocco's capital city, Rabat. You see initially it was the input from travellers that had me contemplati ...

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Conned in Cairo

Thankfully it was not for an extortionate amount of money so please don't panic. Still, this post will illustrate the tragic depth of deceit some people can go to earn a living, albeit a terribly dishonest living. This is a text-heavy post so if you haven't the ten or fifteen minutes available right now, re-visit at your own convenience. Kindly remember that you only have ...

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What is there to see and do in curiously crazy Cairo?

Its not so much the city which is curious, though it is crazy, rather it's the people. You see, sadly tourism has all but died here and there is evidence of that almost everywhere, especially down-town. The streets are littered with many things, chiefly dirtiness but in this context, tour-hosting businesses. I observed and admired a small minority still active, though probably only just I'm guessing. The others that have failed  ...

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Getting to the Giza Plateau

Where, what or who is Giza? The immediate vicinity surrounding the pyramids is known as the Giza Plateau/Giza Necropolis. Reaching it from down-town Cairo is very easy, though it really wasn't for me as I'll explain later on. However for informational purposes you would simply take a metro to Giza and then catch a short, inexpensive taxi to the Pyramids. Despite th ...

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A winter's week in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira was not somewhere I had heard of until recent times. Having proven itself to be so welcoming, I've ended up staying here for nearly one week. To put that into perspective, consider that the average tourist visiting Morocco would likely a) visit Marrakesh and b) for typically no more than 3-5 days though largely due to the infrequency of flight schedules I'd imagine. With Easyjet's direct Luton to Essaouira route introduced less ...

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Destination Luxor on board my first ever sleeper train!

After what is now a concatenated nine months of proper travelling, I've finally experienced something quintessentially 'backpacker-esque' and the clue's in the name, 'sleeper'. Taking a night-train is arguably a 'must-try' for all backpackers, including the unlikely ones and so I can now say I've joined that club. I've managed to avoid this through a combination of lots of available time, strategic pl ...

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Excursions and activities in Luxor

Luxor is famed for many ancient archaeological discoveries and perhaps most notably for the 1922 discovery (by the British) of the tomb of the young-King, Tutankhamen. Whilst that famous golden 'headed-mask' you can probably envisage is kept in the Museum of Antiquities back in Cairo, the tomb remains here in Luxor making it two very separate destinations for tourists to visit. How convenient. How Egypt... ...

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72 hours: Luxor to Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab

    Look's quite some distance, huh? And it was. Though I know what you might be thinking - he'll have crossed the Red Sea by ferry. This is Egypt rememb ...

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Delightful Dahab

Dahab was not a place I had heard of until I'd reached as far south as Luxor. The first mention was from Japanese couple that checked into my Luxor hostel for one night. I asked what and where it was. They said they had heard it to be the complete opposite of Luxor and Egypt in general, then informing me it was South Sinai (Sharm El Sheik region). They told me there were catching a 16 hour bus to reach it. Eyes and mouth wide open I asked them ...

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