Opinion Piece: The top travelling stereotypes

Stereotypes you’ll inevitably encounter while travelling By Cranky Camper Let’s face it, we all think of ourselves as inherently idiosyncratic individuals. And of course one of the joys of travelling is meeting people that intrinsically deviate from our own seemingly conventional lifestyles. However, after meeting an abundance of these superficially quirky, and characteristically unconventional individuals,…

Hitchhiking to Armenia

Step 1: Getting to the border – hitchhiking to Armenia After spending 1 month in Georgia, it was time to start hitchhiking to Armenia. We were sad to leave a country full of friendly people, and unforgettable scenery, but we also had to move out of what was quickly becoming our comfort zone. Onwards and…

Monthly Summary: October

Wild Way Round – What happened in October? With the end of October round the corner, and foliage now truly on display, it’s time to summarize what’s been and gone, and outline what’s to come. Phew – what a month! While September was spent in Georgia, most of October has been spent in Armenia, exploring…

Tbilisi Old Town

Tbilisi Old Town – Backpacking on a Budget Exploring the Old Town After three weeks of rural roads and small towns, we were pretty excited to hitchhike to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. We’d heard great things about Tbilisi – specifically Tbilisi Old Town (also known as Dzveli Tbilisi) – which offers a great backpacker scene,…

Camping by a cave monastery – a trip to Vardzia

My take on camping Camping has its perks and lows. Before this trip, I had only camped a couple of one-off times, and to be honest it hadn’t been the best experience. Hard floor, wet bags and cold food. Ugh. I didn’t imagine that I’d be able to live it up camping. Yet 15 nights…

Rabati Fortress – A Jewel in the Southern lands of Georgia

Hitchhiking to Akhaltsikhe, home to Rabati Fortress The Rabati Fortresss looks over the town of Akhaltsikhe borders Armenia, in the South of Georgia, with a desert-like landscape and small villages dotting the hills. We hitchhiked here from Batumi as it was on route to Tbilisi, and famous for its hilltop fortress – Rabati Fortress –…

Thumbs up: hitching cross country

Bags on our backs and sign in hand, we stood precariously at the edge of the ferocious highway, cars zooming past us. .Chris: “Stick out your thumb” Clau: “No way, that’s so embarrassing” Chris: “And how do you plan to hitchhike?” And so it went. Chris waving down cars, while I stood behind him trying…

The glitzy and ghastly sea city of Batumi

Look it up in a guidebook and the coastal city of Batumi screams neon lights, soviet party central, casinos and strip clubs. Yikes. The sound of it would make me run 10 miles. But our need to apply for visas was greater than our search for picturesque town, and after a week hiking in the…

Surviving a 4 day walk from Mestia to Ushguli

I’m the kind of person who likes to talk a lot about doing things, rather than actually doing them. I preach about hiking and how wholesome it is, yet every time I’m on a walk, I ask myself why I’m torturing myself. The mountainous region of Svaneti is a hikers paradise, with plenty of trails…

Testing my limits in the Svaneti mountains

I had read that Georgia’s key highlight included the region of Mestia, however I had skimmed over it thinking it was hard to get to, and not exactly on route. Not too sure how I then found myself on a 7 hour ride in a Mashuktra (small, old local buses that cost about £0.30) towards…