51 Thoughts After Visiting 51 Countries
Austria: Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities that I have been to. Need to see more of Austria - as I hear outside Vienna is incredible also. A great city to walk around
Belarus: Really friendly people, all confused why we were there. Fair enough question.
Belgium: Brussels has to be one of the most overrated cities ever. Bruges is incredible though.
Bulgaria: Super cheap. People are great. The Black Sea is not there.
Croatia: Have not seen it properly. Trekked through the country seeing not much. Eager to see again
Czech Republic: Prague is wonderful. So cheap. Gambrinus beer is glorious. Too many strip clubs and stags though. Don’t wait around for the clock tower.
Denmark: SO expensive but Copenhagen is super cool. The mermaid statue blows though. Danish people are very attractive.
England: London is the best city in the world, for the ambitious. Mixed feelings about the rest of the place and people. Some wonderful, some terrible. An English male between the age of 18 - 23 may be the worst thing ever.
Finland: Helsinki does not have much going on. I swear I saw a cult while I was there. Up north was magical though. Lapland, even as a 16 year old, was so awesome. I believed again.
France: Paris is one of my favourite cities. How Parisians look so good while smoking so much and eating so much bread, I shall always admire.
Germany: Berlin is mental. Truly a young mans game. Germans are so friendly and there are some of the best kebabs I have had there. Munich is very very different and much more my style now that I am old and boring. Too many Americans though.
Greece: Desperate to explore more. See all of the islands. Great food, beautiful architecture and awesome people. May run away and live on a Greek vineyard.
Hungary: Budapest is a very fun city. Sit along the river and drink beers. Also go and get some traditional goulash. Beautiful stuff. I had a subway while watching anti-abortion people throw shit in the street. My subway was average.
Iceland: One of the best countries that I have ever been to. Mental place but so beautiful. Some of the most beautiful scenery that you will ever see. Icelanders are odd, really nice and seem generally unhappy.
Ireland: Home. Best place in the world. The finest of people. Weather is dreadful though.
Italy: Only have seen Rome but stunning. Loved just strolling around, eating pizza and coffee. Really eager to see more. The Vatican is crazy lavish.
Latvia: Riga is a fun party town. Great bars and food. Handball is really big there. Go figure.
Lithuania: Rained the whole time in Vilnus. Small enough to bump into your mate on a Tinder date. Stayed in a haunted house in the countryside which was superb. Women are very attractive.
Luxembourg: Sleepy but very pretty. Not a bunch to do there but if in the mood to relax - good spot. Weirdly busy all the time from London.
Malta: Who would have thought a Little Rock in the middle of the Mediterranean would be so incredible. Awesome place. Very livable. Swimming in a blue lagoon was one of the happiest that I have been.
Northern Ireland: Belfast is grim but parts are beautiful. Giants Causeway in particular is worth seeing. Not the actual steps but the landscape around it. Still feels tense going into some bars with a Southern Ireland accent.
Poland: Warsaw and Krakow are very different but both worth a visit. Warsaw is annoyingly spread out. Krakow is a lot of fun. Locals are, understandably, wary of large groups of lads. Women are very attractive. The men are not.
Portugal: One of my favourite countries ever. It has everything. Sun, beaches, cities, great food and is cheap. Porto is my favourite city. So beautiful. The Alrgarve has some absolutely delicious beaches also.
Romania: Not at all what I thought it would be. Bucharest is such a cool city. Very hipster. There were a lot of Guinness signs. Reserved enough bunch of people.
Scotland: Glasgow is grim but the people are amazing. A great night can be had up there. Edinburgh is beautiful and some awesome pubs and restaurants. Weather is dreadful though.
Slovakia: Bratislava is pretty grim and full of fairly undesirable bars. Need to see more of it. But who has the time?
Spain: Easily one of the best countries in the world. Have seen it extensively. Andalusia being my favourite part. Seville is glorious and best to go not in summer. Tapas in Malaga is the one.
The Netherlands: Amsterdam is super beautiful. Stay away from the Red Light district and actually experience the beautiful parks and glorious way of life.
Ukraine: Kiev is really cool. People are super friendly. Does not get a huge amount of western tourists so people are pleasantly surprised to see you.
Wales: Went to Cardiff for a rugby game. Pretty bleak place but good fun. Welsh people are great. Saw a Q of Irish & Canadian rugby fans at 7pm for a strip club.
Cambodia: Glorious place. Worked there for 2 months. Such a great experience. Phnom Penn is not great but Siem Reap is where the action happens. Be careful if volunteering there. There is a pretty grim industry based on selling kids to orphanages.
Laos: Rained the whole time we were there. Full of Australians on crutches from tubing.
Myanmar / Burma: Only spent a few days there on a visa run. Really, really beautiful. Be careful sneaking stuff over the border. A mate of mine bought a bunch of valium that was a setup for the cops to follow our boat and make him take a bribe.
Thailand: Spectacular place. Unbelievable beaches and food. Regularly have dreams to live there. Too many Gap Year students though.
UAE: Brief trip to Abu Dhabi. Everything was closed and it was too hot to go outside. Every taxi is a merc. Loads of air conditioned shopping centres.
Vietnam: Only scratched the surface with Hanoi & Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay was still one of the best trips I have ever done. Stunning scenery and stunning drinking games on our own island.
Barbados: Heaven on earth. Unbelievable beaches and seas. Drank a lot of rum.
Canada: Toronto is super dull. Canadians are cool though. Need to see outside Toronto.
USA: Not a huge fan. New York is cool. Everyone pretends to be Irish.
Argentina: The place in South America I would move to. Buenos Aires is the coolest city on the planet. Many a wild night in BA. Too wild at times. Patagonia is awe inspiring. Mendoza is peaceful. Argentinians are some of the best.
Bolivia: Incredibly diverse place. Out of breath in the world’s highest capital, Le Paz. Sunburnt and swimming with dolphins and crocodiles in the Amazon Basin of Arrequipa and freeze your ass off on a different plant in the Salt Flats of Uyuni. Great place. Make sure to learn “No Soy Americano” while there.
Brazil: Rio is a wild and wonderful city. Looking around Copacabana beach is one of the highlights of life. Salvador is a bit rough and ready but worth a visit. Brazilians are super fun people.
Colombia: My favourite place in South America. And not because of that, you scumbag. Beautiful beaches, never ending nights and lots of meat and rice. Hitchhiking on the back of a milk truck to go to a mud volcano is probably a highlight.
Paraguay: Nothing to do there but holds some incredible memories. Very cheap. Good place to recharge after you go way over budget in Brazil. Go to Villa Florida, massive beach beside a lake with no one on it.
Peru: Must be done before you die. Go trek to Maccu Piccu. It is actually worth it and as impressive in real life. Climb Winupiccu also. Built two houses in Pisco. Got a tapeworm. Very enjoyable.
Uruguay: Rained the whole time we were there. Montevideo is a chilled city. We got MacDonalds and Omar (my travel companion) slipped in a puddle.
Venezuela: Did not get to see much in Caracas because….well, it is Venezuela. We were not allowed back into our hotel if we were not back by 7pm. Early dinners and early nights.
New Zealand: Lived there for a year. So far away but so beautiful. Made the best friends there and went on endless amount of road trips. But so far away - from everything.