Bemused Backpacker

Bemused Backpacker is one of the UK's leading travel blogs. It's creator, Michael Huxley, is a natural born traveller, having spent the last 20 years roaming the globe. In his blog, he delivers a mixture of hints, tips and advice to help you get the most of your travels. He also provides excellent commentary on all things travel and travel industry via his social media channels, particularly Twitter. We mightly recommend that you follow him!

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5th August 2022 by Bemused Backpacker

The 50 best things to see and do in Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the UKs greatest city break destinations with a unique cultural and historical heritage and something to see and do for everyone. With so many iconic attractions you will never fit everything into one trip, so here are just 50 of the best things to see and do in Liverpool to help you choose....

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16th May 2022 by Bemused Backpacker

Climbing Ethiopia’s ancient mountain churches

In Ethiopia’s desolate northern Tigray region, the unique Gheralta mountains reach out to the heavens, the formidable peaks guarding almost inaccessible ancient churches hewn into the rock itself. Climbing may not be the first thing that comes to mind here, but doing so barefoot alongside the faithful hoping to get closer to God is a spiritual, as well as an adrenaline fuelled adventure....

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22nd November 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

10 best foods and drinks you must try in Madeira

Madeira is a stunning island that will amaze with its beauty, opportunity for adventure and endless attractions for travellers to discover, but it is Madeira’s food and drink that will truly make any trip here special. Here are the top 10 essential foods, drink and dining experiences you should not miss on your trip to Madeira....

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15th November 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

Discovering Porto Santo from Madeira

Porto Santo is the perfect companion to a trip to Madeira. Where Madeira is lush, green and action packed, Porto Santo is eternally laid back and uncrowded with the perfect stretches of golden, sandy beaches that Madeira is missing. If you are looking for a quiet escape from everything then Porto Santo is the perfect quick break for you, and here is everything that you need to know to plan your visit....

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25th October 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

The ultimate Abu Dhabi beach guide

Abu Dhabi may be a surprising recomendation for a beach holiday, but it is also a perfect one! The Emirati state is perfectly located on the Arabian Gulf and has a range of man made and natural stretches of beautiful white sands to make this UAE city an amazing beach destination. Do you want to go to the beach in Abu Dhabi? Here is your ultimate guide to Abu Dhabi’s beaches, and everything you need to know about taking a beach holiday in Abu Dhabi!...

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18th October 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

Essential do’s and don’ts for travellers in the UAE

With Dubai receiving millions of tourists every single year and Abu Dhabi following close behind it as the United Arab Emirates rising tourism star, the UAE is used to visitors from all over the world and is generally very welcoming. Unfortunately they are also used to tourists making an array of cultural and religious blunders, from the excusable and mundane to those slip ups that could land you in jail! This basic list of do’s and don’ts in the UAE will help you navigate the cultural...

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11th October 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

The top 15 things to see and do in Madeira

Madeira is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, and for very good reason. Situated half way between Europe and Africa in the middle of a Portuguese archipelago, it boasts year round good weather, stunning volcanic landscapes, UNESCO heritage forest parks filled with waterfalls and lagoons and a cuisine famed for its local delicacies. It’s small size means that travellers can easily explore it in a relatively short time period, but make no mistake this little island packs a...

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2nd August 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

Top 10 surf spots in Wales

Wales is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, but what most people don’t know is that Wales is an international surfing hotspot too, and the Welsh coastline has some of the worlds best surf in all conditions and all seasons. Here are 10 of the best surf spots in Wales....

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7th June 2021 by Bemused Backpacker

15 awesome things to see and do on a Newcastle Upon Tyne staycation

Newcastle Upon Tyne is a UK regional city that is famed for its nightlife. Second only to their western Scouse cousins in the friendliness, Geordies really know how to have one hell of an epic night out and it is easy to just let Newcastle rest on that reputation, but it has so much more to offer too. Alongside the famous nights out is an epic foodie scene, world class concert halls and art galleries, some impressive industrial heritage and ancient British history behind it all and a great...

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11th December 2020 by Bemused Backpacker

Christmas in Madeira

Normally Christmas is a time for staying at home wrapping up warm and overindulging in chocolate with loved ones, but for those who want to escape the UK for a more tropical festive feel, Madeira in Portugal could be the ideal Christmas getaway....

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5th August 2022 by Bemused Backpacker

Leasowe Castle Hotel review, Wirral Peninsula, England.

Leasowe Castle is a grade II listed heritage building that overlooks the stunning Wirral coastline, far enough away from everything to escape into your own idyllic retreat for a few days but close enough to both Liverpool and Cheshire that getting here isn’t too arduous, but perhaps the most staggering thing about this hotel is the price!...

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5th August 2022 by Bemused Backpacker

Pullman Liverpool Hotel review, Liverpool

The Pullman Hotel Liverpool is a 4 star contemporary hotel right in the heart of the city. With a level of luxury and integrated technology far beyond its modest, mid range price and a charm that runs far deeper than its corporate façade, the Pullman Hotel is perfect for flashpackers or travellers who want to add some amazing value luxury to their stay. Check out this review of the Pullman Hotel and see exactly why this is a perfect staycation or weekend break option in Liverpool. Read more......