Tuesday 24 October 2017

Multi-millionaire Niall Horan's €23-a-night backpacking budget

Niall Horan in Thailand. Pic: Instagram
Niall Horan in Thailand. Pic: Instagram
Niall Horan. Pic: Instagram
Niall Horan, Eoghan McDermott and pals in Thailand. Pic: Instagram

Sherna Noah

Multi-millionaire Niall Horan did his best to have an authentic backpacking experience during his time off - spending only €23 a night.

The One Direction star (23), from Mullingar, took a break from the limelight to travel with two cousins early last year.

He has talked previously about wanting to travel "properly, so we did it on a budget".

He told Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show: "I went backpacking across south-east Asia last year.

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"It was incredible. We went around Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia for six weeks.

"We did it on a budget and it was brilliant. You'd be surprised what 20 quid a night gets you over in Asia."

boracay sunset ..

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The star previously revealed to Graham Norton that he felt he missed out when his friends in Ireland had travelled the world.

"All of my friends got to do it when I was travelling the world in a different way, so I thought it's only fair that I get to do it too."

Niall Horan is the most followed Irish person on Twitter. Picture: Instagram
Niall Horan is the most followed Irish person on Twitter. Picture: Instagram

The Mullingar man managed to blend in with the crowds by keeping his hat and sunglasses on and keeping his head down.

But he did indulge from time to time.

During his travels, the Irish superstar shared snaps from his trips to the five-star Boracay Beach Resort in the Philippines, Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island in Thailand and Hanoi, Vietnam.

Horan is writing his solo album in Los Angeles as One Direction are on a break.

Niall Horan, Eoghan McDermott and pals in Thailand. Pic: Instagram
Niall Horan, Eoghan McDermott and pals in Thailand. Pic: Instagram

"When you're writing songs it goes through phases, writing some good stuff and bad stuff," he said.

"At the moment, in my head, I think I'm writing some good stuff.

"I'm just going to keep writing for a while and bring out the album later in the summer."

Niall Horan. Pic: Instagram
Niall Horan. Pic: Instagram

Niall will be performing at the Tower of London for the final of Radio 2's 500 Words writing competition for children aged five to 13, which the Duchess of Cornwall will help judge.

Asked if he had any advice for young writers, and knuckling down to meet the February 23 deadline, he said: "I would always write a concept out before I start writing anything. Let it flow out of your mouth, write it down as you go along.

"I was terrible at school at deadlines, absolutely horrific.

"I used to make up the worst excuses. I don't think I have ever made a deadline befo

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