Niall's €23-a-night backpacking budget
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.
"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."
Horan is writing his solo album in Los Angeles as One Direction are on a break.
"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 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 before."