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Asia is an amazing continent to visit. It has a total of 49 countries and a population of 4.3 billion. The most spoken languages in Asia are Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Malay, Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Wei, Thai, and English.

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Petra, The Lost City of the Nabateans – Jordan

Petra – Jordan Who has not dreamed of visiting Petra since watching the famous movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? No doubt that Petra is a magical destination and one of the most beautiful places in the World. “The archaeological site of Petra lies in a large valley that runs from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba in southwestern Jordan.” An influential city for Nabatean trade, inhabited since ancient times, Petra lies in the heart of a rocky valley with breathtaking views. Petra was an Edomite city before becoming the capital of the Nabataean kingdom and at the same time a crucial crossroad…

Visit the Republic of Karakalpakstan, 13 Amazing places in Northern Uzbekistan

Do you want to visit Karakalpakstan? Have you ever heard about the Republic of Karakalpakstan? No? Well, don’t worry, because most people don’t know about the existence of this autonomous republic in the northwest region of Uzbekistan. Yes, Karakalpakstan is in Uzbekistan. Truth said, most people don’t know much about Uzbekistan either. I entered Uzbekistan five times, and on this page, I will focus on this desert region full of beautiful places to visit. For those who know me, I have a natural connection to deserted places. I like sand, dust, and emptiness. ■ Also read: 20 Amazing places to visit in Uzbekistan. Enjoy! Curiosities about…

Visit Lebanon – Amazing places for 1 Week Travel Itinerary

Do you want to visit Lebanon? For a long time, I had the desire to visit Lebanon. Years passed and I somehow always postponed my trip to this Middle Eastern country. Due to recent political and regional conflict, I decided that the time has come, and I had to engage myself to organize and travel in Lebanon as soon as possible. Lebanon is a fascinating country located on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Lebanon is a mysterious nation since we don’t hear people speaking about it very often. Visiting Lebanon is easy because it’s very developed, safe in most of its regions, and full of…

Baalbek – The colossal ancient city of Lebanon

The town of Baalbek is located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, roughly 85km northeast of Beirut and 75km north of Damascus in Syria. Baalbek lies in the Anti-Lebanon foothills, and visitors arrive here mainly to visit the famous Phoenician / Roman ruins. For a long time, I had the desire to visit Lebanon. Years passed and I somehow always postponed my trip to this Middle Eastern country. During my one week trip to Lebanon, I had the pleasure of visiting sites such as Crusader Castle and the old market of Byblos, the incredible Jeita caves, the Roman ruins of Baalbek, and the ruins of Anjar on the…

Visit Tajik Wakhan Corridor – 15 Amazing places to travel in Wakhan

Mysterious Tajikistan. Possibly one of the last destinations on your endless travel list, right? Tajikistan is a fascinating country located in the eastern part of Central Asia. International tourism statistics show that the annual number of arrivals in Tajikistan is not higher than a quarter of a million. Although being among one of the least visited countries in the world, Tajikistan has a lot to explore. In my humble point of view, the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Central Asia are in Tajikistan. But wait… my page is not about Tajikistan, the country, but a region that is even more remote. I’ll focus on the small…

Why I decided to visit Kyrgyzstan again: 22-day travel itinerary

As a traveler, I have a strong necessity of returning to countries I really liked. Instead of focusing on making a new country every time I have the chance of traveling, I mostly go back to countries I want to spend more time to visit and explore places I somehow missed on previous trips. On this blog post, I’ll write about my second visit to Kyrgyzstan. You can also check my page about my first time in the country: First time in Kyrgyzstan: 10-day road trip itinerary. I spent 22 days in Kyrgyzstan and explored many of its most famous places, mainly in the west part…

First time in Kyrgyzstan: 10-day travel itinerary

Kyrgyzstan is an amazing, uncommon travel destination, most definitely “off the beaten track”. Unique in its cultural richness and unmatched natural beauty, Kyrgyzstan has been home to a variety of cultures, empires, clans, and tribes among one of the lushest terrains in all of Central Asia. With an incredible display of rivers, waterfalls and nearly 2,000 lakes, its beautiful mountainous landscape has provided the setting for over 2,000 years of history. On this blog post, I’ll write about my first visit to Kyrgyzstan. You can also check my page about my second time in the country: Why I decided to visit Kyrgyzstan again: 22-day travel itinerary.…

The Greco-Roman city of Ephesus: a magnificent return to the past

In the summer of 2003, I had the opportunity to visit Turkey for the first time. In possession of an Interrail ticket across Europe and during my train trip, I secured a rental car along with two Polish guys I had met previously at a hostel. Later, we drove from Istanbul down the west coast of Turkey to explore several of its noted historical sites. As time passed and memories faded, Ephesus became like many other places – a victim of my forgetfulness due to the recent years’ extreme traveling. “HOWEVER, ONE THOUGHT WAS ALWAYS CONSCIOUS: ONE DAY I WOULD RETURN TO EPHESUS.“ So, this is…

Visit Baghdad – City Adventure Guide to the capital of Iraq

There are places to which all travelers dream of venturing at least once in their lifetime. Some of my close friends have repeatedly informed me they’ve noticed I’m drawn towards unusual travel destinations, perhaps because of my affinity towards places most people usually don’t go. My truth is, having the opportunity to find and explore the lesser known, less touristic sites and talking with its people, is what truly captivates me and draws my attention. Then, having the possibility to report these journeys to you through my adventure travel blog, is really rewarding. Today I take you to Baghdad, unable to be described without first mentioning…

Visit Qatar – 10 Amazing places to travel in Qatar

Qatar is a fascinating country to travel. The Gulf countries are a bit unknown, as most travelers have a little notion about what there’s to visit and end up visiting major urban areas. However, outside the capitals there are always places of historical and cultural interest. Qatar surprised me because outside the capital, Doha, there are many amazing places to visit. Of course I’m a but suspicious, since I love desert landscapes and obnoxious hot destinations. Qatar, apart from several different types of desert vistas and abandoned fishermen villages, hosts some of the best petroglyphs I’ve seen in my life. Qatar’s history is first documented by…

Masjid e No Gonbad – 9th century ruins in Balkh, Afghanistan

Balkh is a city in northern Afghanistan, about fifteen minutes drive from Mazar-i-Sharif. Throughout history, Balkh has always been an important Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Islamic religious center. The Greeks called it Bactra. Today, this great ancient city is in ruins, and only a few monuments and the majestic city walls survived. The region is extremely rich in historic features with Arab, Mongol, Persian, Greek and Roman heritage. Afghanistan has always been the scene of conflicts due mainly to its Geo-strategic position but also to exploit its natural resources. The Afghan culture is quite marked by political conflicts and several decade-long fighting. The Afghan population, due to…

Central Asia Rally – 6500 km / 4000 mi Road Trip Adventure

Have you ever heard about a banger rally? Those crazy car rallies that cross a few countries while driving old or funny decorated vehicles? Well, I’m going to give you my personal insight about one of those unique road trips – the Central Asia Rally. Back in 2012 I participated in such a motoring event as this one. “Road trip adventure from Europe to the heart of the Silk Route.” After participating on the Caucasian Challenge Rally (crossing the Caucasus region at the border of Europe and Asia between the Black and the Caspian seas) a few years before, I ended up participating in another event…

Beautiful Pyongyang – A different look at North Korea’s capital

Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea. Hundreds of beautifully crafted monuments and memorial murals showing off political leaders and party workers are scattered throughout the city. “Pyongyang is a lovely city for those who love Socialist Classicism architecture.” Pyongyang was heavily bombed and turned to rubble by USA during the Korean War, so most of the infrastructure in the city is built with a mix of socialist Soviet architecture style and Korean architecture. Like in all socialist influenced cities around the world, Pyongyang has a vast number of high-quality museums. Korean people in general are very friendly and always curious to interact with foreigners.…

Visit Iraq – 25 Amazing places possible to Travel in 2018-2019

Iraq is a fascinating country located in Western Asia. Touristically speaking, Iraq lost its place in the world tourism arena. For a long time forgotten, Iraq is now a mysterious country since we don’t hear people speaking about traveling there that often (due to the lack of security). Before the unilateral American incursion of its territory, Iraq was safe and had thousands of western tourists visiting it every year. Why? Because Iraq is located in the heart of Mesopotamia, where humans established the first great civilizations. This said, Iraq is a natural born historical nation. Present in the early birth of modern civilizations, places like Samarra,…

Taj Mahal Mausoleum Complex in Agra – India

Taj Mahal The Taj Mahal, located in Agra, is a magical place. A World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal was built in 1631 to be the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Mirza Shahabuddin Baig Muhammad Khan Shah Jahan. This masterpiece of Indian architecture has a dome measuring 44.4 meters / 145 feet high and is surrounded by four minarets. “The mausoleum is covered in marble and carved with floral ornaments. The building gets different shades of white depending on the time of the day.” Agra was built in 1475 by Badal Singh and Sikandar Lodi. It became the capital of the…

Mesopotamian Marshes, The rebirth of Iraqi Venice

The Mesopotamian Marshes are a wetland region located in southern Iraq, a natural monument that also includes part of Southwest Iran. These are considered to be Western Eurasia’s largest wetlands ecosystems. This unusual place in the desert had plenty of water, so it used to be very productive and prosperous. Throughout history, it has always been well respected, because, among the arid climate of southern Iraq, the Mesopotamian Marshes allowed human beings and livestock to have a high quality of life. In 1950 during a massive oil exploration project, the drainage of the wetlands started. This process was taken to an extreme during the mandate of…

Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan – Thumbing from Dohuk to Aqrah

If you’re thinking about Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan, I hope this travelogue motivates you for such an adventure. I visited Northern Iraq for eleven days in 2009 and again for one month in 2018 driving my campervan. Kurdish people are very welcoming and friendly, and I loved my trip to this part of the Middle East. After traveling in Iraq using shared taxis, I decided to try to hitchhike in Iraq to see if I could get a closer contact with the people, whether Kurds, Turkmens, Arabs or Assyrians. I hitchhiked two times in Iraqi Kurdistan: from Dohuk to Aqrah from Dohuk to Amedi Hitchhiking Iraqi Kurdistan…

Visit Uzbekistan – 20 Amazing places to visit in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is one of those countries many people never heard about. For most travelers, this doubly landlocked country is somehow deep inside our imaginary of being a faraway Silk Route nation, full of exotic people, ancient architecture and where Alexander the Great fell in love with Roxana- his future wife. ? I entered Uzbekistan five times: July 2004 – Border of KZ ?? – fly out to IR ?? – Backpacking Central Asia June 2012 – Border of KZ ?? to TJ ?? – Central Asia Rally June 2012 – Border of AF ?? to TJ ?? – Driving alone July 2012 – Border of TJ…

Driving in Iraqi Kurdistan – Amedi to Barzan Road Trip

I visited Northern Iraq for 11 days. When I was in the Kurdish town of Amedia, someone made me a proposal I just couldn’t refuse. Driving. I love to drive. Actually, this is possibly my favorite way of traveling. Next to the church of Saint Mary lives a Christian family that wanted to know more about the reasons of my visit to Amedia. Pethio, a gentleman in his sixties, introduced me to his family, offered me tea and fetched a book written in Syriac. He explained me a bit of his religion, of his history and of the history of Syriac Christians in Iraq. Pethio teaches…

Nomads of Kazakhstan – Ile Alatau Mountain Range

Nomads of Kazakhstan Central Asia is famous for its prevailing nomad lifestyle. Meeting nomads around the world is always an excellent cultural experience as you interact with people having a completely different way of life. • nomad a. A member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food; b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer. Back in 2004, during my first visit to Kazakhstan, I stayed with some Kazakh nomads on the mountains along the Ile-Alatau Mountain Range. This was one of the best experiences during my journey. Well, actually, I have a curious…

People of Iran – Photos of Iranian People

People. The other side of traveling. No monuments, no museums, no gardens or palaces. To really get to know a country, you have to interact with its people. Photography always kept my attention, and I got my first SRL camera when I was 16 years old. During my Visual Arts studies at University, I decided to engage myself in a photo project to last for a few years. So, from 2001 until 2005, my primary purpose of traveling was to capture images of people. I made hundreds of photos of people using my CANON EOS 1 film camera. On this page, I collect some of the…

Qurut cheese recipe by mountain nomads – Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia is famous for its current nomad lifestyle. Kyrgyzstan is usually associated with nomadic culture. In fact, still today, nomadic life remains one of the standard ways of life in the Kyrgyz mountains, especially talking about the fantastic Fergana Range. Meeting nomads around the world is always an excellent cultural experience as you interact with people having a completely different way of life. • nomad a. A member of individuals or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food; b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer. While driving in Kyrgyzstan, I had the chance of crossing this…

Sacred and Religious Places to visit in Iran – Middle East

Iran is a deeply religious nation. Although the country’s official name is the Islamic Republic of Iran – not everyone is Muslim. There are other strong faith practitioners such as Christians, Zoroastrians, and Jewish. In fact, the Iranian Jewish community is the second largest in the Middle East just after Israel. Iranian people seems to have a deeply ingrained trust and love for their set of religious beliefs, living their lives by the integrity and commitment their faith requires. I have been to many Muslim countries, and I have noticed that people in Iran take their religion more seriously. ? So, why list these places in…

Ultimate Kurdistan Travel Guide – Northern Iraq

Welcome to my page with information about traveling in Northern Iraq, aka Iraqi Kurdistan. Many people ask me why I visited Iraq and why I chose this country as a summer holidays destination. Most people have an Iraq with war in mind, the only Iraq they have seen on TV. In fact, many regions in Iraq do live moments of tension and war, but in some areas more than others. However, there is a different Iraq. The northern part of the country, which maintains a de facto independence since the first Gulf War in 1991, is actually very safe and well protected. In 2003, Iraqi Kurdistan…

Mazar-i-Sharif – Afghan city of the Noble Shrine

Mazar-i-Sharif is a Shiite Muslim holy city located in northern Afghanistan. Without a doubt that Mazar holds its international recognition due to the famous Shrine of Ali – also known as the Blue Mosque. The population of Mazar-i-Sharif is a mix of ethnic Hazara, Pashtun, Tajik, Turkmen and Uzbek, combined to establish Afghanistan fourth largest city. People, in general, are very welcoming, curious and friendly. I had a great time exploring the city. If you visit Mazar-i-Sharif, this city will stay on top of your travel achievements. Apart from visiting the Blue Mosque, one can explore the city center, the various gardens, the local Bazaar (market),…

Reasons why I liked North Korea – Visiting DPRK Explicit

People often point out reasons to dislike North Korea. Personally I only travel to enjoy places and things such as colors, people, little details, architecture, sounds, tastes, sunsets, smiles, etc. Because I never travel to dislike or criticize, on this page I will show you 88 images – photos – reasons that made me like the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Whatever reasons you might have to criticize DPRK, I invite you to indulge yourself to discover one of the least visited countries in the world. DPRK is indeed a fascinating destination with a very beautiful culture and ancient history. What does North Korea look like? DPRK cities were…

Visit United Arab Emirates – 40 Amazing places to travel in the UAE

I was curious to travel in the UAE for quite some time. If you want to visit United Arab Emirates and don’t know where to go, this page will definitely help you. Contrary to what many people might think, the United Arab Emirates have a very rich history. This fact is sometimes forgotten and taken over by modern and famous cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai. ℹ️ There are seven Emirates within the UAE: Abu Dhabi Ajman Dubai Fujairah Ras al-Khaimah Sharjah Umm al-Quwain In addition to several historical relics, ancient ruins and centuries-old fortresses scattered in various locations. The UAE has a unique heritage…

Visit Iran: 80 Amazing places to Travel & Discover Iran

If you arrived on this page, I am sure you are curious and whiling to visit Iran right? So, let me tell you from the start, that Iran is an amazing country. Do you have any doubts about it? I know that the general opinion in the West is that Iran is a dangerous country. The NEWS in Europe and the US tell us about a different Iran. They describe a place full of violence that makes us believe the country is populated with mad, unfriendly and ferocious people. Well, we got that wrong… Why? First: Iran is one of the safest places I’ve ever been…

Visit Oman – 25 Amazing places to travel in Oman

Have you ever wanted to visit Oman? The Sultanate of Oman is a fascinating country located on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Oman is a mysterious nation since we don’t hear people speaking about it very often. Visiting Oman is easy because it’s very safe and full of very friendly and hospitable people. On this page, I make a list of 25 Amazing Places which are undoubtedly the country’s major tourist attractions. Visit Oman 1- Ras Musandam Fjords Ras Musandam peninsula is separated from the rest of the country. It is famous for its breathtaking fjords of desert mountains and waters of a beautiful…

Best Travel Experiences

Throughout the World, there are many wonderful places to travel to. Yet, some unique experiences remain secrets, only a few people having the chance to become involved with them. On this page, I will describe some of the best travel experiences I’ve had, examples that can easily provide inspiration and motivation for your future travels. Please note: I’ve been traveling since 1999. So, some of the older photographs on this page are taken with more standard equipment and are of lesser quality than more recent images. Happy travels! Berber Triple Marriage in Sahara Desert I had the opportunity of being invited to an authentic Amazigh (Berber)…

8 Days Tibet Tour – Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland

I traveled to Tibet in the month of August. As I was in Kathmandu – Nepal, I decided to take the opportunity of being so close to visit Tibet – China. To visit Tibet, all travelers need to buy a guided tour from a credited travel agency. So I purchased an 8-day tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa called – Roof of the World. The trips to Tibet can be made alone or in a group. You must always have a guide for you and a jeep/minibus, i.e., even if you choose to go alone you have to travel with a guide. In my case, I got…

Driving in Afghanistan, South Asia – Road trip Survival Guide

Does Driving in Afghanistan or enduring an Afghanistan Road Trip sound crazy? Afghanistan is an amazing country, with beautiful landscape scenery and friendly people. Yet it has been damaged by war for many decades. Traveling in Afghanistan is not a holiday option for most travelers, but those who actually visit it come back with great travel memoirs. Road from the Tajik border to Kunduz Taking your own car into Afghanistan is entirely possible and very doable. Writing a Survival Guide about Driving Afghanistan may seem crazy, but there are a few travelers, adventurous enough to enter the country driving their own wheels, either by car or…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Asia – Travel Guide

Asia Travel Guide “Asia is a marvelous continent to visit. With a total of 49 countries and a population of 4.3 billion, the most prevalent languages in Asia are Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Malay, Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Wei, Thai, and English.” My Top Asia The 16th century World Heritage square Naqsh-e Jahan in Isfahan, Iran 427 meters / 1401 ft below sea level Dead Sea salt lake, Israel – Palestine – Jordan Cave of Jesus’s Birthplace in Bethlehem, Palestine The Citadel at Erbil, the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world, Iraq 15th century Timurid architecture of Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan Hazrat Ali’s Sacred shrine and…

Meaning of the Flags of Asia

The flags represent the national identity of each country. Each color has a meaning in the history of nations. Asian flags vary on color and meaning. On this page, I list all flags of Asia and their colors. Flags of Asia Flag of Afghanistan 3 colors: black, red, green. Meaning of the flag of Afghanistan: The colors of the flag of Afghanistan include the pan-Arab colors of black, green, red (and white), which represent the historical dynasties that once ruled the region. Although not everybody agrees, it is thought that black represents previous Afghan flags which symbolized the sovereign; red is as a sign of progress,…

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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