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Timbuktu, Mali – How to get there the hard way

HOW TO GET TO TIMBUKTU

“This journey remains, to this day, among the craziest of experiences I’ve ever had in my life.“ So, you think this title is a dramatic attempt to assure you visit this adventure blog? Well, my trip to Timbuktu stands by its legend and getting there was, indeed, not as easy as most might think! One of Africa’s ultimate travel destinations and a dream come true for off the beaten path travelers, Timbuktu’s history is rooted as far back as the year 1100. A Tuareg nomad camp in origin, it became one of West Africa’s most important commercial and religious outposts within only a couple of centuries.…

#Vanlife Kyrgyzstan: One-Month Road Trip with a Camper Van

VAN LIFE PHOTOS - KYRGYZSTAN EDITION

Travel in Central Asia with a Camper Van Traveling with a campervan is always rewarding in terms of personal experience. The liberty of being able to go whatever road you impulsively chose, sleep anywhere you want and decide the exact time when to leave a certain place, makes this type of travel a perfect fit for the independent-minded and spontaneous traveler. At this moment you should be asking yourself: “Wait a minute, traveling TO Central Asia with a campervan?” And my answer: Well, yes, going from Europe and traveling around the Central Asian countries with a campervan is something perfectly possible and safe to do. Actually,…

550 hours Amazon River boat trip: Brazil, Peru & Ecuador

550 hours on Amazon River: Brazil, Peru & Ecuador by boat

Have you ever considered crossing the Amazon River by boat? I made this trip, and I’ll share it with you – revealing useful tips and detailed information on how you can also do it on your own. This page tells you about crossing the Amazon River and the Napo River by boat, for a few months. Napo River Boat Walkthrough, Peru to Ecuador Obviously, I didn’t make this trip all at once. My Amazon trip lasted about four months, and during this period I explored Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador’s Amazon Rain Forest regions. Map of Amazon River crossing Fully crossing the Amazon River Francisco de Orellana…

Laas Geel – Incredible 9000-year-old rock paintings in Somaliland

9000-year-old rock paintings in Somaliland

I entered Somaliland walking, coming from Ethiopia through the Wajaale border. After exploring the capital Hargeisa, I went further north to the coastal town of Berbera. After staying a couple of days on the beach, I finally got the plane back to Ethiopia. Somaliland is a self-proclaimed country that technically, and according to the United Nations, is located in the most northwestern region of Somalia. Although it’s not internationally recognized by the UN, it has protected and delimited land borders, its own military, its own president, its own currency, its own police. And it also proudly holds democratic elections since 1991. People of Somaliland are very…

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

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.…

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

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),…

25 of the Best Places to Visit in Oman

VISIT OMAN

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. It is quite easy to visit Oman 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 shade of…

Mesopotamian Marshes, The rebirth of Iraqi Venice

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…

Driving in Afghanistan, South Asia – Road trip Survival Guide

Driving in Afghanistan - Road trip Survival Guide

Driving in Afghanistan Afghanistan Road Trip 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…

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

Visit Tajik Wakhan Corridor – 16 Amazing places to travel

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…

Photos that will make you want to visit Saudi Arabia

PHOTOS SAUDI ARABIA

Visit Saudi Arabia Lately, people are quite curious and searching for photos of Saudi Arabia. This is due to the recent Saudi Sharek e-Visa program. Saudi Arabia just recently opened its doors to foreign tourism. This unknown country has plenty of natural and historical wonders that will make most adventure travelers anxious to visit. On this blog post, I share with you some images, my Top 43 pictures that will make you want to visit Saudi Arabia. Two weeks in Saudi Arabia Small video of my two-week trip to Saudi Arabia. Read my page: Driving in Saudi Arabia: Jeddah to Riyadh Road Trip – Two Weeks/3000…

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