What's it like to travel to Iran?

Backpacking Iran: What’s it like?

I really wanted to backpack Iran on my trip around the world. Iran is a country filled with some of the most incredible history and culture in the world. And, though the politics of its government have long left it isolated and off the tourist trail, it is starting the process of opening up to the […]

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An abandoned theatre in Gagra

Abkhazia in Pictures

Abkhazia is a remarkable juxtaposition of sorrow and beauty, where abandoned places mix with natural beauty. It has almost been forgotten by the outside world, and even just getting to Abkhazia can be a serious challenge. It’s a land that offers striking landscapes checkered by abandoned buildings everywhere — haunting reminders of the war that tore […]

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An abandoned palace near Lake Ritsa Abkhazia

Abkhazia Travel Diary

Abkhazia – A Forgotten Land of Sorrow and Beauty “An AMERICAN? Why are you trying to travel to Abkhazia?” inquired the Georgian police officer as I slipped my blue passport under the checkpoint’s glass. Uh, that’s a good question, I thought to myself. I had planned how to go to Abkhazia, but hadn’t really pondered my […]

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Svaneti Georgia : Travel Itinerary

Svaneti, Georgia – Visit An Enchanted Land

Svaneti, Georgia is easily one of the best places to visit in Georgia. Why? Well, picture a secluded region hemmed in by jagged mountains, which for centuries escaped the grasp of the kings and armies which repeatedly marauded the rest of Georgia. The Svan people speak a language all their own and survived through the […]

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A cup of coffee at one of the best Almaty cafes

The 5 Best Almaty Cafes

For the uninitiated traveler, a visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan isn’t likely to fit with your expectations. It’s an incredibly vibrant, cosmopolitan city, whose lush green streets buzz in the shadows of imposing snow-capped mountains. But the core of its culture is the bustling Almaty cafe scene. You won’t have to search long in Almaty to […]

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Sunset in Batumi Georgia

Batumi, Georgia – Singapore Meets Atlantic City on the Black Sea

[If you are headed to Georgia, be sure to check out my Georgia Travel Itinerary and my list of the Best Places to Visit in the Country of Georgia] Imagine for a second that you mixed Singapore with Atlantic City, shrunk it down ten sizes, added a dash of southern hospitality and a hint of […]

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