I wanted to travel to a part of the world I hadn’t been to before. My mind kept drifting to the same blank space on the map: the ‘stans – five mysterious countries in central Asia, once part of the Soviet Union. So I booked a one-way flight to Bishkek, and set off to explore.
Recently my trip expanded and ran away with me – I decided to just keep heading back west and see where I ended up.
A Nomadic Feeling - 10 May 2018 – I wanted to travel to a part of the world I hadn’t been to before. Thinking about different destinations, my mind kept drifting to the same blank space on the map: the ‘stans – five mysterious countries in central Asia, once part of the Soviet Union. Maybe it was the allure … More A Nomadic Feeling And That’s Travel in Kyrgyzstan - 20 May 2018 – Oyv arrived in Bishkek early one morning; I came back from nomading around Lake Issyk-Kol and walked into the hostel we’d agreed on to find him sleeping off his middle-of-the-night flight. We were hungry. I’d been eating cheap; a lot of unidentifiable stuff, mostly lumps of dough concealing meat I didn’t … More And That’s Travel in Kyrgyzstan Silk Road Tripping - 30 May 2018 – I’d done a lot of hiking and homestays in Kyrgyzstan. That’s one sort of travel. Whenever I thought about travelling onwards to Uzbekistan something completely different came to mind – the Silk Road, that legendary trading route linking the East to the West, along which the world’s great civilisations traded valuables like … More Silk Road Tripping Plan B - 13 June 2018 – I didn’t make a lot of plans before setting off on this trip – in fact I didn’t make any – but I had a lot of ideas. One of them (my ideas, I mean) was to travel up into Russia from Kazakhstan. Visa policies in Central Asia have loosened up … More Plan B Abhkazia – The Country That Never Was - 9 July 2018 – At seven am I sat outside a McDonald’s surrounded by partially unpacked backpacks and the drying laundry I’d spread across a couple of tables. After a fitful sleep on the jolting night train from Tbilisi I’d arrived in Zugdidi. That’s the last town in Georgia before the unofficial border crossing to … More Abhkazia – The Country That Never Was One Week in Lebanon - 23 July 2018 – Lying on the bed in our room and listening to the distinct crackling noise of automatic weapons not too far away, I raised an eyebrow at Oyv. ‘It’s probably just a wedding’ he said. I nodded: it’s true – festively shooting in the air on any given occasion is a thing … More One Week in Lebanon Petra: One for the Bucket List - 31 July 2018 – Think of Jordan and you probably think of Petra. I doubt anyone goes to Jordan without visiting it; in fact a lot of people go there specifically for Petra alone, even day-tripping in from Israel or Egypt just to see it. And no wonder: it’s amazing. So when we arrived in Amman, … More Petra: One for the Bucket List