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Ethiopia Travel Guide for Curious Travelers

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For those seeking something different, here’s my Ethiopia travel guide that will hopefully help you plan your own trip there. To most of the world, Ethiopia is practically synonymous to famine and drought. A series of famine that plagued the country between 1970s and 80s killed over a million people. It was one of the […]

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Oman Travel Guide

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Oman Travel Guide for Curious Travelers Poised on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen — but it’s distinctively a world of its own.  The country has an embracing society that warmly welcomes visitors; the people are incredibly friendly. Its robust infrastructure also […]

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70 Photos of Oman that Will Inspire You to Visit!

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A collection of my best photos of Oman that will hopefully make you want to travel there now! Oman: a name so exotic and inviting, yet strangely unknown to many. At least I knew close to nothing about it before my recent trip there with my husband and our 2-year-old daughter. We spent most of […]

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Issyk Kul: Kyrgyzstan’s Lake District

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Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan Wispy clouds hang low¬†over the choppy dark indigo waters as the howling winds create ripples on the water surface. Backdropped by tall and mighty Tien Shan mountains,¬†the water stretches into the horizon, far beyond where the eye can see. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was a sea. […]

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A Complete Travel Guide to the Caucasus

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Caucasus Travel Guide Lodged between Asia and Europe, the Caucasus is truly in the confluence of East and West. It stands at the crossroads of the two continents and thus is a compelling blend of European and Asian cultures and heritage, packed full of stunning, natural landscapes that can rival that of neighboring Central Asia […]

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Armenia Travel: The Best Places to Explore

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We’ve all heard of Armenia or have Armenian friends, yet most of us know nothing about this Caucasus country. In case you too are clueless about it, Armenia is an Eurasian country located  in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, […]

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Travel in the Caucasus: My Impression of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan

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Greetings from Baku, Azerbaijan! It’s been a while since I last wrote a brief update from the road, I thought it’s about time to update you guys on my adventures. I’m currently writing to you from the Caucasus, where I’ve been traveling for the past two weeks. The Caucasus is an intriguing region of Eurasia that’s affordable, […]

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World Nomad Games in Photos

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The 2016 World Nomad Games in Photos “If Genghis Khan were alive, he’d want to be here,” the host at the World Nomad Games 2016’s opening ceremony announced as fireworks lit up the skies. Indeed, Genghis would have been proud to be at the World Nomad Games. Held from 3 to 8 September on the […]

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The Faroe Islands Travel Guide

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Travel Guide In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tiny islands with jagged peaks and vertiginous cliff faces jut out from the sea, piercing into the sky like giant daggers. Sea stacks, craggy bird cliffs and black sandy beaches dot the coast, while steep snowcapped mountains stretch across the length of the islands. […]

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Faroe Islands in Photos — The Secret Isles of the Atlantic

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In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tiny islands with jagged peaks and vertiginous cliff faces jut out from the sea, piercing into the sky like giant daggers. Sea stacks, craggy bird cliffs and black sandy beaches dot the coast, while steep snowcapped mountains stretch across the length of the islands. This archipelago of 18 […]

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Retracing Slavery in Ghana

Retracing slavery in Ghana

Retracing Slavery in Ghana Crumbling colonial buildings and half-built concrete blocks jostle for space alongside congested and pockmarked sidewalks. Corrugated-roofed slums and hundreds of fishing boats dot the rubbish-strewn beach. The choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean slam against the rocky coastline where centuries-old slave forts still stand today. Jamestown, the oldest and poorest area […]

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Spirits and Spells: Voodoo Culture in Benin

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Voodoo Culture in Benin Mention the word ‘voodoo’ and most people conjure images of dolls riddled with nails, and spooky witches casting spells on the innocent. So did I — until my recent trip to West Africa, the birthplace of voodoo. As I learned on this journey, voodoo isn’t some black magic or evil witchcraft […]

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From Slavery to Voodoo: My Journey into the Heart of West Africa

West Africa

For a long time, travel to West Africa was restricted — due to civil wars, tribal conflicts, terrorism and the ebola outbreak. Today, this is the world’s poorest region, with many countries here occupying the lowest positions in the UN Human Development Index. A large percentage of people here survive on barely $20 a month. For travelers, […]

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Fairy-tale Castles and Magic Mountains: A Dream Trip to Transylvania with Lonely Planet

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It all began when I was a little girl. As a child, my favourite book was Bram Stoker’s Dracula; I must have been read it at least a dozen times. In my imagination, Dracula’s home, Transylvania, was a land full of witches, vampires and haunted castles — the stuff of nightmares. And as a (weird) kid, […]

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The Colonial Town Everyone Loves — Trinidad, Cuba

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If you only have time for just one place to visit in Cuba (besides charismatic Havana of course), make it Trinidad. But don’t trust me on that, ask anyone and they’ll surely tell you the same. Trinidad is the Cuba that many people imagine: rambling cobbled streets replete with cigar-smoking men playing dominos, hat-wearing guitar-wielding folk […]

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