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Journaling The Journey

Uzbekistan – 5 Reasons we Fell in Love

Uzbekistan Tashkent train travel

Uzbekistan is a country that is easy to fall in love with. It has a rich history, distinct culture, amazing architecture, and welcoming people who are eager to share their culture with visitors. It is also one of the cheapest countries in the world to travel through! Here are just a few of the things […]

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3 Zen Day-Hikes near Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe Day-Hikes

Tajikistan is the perfect country for nature lovers.  93% of the country is covered in gorgeous tall mountains!  There are so many famous multi-day hikes here.  However, what if you are in the capital – Dushanbe and want to get away from the city and the unfortunate pollution here?  We have found 3 picturesque day-hikes […]

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Breathtaking Hunza Valley, Pakistan – 4 Day Itinerary

Hunza Valley Pakistan glaciers trekking

Hunza Valley is a breathtaking valley located in the Karakoram Mountains of northern Pakistan. It is known for its stunning scenery, including snow-capped mountains, lush green valleys, and sparkling lakes. Hunza Valley is also home to some of the tallest and most savage mountains in the world.   In addition, this area has a number of […]

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Afghanistan – Our Journey into Heartbreaking Kabul

Kabul Afghanistan journey heartbreaking taliban

The decision to travel to Afghanistan was not an easy one.  We certainly did not want to legitimize or support the evil self proclaimed government of the Taliban.  Nor did we want to put ourselves in danger.  However, after speaking with local guides and other travelers we made the  decision to go and document the […]

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Turkmenistan the #1 Most Bizarre Country Yet!

Turkmenistan Ashgabat gates of hell bizarre laws country

Turkmenistan is the 147th country that we had visited and is by far the most bizarre!  Think The Truman Show meets The Twilight Zone set in the Soviet Era.  This is especially true for their capital, Ashgabat which is known for everything white, marble and the biggest of many things.  And then there is the […]

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12 Reasons Georgia is one of our Favorite Countries

Budget Friendly Travel Georgia Country

Georgia is a country that has it all. From Tbilisi, its splendid and divergent capital to it’s many monasteries which are steeped in history and exotic culture, to it’s stunning natural beauty as well as award winning wine and delicious cuisine. And to boot this is a very budget friendly travel destination.  There’s something for […]

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Baghdad – 8 Fun Things to see and Do!

Al-Mutanabbi Street Baghdad Iraq

Baghdad is the capital of Iraq and is home to about 8 million people. It is a city with a rich history and culture, but it has also been through a lot of strife in recent years. The Iraq War, the rise of ISIS, the October Uprising of 2020 and the ongoing political instability have […]

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Eritrea – 5 Reasons To Visit and Expose the Abuses

Eritrea Horn of Arfica North Korea

Most of you have probably never heard of Eritrea?  Well, it is a small country in the Horn of Africa that has been called the “North Korea of Africa” due to its repressive government and isolation from the outside world.  The country was ruled by the Kingdom of Italy from 1882 – 1941.  Due to […]

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Djibouti Visa and Flight Nightmare – 5 Lessons Learned

Djibouti Lake Asaal Horn of Arfica

Traveling around the Horn of Africa is risky business.  However, flight cancellations by Air Djibouti from Somaliland made the situation almost criminal due to visa timing.  And don’t get me started on what stress Ethiopian Air put us through.  We could have ended up in real trouble. Read on to find out what happened, how […]

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Forgotten Meroe Pyramids – See Sudan Treasures Safely

Meroe Pyramids Sudan Khartoum Acropole Hotel

Sudan is a country that is often overlooked by tourists, but it is a place that is full of history and culture. One of the most famous attractions in Sudan are the Meroe pyramids, which are located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Khartoum. These are the largest pyramids in Sudan, and they were […]

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