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Syria – What To See

Umayyad Mosque - Damascus, Syria

This information is not meant to encourage anyone to travel to Syria due to the current conflict, but instead provide an overview of what the situation was like prior to this time.  Syria has plenty of attractions within a small country, but there are two distinctive highlights of visiting Syria. Krak des Chevaliers is the […]

Ethiopia – What To See

Abraha Atsbeha church - Tigray Region, Ethiopia

Ethiopia is my favourite country in Africa and it is brimming with sights. The culture of Ethiopia is so rich and different, that the major attraction of the country is not any specific attraction but instead meeting the people and learning about their culture. Ethiopia is truly unique. The historical circuit is the aptly named […]

Ethiopia – Practical Information

Shopkeeper - Jinka, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Before you go: A number of nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival at Bole International Airport only. If you are crossing via land, you will need to obtain your visa in advance. Please note the common practice of travelling from Somaliland to Ethiopia by land is no longer possible unless you have a visa […]

Kurdistan – What To See

Erbil - Kurdish Region, Iraq

Within Erbil one will concentrate their visit around the area of the towering Citadel, though much is currently closed due to restoration, including the Kurdish Textile Museum. At the base of the Citadel is the Qaysari Bazaar which is worthy of a wander, even if only to meet with the local people.  There is a […]

Tajikistan – Practical Information

Village near Yoged - Tajikistan

Before you go: Best to obtain an evisa and GBAO permit in advance. This has been available since June 2016, and should be completed only through the official site. This option is for single entry visas only. If you wish a double entry visa, you need to use this system to apply for two different […]

Afghanistan – Is It Safe?

Police - Ishkashim, Afghanistan

You need to research carefully before any visit to Afghanistan. The situation is complex and volatile.  Having said this there are certain areas which are considered safe.  The Badakhshan Province in the north-east is home to the famous Wakhan Corridor and the Big and Little Pamirs. The safest way to enter here is via the […]

Yemen – What To See

Village of Atefer - Haraz Mountains, Yemen

This information is not meant to encourage anyone to travel to Yemen (with the exception of Socotra Island) due to the current conflict. My personal experience in Yemen was restricted to Sana’a and the Haraz Mountains due to time constraints. Thankfully, the Old City of Sana’a is arguably the most beautiful city in the world, […]

Kurdistan – Practical Information

Father and Son - Dukan, Kurdish Region, Iraq

Before you go: A number of nationalities can obtain a ten day tourist visa on arrival.  If you are unable to obtain a visa on arrival, you will need to apply to an Iraqi embassy or consulate prior, and this may include obtaining a letter from the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior. If flying, check […]

North Korea – Practical Information

Pohyon Temple complex - Mt Myhongyang, North Korea

Before you go:  To travel to North Korea, you must book a tour with one of the authorised tour operators – I chose Young Pioneer Tours.   They will apply for your visa on your behalf, which unfortunately does not appear in your passport, but on a green piece of paper instead. The only currencies accepted […]

Yemen – Practical Information

Wadi Dahar - Haraz Mountains, Yemen

This information is not meant to encourage anyone to travel to Yemen (with the exception of Socotra Island) due to the current conflict. Before you go: You must obtain a visa before you travel to Yemen.  Apparently, visas are currently denied to individual travellers, so you will need the assistance of a local agency to […]