Petra: Before the Flood

I’d call Petra Jordan’s main draw but this country has so many that it’s difficult to label even Petra as the definitive sight. It’s certainly a top destination though - a fantastically preserved ancient city, a Wonder of the World and filming location for Indiana Jones (though due to my awful film knowledge I had … Continue reading Petra: Before the Flood

Wadi Rum: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

4 and a half years ago I had a long stopover in Amman, the capital of Jordan, but wasn’t allowed to leave the airport hotel without a visa. It was from this point that I became a little bit obsessed with returning to Jordan and exploring it properly. Now, finally, I got my chance. Jordan … Continue reading Wadi Rum: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Kazakhstan: Turk on Me

Despite being Kazakhstan's third city, not many tourists venture to Shymkent to sightsee in the city itself (in fact I don't think many tourists venture there at all). Instead it is used as a base to visit nearby Turkistan which has much more to satisfy the average sightseer. In my original plan way back when, … Continue reading Kazakhstan: Turk on Me

India: Desert Trekking in Jaisalmer

I hate the term 'must do' when I visit a place. I don't really like people telling me I 'must do' this or 'must see' that when I go somewhere because travelling is such a personal thing. However, when I was in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan earlier this year, I indulged in one of these must-dos - … Continue reading India: Desert Trekking in Jaisalmer