Where we’ve been

A Trip to Hell; Darvaza, Turkemenistan

What looks like a volcanic crater has erupted out of the desert.... Welcome to Darvaza, Turkmenistan

The Liebster Award 2017!

I've scored my third Liebster Award nomination - thanks to Sivan at Backpacking Panda!

Crossing from Turkmenistan to Iran at Bajgiran

Crossing from Turkmenistan to Iran at Bajgiran is easy enough - but the border officials take their job seriously!

The hidden gems of Khiva, Uzbekistan

Mosques, madrassah, mausoleums and minarets are are hidden behind the vast mudbrick city walls of Khiva, Uzbekistan.

What’s in my suitcase: with Voyager for Life

Packing for travel is a fine art, so here's what's in my suitcase, in a collaborative post on Voyager for Life.

Ashgabat: the human connection

It's hard to make a human connection in a country like Turkmenistan, but I managed to - momentarily - in Ashgabat.

Ashgabat: The world’s creepiest capital city?

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's capital, might be as close as I'll ever come to being inside a SimCity creation.

A night with Mary and Merv in Turkmenistan

Spectacular, isolated ruins with a dark past and a lack of facilities; Merv, Turkmenistan might be the epitome of Central Asian tourism.

Uzbek cuisine: anyone for plov?

Plov, bread, kebabs, green tea and wine - let's talk about Uzbek cuisine!

Crossing into Turkmenistan at Farab

Turkmenistan is not an easy country to get a visa for - and crossing into Turkmenistan is no simpler!