Where we’ve been

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!

Spellbinding Bukhara on the silk road

Winding lanes and facades which glimmer like a mirage in the desert... welcome to Bukhara.

Do a day in Doha! How to spend a Qatar stopover

What would you do with a day in Doha? Here's how to spend a day in the Qatari capital!

The fabled silk road city of Samarkand

Samarkand's greatest architectural monument was the seat of power for one of history's most bloodthirsty tyrants.

Tashkent, the city that nearly wasn’t

Tashkent was levelled by an earthquake in the 60s, and much of its history was consigned to become more secrets of Central Asia...