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16 Favourite New Destinations of 2016

In 2016, I visited 24 countries of which 16 were new ones. 2016 has been a most exciting travel year and I’ve experienced a lot and ticked several things off my bucket list. I’ve continued my explorations of Europe, visited my beloved Faroe Islands twice and spent 3½ months travelling through new regions of Asia. To celebrate the great travel year of 2016, I’ve put…

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Going to Iran: Planning and Preparing

Iran is a country that has fascinated me for a long time. Especially after visiting Afghanistan in May 2016 and falling completely for the unrevealed culture and untouched nature of the northernmost part of the country, I just knew that I had to explore more countries in that region. Now the time has come for the 18th largest country in the world, Iran. Iran has…

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From Southeast to Central Asia: A 3-Month Round-Up

On March 2nd, I embarked on my longest journey so far – a journey that took me through some amazing countries in Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia. 101 days, 45.000 km., 14 countries, 12 capitals, 20 flights and 57 blog posts later, I arrived back in my home country of Denmark on June 10th with a heavy backpack full of beautiful memories. Today,…

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The Illegal Rescue of a Captive Bird of Prey in Kyrgyzstan

I never thought that I would say this, but I have committed a crime along with my friend Steve, who I was travelling with for a month in Central Asia. If we had got caught, we would’ve probably ended up in jail or paying a huge fine (or bribe…), but we both felt that it was worth the risk. What we did is reverse crime,…

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Arslanbob – In the Mountainous Village of the Walnut Forest

After spending 9 amazing days in Tajikistan with a small detour to Afghanistan, it was time to head back to our first Stan destination, Kyrgyzstan. After all of the driving on dusty roads and staying in even dustier villages, I was longing for the lush nature of Kyrgyzstan. I really enjoyed Tajikistan and especially the Pamir Mountains were impressive, but Kyrgyzstan is the more beautiful…

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An Evening of Festivities in Khujand

Our last destination on our travels through Tajikistan was Khujand, an ancient Silk Road city, which dates back about 2,500 years. Just like Osh in Kyrgyzstan, Khujand is one of the most important cities in the culturally diverse Ferghana Valley. It’s also the second largest city in Tajikistan and, in my opinion, the most interesting one. We had a full day of travelling from Dushanbe…

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Dushanbe: The Grand Capital of Tajikistan

On the epic flight from Khorog to Dushanbe, Steve and I met two new friends, Colby and Mike, who were both expats in Dushanbe at the time. They arranged for us to stay with their friend Monet for a night in Dushanbe, which was really lovely of them. Monet is also an expat in the city and was house-sitting for the night in a lovely…

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Khorog to Dushanbe: An Epic Flight through the Pamir Mountains

After three days of driving along the Pamir Highway, a few days in Khorog and then a little detour to Afghanistan, it was finally time to head to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, or as we would say; back to civilization. After several days without wifi, showers and variety of foods, we were both excited to be going to a big city again. Although I…

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Photo Diary: Faces of Afghanistan

Beautiful people are all over the world. But no country has as many of them as Afghanistan. Not only are the people there beautiful on the inside, they are also stunning on the outside. Green eyes are generally quite rare, especially in combination with dark skin, which is my favourite combination, but not in Afghanistan. Everywhere we went, we saw everything from young girls with…

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How to Travel Safely to Afghanistan from Tajikistan

Afghanistan is not your typical backpacker destination. Especially not nowadays, as the country is an active warzone. But as Steve and I found out while travelling in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in Tajikistan, it’s actually possible to visit Afghanistan via Tajikistan and be completely safe. I’m not usually one for posting guides on how to get to places, but since there’s not much information available…