Discovering Minsk: The Vibrant Capital of Belarus

Belarus has long been known as the hardest country to get into as a tourist in Europe, even harder than Russia, with its complicated and expensive visa requirements. For that reason, the country has seen limited tourism over the years, but all that is about to change. In February this year, Belarus introduced a new visa-free regime, allowing citizens from 80 countries (including all EU…

Exploring Tirana: The Most Colourful European Capital

On the morning of my last day in Albania, I caught a bus from Berat to Tirana, the country’s colourful capital. I was excited to explore the city that I had heard so much about from other travellers (some were more excited about it than others). I had heard about all the colours of the city, so I was expecting colours, and colours was exactly…

A Weekend Trip to Bustling Bucharest

We arrived at our hotel, Ibis Hotel Palatul Parlamentului, in the early evening of March 10th, dropped off our stuff and then went out to explore Bucharest by night with one important mission – to get something to eat! We had chosen Bucharest as our destination for the weekend for reasons of it being cheap, a more or less undiscovered city and a great base…

Arriving in Iran and Exploring Tehran

After meeting up at the airport in Istanbul, Steve and I boarded the plane to Tehran, the capital of Iran, and at 4.05 AM on January 13th, we arrived. When we arrived at the airport in Tehran, we had to go through a few things to get our Iranian visa. First, it’s obligatory to get medical insurance, which cost us both 16 USD. I think…

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…

Never Get Lost: GPSmyCity App Giveaway

Whenever I travel to a new country, I always make sure to check out its capital and other cool cities. I’m generally a genius at getting myself lost, so I always use a city guide app whenever I go sightseeing. My favourite city guide apps are from GPSmyCity, which provides city walking guides, inspiring articles about the cities from thousands of bloggers (including me!) as…

Bishkek: The Dynamic Capital of Kyrgyzstan

After 16 wonderful days in Mongolia, it was time to leave and head to my next exciting destination: Kyrgyzstan! Whenever I had told people where I was heading next, I had been met with curiosity. Because Kyrgyzstan definitely isn’t a standard backpacker destination. I have, however, always been interested in the Central Asian countries (or “the Stan’s”, if you will), and thus chose Kyrgyzstan as…

Mongolia: In the Land of the Blue Sky

Mongolia was my 12th stop on the journey around Asia and the stop that I was most excited about. It was also the country that I had decided to spend the most time in, mainly because I was so intrigued by the nomadic culture that still exists in Mongolia. In fact, Mongolia is the last country on earth where people are still living as nomads,…

Hostel Madness and Hiking Fails in Hong Kong

After a short sleep on the ferry between Macao and Hong Kong, I arrived in the city at 8 PM for the second time in under two months. My first visit to Hong Kong had given me a great impression of the city, so I was expecting to be equally as excited about it this time around. After spending a week in the big cities…

Macao: A Quick Visit to the Asian Las Vegas

Since I had originally planned on exploring more of China on this journey, I bought a flight ticket to Macao, an old Portuguese colony, which is now a special administrative region in China. But I didn’t have time to get my visa to China before I left Denmark back in March, so I decided to change those plans and go to Mongolia instead. But instead…