Discovering Iran: An 18-Day Round-Up

On January 12th, Steve and I embarked on a journey through the magnificent country of Iran. For 18 days, we travelled around the country, exploring new places every day and getting to know and understand the unique Iranian culture. We travelled for 5.700 km, explored 7 cities, visited many tiny villages, ticked off 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovered some of the most amazing…

Iranian Desert Experience at UNESCO’S Lut Desert

At 10 PM on January 18th, we arrived in the city of Kerman, the 10th most populous city in Iran with a population of 900,000. We didn’t come to Kerman for the city itself, but for the many interesting sights that surround the city, including the Lut Desert, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exhausted after a 5½-hour long bus journey, we decided to settle for…

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…

My Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

2016 has been a glorious travel year. I’ve visited 24 countries, 16 of them new ones, and everywhere I’ve been, I’ve brought my trusty Sony camera with me. Even here in Copenhagen, I can’t live without it. I’ve taken thousands of pictures this year, more than ever before, and choosing my favourites hasn’t been an easy job. It took me a while, but here they…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: Snowy Mountains at Elsen Tasarkhai

Read part five of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ongi Monastery The sixth and last day of our Gobi tour had no set itinerary, apart from where we were going to stay for the night. Luckily, Byamba and Bagii chose an amazing place with much to see and do, but we were technically no longer in the actual Gobi Desert, when we arrived there;…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ongi Monastery

Read part four of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Homeland of the Dinosaurs On our 5th day in the Gobi Desert, we experienced the warmest weather to date; in fact it was so warm that I didn’t wear my jacket all day, something that I hadn’t been able to since coming to Mongolia. It’s fascinating how quickly the weather changes in Mongolia; from bitterly…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Homeland of the Dinosaurs

Read part three of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Khongor Sand Dunes We left the lovely family after a long farewell with Buyan Khishig in the morning and then headed for our next destination, which was 180 km. away. It was another day of bumpy driving that none of us were really looking forward to, so when the van had some problems and Bagii…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Khongor Sand Dunes

Read part two of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ice Valleys After a good night’s sleep, it was time to hit the road again and head to the destination that I was looking forward to the most: The Khongor Sand Dunes, also known as The Singing Sands. Despite what most people believe, sand dunes only take up 3 % of the Gobi Desert and…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The Ice Valleys

Read part one of Stories from the Gobi Desert: The White Stupa. We said goodbye to Olyii, Gerlee and their animals at 9 AM and were ready for another long day driving through the Gobi Desert. The ride was bumpy at first, but then we turned off onto a newly-built asphalt road, which was built for the Gobi tours last year. It used to take…

Stories from the Gobi Desert: The White Stupa

We left the hostel at 8.30 AM, a group of seven consisting of two Singaporean girls, Aida and Lisa, an English guy, Luke, an American guy, Alex, our guide Byamba, our driver Bagii and me. It was the perfect team and we all got on really well, despite us not being able to communicate in English with Bagii. Byamba was fluent in English, very informative…