5 Websites Blocked in Turkmenistan

I was recently backpacking in Turkmenistan, where I visited Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza, Dashogus and Konye-Urgench amongst some other cool sites. It is by far the strictest country I have been in in terms of website banning. I was shocked by how many websites have been blocked by the government there. Although since depression kicked Read more about 5 Websites Blocked in Turkmenistan[…]

Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Touring Merv, The UNESCO City of 5 Cities

“Got no reason but I’m king of the castle”- Wamdue Project. While on a tour of the Mary province in Turkmenistan, we spent a day exploring the spaced out sights of Merv. It was another highlight from my time in Central Asia and helped complete my journey through every former Soviet Union FIFA country. I Read more about Backpacking in Turkmenistan: Touring Merv, The UNESCO City of 5 Cities[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Mashar National Park and Tawarun

“Ridahah Ridahah ” – Arabic Desert Song. While based in Hail City in Saudi Arabia we did two day trips out into the remote desert. The first of these included an ancient dwelling place and a hike. This hike brought reminders instantly back from my 2013 adventure to Jordan. On that trip I celebrated 10 Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Mashar National Park and Tawarun[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Touring Jubbah and Jebel Umm Sanman Petroglyphs

“Ridahah Ridahah ” – Arabic Desert Song. While based in Hail City in Saudi Arabia we did two day trips out into the remote desert. The second of these days was a trip to the historic settlement of Jubba, Jubbah. I had never heard of Jubbah before! In fact some of us knew only of Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Touring Jubbah and Jebel Umm Sanman Petroglyphs[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Touring the Rashid Husain Al Qorashei Rose Farm and Factory in Taif

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Touring the Rashid Husain Al Qorashei Rose Farm and Factory in Taif

  “I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey” – Seal. After attending the Hotel Conference in the cool city of Jeddah, we headed inland to the famous city of Taif. Taif is often dubbed the “City of Roses” and it isn’t hard to see why this title has been allocated Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Touring the Rashid Husain Al Qorashei Rose Farm and Factory in Taif[…]

Backpacking in Oman: Staying At the Naseem Hotel in Mutrah

After my time backpacking in Saudi Arabia, I hung around on the peninsula for a while longer, by taking a flight from Jeddah to Muscat in Oman. Oman has changed its visa laws as of March 2018. This meant I needed to fork out $53 US for an online Oman visa in advance. Oman was Read more about Backpacking in Oman: Staying At the Naseem Hotel in Mutrah[…]

World Borders: Muslims Only - The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia

World Borders: Muslims Only – The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia

This is a world border which is slightly different to those in my normal World Borders series, as whether you enter this border or not depends solely on one thing – if you are a Muslim or a Non-Muslim. I am a Non-Muslim and will not be converting to Islam, but on our recent trip Read more about World Borders: Muslims Only – The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah

After arrival into Jeddah for the Saudi Arabia Hotel Show in April 2018, I got a taxi to my hotel from the main international airport. It was my first time in Saudi Arabia and was a business trip on a 10 day adventure. We were staying in the Al Hamra district which is pretty close Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah[…]

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