Shiraz | The Perfect Introduction To Iran

Shiraz. When I think about this stunning city, it is honestly a miracle that my face doesn’t break from smiling so hard. Shiraz was the first city I visited in Iran, and jeez, what a way to start! Shiraz is the 6th most populated city in Iran and the capital of the province of Fars. […]

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OMG I’m In Iran!

When I decided to backpack through Iran, people were vehemently against it. I had not received such backlash about a trip since I travelled through South Africa solo! I had family, friends, colleagues and even readers express their concerns. These concerns ranged from the legitimate (“won’t you have to wear a headscarf?”) to the downright ridiculous (“I saw […]

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A Little More Istanbul

Let me preface this post by apologizing for the recent hiatus! It has been an uncharacteristically busy few weeks for me and writing has unfortunately been pushed a bit to the wayside. But never fear, regular posting starts again now! The last time I wrote, I had spent time exploring some of the most famous […]

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Tremendously Turkish | Falling In Love With Istanbul

When I was working out how to fly from Kiev, Ukraine to Shiraz, Iran – the most direct and affordable flights always involved a stopover in Istanbul. However, these stopovers were bloody long (12-18 hours!) and the idea of rushing around in Istanbul for a few hours to try and make the most of such […]

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10 Things You Need To Know Before Visiting Chernobyl

Ever thought about visiting the infamous Chernobyl Exclusion Zone? If so, here are ten things you should know before going on such a trip. 1. It’s safe In terms of exposure to radiation, a visit to Chernobyl can be compared to spending a few hours in an aeroplane. The area still does have ‘hot spots’ […]

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Exploring The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone | An Experience Like No Other

I’m not exactly sure when I learned about the Chernobyl disaster. I can’t have been a little kid, where on Earth would I have heard about such an event? I also know that it had to have been sometime prior to 2012. It was in this year that the horror film Chernobyl Diaries was released, and I […]

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Very Strange, Very Beautiful: Welcome to Kiev!

After breezing through the Ukraine VOA process, it was time for me to get moving and start exploring! I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t expect a whole lot from Kiev. The reality is that my time in Ukraine was purely a result of me wanting to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (stay […]

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Everything You Need To Know About The Visa On Arrival In Ukraine

Sometimes, finding accurate information on the vast space we call the Internet can be kinda tough. People love to share stories that are incredibly positive or incredibly negative – but finding any accuracy and real neutrality can be difficult. I found this out firsthand when I tried to search for accurate and up to date […]

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A Side Trip To Pretty Sibiu

When I decided to go ahead with a short Romanian pit stop on my way to Ukraine, I had initially only planned to visit Brasov and Bucharest. However, thanks to a few suggestions from some wonderful globetrotting friends, I decided that I should make a pit stop to one of the smaller cities, even if […]

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Get Your Garlic! Get Your Stake! I’m In Transylvania!

After a wonderful ‘pick me up’ in the form of a Slovakian weekend, I was feeling recharged and ready to do a little exploring in a new country. It took two trains and an encounter with the most disgusting toilet on planet Earth, but after not too long I had arrived in Romania! If you […]

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