Sri Lanka Travel Guide
The first time I visited Sri Lanka was shortly after the end of their brutal civil war. I discovered a complex, stunningly beautiful and intriguing island nation that I fell in love with. Now, with the war long gone Sri Lanka has opened its heart for all to see. Idyllic beaches empty from tourists, hidden jungle Buddhist temples which require a pilgrimage to get to, national parks filled with wild elephants and an ancient culture that is so very addictive. If you’re thinking of heading to South Asia soon, then I can tell you this there is no place on earth like Sri Lanka. Grab a scooter, fill up on a curry spiced with the heat from hell and hit the roads around this simply perfect adventure travel destination! This is Sri Lanka.
This is a corner of China that very few know about. Xinjiang the old Silk Road Province is China’s largest and home to the Uygur minority. A fiercely independent Muslim minority whose rich culture has occupied this part of the ancient Sill Road for centuries. The cities the Uygur have created reminisce the Middle East rather than China with their smoky night markets and intricate bazaars. Xinjiang is too many surprises mostly desert. A big beautiful desert that is, filled with shimmering sand dunes, stunning mountains chains, and pristine blue high-altitude lakes. Come explore a different side of China, a unique, complex and amazing part. This is the Autonomous Region of Xinjiang.
The air is so thin that my Royal Enfield Motorbike struggles to keep moving from the lack of oxygen. My mind often becomes hazy and my heart labours just like the motorcycle, but every time I look up from the terrifyingly steep, pothole-riddled and rough road I see some of the most majestic scenery I have ever witnessed. Stark and jagged mountains, rugged blue glaciers, remote Buddhist villages, and mountain passes covered in colourful prayer flags. This is just some of the epic landscape set before my eyes on this journey. Every hour I climb higher and closer the Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass set at a dizzying altitude of 5602 m. This is one of the world’s last great adventures to be had!
Such an odd and wonderful place this is. A place where people sleep in caves, cities are constructed underground and the landscapes reminisce a fairy tale. Located right in the middle of Turkey, Cappadocia made a perfect stop to break up the dusty overland Silk Road journey. Arriving in the early hours of the morning I wandered the empty streets. Every so often a light would turn on through the window of a cave house. In the distance, the colorful rocks gleamed in the early morning light. An amazing first sight of Cappadocia! Read More