Another reason that I returned to Kashan was to make a day trip to the Maranjab Desert and a nearby salt lake. The salt lake is a remnant of the Paratethys sea along with the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. The temperatures in Iran can reach up to 50°C during the summer months and there is very little rain and snow.
Abyaneh is a village in Barzrud Rural District, in the Central District of Natanz County. It is located about 80km south of Kashan by car. Abyaneh is characterised by a peculiar reddish hue that comes from the mud bricks quarried from the mountains nearby. Like many of the traditional villages in Iran, these mud bricks are used almost exclusively to build the houses in the town.
What the hell are the Towers of Silence? Essentially they are a Zoroastrian structure used for excarnation or the 'defleshing' of a dead body. This excarnation takes place inside the pits located on top of a Tower of Silence! As the bodies break down, carrion birds, Vultures typically, would perform the excarnation.
Yazd is a destination in Iran that is packed with day-trip opportunities. One of those is Meybod, an ancient city that goes back to the pre-Islamic era of Iran and located 55km away. The centrepiece of Meybod, and the reason that it's included in day trips, is the Narin Qal'eh castle. Narin Qal'eh is a mud brick fort built around 2000 years ago.
Albania has a beautiful coastline on the Adriatic, every bit as beautiful as that found in Croatia. Albania is the kind of country that you really want to visit within the next 5 years before tourists realise [...]
Bosnia is a mostly landlocked country with and has borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. Bosnia is a country still striving to recover from Balkan conflicts of '90s. But it is a wonderful destination for backpackers.
Bulgaria is not as regularly visited compared to other European nations, but it is a beautiful place, with a wide range of activities for travellers.
Croatia in on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. Croatia has some beautiful sights to visit and some stunning coastline making it a very popular destination during the summer months. A backpackers dream.
Greece is a country in Southern Europe, on the southernmost tip of the Balkan with a mountainous mainland and idyllic island beaches.
Some travellers landing in Iceland may only have a few days during a stopover. Others will be planning a 'ring road' trip around the entire country. No matter the length of time you have and your level of ambition, Iceland is an incredible place [...]
Iran is one of the friendliest and most welcoming countries I have been to. For a detailed personal account of my experiences, check out my Iran Travel Blog. I just want to know the facts, where to sleep, eat and how to get around Iran, read the guides below.
Israel is a very underrated backpacking destination. Tel Aviv is one of the best cities for partying and catching some sun on sandy beaches, and Jerusalem is without peer when it comes to history and culture [...]
A land locked country sandwiched between Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. A beautiful country to visit off the beaten track for most tourists but is growing rapidly as a backpacking destination.
The Republic of Macedonia boasts a natural paradise of mountains, lakes and rivers, amidst rich historical ruins and idyllic villages. Macedonia represents the Balkans in the truest sense and a fascinating mix of cultural influences.
Montenegro is a country in the Balkans, on the Adriatic Sea. The coastline of Montenegro is stunningly beautiful but there is also some beautifully locations inland in the Durmitor Mountains.
Many travellers will duck into Poland briefly to visit the extremely popular Krakow, but the country deserves more than this. Gdansk up in the north of the country has a beautiful old town at it's core, as do the cities Poznan and Wroclaw [...]
Serbia is one of the six countries forming the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The capital, Belgrade, was also the capital of the former Yugoslavia and has a very rich history. Famous for its excellent nightlife.
Slovenia lies at the crossroads of Balkans and Central Europe in the eastern Alps at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, bordered by Austria to the north, Italy to the west, Hungary to the northeast, and Croatia to the southeast.
Backpacking Spain Spain has a lot to offer the budget backpacker boasting beautifully warm weather for the majority of the year. Even the winters is Spain require little more than a fleecy jumper to get you through. Madrid and Spain are two very popular cities to visit. Spectacular monuments and museums, delicious Spanish cuisine and nightlife […]