Hayden’s Blog

Hi! I’m Hayden — I am a backpacker, solo traveller and amateur photographer. In a previous career I was an engineer working in Perth, Western Australia.  Now I am trying to make my way in the world as a travel writer and blogger.

I began backpacking around the world in early 2014. Over the course of the last few years I have travelled to over 40 countries and 160 cities or towns. The number of hostels that I have stayed in would be approaching 150! You can see a complete map of all my travels in this travel map.

My Previous Posts

Kashan – Trip to Abyaneh – Iran

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.

Yazd – Towers of Silence – Iran

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 – Ancient City of Meybod – Iran

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.

Yazd – Trip to Kharanaq – Iran

My next stop in Iran was the city of Yazd to see among other things, the town of Kharanaq a 4,000 year old abandoned town 70 km from Yazd. Kharanaq is a city built entirely out of mud brick houses. While the town has been inhabited for 4,000 years, the mud brick buildings you see in these images date back around 1,000 years.

Beautiful Isfahan

I have read many times that Isfahan is ‘one of the most beautiful cities in the world’. If you search that phrase on google you will find Isfahan mentioned many times in various lists and blogs. It is immediately obvious to see why Isfahan is considered such a beautiful city. The first place I and most […]

Iran Visa on Arrival

The Iran Visa on Arrival information contained here is based on my experience in February 2017. I applied for a visa on arrival at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport. Once you disembark from your plane, you should immediately look for signs pointing you towards the visa area [...]

Couchsurfing in Iran

While researching this trip to Iran I read several travel blogs. Almost every blog includes a glowing report about Iranian hospitality. One young man I had met in Sri Lanka told me that to find accommodation, you simply need to get off the bus in each new city and wait. Almost immediately people will come up to […]

Kashan Part 2

My accommodation in Kashan, Sadeghi House, was really well located. It was very near to the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse as well as two of the historic old houses in Kashan. These two houses and the bathhouse can all be visited on a combined ticket for 350,000 IRR, about 9€ [...]

Kashan Part 1

The story goes that Kashan, a city in Iran, was the home of the three wise men who followed the star that guided them to Bethlehem to witness the nativity of Jesus. I haven’t verified this story, but I suspect there are a dozen other cities in the middle east with a similar claim. What I […]

Tehran to Kashan

I decided to leave Tehran after a few days. I will be back in Tehran before I fly out at the end of my trip and plan to write about it in more detail then. I only have 19 days and I wanted to make sure I have enough time to see the other cities in […]

Iran Travel Planning Scratchpad

Check out this blog post to see some of the travel planning and research I did before heading to Iran. It mostly contains a bunch of photos I found of different places to visit in Iran. There are some beautiful and hopefully inspiring shots amongst them [...]

Jumping from the Stari Most

If you have travelled through the Balkans at all, there is a good chance you visited Mostar. If you visited Mostar, there is no way you didn't see the Stari Most and saw either some nutbag traveller or some entrepreneurial local jumping from it [...]

Should you travel to Istanbul?

Istanbul is one of the most popular travel destinations on the planet. The city that straddles the Bosphorus consistently ranks at the top of travel popularity rankings. The reasons for this are obvious. Its documented history dates back to the founding of the Greek city of Byzantium in 657 BC. In 330 AD the Roman […]

How to Pack a Travel Backpack

I am about to head off to Sri Lanka and a few other countries in Southeast Asia. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what I put in both my backpack and my daypack. Sri Lanka is a tropical climate so I can afford to pack fairly light. I won’t be needing […]
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