The Great Baikal Trail – A Guide for Volunteers

The Great Baikal Trail – A Guide for Volunteers

The Great Baikal Trail, Russia In 2009 I volunteered on a project to help construct part of the Great Baikal Trail; a series of interconnected hiking trails around the world’s deepest freshwater lake in Siberia, Russia. What is the Great Baikal Trail? The Great Baikal...
Things to do in Baku, Azerbaijan

Things to do in Baku, Azerbaijan

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BAKU About Baku Baku, also known as the city of winds, is the capital city of the Republic of Azerbaijan; a small but wealthy country in the south Caucasus region and a stop on the old Silk Road. The city of Baku lies at the bottom of the Absheron...
London to Baghdad by Car – Travelling to Iraq

London to Baghdad by Car – Travelling to Iraq

Travelling to Iraq is a continuation of Roads Less Travelled which recounts my grandfather’s early life in Scotland to his first posting to Baghdad. In this post he details driving from London to Baghdad. Prior to leaving Baghdad my friend David invited me to...
Roads Less Traveled – My Grandfather’s Journeys

Roads Less Traveled – My Grandfather’s Journeys

Foreword My grandfather has been an inspiration to me on many levels and as our stories are inextricably linked, I thought it time to honour him and publish part of his incredible story. In this first part, he describes his modest upbringing in Ayrshire, Scotland and...
What is Dark Tourism – A Guide

What is Dark Tourism – A Guide

Having just finished the new Netflix series ‘Dark Tourist’ it compelled me to write an article on the subject of dark tourism and list some of my favourite such destinations. So, let’s find out, what is dark tourism? How to be a dark tourist? According to the...
The Silk Road & How to get from England to China

The Silk Road & How to get from England to China

The Silk Road crosses the Gobi Desert at Dunhuang, China. The Silk Road Travelling from the UK to China along the Silk Road is a big undertaking that requires some planning, but is an incredibly rewarding journey that will take you through “strange” lands...