How to travel to Afghanistan during Taliban
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by Joan Torres
8M ago
Wanna travel to Afghanistan with Against the Compass? Join a group of like-minded travelers in our next scheduled tour in Afghanistan: Feb 29th to Mar 9th, 2024 LEARN MORE The first time I traveled in Afghanistan was in June 2021, just when the US Army began to withdraw from the country, and shortly before the Taliban took it over. In 2023, with the new change of Government, I decided to go back to see what was it like to travel in Afghanistan under new Taliban rule. From a traveling perspective, a lot has changed in this country. After more than 1 month of independent travel in Afghanistan ..read more
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Overlanding from Kabul to Herat via Minaret of Jam by local transportation
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by Joan Torres
8M ago
In 2023, I visited Afghanistan for the second time, traveling from the border with Pakistan at Khyber Pass to Kabul, all the way to Herat via the Minaret of Jam.  It was a 1100km journey, 700km of which were through a pretty rough Jeep track, and which I did with a combination of hitchhiking, minibuses, local shared taxis, taxi motorbikes and random taxis when needed as well. This is one of the best trips I have ever taken. This post contains all the practical information for you to do the same. Here, you will find: Introduction How many days? Permits needed Day by day itinerary Day 1 ..read more
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From Backpacking on $10 a day to One of the Most Successful Online Entrepreneurs
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by Joan Torres
9M ago
Fellow adventurers, today I am excited to share with you the remarkable journey of Will Hatton, the man behind The Broke Backpacker travel blog. You may already be familiar with Will’s captivating tales of exploring the world on $10 a day, but what you may not know is how he was able to transform his passion into a sustainable force of long-term travel. Ever since he first hit the road over fifteen years ago, things have been quite the wild ride. From exploring the depths of Venezuela, hitchhiking all the way through Iran, and towering the highest of Pakistani peaks, he’s always longed for re ..read more
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How to get a visa for Sudan
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
The process of getting a visa for Sudan doesn’t end when you get it, as, there are a couple of steps that need to be taken once you are in Sudan. If you follow all the necessary steps, getting a Sudanese visa isn’t complicated but, there is some bureaucracy that needs to be done. This post keeps regularly updated thanks to input from some amazing travelers. I also recommend checking the comments section of this blog. For more information read my travel guide to Sudan In this guide to getting a visa in Sudan, you find: Where to apply How to get a visa in Aswan (Egypt) How to get a visa in Cai ..read more
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Things to do in Shiraz
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
Remember that, in Iran, many popular websites and services are blocked, including Facebook and WhatsApp. Sometimes they block this travel blog too. If you want to browse and use them while you are backpacking in Iran, you must get a VPN and the one I personally use is ExpressVPN, the most reliable one for Iran. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ExpressVPN A city of more than 3,000 years old which has been the heartland of Persian culture for millennia, Shiraz is a city filled with historical mosques and beautiful gardens. Known as one of the most liberal cities in the whole of Iran, here you wi ..read more
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How to travel to Kosovo in 2022
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
This travel guide to Kosovo contains everything you must know to visit one of the youngest countries in the world, including safety, moving around, top experiences, best time to visit, historical context and more. Only independent since 2008, Kosovo is a partially recognized country that split from Serbia, putting an end to many years of an unfortunate conflict. This landlocked country was part of our 2-month road trip across the Balkans, and it was one of our favorite parts. Along with Transnistria, and perhaps Belarus, Kosovo might be the least visited country in Europe, home to a pretty a ..read more
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7 day trips from Tbilisi (less than 2 hours away)
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
This post contains 7 short, 1-day trips from Tbilisi that can be reached in up to 2 hours (by public transportation). Having lived in Tbilisi for nearly a year, I can definitely confirm that, along with Kyiv, this is my favorite capital in Europe. It has a friendly atmosphere, great food options, cozy bars, plus there are so many things to do, that you could easily spend your entire trip based there, doing occasional day trips from Tbilisi. Georgia is actually a tiny country, where you could easily visit half of it on a day excursion from Tbilisi, but this post contains the easiest, shortest ..read more
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A guide to visiting Adjara mountains in Georgia
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
Heads up. When we visited Adjara, we had our best local experience ever in Georgia, when a random family invited us to their mountain house. We ate home-made food, drank chacha, wine and danced to traditional music until night. It was great, and the truth is that around the Adjara mountains we were continuously blessed by heavy doses of hospitality, either with random Georgians we bumped into or the locals we hitched a ride with. This part of Georgia is, for some reason, one of the most unspoiled parts of the country, even more than Tusheti, at least when it comes to tourism. Historically, t ..read more
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32 Best places to visit in the Middle East in 2022
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
Want to travel to Syria? We have several trips scheduled until the end of 2022. The following expedition is from November 13th to 20th CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE The Middle East… That enormous piece of territory often overlooked as a whole and, usually, only seen as the land of the greatest and most beautiful deserts, endless bazaars of spices and the warm welcome of the Bedouins. Moreover, most of the time, the international media only likes to share images of disasters and bad things happening in the Middle East. This distortion of reality changes people’s perception to the extent ..read more
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Ultimate guide for traveling to Beirut
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by Joan Torres
1y ago
Lebanon is currently going through a deep economical crisis. Read: How to travel in Lebanon during the crisis Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is a city that suffered one of the longest contemporary Civil Wars (25 years, ended in 1991). However, today, among all the destroyed buildings, Beirut brags about being one of the safest cities in the region and, with unbelievable economic growth and the rapid rise of the middle class, it also stands as the most liberal and westernized city in the Middle East, outside of Israel.  I love Beirut because of its deep, rich and contrasting histor ..read more
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