A travel blog by Elisha Donkin
I’m a twenty-something year old Australian traveller, writer, photographer, storyteller, hiker, avid tea drinker and self-confessed chocolate addict. I’ve been travelling solo on and off since 2014 and recently decided that I should just accept that it is my life and not just another holiday (like most people think it is!). I’m also a freelance writer and photographer and have been published in various magazines and websites around the world.
Welcome to my travel blog!
This blog is a combination of stories, photos, travel guides and occasionally (amateur) videos, on the places I’ve travelled in and hiked to so far. Here you’ll find stories of my favourite experiences, informative travel guides to off beat places and photographs and videos that I hope delve beyond travel stereotypes.
I should also mention that I travel solo most of the time, and yes, I am a female… *I’ll wait while you rap your head around that.* I think it’s the most empowering thing a girl can do for herself and if you don’t believe me, read this article I wrote for Dame Traveler.
Be warned though, I’m not your average tourist. I prefer slower, more meaningful (budget) travel, and you’ll most likely find me: staying in a homestay or hostel, travelling overland by bus, hiking wherever there are mountains, exploring wherever there is a government travel warning and drinking tea or wine with some locals. If this sounds like your style, then…
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From Erbil, I explored three of Iraqi Kurdistan’s biggest tourist attractions on the way to Duhok: Akre, Lalish and Alqosh.
Everyone had raved to me about Sulaymaniyah. However, it was actually Erbil that I came to really like. The city is Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The central citadel has been continuously lived in for 7000 years, and is now a built up, manmade hill … Continue reading Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital