Urfa

The Ultimate Eastern Turkey Itinerary

The ultimate Eastern Turkey itinerary that will help you cover all the must-see sights and best places in the region within two weeks.

Midyat old church

Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Eastern Turkey is a somewhat unknown mystery for travellers. Istanbul's minarets, Cappadocia's rock formations and the blue water of the Mediterranean coastline, is the Turkey most people know, with the Far East of the country seeming like a vast no man's land between continents. However, this is far from true. From the plains of Mesopotamia … Continue reading Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Ani ruins

Visiting Ani: ruins of the former Armenian capital

Ani ruins are considered an absolute must-see for anyone venturing out east in Turkey. However, their location, as far east as you can possibly get in Turkey, and on the cusp of the closed border with Armenia, means not too many people make it out there. However, if you do it will sure to be one of your highlights of the region. Here's my guide to exploring the ruined Armenian city.

Mt Nemrut ruins

Mt Nemrut and Şanlıurfa: Southeastern Turkey’s archaeological wonders

On my second trip to Turkey I was very excited to finally get to see Mount Nemrut, an incredible archeological site from the first century. Check this post out for how I visited Mt Nemrut as well as a day trip to Urfa and Gobeklitepe.

Erbil main square

Travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan: what you need to know before you go

Everything you need to know about travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan as a tourist, from safety to budget to transport, from a solo female traveller perspective.

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How to cross the Iraq-Turkey border at Ibrahim Khalil/Habur

From Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan, I wanted to cross over to Southeastern Turkey. I crossed the border at Ibrahim Khalil/Habur and here is my guide and report of the crossing.

View of Amedi

Duhok and a day trip to Amedi

From Duhok, I wanted to explore the small town of Amedi. I had read about this place where the Three Wise Men had come from, which was perched on top of a uniquely shaped plateau in the rolling hills of Kurdistan. I decided to take a day trip on my own this time and I … Continue reading Duhok and a day trip to Amedi

Erbil main square

Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital

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

Mosque Iran

Iran: what you need to know before you go

Everything that you need to know about travelling to Iran, including information about solo female travel, currency and money and local transportation.