Ask Gomad Nomad: Silk Road Solo Travel?

AskGoMad: Silk Road Solo Travel

Ask GoMad Nomad: Solo Travel on the Silk Road? This month’s Ask GoMad Nomad column comes from longtime reader Heidi, whose question concerns a region near and dear to several of the writers behind GoMad Nomad: Central Asia and the Silk Road. I recently decided that I want to travel the Silk Road from China [...] Read more »

Introducing: Wat Phu in Champasak, Laos

Wat Phu Champasak Ruins

Introducing: Wat Phu in Champasak, Laos With all the travel lovin’ the Khmers get in Cambodia, I’m always amazed how little attention the historical predecessor to the famous Angkor Wat attracts just across the border in Southern Laos. Just outside the tiny town of Champasak, this Khmer temple predates the Angkor complex by at least [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: The Registan in Samarkand

Registan complex in Samarkand Uzbekistan

Photo of the Week: The Registan in Samarkand The Registan is undoubtedly the center of tourism in modern Uzbekistan, but long ago on the historic Silk Road than ran from modern-day China to the Middle East and Europe the city of Samarkand was also one of the very centers of the intellectual and religious world. [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Tilework at Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Photo of the Week: Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul Just a few minutes’ walk away from the popular Spice Bazaar and the Balik Ekmek vendors of Eminonu, the Rustem Pasha Mosques gets just a handful of visitors that the more famous Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) sees.  Wander up the right unassuming staircase off a busy market street [...] Read more »

150 Years of Vienna’s Ringstrasse

150 Years of Vienna's Ringstrasse

150 Years of Vienna’s Ringstrasse Vienna’s Ringstrasse: home to fantastic architecture, cake-stuffed and caffeine-fueled cafes, world-class museums, and more monuments and statues than any reasonable traveler could possible want to photograph. This central Ring Road surrounding the Imperial City’s old center and cultural heart is a beacon to travelers who come to the city looking for old [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Frederiksborg Palace

fredriksborg palace denmark

Photo of the Week: Frederiksborg Palace in Denmark The city of Copenhagen is a beautiful place full of some of the world’s best restaurants, an ubiquitous biking culture, and tons of music festivals throughout the year. As wonderful as the city is, however, there is so much more to Denmark than just Copenhagen and it would [...] Read more »

Spotlight On: The Turkish Riviera

turkish riviera

Spotlight On: Travel to the Turkish Riviera   Alternative Name: The Turquoise Coast Location: The Turquoise Coast/ Turkish Riveria is located on the southern shore of Turkey, winding over more than one thousand kilometers along the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas from Alanya in the east to Bodrum and Kusadasi in the west. Noteworthy facts: The [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

abu dhabi shiekh zayed grand mosque

Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Though a bit lighter on the big-name tourist sites than the neighboring Emirate of Dubai, national capital Abu Dhabi is by far the richest and most politically powerful of the seven Emirates. Though the city center is a bit understated compared to that of Dubai, one of the places [...] Read more »

What It’s Like In: Budapest, Hungary

There is no such thing as “small” in Budapest. Every detail is part of a grander scheme, every building is grandiose, every lane proudly clean, every stone and brick an impeccable piece of ever-evolving neoclassical renovation. There are no nooks or crannies. Its central downtown is made up of row after row of elaborately gothic [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Durbar Square is the architectural highlight of the city of Bhaktaur. Its true wealth, however, lies in the rest of the city. It’s Nepal’s best-preserved medieval city and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What I really like about Bhaktapur is that it’s a living city. The citizens still live and play among [...] Read more »

Photo Essay: Bukhara Uzbekistan


Bukhara: Ancient City of the Silk Road For nearly two thousand years, Bukhara’s vibrant civilization and well-established economy kept it as a center of culture and commerce on the fabled Silk Road. Genghis Khan conquered here, British explorers languished and died in its prisons, and even the Soviet Union fought before and eventually conquered Bukhara’s [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Colorful Houses of Girona Spain

Girona Spain colorful building along the River

Catalonia is known for Barcelona, its famous artists, the beautiful Costa Brava, the Pyrenees, and its world-class cuisine. Girona Spain is right in the middle of all this. Girona is located inland from the coast, about an hour north of Barcelona. It’s a small city known for its Jewish quarter, old town, Cathedral, and colorful [...] Read more »

Acoma Pueblo Sky City: Oldest Continuously Inhabited Community in North America

History of the Acoma Pueblo “No note taking.” Our tour guides tells me after I jotted down a couple thoughts as he began explaining the history of the Acoma Pueblo. We are up high on a 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths in the desert of western New Mexico. This [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Dali Old Town

Dali is one of those places that I really hoped I wouldn’t dislike. Its description in the guidebooks made it sound so pleasant a town—except for one thing—the growing number Chinese tourists. Well, there were tons of tourists, but Chinese tourists seem to stick together in group tours and don’t drift very far from the [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Chi Lin Nunnery and Nam Lian Garden, Hong Kong

Chi Lin Nunnery is an elegant wooden temple built without nails in the Tang style. Adjacent to the temple is the tranquil Nam Lian Gardens, a reconstruction of a Tang-era garden. Stroll on a curving walkway past pavilions, ponds, hills, and sculpted pines. It is a fine example displaying the rich culture of the classical [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Hong Kong Skyline

One of the iconic images of all of Asia, the Hong Kong skyline is certainly one of the city’s highlights. There are a few ways to go about getting the best view. I’ll give you my top four picks: 4) From the ICC Tower in West Kowloon. This is the tallest building in Hong Kong [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Quebec City

  Quebec City has long been a destination I‘ve wanted to visit. Old Quebec, or Vieux-Québec, has a well-known reputation of rich history being the only city north of Mexico that has retained its fortified city walls. I would further say that along with Guanajuato, Mexico, Quebec City is the most European of cities in [...] Read more »

5 Spectacular Castles to Visit in Ireland

Ireland is a land of castles. While there are some places where you will have to shell out quite some money to be able to stay the night, others open their doors to everyone for a touristic visit. Here is a selection of five castles worth visiting on your next trip to Ireland:  Bunratty Castle [...] Read more »