Author: Stephen Lioy

What It’s Like: Winter Travel in Kyrgyzstan

What It’s Like: Winter Travel in Kyrgyzstan For most of the growing number of tourists that are traveling in Kyrgyzstan, the small Central Asian republic is a country of summer mountains and sandy beaches. The majority of visitors come in the warmer months, for the June-September high season when horse riding and mountain climbing and of the many other reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan. For a small subset of the travel scene, though, the country is creeping up the ranks in popularity as a winter tourism destination as well. Snow-capped mountains, accessible front- and back-country skiing and boarding, and super affordable prices that...

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Photo of the Week: Exploring Asmara, Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Streets of Asmara, Eritrea   Researching a trip to Eritrea, the bulk of the (admittedly very limited) information available points to one major draw: the Art Deco Architecture of capital city Asmara. An Italian colony from the 1880’s till 1947, the European influence is notable throughout the country but particularly in Asmara. Italian-era theaters, ornate villas housing consulates and government offices, street-side cafes serving up macchiatos and pasta, and the sound of Italian as a second-language among the older generations. But there are other sides, as well, deeply religious (the population is roughly split between Islam...

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A Day of Travel Costs in Sichuan China

A Day of Travel Costs in Sichuan China China can be an intimidating country for independent travelers, both because the language and culture feel so much less accessible to outsiders and because the prices are often much higher than areas like South East Asia. The country is a fascinating place to travel, though, and to skip it because prices are a bit high would be a shame. From nearly three months of travel in China’s Sichuan province earlier this year, here are my takes on what it costs. (Here’s what it costs to travel in nearby Yunnan Province.) The...

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World Nomad Games 2016

Gettin’ It On Like Genghis Khan: World Nomad Games 2016 What do Steven Seagal, Genghis Khan, and a bunch of kok boru goats have in common? They all seem to shine with the waxy sheen of death, and they were all focal points of the World Nomad Games 2016 in Kyrgyzstan. Successor to the first-ever World Nomad Games in 2014, the 2016 iteration saw an admirable admixture of 1200 competitors  from over 60 countries. Not only were the notable nomads in abundance – Kazakhstan and Mongolia sidling up alongside the likes of the Russian Federations’s Bashkortostan Republic – but inexplicably so were...

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Photo of the Week: World Nomad Games 2014

Photo of the Week: World Nomad Games 2014 A celebration of culture and sports, international cooperation, press passes and sheeps’ asses. Nope, it’s not the Olympics, but the World Nomad Games: a biennial festival of all things nomadic culture on the shores of Issyk-Kol lake in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Contributor Stephen Lioy covered the event in 2014 as a blogger and photographer, hitting the highlights of the sports competitions and cultural folklore festival throughout the six-day event, and is currently in the country again for the 2016 festival from September 3rd – 8th. On the face of it, the...

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The GoMad Nomad Travel Mag is an online magazine for independent travelers publishing original travel articles on popular and off-the-beaten-track destinations, volunteering and working opportunities abroad, and practical travel advice on long-term, adventure, alternative, and budget travel.

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