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Keren Camel Market in Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Keren Camel Market in Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Keren Camel Market in Eritrea   The camel plays an important role in Eritrea’s history and even self-identity, with the long-suffering animals playing a vital role in many of the battles central to the decades of conflict that have waged on and off since the 1960’s. The animal even features prominently …

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World Nomad Games 2014

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 …

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Tagong Horse Festival Sichuan China

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival It’s the Wild West, with fast-riding horsemen and long-standing family feuds and even the occasional mineral-rights dispute. It’s not Texas though, it’s China, the Western reaches of Sichuan province where Tibetan culture keeps a firm hold on the ancient region of Kham. And in the town of Tagong, for a …

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Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco

Photo of the Week: Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco

Photo of the Week: Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco Monte Carlo is not exactly budget traveler territory. The city at the heart of the Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera is the territory of Bond girls, fast cars, and flashy yachts; and also an area that receives relatively little time on backpacker itineraries of Europe. …

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AskGoMad: Silk Road Solo Travel

Ask Gomad Nomad: 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 …

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Bisket Jatra Festival in Bhakpatur, Nepal

Introducing: Bisket Jatra Festival in Nepal

Introducing: Bisket Jatra Festival in Nepal Most of the year a quiet and car-free escape into a historical center of power of the Kathmandu Valley, for over a week surrounding the Nepalese New Year the town of Bhaktapur becomes a pulsing center of music and dancing and chariot pulling and religious fervor. On the last …

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xishuangbanna temples

Introducing: China's Xishuangbanna Prefecture

Introducing: China’s Xishuangbanna Region Though part of Yunnan, one of China’s most beautiful and interesting provinces for travelers, the Xishuangbanna prefecture in the south of the province sees nowhere close to the number of visitors of favorites like Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge. There are wild rainforests, abandoned tourist towns, delicious food, and enough cultural mixing …

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