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Travel memoirs to read

So the only view you have right now is the one outside your bedroom window. It’s easy to feel cramped, your longing for travel stifled by your equally strong urge to protect public health. There is a way to travel while you’re stuck indoors though. All you need is the right book. These travel memoirs, part personal journey, part travelogue to new and uncharted territories, will lead your imagination on wild adventures to places far beyond the confines of your couch. Dog sled across the arctic...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Greece, Indonesia, California, France, China, Germany, India, US, Netflix, Vienna, United States, Ireland, Chile

#SaudiArabia News: Currency Pegs OK Despite Virus, Oil: IMF - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia News: Currency Pegs OK Despite Virus, Oil: IMF - Bloomberg:Dollar pegs in the Gulf have proven effective even as the region now faces the coronavirus outbreak and the crash in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund said.Billions of dollars worth of stimulus packages were rolled out to cushion regional economies after the pandemic, but growth for the remainder of the year will depend on whether “the global economy will recover fast or not,” Jihad Azour, the IMF’s director for th...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Oman, International Monetary Fund, Imf, Gulf, Central Asia, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Jihad Azour, IMF Bloomberg, Bloomberg TV Dollar

IMF warns of 'wide reverberations' as coronavirus risks job losses, bankruptcies in Middle East | ZAWYA MENA Edition

IMF warns of 'wide reverberations' as coronavirus risks job losses, bankruptcies in Middle East | ZAWYA MENA Edition:As  the coronavirus infections continue to spread at alarming levels, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on governments in the Middle East for urgent economic policy actions and warned that the health crisis, coupled with the oil price plunge, could significantly drag growth and lead to job losses and bankruptcies.The key job-rich sectors in the region, including the...
Tags: Travel, Egypt, Middle East, United Arab Emirates, Uae, Imf, Central Asia, International Monetary Fund IMF, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Azour, Jihad Azour IMF

The Golden City

JaisalmerAnother 4 Hr drive to our next stop Jaisalmer in the Thar Desert. Once a flourishing trade centre on the busy caravan trade route to Afghanistan and Central Asia the early traders grew very rich and competed with each other to beautify their a
Tags: Travel, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Jaisalmer, Golden City

How to get cheap flights with VPN

Flight booking hacks seem about as ubiquitous as grocery store coupons. From booking on a Wednesday to booking a connecting flight only to ditch the connection, the internet is filled with loads of virtual advice on how to fly around for less. But have you ever considered booking from another country? Since airfares are notoriously inconsistent, and the person sitting next to you on the plane may have paid half or five times what you did, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that airlines charge...
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OPEC+ Talks Collapse, Blowing Hole in Russia- #Saudi Alliance - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Talks Collapse, Blowing Hole in Russia-Saudi Alliance - Bloomberg:OPEC+ talks ended in dramatic failure, auguring the end of a diplomatic alliance between Saudi Arabia and Russia that has underpinned crude prices and changed the balance of power in the Middle East.Brent crude, the global benchmark, plunged the most in more than a decade after Russia refused to bend to the will of Saudi Arabia, whose high-stakes gamble pushed the group past breaking point. Riyadh wanted to slash production ...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Moscow, Kremlin, Latin America, Middle Eastern, Riyadh, Central Asia, Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Middle East Brent, Russia Saudi Alliance Bloomberg

What is a Yurt and How Can I Stay in One?

What is a yurt? If you’re traveling to Xinjiang (China), Mongolia, Kazakhstan or any other Central Asian country, it’s more than likely that you’re going to run into one of them. Here’s an explanation of what a yurt is as well as how you can stay the night in one. A yurt is a portable housing structure built using a wooden frame and wool covering. They are traditionally used by Turkic nomads (Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, etc.) who make their living herding sheep in the rich grasslands ...
Tags: Travel, Xinjiang, Urumqi, Tajik, Altai, Kanas Lake, Central Asia, Karakul, Yurt, Yili, Sven Hedin, Kazakh, Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang accommodation, Xinjiang China Mongolia Kazakhstan, Salimu Lake

What happened to the Aral Sea

Reaching what is left of the Aral Sea will take a long time no matter where you choose to depart from. Located in a remote corner of Central Asia between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the lake that was once the fourth largest in the world has been receding for the past six decades, with disastrous consequences for the communities relying on its waters. The dark pools staining the vast expanse of arid flatlands that can be seen today on a map represent a fraction of what the Aral Sea used to be. ...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Bbc, Unesco, Uzbekistan, Ecology, Union, Ussr, Kazakhstan, Tashkent, All, Soviet Union, Central Asia, Almaty Kazakhstan, NASA Earth Observatory, Islam Karimov

How to Explore Tajikistan on a Budget

Posted: 02/10/20 | February 10th, 2020 This year, I’m going to try to visit Central Asia in the fall. I’ve never been to the region and it’s long one that’s held great appeal to me. It seems raw, beautiful, and unspoiled. So, when someone reached out to write a guest post on a country there, I was excited. It was a chance to learn a little before I (hopefully) go. In this guest post, traveler and writer Paul McDougal breaks down what it’s like to travel Tajikistan on a budget. Aptly and romanti...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Budget, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Hostelworld, Central Asia, Dushanbe, OSH, USD, Khorog, Pamir Highway, Murghab, Don t Forget Travel Insurance Travel, Bulunkul

2020 World Monuments Watch sites

In 1965, a band of concerned global citizens created a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the world’s cultural heritage. Founded in New York City, the organization has come to be known as the World Monuments Fund, a name that’s now recognized across the globe for its conservation efforts. Every other year since 1966, the WMF releases a list of endangered heritage sites in need of preservation and protection, spreading awareness and encouraging support from the global community. From everyday f...
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Is Xinjiang Safe for Travelers? Security & Threats in 2020

The most commonly asked question from people who are planning a trip to China’s western region is this: Is Xinjiang safe for travelers (especially now in 2020)? It’s a legitimate question, particularly since most of what you’ve probably read in the news or heard from friends seems to indicate that you’re putting your life in danger by making a journey to Xinjiang. But is that really the case? Is all of this overblown? Below, I’m going to walk you through a brief history of what ha...
Tags: Travel, Tibet, China, Beijing, Kyrgyzstan, Tips, State Department, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Urumqi, Kashgar, Central Asia, Hans, Chris Walker Bush, Hotan, Eric Johnson

IMF trims 2020 #Saudi growth forecast to 1.9% on lower oil output - Reuters

IMF trims 2020 Saudi growth forecast to 1.9% on lower oil output - Reuters:The International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its forecast for Saudi Arabia’s economic growth to 1.9% this year due to oil output cuts agreed with oil exporters, having previously forecast the kingdom’s gross domestic product would grow 2.2%. Riyadh led an agreement last month that committed the OPEC+ group of oil producers to some of the deepest output cuts in a decade, to avert oversupply and support prices.The IMF said...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Opec, Middle East, Imf, Reuters, Riyadh, Central Asia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

The most unexpected ski resorts

When you think about where can you ski, places like the Alps, Vermont, or the Rocky Mountains may come to mind. Maybe even Japan or New Zealand. But you might be surprised to learn that great skiing can also be found beyond those famous places. Going off the beaten path will not only get you great skiing, but oftentimes unique cultural experiences and budget-friendly amenities as well. Here are seven of the best ski resorts located in unexpected places to ski this season. 1. Gudauri Resort, Ge...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Greece, Australia, Scotland, US, Georgia, Chile, Ski, Skiing, Kyrgyzstan, Athens, New Zealand, Alps, Edinburgh, Slovakia

What are yurts, how to stay in one

Known as yurts in the Stans and gers in Mongolia, the movable homes of Central Asian nomads are becoming a more and more popular form of accommodation for both backpackers traveling along the ancient Silk Road routes and tourists looking for alternative forms of accommodation in Western countries. Thanks to the success of community-based tourism programs in Kyrgyzstan and the loosening of visa regulations in once hard-to-access countries like Uzbekistan or Tajikistan, reaching remote camps to...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Turkey, Hungary, Middle East, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Marco Polo, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Gobi Desert, All, Mongols

Exciting News: I’ve Launched a Patreon!

It’s been a while since I’ve tried something new.  I always believed procrastination was a form of laziness, but I recently learned it’s linked to a fear of failure. And if that doesn’t exemplify my life, I don’t know what does.  I can end up so paralysed at times — so afraid of publicly screwing up that I’d rather choose to do nothing at all. Keep my words in drafts or spend two weeks editing an article because I’m concerned it’s not yet perfect.  I come up with new business ideas all the time ...
Tags: Travel, Google, India, Taiwan, Nepal, South Pacific, Laos, Vanuatu, Patreon, Cook Islands, Site News, Central Asia, Bundi India, South America West Africa

Where apple pie was invented

Nothing is as American as apple pie, so they say. This flaky, fruit-filled dessert conjures memories of holidays huddled around the dinner table, of steam rising from the lattice crust of a pie on the windowsill, and of generations celebrating and enjoying time together. But apple pie wasn’t invented in the United States. In fact, as is the case for many aspects of American cuisine, the majority of its ingredients hail from abroad. “To be American as apple pie means to be immigrant and impor...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Europe, England, Indonesia, China, Singapore, India, Americas, US, America, United States, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Pie, North America

How to Travel Kazakhstan By Train

Posted: 11/18/19 | November 18th, 2019 Kazakhstan is a country I’ve always wanted to visit. In fact, I’ve always wanted to go to all the “Stans”. It’s the region of the world I probably want to visit the most. After having lived in Kazakhstan for 8 years, Doug Fears knows a thing or two about the country and how to navigate it. In this guest post, Doug offers some in-depth advice about how to travel around Kazakhstan by train! Night spilled across the Kazakh steppe. The train’s steel wheels cli...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Usa, Budget, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Moscow, Uzbekistan, Ussr, Kazakhstan, Black Sea, Tomorrowland, Astana, Hostelworld, Don

Kashgar Traveler’s Guide | What to See and Do

There are plenty of places to see in Kashgar, but not all of them are worth the time and effort. The oasis town of Kashgar continues to be a popular stop for tourist along the ancient Silk Road in Xinjiang, China. It is home to a rich Uyghur culture, buzzing Central Asian markets and plenty of regional history. In this Kashgar travel guide, I’ll share with you my six favorite places to visit in Kashgar. Kashgar was, and to some degree still is, the gateway between Central Asia and Chi...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, China, Beijing, Karakoram, Xinjiang, Urumqi, Karakoram Highway, Kashgar, Tashkorgan, Central Asia, Old City, FWC, FarWestChina Xinjiang, Shipton, Karakul Lake

IMF Says Mideast Markets Twice as Sensitive to Global Risk as EM - Bloomberg

IMF Says Mideast Markets Twice as Sensitive to Global Risk as EM - Bloomberg:Markets in the Middle East and Central Asia may have more to lose from a shift in global risk sentiment than other developing nations, according to an International Monetary Fund report highlighting the region’s increased reliance on hot money. Capital inflows into the region have almost doubled over the last decade, as governments grappling with low oil prices rushed to bond markets to finance their budget and current-...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, International Monetary Fund, Imf, Central Asia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, IMF Says Mideast Markets Twice, EM Bloomberg

How to Make Uyghur Bread from Xinjiang

For those who have traveled through Xinjiang, I don’t have to tell you just how delicious Uyghur bread is. It’s called “naan” or 囊 (náng) in Chinese and when you get it fresh from the oven, it just melts in your mouth! If you’ve ever been curious about how to make Uyghur bread from Xinjiang, join me as I bring you behind the scenes at a hole-in-the-wall bakery in Turpan. For years I have walked by countless bread stands in Xinjiang, bought the Uyghur flatbread, and continued on my mer...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, China, Bread, Beijing, Xinjiang, Cuisine, Turpan, Uyghur Culture, Uyghur Food, Uighur, Don, Central Asia, FarWestChina Xinjiang, Uyghur, Uyghur Bread

My Favourite Destinations after 10 Years of Travel Blogging

Ten years ago when I started Tales of a Nomad, not in my wildest dreams did I think that my personal travel diary would turn out to be my bread earner one day. I never thought that it would take me to some of the most amazing places and offer surreal experiences. But it did, and thank you a million times for that, Tales of a Nomad. Happy Birthday to you! Whenever, I had written about travel blogging in general, the focus has always been on blogging. Yes, I still reiterate the f...
Tags: Travel, India, Articles, Unesco, Goa, Maldives, Florence, Kerala, Rajasthan, Nomad, Thanjavur, Varkala, Bundi, Buddhist, Central Asia, Hampi

Alay Region, Kyrgyzstan: An Experiential Travel Guide

Travel to the Alay Region in southern Kyrgyzstan and you’ll find a growing, off-the-path, accessible adventure destination. Experiences run from mid-alpine treks and horse treks in the Alay Mountains to high-alpine experiences up into the Pamir Mountain peaks and epic Pamir Highway road trips into the high desert. Paths are dotted with yurts, shepherds and high pasture nomadic culture along the way. For pan-Central Asia travels and itineraries, the region also serves as a crossroads between Uzbe...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Camp, Beginners Guides, Pamir, Traveler, Don, Dan, Central Asia, Bishkek, Lenin, CBT

From Snow to Shining Snow – Russia Beyond Moscow

Russia is the world’s largest country, but most visitors confine themselves to a tiny portion of it: Moscow and St. Petersburg. While both of those cities are absolutely worth a trip, or several, they do give off the impression that Russian history is a story of all-powerful tsars, leaving only hazy images of the taiga (snow forest biome) and quaint peasant life from landscapes in art museums and folk shows in “traditional” restaurants. The truth is, Russia is far more diverse than most peop...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Featured, Russia, Beijing, Arctic, Moscow, Kremlin, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, Mongols, Rtw Travel, Anton Chekhov, Tula, Tolstoy

Golden Cities of Central Asia

Riding six hours in a new bullet train from Khiva to near Bukhara was an experience. The cars were new the wide and comfortable assigned seats were new but the bathroom in car 2 was as smelly as any poorly kept outhouse. Our tour director Anait cleve
Tags: Travel, Central Asia, Bukhara, Khiva, Anait

Top 10 Uyghur Foods to Eat in Xinjiang

Anybody who plans to travel to Xinjiang knows that Uyghur food and other local cuisine is going to be a memorable part of their journey. The local Uyghur food is well-known throughout China and praised among travelers. It’s not just Uyghur food, though. Whether you want to eat Hui food, Kazakh food or Chinese food – Xinjiang has it all. Unfortunately, not everybody knows what to eat…or even how to order it! That’s where you’ll find this guide and video useful. (adsbygoog...
Tags: Travel, China, Polo, Xinjiang, Cuisine, Turpan, Uyghur Food, Noodles, Don, Central Asia, Hui, Hami, Korla, Samsa, Big Plate Chicken, Hui food

Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark

Where is the Eurasian pole

It turns out that the “middle of nowhere” is actually somewhere very specific. Located in the corner of China that is bordered by Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Russia, the Eurasian pole of inaccessibility redefines the benchmark for “remote.” The farthest point from any sea or ocean on the planet has always been on the bucket list of geography nerds and explorers, and as the name suggests, reaching it is an adventure not without obstacles. What is a pole of inaccessibility? The poles of inacce...
Tags: Travel, Google, Silk Road, Asia, Europe, Australia, China, Russia, Unesco, Atlantic, South Dakota, New York Times, Kyrgyzstan, Arctic, Antarctica, Moscow

Viking sites and museums in Norway

The Vikings were warriors, raiders, and explorers, and thanks to advanced sailing and navigational skills, they succeeded in becoming the first Europeans to set foot on mainland North America — perhaps even 500 years before Christopher Columbus landed in the Caribbean in 1492. Originating in present-day Scandinavian countries, the Vikings explored and often settled westward to Iceland, Greenland, and North America while spreading eastward to Central Asia, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Catholic Church, Norway, North America, Vikings, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Oslo, Viking, All, Bergen, North Africa, Central Asia, Christopher Columbus, Trondheim

World Radio Day: A chance to celebrate God’s work on the waves

International (TWR Press Release) -- Today is World Radio Day , and Trans World Radio takes the opportunity to join with organizations around the world in celebrating the role of this powerful medium in shaping our lives and bringing communities together. UNESCO established the observance for every Feb. 13 to draw attention to the importance of radio as a low-cost medium that reaches “the widest audience in the world.” These are the very factors that have helped make TWR the largest Christ...
Tags: Nigeria, Unesco, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Bonaire, PAUL, Central Asia, Western Hemisphere, Trans World Radio, Lauren Libby, Fancycrave, Silk Road Transmitter

#SaudiArabia would need oil at $80-$85 a barrel to balance budget: IMF official | Reuters

Saudi Arabia would need oil at $80-$85 a barrel to balance budget: IMF official | Reuters:Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia would need oil priced at $80-$85 a barrel to balance its budget this year, an International Monetary Fund official said. Riyadh’s breakeven oil price depends on several factors, including the level of oil production, how much of Saudi oil revenues are transferred to the budget, and how non-oil revenues perform this year.“But if you take the (2019) budget as presented with every...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, International Monetary Fund, Imf, Reuters, Riyadh, Central Asia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Jihad Azour

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