The Pros & Cons of Booking a Private Tour in Turkmenistan

Merv, Turkmenistan

Over the last month, I’ve read quite a few lists of the so-called best places to visit in 2013. These lists come out every year and every year there seem to be a couple destinations […]

Ashgabat: The New Emerald City

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

  Arriving in the capital city of Ashgabat, I wondered if I was still in Turkmenistan.   Or had I been transported somewhere over the rainbow to the Land of Oz? All I needed was […]

Previewing Turkmenistan (and why I’m going offline for 10 days)

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

By the time you read this, I will be in Turkmenistan, a country sometimes called the “North Korea of Central Asia.” Indeed, it has been ranked third to last in terms of freedom of the […]