The 50 Most Beautiful Castles in the World and the Pictures to Prove It

Chateau de Chambord, royal medieval french castle and reflection. Loire Valley, France, Europe. Unesco heritage site. Long exposure.

As a history and travel lover, there’s no kind of building in the world that piques my interest more than a beautiful castle. Whether it’s learning about the history of Windsor Castle, comparing the summer and winter palaces of the Shaki Khans while traveling Azerbaijan, or sleeping in a castle in Ireland, visiting castles always … Read more

21 Things to Do in Ganja, Azerbaijan Plus Bonus Ganja Travel Guide

Azerbaijan - Ganja - Imamzadeh

Ganja, the second-largest city in Azerbaijan, is in the northwestern part of the country. Because it’s a little out of the way from the typical Caucuses backpacking trail, I didn’t see any obviously western tourists during my time in the city. It’s the kind of place that is perfect for tourists with solid tourism infrastructure … Read more

How to Get from Ganja to Sheki and Vice Versa: Well that was Unpleasant

Azerbaijan - Sheki - Palace of the Shaki Khans

I’m obsessed with traveling Azerbaijan, and I completely believe that you should be, too. However, the most unpleasant experience we had during our two weeks in the country was getting from Ganja to Sheki by marshrutka. Even though I’m a huge fan of traveling in these kinds of minibusses all over the world (Tunisia’s are … Read more

17 Most Instagrammable Places in Baku & Can’t-Miss Photo Spots

Most Instagrammable Places in Baku Heydir Aliyev Center Inside the Heydir Aliev Center Bibi-Heybat Mosque Maiden Tower Baku Eye Circus Building Palace of the Shirvan Shahs Old City Baku Flame Towers Venice of Baku Baku Instagram Etiquette & Tips 5 Things to Pack for a Trip to Azerbaijan Where to Stay in Baku More Azerbaijan … Read more

The 50 Most Beautiful Mosques in the World & the Pictures to Prove It

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Morning sun on Nerteva River and Old City of Mostar, with Ottoman Mosque

Anyone who’s had the privilege of traveling in a Muslim-majority country like Azerbaijan, Turkey, or Tunisia can tell you about how stunning Islamic architecture around the world can be. Whether you’re exploring the famed Blue Mosque in Istanbul or the much less visited Blue Mosque in Yerevan, stepping into a mosque for a non-Muslim is both … Read more

How to Get from Sheki to Tbilisi and Vice Versa: Well that was Terrifying

Looking to get from Sheki, Azerbaijan to Tbilisi, Georgia? The options are limited, and all are a little bit unpleasant. However, my adventure ended up being absolutely terrifying! Here’s what you need to know to make the from Sheki to Tbilisi without running into the same problems that I had! Note that I am a huge … Read more

Azerbaijan Packing List: What to Pack for Azerbaijan for Women and Men

Azerbaijan - Ordubad - Mosque

Planning a trip to Azerbaijan? You might be wondering what to pack to visit this relatively little-traveled country. For many, questions about appropriate dress pop up whenever visiting a majority-Muslim nation. While Azerbaijan is a secular country, there are a few times during your trip when you’ll need to be cognizant of how Islamic customs … Read more

Tbilisi or Baku: Which Caucasian Capital is Right for Your Trip?

Georgia - Tbilisi - River - Canva

Planning a trip to the Caucasus and trying to decide whether to go to Tbilisi or Baku? Here are reasons why you should choose Tbilisi or Baku based on your travel style and interests, plus things that both cities have in common. At the bottom, I have some resources for you to help plan your … Read more