32 Things to Know Before Visiting Uzbekistan

Prior to visiting Uzbekistan we read several blogs that actually made us really nervous. We read about the currency being pegged so people had to exchange their US dollars on the black market. We read about foreign officials being quite paranoid about foreigners taking photos. We had a hard time finding accommodations that looked decent….

What to Pack for a Vacation in Uzbekistan

So you’ve booked your trip to Uzbekistan, woohoo! I’ll bet people are asking you “how in the heck did you choose that vacation destination?” Well once they hear your stories and see your amazing photos, they’ll understand. But you’re probably wondering what to see and do in Uzbekistan, how to prepare for your trip, and…

Top 12 Things to See in Khiva, Uzbekistan

If you start your journey in Tashkent and head north, Khiva will be the last stop on your Uzbekistan itinerary. It’s not easy to get to, as it is a 7-hour train or car ride from Bukhara. But a trip to this darling little pedestrian-friendly old town, filled with history, is most certainly worth the…

Guide to Shopping in Uzbekistan: What to Buy and How Much to Pay

The souvenir market scene in Uzbekistan is strong, especially in the touristy towns of Bukhara and Khiva. You can’t walk down the road or enter a madrasah without walking past the colorful embroidered tapestries, bags, and jackets. Ceramic plates line the sidewalks of the roads to get to the tourist shops. And vendors call out…

Bukhara, Uzbekistan: 18 Amazing Things to See and Do

Bukhara (also spelled Buxoro) is the shopping mecca in Uzbekistan. You can’t enter a madrasah or walk down any of the pedestrian-friendly roads in the Old Town District without seeing the amazing hand-woven textiles that Uzbekistan is famous for. If you want to pick up a few Uzbek souvenirs during your trip, Bukhara is the…

3-Day Trip to Nusa Penida, Indonesia: A Perfect Tour Itinerary

Nusa Penida is a gorgeous, mostly undeveloped island just 30 minutes off the eastern coast of Bali in Indonesia. And unlike Bali, you won’t find hundreds of yoga studios or organic cafes there. Just miles of spectacular cliffs towering over the ocean, exhilarating hiking adventures, white sand beaches, and the friendliest locals. And while it…

What to See in Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan and is it Worth Visiting?

Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan (also spelled “Shahrisabz”) is a popular day trip from Samarkand as it is just a short drive south of the city. If you’ve spent any time in Uzbekistan, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Amir Temur, the national hero. He was born right near Shakhrisabz, in the neighboring village of Hodja-Ilgar, and made this small…

The Top 14 Things to do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand is one of the highlights of Uzbekistan and one of the cities that you must visit during your trip. This small town is packed with strikingly beautiful architecture and so much history. Add in delicious cuisine and cute shops, all in close proximity so it’s easy to walk everywhere. It’s impossible not to fall…

Tashkent, Uzbekistan: The Top 13 Things to Do in the City

Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and where you’ll likely begin and end your trip. It’s home to the country’s international airport so most people fly into Tashkent and spend less than 24 hours in the city before heading west to Samarkand. But Tashkent has its own charm and it’s worth spending a few days…

The Best 35 Things to do in Singapore

Singapore is a city, a country, and an island nation, all wrapped up into one neat little package. Considering its rather small size, there is so much to see and do! We would recommend spending at least 4 days in Singapore to hit all of the highlights. Showcasing a spectacular skyline, dramatic evening sound and…