Tuktoyaktuk: The Road to the Arctic is Now Open

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | March 12, 2018 | 3 Comments

The Canadian Arctic extends its endless tundra until it reaches the sea, a jumble of snow and ice in winter and permafrost in summer, punctuated by the occasional Inuvialuit settlement dedicated to hunting or fishing, with a smattering of government officials or oil workers. The most far-flung are so distant they are forgotten for months…

Read More

A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Cycling Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

By Guest Blogger - Jennifer Lynch | February 26, 2018 | 5 Comments

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way counts itself among the world’s longest defined coastal routes. Beginning at Mizen Head, the southernmost point of the island, the WAW stretches north for 1500 miles (2500km), hugging the rough and jagged coastline of western Ireland. Its endpoint is Malin Head, the northernmost tip on the Inishowen Peninsula. This past August…

Read More

An Exchange Student of a Certain Age

By Guest Blogger - Jennifer Mullen Ingerson | February 16, 2018 | 12 Comments

I am a “mature” undergraduate, which is in itself an adventure. But last summer life surprised me with another great adventure: I received a scholarship to study abroad, which made me an exchange student at age 53. In Cusco, Peru, once the heart of the Inka Empire, I studied the Quechua language. There I discovered…

Read More

Susie of Arabia: From Florida to Jeddah

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | February 11, 2018 | 1 Comment
Susie of Arabia

A former police officer and travel industry professional, Susie Khalil’s American life changed dramatically in 2007 when she followed her Saudi Arabian husband back to his homeland – and she has lived there ever since. Her award-winning blog Susie’s Big Adventure was once banned – it sheds some light in life in one of the…

Read More

2017 – Where Did You Go?

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | December 31, 2017 | 12 Comments

As the wind whistles down the mountain and the few remaining leaves are whipped off their branches, it’s time to order the holiday fowl. This year, it’ll be a Bresse chicken, the softest, most tender bird one can find in France. Or, as the French would have it, in the world. Is it only me…

Read More

23 Remarkable Train Stations and Their Fascinating Secrets

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | September 17, 2017 | 7 Comments

Clothed in a dark velvet gown, she glides down the passageway, a flash of metal escaping from beneath her cape. She holds her breath before sliding open the compartment door, as if anyone might hear a tiny squeak over the thunder of rolling track. She silently pulls out her knife. That’s more or less how…

Read More

Ten Years of Women on the Road

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | June 5, 2017 | 42 Comments

I was 30,000 feet above the Sahara when I saw her. Plodding in the opposite direction, she had wild red hair and was bent over with the weight of a heavy backpack. I blinked and looked again and she was gone. She had been in my mind only. But she looked uncannily like me. A life of…

Read More

10 Experiential Adventures in Kyrgyzstan

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | April 24, 2017 | 28 Comments

Most countries have a list of “sights” – see this, see that, move on. Kyrgyzstan is different: you can see it, of course, but you really should experience it, putting all your senses into play and delving into the country like you would into a luscious cake. Yet it’s not a destination that comes naturally. It isn’t that simple…

Read More

How to Make Travel Decisions: Should You Revisit a Familiar Place or Try a New One?

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | January 20, 2017 | 20 Comments

  Do you ever get the urge to travel without exactly knowing where to go? Do you start by asking whether you should revisit a place you know and love, or go somewhere you’ve never been? And how do you decide? Before you begin to make travel decisions and go rummaging through your guidebooks, you might want to settle…

Read More

2016 – The Year That (Almost) Scared Me

By Leyla Giray Alyanak | January 3, 2017 | 9 Comments

I finally finished this year-end post around two in the morning… And then I hit DELETE. Its original title was “2016 – The Year That Scared Me.” But then I qualified it because it did have a few delightful interludes. Let’s face it, it has been a scary year. Trump was incomprehensibly elected to the US presidency,…

Read More