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Travel Safety in Iran

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses travel safety in Iran.  ‘How safe is Iran?’ is probably the question I hear most often at the office. ‘I really want to go to Iran, but I’m nervous about the current situation’ comes as a close second. I understand people’s initial concerns – a lot of the things… Read more »

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The Iranian Dress Code for Females

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses her experience with the Iranian dress code for females.  Getting ready to travel to Iran for the first time in October 2016, I was worried about what to wear. I knew the basics – headscarf, long sleeves, long tops, long pants and nothing too tight. Wearing the full-length chadors… Read more »

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Tequila’s Evolution

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Tequila is rich in a history far beyond the margarita and in recent years has transcended a quality that could not have been imagined a decade ago. The story of tequila begins not with the famous spirit we know today but rather with a little known drink called pulque. Pulque is tequila’s ancestral drink and dates back to 200… Read more »

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Persian Carpets

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discovers the wonders of Persian carpets in Shiraz. I was fortunate enough to travel to Iran this past October with one of our group tours, covering the main sights from Shiraz and Tehran over a period of 7 days. In Shiraz, our guide took the group to a carpet… Read more »

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Georgia’s Christian Identity

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A country that has witnessed its fair share of turmoil, Georgia lies at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. Georgia’s geographical location has meant that it has been under the control of the Greeks, Persians and Mongols. Up until the collapse of the USSR, Georgia was even known as the ‘Soviet Riviera’. Despite the constant… Read more »

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The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

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Starting at an elevation of only about 100m in New Jalpaiguri and rising to around 2,200m is the Darjeeling Himalayan railway – the world’s tallest railway network. Whilst the length of this track is only 78km long, the Darjeeling Himalayan railway (fondly know as the ‘Toy Train’) is a must-do for travelers to this part… Read more »

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Marine Conservation in the Philippines

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With over 36,000 km of coastline, it’s not surprising that the Philippines has the world’s richest marine ecosystem. Nestled in the so called ‘coral triangle’ which is home to more than three quarters of the world’s coral species and over 2000 marine plants and animals, the Philippines truly is a diver’s paradise. Vast coral reefs,… Read more »

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Hagia Sophia: Where East Meets West

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More than just a city, Istanbul marks the point where East meets West and nowhere else is this more apparent that at Hagia Sophia. For nearly 1000 years it was the largest enclosed building on earth, but what is unique about Hagia Sophia is how it carries the history of Christianity and Islam within its… Read more »

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Megalithic structures of Laos

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Considered one of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia is the Plain of Jars, located in Laos’ Xiangkhouang Province. Throughout the valleys of this area  stand groupings of ancient megalithic stone jars that date back to the Iron Age. Sculpted from an assortment of rock types such as sandstone, granite, limestone, conglomerate and… Read more »

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