Uzbekistan might not be on the regular tourist trail these days, but there was a time when travellers and traders would come through the country in droves.
Dating back to these days of old, it’s the extraordinary history and remarkable culture that can catch you by surprise when you travel in Central Asia. There’s so much to see and discover and these seven things that you probably don’t know about Uzbekistan are just the beginning…
Yes, it’s that time already. Over the past 12 months, the Intrepid Photography Competition has been bombarded with thousands of incredible images from our travellers.
They’ve come from all corners of the globe, featured all manner of subjects and stirred all kinds of emotions. Seriously, you guys went above and beyond and we can’t thank you enough for your efforts. We were blown away by the talent displayed this year.
Meeting local people is one of the great highlights of any travel experience and most travellers will want to photograph the interesting faces they encounter on the road.
The problem is though, how to do this without annoying and offending the very people you want to remember.
If I was to give you one tip about travelling in Central Asia, it would be expect the unexpected.
Everything about the region is surprising; the extraordinary landscapes, fascinating history, intriguing culture and the warm welcome you’ll receive from friendly locals.
North and Central Asia is weird, wonderful and quirky on steroids, as I think you can see in my photo album of things you can wear on your head…
The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilisations of the East and the West.
It’s an intrepid traveller’s dream to see the trading town of Kashgar in full swing, venture through the mountainous heartlands of Kyrgyzstan and explore exotic Tashkent. Kira Gerber has captured her memories of this historic route in these inspiring travel photos…
The next best thing to being on the road yourself is to travel vicariously through videos of adventure and discovery.
Here are just a few of our favourite short videos that capture the essence of travel. Each of these travellers know that it’s not about using the swankiest special effects or the most expensive cameras – it’s about how well you can tell a great travel story in under 4 minutes!
Join renowned travel photographer and author Steve Davey for an exclusive talk on Photographing in Arctic and other extreme conditions.
See beautiful examples of Steve’s work while he discusses the techniques and practicalities of achieving these shots and talks us through the itinerary of the special Spitsbergen Explorer photography expedition that he will be escorting this June.
The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is a fantastic location for seeking out wildlife, but there’s more than that to discover in this intriguing land.
You have a more than excellent chance of seeing the fearsome polar bear, as well as groups of bloated walrus, the somewhat dumpy Svalbard reindeer and even the Arctic fox. In the water you can encounter a variety of whales and all sorts of seals, often hauled up on pack ice.
One of the best things about moving to Singapore seven years ago was having the opportunity to travel around South East Asia.
My husband and I first visited the Temples of Angkor in 2008 and were immediately hooked. For the intrepid explorer and keen travel photographer, the place is a visual feast. In fact, I had so much fun photographing not only the temples, but also daily life in Cambodia (the markets, the lovely Khmer people and the fascinating floating communities on Ton Le Sap), that I now lead a yearly Photography Tour to Angkor from Singapore with the land arrangements provided by Intrepid Travel.
There are great rewards to be had in Cambodia for the more adventurous travel photographer. People are warm and friendly (having a guide who can translate definitely helps if you’re into travel portrait photography and/or want to learn more from the locals), plus visiting local villages is a fascinating glimpse into times gone by and exploring temples, both forgotten and famous, is so exciting.
Here are a few tips for taking your own great photos of the Temples of Angkor: