You might have heard of Uzbekistan - but do you have any idea what's there? There's a seemingly never-ending expanse of steppe, dotted with beautiful towns that will make you think you've stepped back in time..
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Looking for a unique destination that remains largely undiscovered by backpackers? Look no further than Kyrgyzstan. Today, this Central Asian country piques the interest of only the most intrepid travellers (many on bicycles) – who come to explore the mountains, the lakes and the canyons and meet some of the world’s friendliest people along the way.
Slovenia is heaven for outdoor lovers. There’s dozens of trails ranging from short, easy tracks to peaks more than 2,000 metres above sea level that will leave your legs begging for mercy.
With some of the most hospitable people on earth, amazing history and a unique culture, Iran is sure to captivate you from start to finish.