037 Mongolia Part 2 – Secret Naadam festivals and Mongolia on $33 a day

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Mongolia Podcast (Part 2) Episode 037: Mongolia on $33 a day & The secret, local Naadam festivals Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes Subscribe on Stitcher Radio WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @mytravelfreedom What do you want …

035 Mongolia overland: Nomad homestay & Gobi Desert catastrophe!

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035 Mongolia East to West: Real Nomad homestay & Breaking down in the Gobi Desert: Listen NOW! Subscribe on iTunes WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form in the footer of this page or tweet @mytravelfreedom What do you want in the show? Are we …

8 Reasons Hiking Sucks

8 reasons hiking sucks

So, I’m proposing that Hiking sucks. I’m sure the members of the long-socked community will be up in arms about this article… But as they are probably in a field somewhere with no access to the internet, who cares! For the rest of us, comfortably enjoying the wonders of technology, let me expand on why hiking is the target of my rage. Before I get started, I should qualify something. …

Best and Worst Travel of Asia 2013

12 countries, hundreds of towns and cities and well over 40,000KM covered – 2013 has been quite a year for travel! (Click here to see our full route and where we have been this year). But, if we were to do it all again, where would we long to go back to and where would we give a miss? There are so many lists of “Best places to visit” but we …

Discover The Truth About Mongolian Food (What to Eat)

It’s quite common knowledge that Mongolian food is not winning any culinary awards on the worlds stage, in fact we personally like to refer to it as the cafeteria food of the world! Heading into Mongolia we had no idea what food to expect, in fact a Mongolian friend of ours simply stated “have low expectations then you won’t be disappointed”! This article is aimed at giving those planning on …

9 Tips For Surviving Mongolia (Video)

As one of the least densely populated countries in the world, Mongolia can be quite a culture shock for travellers who have been accustomed to things like beds and hot water for most of their lives. Epic wilderness, untamed beauty and challenging travel experiences are par for the course when going trans-Mongolian. Mongolia offers a real sense of freedom from civilisation but navigating the country independently can be both dangerous, …

How to cross the Bulgan Border: Khovd (Mongolia) to Urumqi (China)

Mongolia’s western border at Bulgan is not frequented by foreigners – but it is certainly open to us! Find out how we made the crossing from Khovd to Urumqi in August 2013. Similarly to when we arrived through Erlian & Zamiin-uud in the east, border corossing between China and Mongolia are not straight-forward, you just have to put the time in and plod through the process – expect your passports …

The One Thing You MUST Do In Mongolia: Nomadic Homestay

Heading out into the Mongolian wilderness you never know what you’re going to get. We knew that things could be rough but this time around we found ourselves face to face with an eagle who looked like he could give human flesh a go and on the receiving end of a family feast difficult to stomach (because it mostly was stomach, lambs stomach!)…..here’s what happened. How it Began One of …

How NOT to Cross central Mongolia overland – Moron to Olgii.

20 hours broken down and stuck in the Gobi Desert was not on our itinerary… and yet our dilapidated mini-van felt that it should be. Actually our van – I named it “Turquoise Disaster” – had quite a few opinions about travel that were contrary to our own. Its propensity to fill the cabin with petrol fumes. Its willingness to open its own windows, allowing sand and dust to engulf …

Epic Mongolia: 9,000 Landscapes from Ulaanbaatar to Khovsgol (With Video)

9 days inside a Russian Military van crossing the epic and endlessly changing landscape of central Mongolia with 7 other people is certainly an experience! It may be challenging but it is certainly rewarding beyond anything we may have imagined before undertaking this journey. This second part of our trans-Mongolian adventure takes us from the capital of Ulaanbaatar to Moron (Pronounced Muren), just south of Khovsgol, Mongolia’s largest lake. In …

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How to get from China to Ulaanbaatar (Mongoila) cheaply

We’ve put together a 4 part series on how to reach Ulaanbaatar from China for under US$60 per person (The international train from Beijing normally costs $250). This is a quick post to summarise the costs and some links to help you read more in-depth about all of the stages we went through to make this happen. Visas Obviously visas are not a part of your transport costs but if …

The secret Naadam festivals you didn’t know about (Mongolia)

We discover that the Naadam you read about in the guide books is only one tiny part of Mongoila’s national sporting heritage. Getting outside of Ulaanbaatar to experience the real, local Naadams at the grass roots level is a unique experience, a world away from the tourist filled stadium of the capital. The Nadaam Festival, or as the locals refer to it  “Eriin Gurvan Naadam”, is an annual event (held …