Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul Turkey I had always wanted to do a big trip. Something long, with little in the way of planning.

A couple of years ago I did just that with my wife Jane. We took the year off and travelled overland from Istanbul Turkey to Shanghai China. We had light backpacks (I had a 42-litre backpack for the entire trip) and our goal was to travel overland - by any means - until we got to Shanghai. We had no itinerary and no plan, beyond heading eastwards.

By the time we rolled into Shanghai China, we had travelled from Istanbul Turkey, down through the Aegean Sea (crossing into the Greek Islands), back into Turkey, through Georgia, through Azerbaijan, over the Caspian Sea to Kazakhstan, into Kyrgyzstan, across the Tien Shen Mountains into Kashi in western China, then across China to Shanghai.

Istanbul is my new favourite city in the world. Such incredible history, great food and wonderful people.

Turkish man holding a glass of partly finished Turkish tea outside the Spice Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey.