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About Just Go Exploring

Just Go Exploring is an adventure travel blog. A comprehensive guide to some of the world’s best (and most underrated) destinations.

I created it to inspire youย to get outside and see more of the beautiful planet that we call home.ย ย 

To take risks and visit new places.ย To explore new parts of the world.

It’s a truly huge and amazing place, yet most people see very little of it.

I want to help you travel more, see more, feel more,ย and live more.ย ย 

Whether thatโ€™s a weekend spent an hour from where you live, or a multi-month adventure in far flung lands.ย ย 

It doesnโ€™t matter.ย ย 

What does matter is that you never stop exploring!

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Planning a trip can be a daunting task. That’s why I work hard to make every single post on this blog as helpful, detailed, and informative as possible. 

Think of it as an ultimate guide to adventure. Everything you need to start your journey.  

Here you’ll find a wealth of practical hints and tips, personal anecdotes, suggested itineraries, in-depth “how-to” guides, advice for staying safe, and much more.

Just Go Exploring specialises in unique, off-the-beaten-track destinations around the world. Although you’ll also find guides and itineraries for more familiar places.

My readers are a diverse bunch too. 

Most are adventurous, mid-budget 25-45-year-olds who enjoy outdoor activities, exploring new places, and value quality and authentic experiences.

I only write guides to places that I’ve actually visited and explored myself. 

My mission is to provide you with authentic, useful, reliable, and firsthand insights to help you plan your adventures.

Whether you’re a first-time traveller, or a seasoned pro, I hope you enjoy what you find here.

About me: Alex Tiffany

Iโ€™m Alex Tiffany.ย ย 

I used to be a lawyer but, after several years of the grind, realised that the formal, conventional, corporate lifestyle really wasn’t for me.ย 

(You can read more about why I quit the legal profession and decided to be a travel blogger inย my interview in Authority Magazine.)

I’m originally from the UK and spent most of my 20s living and working in London.ย Now, I spend most of the year travelling and working remotely.

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People describe me as:

  • Spontaneous
  • Nonconformist
  • An optimist
  • Idealist realist (?)
  • Strategist
  • Violinist

I love being outdoors in nature. Hiking and camping are two of my favourite things.

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I can ski and surf (in each case, badly).

Iโ€™ve independently travelled to over 70 countries around the world. I’ve been travelling on-and-off for 13 years, and full-time travelling for the last 2 years.

I’m something of an expert in offbeat travel and discovering lesser-known destinations, as well as hiking, and camping.

I love exploring relatively unknown, off-the-beaten-track countries (read: Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sudan, Somaliland, Georgia).ย ย 

However, Iโ€™m also a firm believer that you donโ€™t need to travel half way across the globe to find adventure.

A week of wild camping in the remote parts of the Scottish Highlands, or the Pacific Northwest, can feel every bit as adventurous as exploring the Central Asian steppe, or the African savannah.ย ย 

Itโ€™s also a lot cheaper (depending on where you live)!

Adventure is everywhere.

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Just Go Exploring was also recently recognised as one of theย 30 Best Slow Travel Blogs by FeedSpot.

I’m always grateful for the opportunity to share my passion and insights with a broader audience. I love helping fellow adventurers to discover the incredible beauty that our world has to offer.

If you’d like me to write for your publication, or collaborate in any other way, please get in touch!

Why I prefer slow travel

I’m a big believer in slow travel. Rather than simply ticking off countries, I prefer to move more slowly, spending a month or more in each destination whenever possible.

It’s the best way to immerse yourself in the local culture, connect with the people who live there, and dig below the surface to truly understand a place.

Slow travel helps you appreciate the rhythms of daily life, become part of that rhythm, make local friends, and discover those hidden gems you only find with time.

Where I've travelled (and/or lived)

This isn’t a list of all the countries I’ve ever visited. It’s a selectionย of my favourite places and the destinations I know particularly well.

Europe

๐Ÿ“United Kingdom โ€“ I’m from the UK and have explored most corners of the country!

๐Ÿ“France โ€“ Paris, Bordeaux, Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, Provence, Savoie/Haute-Savoie, Normandy (my grandparents used to live in southwest France, I’ve spent so much time there it feels like a second home)

๐Ÿ“Portugal โ€“ Lisbon, Porto, Sintra, Viseu, Sรฃo Pedro do Sul, Douro Valley

๐Ÿ“Spain โ€“ Madrid, Barcelona, Cรกdiz, Seville, Conil de la Frontera, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra, Rรญas Baixas (Galicia)

๐Ÿ“Italy โ€“ Venice, Milan, Franciacorta, Verona, Como, Bologna, Sardinia, Sicily, Siena, San Gimignano, Tivoli, Naples, Sorrento, Matera, Bari, Monopoli (+ lots of other places in Puglia)

๐Ÿ“Albania โ€“ Tirana, Saranda, Himara, Dhermi, Ksamil, Gjirokaster, Shkodรซr

๐Ÿ“Romania โ€“ Bucharest, Vama Veche, Timisoara, Sighiศ™oara, Braศ™ov, Transylvania

๐Ÿ“Croatia โ€“ Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dalmatian Coast, Plitvice Lakes, Dubrovnik

๐Ÿ“Montenegro โ€“ Kotor, Perast

๐Ÿ“Bosnia & Herzegovina โ€“ Sarajevo, Mostar, Blagaj, Blidinje National Park, Jayce

๐Ÿ“Estonia โ€“ Tallinn

๐Ÿ“Georgia โ€“ Tbilisi, Mestia, Svaneti, Batumi, Gori

๐Ÿ“Latvia โ€“ RigaJลซrmala

๐Ÿ“Austria โ€“ Vienna, Salzburg, Obertraun/Krippenstein

๐Ÿ“Greece โ€“ Athens, Rhodes, Paros, Naxos, Koufonisia

North America

๐Ÿ“USAย โ€“ California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (I have family living in WY and NY)

๐Ÿ“Mexicoย โ€“ Mexico City, Oaxaca, Mazunte, Puerto Escondido,ย San Cristรณbal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutiรฉrres, Palenque, Chiapas coast, Yucatรกn, Tulum

๐Ÿ“Costa Ricaย โ€“ San Jose, Sรกmara

๐Ÿ“Cubaย โ€“ Havana, Viรฑales, Cayo Levisa, Trinidad

South America

๐Ÿ“Brazilย โ€“ Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Ubatuba

๐Ÿ“Chileย โ€“ Santiago, Valparaiso, Viรฑa del Mar

๐Ÿ“Argentinaย โ€“ Buenos Aires, Mendoza, San Rafael

Asia

๐Ÿ“Indiaย โ€“ Kolkata, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala

๐Ÿ“Sri Lankaย โ€“ Colombo, Weligama, Ahangama, Galle, Mirissa, Hiriketiya, Ella, Kandy, Knuckles Forest Range, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Wilpattu, Yala, Jaffna, Trincomalee, Kalpitiya, Arugam Bay (basically the whole island!)

๐Ÿ“Taiwanย โ€“ Taipei, Hualien, Keelung, Yangminshan, Taroko National Park

๐Ÿ“Chinaย โ€“ Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau

๐Ÿ“Indonesiaย โ€“ Bali, Lombok, Flores, Komodo Islands

๐Ÿ“Kyrgyzstanย โ€“ Bishkek, Issyk Kul, Karakol, Jeti Oguz, Altyn Arashan, Kaji-Say, Fairytale Canyon

๐Ÿ“Kazakhstanย โ€“ Almaty, Shymbulak, Ile-Alatau

๐Ÿ“Thailandย โ€“ Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai

๐Ÿ“Malaysiaย โ€“ Kuala Lumpur, Penang

๐Ÿ“Singaporeย โ€“ Singapore

๐Ÿ“Cambodiaย โ€“ Siem Reap/Angkor

๐Ÿ“Laosย โ€“ Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Mekong River

Africa

๐Ÿ“Ethiopiaย โ€“ Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Simien Mountains, Lalibela, Harar

๐Ÿ“Kenyaย โ€“ Nairobi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Tsavo, Marsabit

๐Ÿ“Namibiaย โ€“ Spitzkoppe, Sossusvlei, Skeleton Coast, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Etosha National Park

๐Ÿ“Tanzaniaย โ€“ Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

๐Ÿ“Ugandaย โ€“ Kampala, Entebbe, Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi

๐Ÿ“Rwandaย โ€“ Kigale, Gisenyi, Ruhengeri, Volcanoes National Park

๐Ÿ“South Africaย โ€“ Cape Town, Stellenbosch

๐Ÿ“Botswanaย โ€“ Maun, Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park

๐Ÿ“Zimbabweย โ€“ Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Masvingo, Chimanimani

๐Ÿ“Malawiย โ€“ Lilongwe, Lake Malawi

๐Ÿ“Egyptย โ€“ Cairo, Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Lake Nasser

๐Ÿ“Somalilandย โ€“ Hargeisa, Berbera, Laas Geel, Sheikh

๐Ÿ“Sudanย โ€“ Khartoum, Omdurman, Meroe, Wadi Halfa, Al Qadarif

Middle East

๐Ÿ“Turkeyย โ€“ Istanbul, Bursa, Antalya, Marmaris, Bartin, Amasra, Sinop, Trabzon, Kars, Ani, Cappadocia

๐Ÿ“UAEย โ€“ Dubai, Al Ain

๐Ÿ“Omanย โ€“ Muscat, Sur, Wahiba Sands (Empty Quarter), Nizwa

๐Ÿ“Israelย โ€“ Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Dead Sea

Oceania

๐Ÿ“Australia โ€“ Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Flinders Ranges, Blue Mountains, Perth, Tasmania

๐Ÿ“New Zealand โ€“ Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Napier, Tongariro National Park, Kaikลura, Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Wฤnaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Fiordland

The world is such a huge, amazing place. Get out there and see more of it! 

I hope Just Go Exploring helps you do it.

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