Mount Fuji lures many a Tokyo tourist. Image by Jens Schott Knudsen / CC 2.0
This month our favourite Pathfinder stories involve off-the-beaten-track cities, charming towns and big, beefy mountains. All offer unforgettable travel experiences.
Little snail, slowly slowly climb Mount Fuji – Aaron Paulson
Middle-aged adventurer Aaron, who finds himself more than a decade into his ‘three-year’ overseas adventure, climbs Mount Fuji in an attempt to test himself and see if it’s time to hang up the hiking boots. (It isn’t.)
Aaron lives in Tokyo, Japan. Follow his blog at medium.com/the-big-sushi
Khiva: In the court of the khan – Tom O’Hara
Tom takes a trip to the desert city of Khiva, home to a stunning ensemble of Silk Road architecture and history. But is the heavily restored old town really ‘authentic’, and does that even matter?
Tom started writing about his offbeat travel experiences in December 2014. Follow his blog at nothere.co.uk
Why you’ll never forget a day trip to Mostar – Bruno B
On a detour from a road trip through Croatia, Bruno discovers that Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina, is so much more than a quaint town with a pretty bridge.
Techie traveller Bruno was born in the Azores, but now lives in Barcelona. Follow his blog at geekyexplorer.com
A journey through the realm of a sacred mountain: the Ausangate trek – Amanda Zeisset
Amanda and Antonia experience the spirit of the Peruvian Andes while hiking the Ausangate trek. On the way they meet Quechua people and see landscapes like nothing else they’ve ever seen before.
Antonio and Amanda have a motto: Don’t dream it. Live it. Follow their blog at theadventurejunkies.com
Five charming towns in Puglia, Italy – Yasmine Awwad
Yasmine shares a brief guide to five lovely towns in Puglia (the heel of southern Italy) – from the unique architecture in the UNESCO heritage site Alberobello to the white-washed maze-like town of Ostuni.
Yasmine has been eating her way around Italy and is soon to be seen in Valencia, Spain. Follow her blog at peekingduck.co
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