About


My name is Matt West. I’m an American with a love for travel. I enjoy going anywhere, but what really drives me is travel to the untamed and exotic places in the world. Places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt during the Arab Spring.  Some of the places I discuss on my site are relatively tame, like Turkey, Ukraine or Morocco. Some of them are wild and unexplored such as Afghanistan, but my goals for each post remain the same:

1. To share my own travel stories.
2. To encourage others to travel to countries they might not otherwise visit.
3. To help educate others to safely travel in those countries.

As of April of 2019 I’ve been to 62 countries. Over half of those are third world countries and multiple would be considered to be partly or fully conflict zones. Traveling in these countries requires extensive planning in order to have a safe trip. My goal is to write posts that help a new or experienced traveler through the process.

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Kabul Afghanistan 2017

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