Swimming In Mongolia – Swimming In A Land Locked Country

When you think of Mongolia you might not automatically think of swimming in Mongolia. It’s the second largest landlocked country in the world for a start, more than 30% of its landmass is covered by the Gobi Desert – the world’s 5th largest desert and the number of swimming pools outside of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar can be counted…

The vast eternal landscapes of Mongolia
Falling In Love With A Landscape … In Mongolia

One of my favourite quotes about Mongolia is by the author Steven J Bodio in his book Eagle Dreams. In just a few words he sums up how I feel about Mongolia … ‘Each time I return I see constant changes alongside the things that never change. I love its paradoxes. Its space and hospitality, its freedom and ancient customs.…

Girl Power – Why We Employ Only Female Trip Assistants

Girl Power – a phrase from the 1990s and early 2000s and, as I’m always slightly off-trend, one I continue to use. I use it in relation to my trip assistants – all of whom are Mongolian women. Do I do this to provide equal opportunity and tick boxes? No. It goes deeper than that. I am lucky enough to…

Local children getting a lift on a horse in Mongolia
Local Travel On A More Personal Level

There are trends and cycles in tourism just as with other areas of influence. One of the current shifts is towards a more authentic experience. It’s there in these three tag lines – ‘travel like a local’, ‘don’t just visit, live it’, and ‘be where you belong’. All from three quite major tour or accommodation suppliers. The focus is on…

The Beginning – Take Small Steps And Eventually You’ll Get There

As part of my business philosophy, I always try to meet with our guests when I am in Mongolia. True, I often look quite mad – arriving on foot or by mountain bike (when it hasn’t been stolen). Slightly red faced as I’m usually late. I guess I don’t come across as a boss or business owner so there’s often…

Making Mistakes

I work in tourism and it shocks me the power that negative TripAdvisor reviews wield over bookings – how scared companies seem to be of negative reviews and of making a mistake. Yet, I have always believed that without mistakes we cannot learn. We are human and it is human nature to make mistakes. Without mistakes we cannot learn, strengthen…

Managing Menstruation in Extreme Environments Project

Menstruation. True, not something you automatically consider when you think of Mongolia. And you may wonder where this blog post is going. MMiEEP (Managing Menstruation in Extreme Environments Project) is a long-term UK based research project looking to identify and explore issues around menstruation in extreme or challenging environments. The project looks to produce not only practical information for women…

Combatting overtourism in Mongolia

Overtourism is a term that hit the headlines in the summer of 2017 – look for articles on the internet by media and the travel industry on the consequences of tourism on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the effect of Airbnb on communities in Barcelona, the impact of cruise ship tourism to Venice and Dubrovnik. Even Iceland has expressed concerns.