Why you should travel to Mongolia?
If travel to Mongolia isn’t already on your radar it should be. Here’s why, plus my recommendations for things to do and see in Mongolia on a short trip. Travelling Mongolia isn’t really on the average tourist’s radar, but since I was living in Hong Kong (which isn’t super close by but is at least in the same hemisphere) planning a visit there was always in the back of my mind. However, after nearly five years in HK and travels to nearly every other country in the region, I still hadn’t made it to Mongolia.
Why? Turns out that going to Mongolia, even from HK, isn’t particularly cheap nor easy. And as someone who mostly plans their trips around cost and convenience, this meant a visit to Mongolia kept getting put on the backburner, while I flitted around to places like Japan, Thailand, and Myanmar. *cue the world’s smallest violin*
But last year, as my move back to The Big Apple loomed, I decided to bite the bullet, throw down the cash, and make the time (and energy) for a recon trip. I went to Mongolia for 5 days in June (yet froze my buns off?!) and rocked the adventure solo dolo. And you know what? It was everything.
But before I get into what I did, here are a few quick facts about Mongolia for you geography buffs out there.
Facts and figures (aka why you should go to Mongolia in the first place)
- Mongolia is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, with only 4.3 people per square mile.
- Mongolia is known as the “Land of Blue Sky” because it has 260 days of sun a year.
- There are 13 times more horses than humans in the country, and sheep outnumber humans 35 to 1.
- Mongolia is home to one of the world’s last surviving nomadic cultures, and these nomads still live in traditional tents known as gers or yurts. These portable dwellings are round and covered with animal skins or felt to retain heat.
- Mongolia is perhaps best known for its steppes, or endless expanses of grasslands. These prairie regions are characterized by their lack of trees.
Intrigued? I sure was. Here’s what I did on my trip to Mongolia and why my stay there was amazing.
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If travel to Mongolia isn’t already on your radar it should be. Here’s why, plus ...