Uzbekistan – O’zbekiston

Uzbekistan boasts a population of 35 million over 14 provinces, including the autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan. Around 97% of the population practices Islam with most speaking Uzbek and Russian as native languages. It is also often common to hear English, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Kazakh in the country. Summers can be brutally hot, and winters cold, given its largely desert ecosystem.

Uzbekistan has a lot to offer! Check out a Workaway opportunity and hang out for a while. Maybe learn some Uzbek in the process and make a new friend! Tourism only opened up in 2016, leaving the whole country of Uzbekistan still as a hidden gem. With many cities easily accessible by the Uzbek railways and at very affordable prices, Uzbekistan remains a very easy country to travel in.

Don’t be afraid to find your own route! Since Uzbekistan is an up and coming destination, you honestly might have to, unless of course, you book a tour. There’s tons of opportunities to get local recommendations for places to visit or local restaurants to try. Uzbekistan is arguably the cheapest country in the world and an extremely safe country to get lost in. With that being said, like in any other country you’re traveling in, make sure to keep your wits about you. Anything can happen.

Take advantage of Uzbekistan’s public transportation through their many buses and trains and make your way around the country. Some travelers might just fly over Central Asia on their way to East Asia, but I would highly recommend taking some time to see how unique the region is!