Although known for its magical Silk Road cities, the Central Asian hub of Uzbekistan is still a bit of a holiday wildcard.
But change is in the air as the country begins to embrace government reforms and take a more relaxed approach to tourism. So, get there before everyone else does!
Once you’ve finished flooding Instagram with the stunning Islamic architecture and swooning over the country’s famed silk, head out of town into Alexander the Great territory, the Kyzylkum Desert. Experience the arid beauty on a camel ride, cuddle up beside the campfire, and try to hold your own as the vodka toasts kick off before retiring to your mushroom-shaped yurt (a conical tent favoured by the local nomads). Not much has changed out here since Genghis Khan terrorised the region (he, too, slept in a yurt) so you’ll find a wonderfully remote kind of romance.