Iraqi Dinars

How Much It Costs To Travel In Iraqi Kurdistan

Derek Iraq, Travel Costs 73 Comments

When it comes to travel in Iraqi Kurdistan (the semi-autonomous region of Northern Iraq), it can be quite difficult to gauge how much money a traveler would need for such a visit. There really isn’t much information to be found on the internet and as a result, even before I traveled there, I had no idea if this region would …

Shang Hai Restaurant, Sulamainiyah, Iraq

A Chinese Bar, Shisha & Sexy, Sexy In Iraq

Derek Iraq, Travel Tales, Videos 63 Comments

Upon arrival in the southern Kurdistan city of Sulamainiyah, Anil and I instantly found ourselves giddy with joy upon discovering two Chinese restaurants in the vicinity of our hotel. After all, up until that point, the only food we’d eaten were chicken and falafel sandwiches, not because of an abnormal love for such food, but because that was all we …

Kurdistan, Iraq

How To Travel Overland To Iraq (Kurdistan)

Derek "How To" Travel Guides, Iraq 75 Comments

Now that I know you’re interested in possibly wanting to travel overland to Iraq (right?), I thought it might be helpful to provide a detailed guide on how to get there. Sure, there’s always the option of simply flying directly into the regional capital of Erbil, with semi-frequent flights now operating from destinations within both Europe and the Middle East. …

Kurdish Flag in Dohuk

Optimism In Kurdistan

Derek Iraq, Videos 30 Comments

*After this post, I’m going to mix things up for the next couple of weeks in order to avoid what might be referred to as “Iraq Overload”. I’ll basically be alternating between posts on Iraq and posts on other topics instead of just writing about Iraq each time. But for now, the post below was written in response to several …

Kurdish couple in Iraq

How Safe Is Traveling To Iraq?

Derek Iraq 144 Comments

Without even asking anyone, I’m quite certain that the reason Iraq doesn’t end up on many traveler’s itineraries is because of a strong sense of fear that bodily harm or even death is a very real possibility for any foreign visitor to this region. However, traveling has taught me to expect the unexpected and so I figured that the best …

Baghdad, Iraq

The Thrill Of Traveling To Iraq

Derek Iraq 103 Comments

*For the past 10 days, I’ve been backpacking through Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in the north of Iraq. For five of those days I was joined by Anil Polat of, a fellow adventurer and a most hilarious traveling companion. I have a lot to write about my time in Iraq and so much has happened that I find …