Connecting with other travel bloggers is a real pleasure when you are travel blogger yourself. On a recent trip to Melbourne I met up for the first time with Tim Blight of UrbanDuniya. Tim is a very likeable guy and is a true expert on Melbourne, Sydney and especially India and Pakistan. He provides a great insight of these two countries from a foreigner’s point of view through his website. Dare I say it he is well placed to provide Pakistan Travel Advice since he has often lived in the country.
Whilst discussing his travels Tim explained to me that he was about to launch his Pakistan travel guide – Pakistan Traveller. He explained that there were no up to date guides on travelling to Pakistan. Especially since the Lonely Planet Pakistan guide went out of print. This was a huge gap in the market and Tim was filling it.
It is little wonder that I was intrigued to find out more about Tim, his travels and his book. Here is what he had to say:-
Pakistan travel advice and experiences from Tim
I’ve always been fascinated by offbeat destinations, and it’s therefore no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I chose to write a book about Pakistan. I first visited Pakistan in 2006. I landed in Karachi ahead of a three week jaunt around the country, not knowing what highs and lows lay ahead. Boy, if only I had known.
Karachi was a safe enough place to visit back then – it had problems, but people weren’t being warned off it completely like they are now. I also made my way through Uch Sharif and Multan, then to Islamabad.
I skipped Lahore due to illness.
What astounded me about travel in Pakistan was how little had been written about it. There certainly was a lot of information out there, but not many people had actually sat down to write a book to help guide people around this unpredictable country.
My Bible was (and for certain spots still is) Lonely Planet’s 2004 guide to Pakistan and the Karakoram Highway. That was the guidebook which produced gasps from my parents when I brought it home to read, and which helped out when it really mattered. The book was updated in 2008, but went out of print in 2013, leaving no travel guide to Pakistan.
The idea for Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya was initially a collection of travel notes that I was going to upload if ever I got the time. Then it dawned on me – no-one would read them unless they were actually practical and helpful. Which is why I am writing here, on Flights and Frustration, home of practical travel tips!
Being a solo, first-time writer, Pakistan Traveller was much more ambitious than I realised at first – it was only a couple of months after I began that it dawned on me just how big a task it was. Most of Punjab, Islamabad and Gilgit-Baltistan are covered in detail; and that’s only about a quarter of the country! Maps had to be drawn, hotel details uncovered, safety advice checked… the list went on.
However I can now confidently say that travellers to Pakistan have available to them a quality, up-to-date and practical guidebook to smooth the way through at least part of the country. Not coincidentally, the areas covered are the regions most frequented by tourists (and most accessible).
Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya is available for Kindle download from Amazon.com, and in a PDF version for those who contact me directly (tim[@]urbanduniya.com). It is my hope that Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya will bring a slice of Pakistan to the world, and one day, a slice of the world’s tourists to Pakistan.
“in sha Allah”