Stephen Lioy is a photographer, writer, hiker, and travel blogger based in the city of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Work takes him all over the world but, somehow, this region keeps drawing him back.
It started with a one-year trip to China that, almost eight years on, just never quite ended. Several years, many countries, and countless inconsequential moments later lead down the road to Bishkek. Somewhere along the way came a travel blog, travel writing gigs, and a whole dedicated photography website.
When Stephen isn't at home in Kyrgyzstan, which is more often than not, he can usually be found leading very large tour groups of very small children through all the favorite capital cities of the world or, in between work periods, out in the mountains sleeping in a tent and eating the sort of things your stomach warns you about. See his websites about Hiking in Asia and the Wakhan Corridor for more. Alternatively, follow Stephen's travels on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, or Google+ for regular photos and occasional witticisms. One promise though: no more of this third-person nonsense.
Still reading? Have a look through some of the titles Stephen has prepared for Lonely Planet:
Tips from Kyrgyzstan and the rest of Central Asia.
Hong Kong. Istanbul. The mountains of Central Asia. There are others, I suppose, but none match up.