Welcome to Tom Allen’s homepage

I’m Tom, an explorer, trail prospector and travel writer. Originally from England, I’m currently based in the South Caucasus.

My long-term project is the Transcaucasian Trail, a 3,000km-long hiking route in development across Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan. As part of this mission, I’ve designed, explored and documented the Armenian national section of the TCT; and separately conceived and planned the Armenian National Trail, a village-to-village hike across the country.

As a leading expert on adventure travel & tourism in Armenia, I’ve co-authored Armenia: The Bradt Travel Guide since its 5th edition, authored a hiking map-guide to the Legends Trail in Syunik province, founded the CyclingArmenia.com bike route collection, and am currently helping the Ascend Armenia team develop a pioneer bikepacking event.

Beyond the Caucasus, I’ve been blogging about cycle touring and bikepacking since 2007 at TomsBikeTrip.com, won adventure filmmaking awards for Janapar and Karun, and published several books on the topic of travel and adventure.

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