Category Archives: Middle East

Cappadocia Travel Guide: Things to do in Cappadocia, Turkey

A Cappadocia balloon ride may be the most famous activity, but it's not the only thing to do in the area.

The area known as Cappadocia stretches across Anatolia, further east than Ankara, Turkey. Known for the unique rock formations called “fairy chimneys,” cave hotels, and hot air balloon rides, Cappadocia is a popular destination for luxury travelers, couples and Instagrammers. But don’t worry — even if you’re a solo traveler, on a budget, you can […]

Long layover in Doha? Take a city tour!

Katara's iconic pigeon towers are one of the most popular places to visit in Doha

Qatar Airways is consistently named one of the world’s top airlines. And it offers tons of connections between Europe/North America and Africa/Asia, for pretty reasonable prices. Often, these connections involve a long layover in Doha — 8 hours or more is not uncommon.     Luckily, you don’t have to spend your layover sitting in […]

How to do a day trip to Bethlehem from Jerusalem

Visiting Bethlehem is a chance to get a glimpse at life in the West Bank -- and thousands of years of history.

Many visitors to Israel and the Palestinian Territories never step foot in a Palestinian Territory. After all, the territories have a reputation for military conflict and violence, they’re logistically more complex to visit, and with so much to see in Israel, why take the risk? But a day trip to Bethlehem in the West Bank […]

Day trip from Amman: Four options in northern Jordan

If you're visiting Amman Jordan, be sure to explore the surrounding towns and ruins as well.

Let’s be honest: In a country as incredible as Jordan, Amman is a pretty boring city. There’s not a lot to see. It’s not particularly pretty or charming. But its location in roughly the middle of northern Jordan makes it a convenient base for exploring further afield. And there is a lot to explore within […]

Visiting Petra: 7 essential experiences

A trip to Petra is a must-do during your travels in Jordan.

Petra is not the best ruins complex in the world. It’s the best ruins experience. Sure, visiting Petra involves seeing tombs and ruins. But it also involves hiking through rose-red wadis and secret passages, encountering camels and wild mountain goats, and having tea with the nomadic Bedouins who still inhabit the area.   Petra, and the […]