Tag Archives: Middle East

30 before 30 travel bucket list: My top 30 travel experiences so far

This list of things to do before you turn 30 can help you plan your travels for years!

On Tuesday, I turned 30. I celebrated my birthday on the road through Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As I’ve been spending a lot of time on buses staring out the window at the East African savanna, I’ve been reflecting on my first 30 years of travel. So I put together this list of […]

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 […]

Off the beaten path solo female travel

Hiking in Ecuador is one of the top activities. Read on for details in my comprehensive Ecuador travel guide.

Solo female travel is all the rage these days. More and more women are taking off on adventures alone and learning just how empowering it can be. Destinations like Portugal, Thailand and Bali are at the top of every list of best destinations for solo female travellers. Don’t get me wrong, those are great places […]

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 […]