Despite the number of Israeli travelers making their way around the world, there are comparatively few who put this small nation on their travel itinerary. And yet, the country is thick with history, culture, and contemporary places to party. Jo Fitzsimons explains why Israel and the Palestinian Territories should be on the backpacking trail.
Many brave female travelers shy away from travel in Muslim or Arab-influenced countries because of the intimidating travel advice and horror stories in guide books and the internet. Stephanie Pelser tells you why you should go and gives tips on how to have a harassment-free trip.
In BootsnAll's new series, Traveler Postcards, we profile a real trip - highlighting the best of a destination as seen by a particular person on a particular trip. This week, Audrey and Dan of Uncornered Market share what it's like for Americans visiting Iran.
There is no doubt the Middle East certainly has its share of instability, but life resumes as normal and there is so much more than meets the eye in the area referred to as the Cradle of Civilisation. Every part of this region dates back to the beginning of man and the result is today's richness in culture, passion and kinship. To get you going, listed are ten awesome things about the Middle East.