An Ex-Soldier’s 3 Essentials for Safe Travel

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If you really want to learn how to see the world and take calculated risks like a pro, ask an ex-soldier. Danny Kaine shares his essential safeguards for travelers.

Overland Egypt: Notes for Women Traveling Alone

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Forget what you saw about Egypt in the news. With the right attitude (and clothing) it’s a safe and lovely place to solo travel, even as a woman –Jenn Miller just did.

Indie Travel in Egypt for $35 Per Day

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Even the most disengaged student was impressed when the history lesson turned to the Ancient Pyramids, and getting a chance to visit them is on many travelers’ bucket lists. But there’s much more to Egypt than the pyramids, and Paris Marx is here to offer a guide to getting the most out of your trip to this amazing and unique country.

Should You Add Israel to Your Trip Itinerary?

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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.

Why You Should Add the Middle East to Your Big Trip

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If you pay attention to the news at all, we are told to fear the Middle East. Why don’t we instead listen to someone who has actually been to the region as a traveler? Paris Marx shows us there’s a lot for travelers to discover, safely, if you quit listening to the fear mongering.

The Female Guide to Traveling Solo in Muslim Countries

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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 the Shadow of Petra, Wadi Rum Beckons

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Visitors to Jordan come chiefly for Petra, the vaunted ancient city that had become a forgotten outpost until re-discovered in the 19th Century. Many have heard of Wadi Rum, the expansive mountain desert in the south of Jordan, but few have stayed there overnight to explore its wonders and experience the Bedouin culture. S. Michael Scadron illustrates how Wadi Rum beckons us, not only because of its natural beauty, but also for the richness of its history and cultural heritage.

Top 10 Middle Eastern Experiences

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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.

Touring the Arabian Shangri-La – Abha, Saudi Arabia

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“This green, mostly mountainous region is God’s own country… Asir is as close to Shangri-la as anything I have seen.”

The Forbidden Kingdom: Sanctity and Superstition in Saudi Arabia

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Daniel A. Meyer travels to Saudi Arabia with a sense of understanding, only to discover more skeletons in the closet.