Who’s afraid of the Middle East?
On my RTW trip during the summer of 2010, I met my friend Alicia in Istanbul and we spent the next 46 days travelling overland through Turkey, Syria and Jordan before I headed to Egypt solo to join up with a quick organised tour through upper Egypt.
From the Turkish ruins of Efes to the windswept hillside streets of Afamea in Syria to a sky full of stars over the desert in Wadi Rum, the Middle East is full of more ancient and natural wonders than you can poke a stick at.
The locals are friendly, and will go out of their way to assist you (except in Egypt, where mostly they just want to annoy you). And the food (falafel! apple tea!) is pretty good too.
Our friends and family were dubious about our plans. Two women, alone, in some of the most dangerous countries on earth? Um..whatever.
In Syria, we felt safe enough to jump in the back of the cars of strange men. I think that just about sums it up.
Want to get straight to the good bits? Read my Middle East Summary.
Is the Middle East safe?
Getting Around Overland and crossing borders
- Tips for bus travel in Turkey
- Otopark or otogar? What happens when you let someone else do all the work.
- Turkey to Syria Overland, Part 1
- Turkey to Syria Overland, Part 2
- Taking day trips from Hama, Syria
- Touring Egypt
What is there to see in the Middle East?
- A Bazaar Experience in Istanbul
- Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia
- Getting lost in Damascus
- Images from Wadi Rum, Jordan
- Video: King’s Highway, Jordan
How much does travelling in the Middle East cost?
The Best of the Middle East Slideshow
For more photos from my time in the Middle East, view RTW: Middle East on Flickr.