Middle East

Pamukkale: Beauty Matched only by Excessive Tourism

September 26, 2015
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Pamukkale: Beauty Matched only by Excessive Tourism

When my travel plans fell apart and I thought it would be better to make my way to Athens and southwest Turkey before flying to Istanbul, I asked a few friends for recommendations. Cappadocia was out, as I had no intention of going on a romantic hot air balloon ride solo or staying in...
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How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

September 24, 2015
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How I Almost Got Stuck in Turkey

Normally, I encourage everyone planning a trip to research local holidays before booking a flight. I’ve heard more than one story of someone coming into Japan after New Year’s and finding the ATMs locked up (Japan is primarily a cash-only country). Many Couchsurfers going through the states have gotten stuck outside on the 4th...
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Planning Turkey & Greece

August 16, 2015
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Planning Turkey & Greece

Finally, a unique trip. Though I’ve done quite a bit of traveling the last two years, many of my destinations were repeat trips or places that didn’t really challenge me, like Paris, London, and Prague. Stepping out of the arrival doors of Beijing airport in 2002 was such a rush; despite being accompanied by...
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How can I travel to Saudi Arabia?

August 5, 2015
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How can I travel to Saudi Arabia?

Cuba is now open to tourism. People are still paying thousands of dollars to tour North Korea (state sponsored, but still). And while most of the American media is spouting information regarding Syria and most of the middle east as a death trap, I find myself wondering about the answer to this question. There...
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