We got to see the tourism industry from the other side of the hotel fence during our time in Jordan and were treated to some good standard accommodation.
Despite spawning urban souls for longer than almost anywhere on our planet, a sightseeing tour of Erbil, Iraq, will take in a few average mosques, a couple of nice parks and a busted minaret. On only one attraction can Erbil compete and compete well: the Citadel.
Iraq? That's the place on the TV isn't it? Are you mad? It is and no we're not. This is the 'other' Iraq: It's safe, the people are hospitable and it is well worth adding to your itinerary.
Though cheap food is easily found alongside more expensive eating options, budget accommodation is limited. For this reason, compared to some other countries in the region, Lebanon is not a budget destination.
Three Photos of Dohuk, Iraq
Welcome to the traveller's trade off. It would be easy to feel like a failiure in an uninspiring room like this but walk through the door and we are transported into the magical World.
Three Photos of Beirut, Lebanon.
Nearly three months ago when we began our slow meander from visiting our families in the UK to our home in Turkey (a few miles away from the Meander river, origin of the word) I knew our plans would, somewhere, change.
Three Photos of Amman, Jordan.
While not ready to sell out completely and forget its hippy roots, Dahab is growing up fast. If the town were a person he would be thinking about cutting his hair and trying to impress the hotel heiress that's been making googoo eyes at him.