Yes! I traveled around the Middle East. Nowadays, people urge you to stay away. However, when I went over 10 years ago, the region was much safer and less volatile even though there was still temporary political unrest in the area. I did a 6 week backpacking trip going overland from Istanbul, Turkey to Cairo, Egypt.
Of course, I had to visit the Pyramids in Egypt and Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan. However, to me the highlights and best memories were not the famous “must-see” monuments but rather the friendliness of the locals especially in countries such as Syria and Lebanon which got so few tourists compared to their touristy neighbour countries of Turkey and Egypt. Now that we are in the middle of a Civil War and Refugee Crisis in Syria, I often reflect on and remember how friendly the Syrian people were during my visit. I look forward to returning to Syria once the war is over and more peace has been established.
These were the 6 countries I visited over 6 weeks:
Have you been to the Middle East before? Which countries?