Travel to the Middle East has been making a comeback for years. However, where to go and what to see is evolving. Instead of visiting traditional favorites like Petra and Istanbul, here’s where you should go next.
Instead of exploring Jordan by car or tour, travelers are opting for the 650-kilometer-long Jordan Trail. Established by the Jordan Trail Association in 2015, travelers hike for 36 days across diverse terrain. The trail is often billed the “Inca Trail of the Middle East” and gives an intimate, in-depth view of Jordan for a bucket-list adventure.
A newly emerging must-see for travelers, the Gulf city of Muscat, Oman, offers a quiet reprieve from the bustling cities of the Middle East. Tourists come to relax on the beach, explore 16th-century Portuguese forts and sample local fare. Popular stops include the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Al Angham Restaurant and watersport adventures.
The backpacking-friendly town of Dahab is one of Egypt’s best-kept secrets. Explore a former fishing village turned diving destination. Avid snorkelers come for Blue Hole, a sinkhole and tunnel popular with divers, as well as Eel Garden for views of thousands of eel.
But is it safe to visit the Middle East? Although many parts of the Middle East are perfectly safe to visit and hold hidden treasures, it’s always wise to check the travel advisory in advance to monitor changing conditions. This advice holds true for anywhere you visit.
Hotel Chicago West Loop is Chicago’s first hotel to bring street art inside, and to every guestroom. The dual-purpose property doubles as an art gallery, and launched its “Annex Murals” exhibit in 2018 with 15 hand-painted rooms boasting the work of some of Chicago’s most celebrated urban artists, including Asend, JC Rivera and Eloo. Today, all 116 rooms at the hotel have been painted with street murals, becoming some of the most distinctive lodging spaces in the city.
The Greek tradition of health and wellness runs deep; travelers can find a multitude of therapies to meet their wellbeing needs, from healing spas, herbal therapies, hypnotherapy, massages and more. In Greece, the approach to wellness focuses on the “whole” and the ways in which the mind, body and soul interact. A state of balance is achieved through a good relationship between the emotional and natural state, which can be found throughout Greece at its more than 800 medicinal spas.
Recently, Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park, located off the West Coast of Grenada, underwent a renovation project to make the Protected Area even better for travelers to explore.
Get ahead of the game and start collecting holiday gifts for your loved ones. With the mayhem of store sales and busy parking lots, check out these gift ideas for the traveler in your family; these can all be purchased from the comfort of your home.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
Soneva Fushi in the Maldives unveils its latest offering for adventurous guests. Flying Sauces is the world’s first fine-dining zip line experience.