The Middle East is not a single, homogenous country and we need to stop thinking of it in that way.
I have never been so often out of my comfort zone, mostly in a good way.
What it lacks in terms of decent food and architectural beauty, it makes up for in shops, lots of shops.
Inhale centuries of Arabian culture during rose harvest time in the Al Hajar mountain range.
Chocolate crunch pastry - and other favourites to sample when in Tel Aviv.
In the footsteps of Moses, you can trek all 650 kilometres of the ancient Jordan Trail or design shorter versions.
A night in the dunes, ancient bazaars, refreshing oases, countless cute camels and an ocean of smiles will make a trip to Oman a special event.
The flight, one of the least expensive ways of getting from Sydney to London with an interesting stopover during the pre-Christmas peak season when I'd booked, was worth every dollar.