It's probably the most misunderstood place on the planet, a place that features more on news bulletins than it does on must-visit lists. Yet there are plenty of travellers who not only take a chance on the Middle East, but who keep going back for more. So, what's the allure?
The bustle of the souks and the silence of the desert. The smell of grilled meat and the swish of white robes. The ruins that date back thousands of years, and the hospitality that is second to none. It's these experiences, and many more, that you won't get anywhere else.
In this episode of Flight of Fancy, I talk to two travellers who have downed more than a few cups of mint tea over the years: travel writers Sue Williams and Keith Austin.
We sit down and chat about the best destinations to visit, from Jordan to Lebanon and Oman; what to see; how to haggle; and share our tips on the trickiest times to travel. And of course, the highs and lows of Middle Eastern food.
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