Posts Tagged "Middle East"


Updated on: 10/14/18There are many destinations we have visited around the world where we have found that renting a car made for a better experience.  In many others we realized we probably would have had a better time had we splurged for our own transportation for a few days.  But there are a few select destinations where we did not rent a car and realized that it was a critical mistake that greatly altered our experience. Oman was...

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Updated on: 05/30/18As the desert accounts for roughly 82% of the land mass of Oman, you would be, quite literally, missing a large part of the country by skipping a trip out into it. Our trek into the desert was only a one night stay at a camp located about 30 kilometers inside the Wahiba Sands region of the country, and turned out to be the highlight of our stay in Oman. The following photo essay is a selection of our best photos...

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Updated on: 11/29/18In our first Hilton points redemption on our 1.5 year long trip, we used two weekend certificates and 40,000 points for a three-night stay at the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik worth about $1,750. For our second rewards stay, we wanted to go big, and one destination was on our minds: Dubai. In a city where you can spend as much as your credit allows, we knew that Hilton had some pretty amazing properties we could choose...

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Updated on: 01/15/19The temples of Egypt are completely stunning. There is no other way to put it.  From the pyramids outside of Cairo, to the massive complex of Karnak and the hidden sites at the Valley of the Kings, Egypt has it all.  One site in particular stands out as being what we consider to be the most beautiful temple in the world: Abu Simbel. The Most Beautiful Temple in the World Abu Simbel is the home to the Great Temple...

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Updated on: 01/4/19For most visitors, the highlight of a trip to Cairo is almost always the majestic pyramids on the Giza plateau and the Sphinx.  As this spot is always on the top of must see lists, it is not uncommon for it to be the very first place all travelers in Egypt visit.  As I was visiting Egypt on a guided tour, I already had my stop at the pyramids scheduled for a few days later.  Instead I took the less traveled route...

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