We are continuing our Middle Eastern adventure, and now it is time to fasten our seatbelts and try to step out of our comfort zone a bit by traveling to Damascus, the capital of Syria and one of the oldest cities in the world. All of you know about the terrible civil war which has almost destroyed this beautiful country since it broke out seven years ago. The situation, however, is stabilizing as of the last quarter of 2017, and one of safest areas in the country is Damascus, which has suffered almost no damage during these years. And therefore tourism is reviving again in Damascus.
Let me introduce you to Oman, an unfairly underrated country in the Middle East. Disproportionate attention is given to the UAE, Qatar, and other countries in the region. Oman, in contrast, is rarely noted despite fact that it offers a lot.
We continue exploring the Middle East. Since we have given you a short intro into sights and culture of the UAE, it is time to visit another country in the region. You never know when you will have a chance to come to the Middle East again, and it is useful to have in mind what you should see. It is time, therefore, for Bahrain - one of the smallest and richest countries in the world. Bahrain is a small archipelago in the Persian Gulf located between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Global Youth Forum in Dubai, UAE is coming up soon. This means that you will be looking for a good guidebook to Dubai as you will definitely have free time to sightsee and explore the culture of this Arab country. Once you get there you will have to visit the other cities in the United Arab Emirates while having in mind other destinations in the Middle East. The Middle East is a real treasure with a great culture, history, and people, and I will give you an overview of the interesting countries there. So let’s start this guide to the charming world of the Middle East with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two jewels of “the Kingdom of Oil”.
Summer is still going on, hot and sunny. If you haven’t yet been to the sea, or if you want a somewhat different approach to a summer holiday, here are some options for you. There are lots of interesting opportunities and among them are amazing lakes which are no less interesting and are good for swimming and spending a summer holiday on the shore. The tourist infrastructure of many lakes is very developed and can accommodate many visitors. The entertainment possibilities of such places are also significant. In this guide, read about alternative summer spots such as lakes.
Today we are going to Old Serbia – a region known in the past as Rashka and now called Sandzak. This is a part of Serbia that is frequently overlooked, and definitely underrated as a tourist area. Rashka/Sandzak has a very rich history and culture, and an alluring multiculturalism. It is the heartland of the oldest Slavic state in the Balkans and the oldest Serbian principality. It is also home to the Bosniak ethnic minority, one of the largest ethnic minorities in Serbia. This region is 70% populated by Bosniaks, who are Muslims of Slavic origin and the descendants of the Slavs who converted to Islam during the period of Ottoman rule over the Balkans (14th-20th centuries).
You all know about Venice in Italy, of course. And some of you have heard about Suzhou, the “Venice” of China and one of several Chinese “Venices”. Today it is time to explore Hoi An, the “Venice of Vietnam”.
This time I am going to take you on a special journey in China. Since most of you know about China’s big cities, ancient towns and villages, temples, mountains, the Great Wall, great history, tea, meditation, amazing architecture, gardens, martial arts, culture and cuisine, it is time for something different and alternative. China is home to 55 ethnic minorities, some of which are pretty small and count only a few million members or as few as five thousand. So I have chosen three very interesting and unusual ethnic groups about which people rarely hear and which have very distinctive ways of living. Also I will identify their indigenous regions or towns so you can visit them as they offer a unique cultural experience.
When we speak about Italy most of us have in mind Rome, Pisa, Venice, Sicily, Verona, Florence, Milan, or Siena. But a country of romantic cities, great cuisine, a warm-hearted people, and stunning scenery has much more to offer. Italy is full of surprises across all of its territory. Today I will introduce you to some less famous places in Italy which are more than worth visiting. You have probably heard about these places, but they are not often prominent in tourist itineraries. It will be short tour from north to south through this amazing land.
It is time for Albania – the most frequently underrated country not only in the Balkans but generally in Europe. It may be one of the least developed economies in Europe, but nothing is just black and white, and this interesting country is definitely worth visiting. Also it is one of the youngest states in Europe, having gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912. After WWII it was one of most isolated countries in the world under the communist regime of Enver Hoxha. Today it is a country that is striving towards modernization and open to the world. In addition to some nice towns Albania offers very beautiful scenery stretching from the mountains in the north and northwest to the seaside in the south. If you like mountain upland scenery there is plenty of it, and if you choose Albania for a summer vacation at the sea you won’t regret that, either. Let’s have a look at the two most famous places in Albania.