Backpacking in Oman: Staying At the Naseem Hotel in Mutrah

After my time backpacking in Saudi Arabia, I hung around on the peninsula for a while longer, by taking a flight from Jeddah to Muscat in Oman. Oman has changed its visa laws as of March 2018. This meant I needed to fork out $53 US for an online Oman visa in advance. Oman was Read more about Backpacking in Oman: Staying At the Naseem Hotel in Mutrah[…]

World Borders: Muslims Only - The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia

World Borders: Muslims Only – The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia

This is a world border which is slightly different to those in my normal World Borders series, as whether you enter this border or not depends solely on one thing – if you are a Muslim or a Non-Muslim. I am a Non-Muslim and will not be converting to Islam, but on our recent trip Read more about World Borders: Muslims Only – The Fork in the Road Near Mecca, Saudi Arabia[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah

After arrival into Jeddah for the Saudi Arabia Hotel Show in April 2018, I got a taxi to my hotel from the main international airport. It was my first time in Saudi Arabia and was a business trip on a 10 day adventure. We were staying in the Al Hamra district which is pretty close Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Staying at the Hotel Mercure in Al Hamra, Jeddah[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Burj Al Arab Juice at Jeedaan Juice Shop in Old Muscat, Oman

After my Saudi Arabia adventure, I headed to Oman for a few days to “chill out”. But in travel, at least in my life, chilling out doesn’t ever really happen. I have to explore a place when I’m there and see as much as I can. In Oman, I stayed at the cosy Hotel Naseem Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Burj Al Arab Juice at Jeedaan Juice Shop in Old Muscat, Oman[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 4 Sights In Hail

On day 6 of our Saudi Arabia adventure we headed North from Jeddah and Taif to the city of Hail. Looking like the English word Hail, it is pronounced “Hi Eel” and commonly spelt Ha’il. We arrived after a bumpy internal flight from Jeddah. We flew with Nesma Airlines, which covers EgYPT and Saudi Arabia. Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 4 Sights In Hail[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 5 Sights in Old Town Jeddah

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 7 Sights in Jeddah’s UNESCO Listed Old Town

“One more step along the world I go” Jeddah is a huge beast of a city and we have managed to visit a few interesting parts of the city during our time here away from the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2018, where we were working. While I am here on a business trip with Young Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Top 7 Sights in Jeddah’s UNESCO Listed Old Town[…]

Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Arrival in Jeddah, My 900th City

“I’m in Jeddah baby, I’m in Jeddah, woah!” Inspired by a 1980s documentary called 80 Days Around the World, whereby Michael Palin circumnavigated the globe without flying, I remember his visit to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In those days, backed by a huge BBC budget and a less strict government, Palin’s visa was a piece of Read more about Backpacking in Saudi Arabia: Arrival in Jeddah, My 900th City[…]

World Borders: How to Visit the Border Entrance Between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia at King Fahd Causeway

“That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight. Losing my religion” – Rapid Eye Movement.  When I was backpacking Bahrain in 2015, I made a trip to the Saudi Arabia border and it was something I always meant to include in my World Borders series, yet always forgot about it. The reason I Read more about World Borders: How to Visit the Border Entrance Between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia at King Fahd Causeway[…]

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