Kuwait is an expensive destination, so prepare yourself for sticker shock! We had a brief transit in Kuwait and wanted to see what one of the world’s leading oil exporters had to offer the budget backpacker. This list is rather short, but we were highly impressed with the Scientific Center, which houses one of the…Continue reading Kuwait


Israel is a country that continually wowed us. For such a compact, diminutive region, Israel is extremely diverse. Our visit included the unmissable city of Jerusalem, which contains some of the holiest places in the world for Christians, Muslims and Jews. We joined Christian pilgrims to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, mingled alongside…Continue reading Israel


Every day, images of volatile and unpredictable Iraq are broadcast from various media sources across the world. The cradle of civilization, Iraq is rich in history. It was said that Baghdad used to be the envy of all cities, with its fantastic architecture and legendary riches. We called Baghdad home for over three years, and…Continue reading Iraq


Yemen is a country that has been luring us to explore its magical cities for years. We were rather reluctant after reading about the surge in kidnappings during the late 1990s. However, we actually met a young lady who was in Yemen in 1998, when the ill-fated UK-based jihad terrorists kidnapped an Explore tour group.…Continue reading Yemen