Morocco’s Best City: Is it Fez or Marrakech?

First, let me state the obvious: Morocco is a beautiful country to visit, a photographer’s orgasm, a feast for your senses; a flurry of scents, oils, spices and clay. It has, admiringly, fared very well in becoming one of the top tourist destinations in the world, partially due to its cheap flights from Europe (RyanAir…

Travelling Cuba – Get there before It’s Ruined!

Because a lot of friends have asked, and because travelling to Cuba is trendy now ‘before the Americans get in and ruin it’ (please stop saying that), I’ve decided to write up a brief guide on what to do and how to do Cuba. Here you go: Travel in off-peak season: we went in May, also…

Weekend in Rome: Travel Survival Tips

The stuff of every art enthusiast’s dream, Italy’s bustling and delightful Rome is a perfect destination if you’re a history/art/architecture buff or a foodie/drinkie, and one of the easiest cities to explore on foot. Thanks to a childhood of Italian films and cheesy songs courtesy of Egyptian Channel 1 and 2, my trip to Rome was…

Marsa Alam – Diving with Turtles in the Deep South

I’m officially ruined. It’s going to be difficult to beat the Marsa Alam experience anytime soon. Although it’s the furthest beach I’ve ever been to – 8 hours from Cairo by car- and is just a few hours from the Sudanese border, it’s every bit worth it: there are kilometres of semi-untouched shores, of mangrove…

Holiday Hurghada: Beyond the Seedy Stereotypes

I’ll be honest with you: I’m not a fan of Hurghada. Due to a series of short stops in the city, I’ve gained several first impressions that are far from positive. Maybe it’s the shoddy collection of urban architecture that I can’t help compare to its slicker, admittedly elitist neighbour, Gouna, or maybe it’s the…

Visa Traveler Blog: Diving and Dining in Soma Bay

It’s strange to feel like a stranger in your own country; and I definitely felt like the odd one out at the Breakers Diving and Surfing Lodge, a quaint hotel on the Red Sea’s Soma Bay, where the clientele is predominantly German save for a handful of Egyptians. This hotel seems to be a well-kept…

Beirut: Three Nights in the Middle East’s Most Expensive City

When it comes to travelling, I have often found myself in rather distressing situations, where a combination of excessive optimism and poor arithmetic finds me penniless in a foreign country. No credit card, no backup plan, no savemebaba. In Beirut’s case, I found myself with just US$150 to live on for three days. Seasoned travelers…

Visa Traveler Blog: A Weekend in Gouna

Sometimes, the best type of a holiday is where you lie very still doing nothing, preferably in a cold swimming pool with a colder drink in hand. After the adventure of Tripoli, a lazy, fluffy, politics-free weekend in Gouna was much needed. I managed to bully two easygoing and long-suffering friends into 48 hours at…

Tripoli: Unexpected and Exciting Libya

One of the greatest perks of unplanned travels is that you find yourself in unexpected cities trying to navigate exotic routes and interpreting new cultures. Although Libya is right next door and I’ve always wanted to visit, especially since the Libyan revolution, I unexpectedly found myself in Tripoli with time on my hands to get…

Sidi Abdel Rahman – Egypt’s North Coast Nostalgia

Sidi Abdel Rahman is one of my fondest childhood summer memories. The beautiful beachside resort on the North Coast of Egypt was my family’s favourite destination, back in the days when you didn’t have to own a villa on the North Coast to be able to swim on the North Coast, and there were large…

Sydney – Sunny City On the Other Side of the Planet

The upside of being stuck on a 20-hour flight (15 hrs from Dubai to Sydney, 4 from Cairo to Dubai) is that flying will never be the same to you. Remember how you’d complain about uncomfortable 5-hour flights? The flight to Sydney will break you down and increase your tolerance for pain, so that future,…