I fell in love with couch surfing and the cultural exchange it fosters while I was studying abroad. As Couchsurfing.com expanded, I began to wonder what it would be like to travel to places like Iran, Cuba, Vietnam or Russia as an American citizen. Fortunately, four couch surfers were happy to sate my curiosity by sharing their experiences and insights.
This beautiful, short film by Michael Beech, Soul of Sharjah, captures a glimpse of life in the Emirate. The captivating video provides a look at ancient tradition, epic landscapes, vibrant communities, local cuisine, holy sites, stunning landscapes and beautiful souls. Enjoy.
Old Jaffa photo via Shutterstock Shimrit Elisar tells us where to go to experience everything from hiking to bar hopping in this local guide to Tel Aviv. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: It may be a cliché, but to get yourself acquainted with Tel Aviv, take a walk along the […]
In recent years, Tel Aviv has emerged as an international culinary hotspot, boasting world-renowned restaurants and an organic farm-to-table produce movement. The city’s Levinsky Market was recently voted as the number #1 Destination of 2013 by Savuer magazine. In an attempt to offer food lovers an easy way to navigate the city’s restaurants, street food and markets, […]
Madi Jahangir takes us on an armchair tour of Tehran, Iran’s most culturally diverse, modernized city famed for its gardens, cafes and thriving art scene. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: If you are interested in archeology and the ancient history of the country, you can satisfy your curiosity at the […]
By Sophia Khan Have you ever returned from a busy holiday abroad, only to find that you needed yet another vacation to recuperate from hours of hectic sightseeing? These eco-luxe resorts allow for the art of vacationing in its most quintessential form: relaxation, rejuvenation and tranquility. Each property embraces sustainable and socially responsible initiatives while […]
Set to open in early 2014, Alila Jabal Akhdar promises an incredible experience in one of Oman’s most picturesque regions. Having stayed at several of the company’s properties and seeing firsthand the effort that is placed on social responsibility and providing guests with a stay that offers
CURATED BY NIKI DE WITT After almost a decade of enduring bureaucracy and red tape, Nature Iraq’s hard work has finally paid off, designating the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first national park. Drained during wartime for hiding spots, the 1,000-square kilometers of marshland has been revived and is now leading the way […]
By Kala Barba-Court The decision to move to Saudi Arabia from Paris was, surprisingly, not a very difficult one. My husband, a construction engineer in the oil and gas industry, is often expatriated to work on projects abroad. Our last expatriation stint before we returned to Paris (which is where we were based until we […]