Mark highlights five of the best countries for vegetarians, including India, Thailand, and Lebanon.
Tips for getting a good deal on your camel tour of the Great Pyramids.
Mark recounts some unexpected discoveries he made while visiting Egypt.
Tips for tackling the fear of travel in its most common forms.
Even though I chose to take a barge-like cruise ship up the Nile River, I still had plenty of time to enjoy felucca rides around Aswan. As with everything in Egypt, the cost had to be negotiated, and it’s best to bring your sense of humor. Aswan, the Dams, and the Temple of Isis at […]
Once I arrived in Luxor and joined the organized tour, I was insulated from most of the shenanigans and tourist shams (though one might argue I paid into the biggest of them all — a prepackaged Nile cruise). I ended up having a great time on the cruise. My room was very nice, there was […]
In 2001, I had plans to visit Egypt however 9/11 disrupted them and I’d had it on the back burner ever since. In December 2008, I flew Egypt Air from Jo’burg to Cairo. It was my first visit to a Middle Eastern country, and I was immediately struck by the dreariness of the Nile River […]
The morning of September 11, 2001 is well-ingrained in my memory. Within a few days of the attack, I called Adventure Center and verified my October trip was still scheduled, which meant I had to decide whether or not to head for The Middle East. My parent’s definitely did not want me to go. My […]
After I had enough money for the initial deposit, I called Adventure Center back. I spoke to the same woman as before, Maz. Since my trip is one of the least expensive, the $300 deposit was more than 3/4 of the total cost. I planned on paying the remaining $90 in another few weeks. I printed out copies of […]
By now I’m convinced I need to go visit Egypt, and soon! After reading the ad, I wanted to check and see if the tour operator, Adventure Center, had a web site. I went to http://www.adventurecenter.com and sure enough it was the tour operator’s site. I clicked on the About Us link first. I was excited to see they […]