9 Essential Tips for Women Traveling in the Middle East ...


Here’s the next in my series of advice for how to make the most of certain areas of the world, and this time, it is essential tips for women traveling in the Middle East.

As always, I have taken the advice from the most reliable sources, as well as from personal experience and it is general, non-country specific advice.

Although some of the region is best avoided completely at times (at the time of writing Syria and Egypt should not be on your travel list) with these tips for women traveling in the Middle East, you can enjoy an amazing experience in a beautiful, culturally rich and fascinating area of the world.

1. Tone down Your Personality a Little

You may be the life of the party at home, but one of the essential tips for girl travelers in the Middle East is to tone is down a little to avoid unwanted attention!

This is not to say that you can’t be yourself, but do your best to be more reserved.

If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then perhaps the Middle East isn’t the holiday destination for you.

2. Don’t Travel Alone

One of the most commonly ignored tips for female travelers in the Middle East is to not travel alone.

This is important as Middle Eastern men are generally not comfortable speaking to and dealing with western women, and it is also considered strange in most areas for a woman to go places alone, which may result in you drawing unwanted interest.

Your best bet if you have to travel alone however is to make a male friend back at your accommodation and drag him along with you during your Middle Eastern excursions and shopping adventures.

3. Have a Fake Husband

Although this may sound like a strange piece of advice for girls traveling in the Middle East, it’s not a bad idea to mention your “husband” if you get into a sticky or uncomfortable situation – even if you’re not married.

If you are travelling with a male friend or boyfriend, it’s also not a bad idea to be “married” whilst you’re in the Middle East, as according to Sharia Law, women should not be alone with a man that they’re not related to.

Avoid Public Displays of Affection
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