A country straddling two diverse continents, struggling to define its identity for centuries, steeped in history, and blessed with otherworldly landscapes certainly makes for an intriguing voyage. Torn between its oriental and occidental cultures, it is a continually shifting civilisation, which has played pivotal roles in many of history’s most critical events. After dreaming about this destination for years, we finally had the opportunity to visit, and before we had even left, we were already mentally planning our next trip to this wonderful country.
World Nomads recently ran a travel writing competition that we decided to enter. With three themes to choose from and only 700 words to tell your story, it took us longer to decide on a travel moment to share, than to actually write the piece. Of all the times we made connections with locals, or stumbled into the unknown, this moment of finding peace in the most unexpected place was the clear choice. See below for our entry, based on an experience during Hajj 2008. Despite the years in between, it was a moment I’ll never forget.
When it comes to packing for a trip, it’s easy to forget or overlook some of the basic things we use everyday. Sometimes, the challenge is not necessarily forgetting, but finding pretty, compact versions of common items that are easy to pack, or not knowing the alternatives exist! See below for our guide on essentials for Muslim travellers.