Why Beirut, Lebanon, Is Well Worth a Visit

Looking out at the water in the small beachside city of Tyre

Looking out at the water in the small beachside city of Tyre

When you’re visiting somewhere new, there is often an underlying tension and anxiety inside of you that doesn’t resolve itself until you actually get there and experience the place firsthand. That’s what happened to me when I visited Africa. I was initially tense and nervous because of the stories I had heard from friends, articles I had read online, and coverage in the media. But, as it turned out, Africa was a life-enriching experience. I realized the underlying fear everyone feels when traveling somewhere new would always be there, and it was actually important to face that angst head on and go explore despite these feelings.

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Community-Based Tourism in Trat, Thailand

Overhead view of the Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community in Trat, Thailand

Overhead view of the Ban Nam Chiao Ecotourism Community in Trat, Thailand

The ease and prevalence of travel has made our world a small one. Many countries rely on the tourism industry to boost their economies and work to attract travelers with a variety of accommodations and chain restaurants. But how much do we really get to experience a destination when we stay in a cushy hotel with other international travelers, eat familiar cuisine, and speak in our native tongue? I recently had the opportunity to immerse myself in a place very different from my own and see what it truly means to “live like a local.”

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Make the Most of a Two-Day Trip to Siem Reap

Angkor Wat reflected in a nearby pond

Angkor Wat reflected in a nearby pond

Siem Reap is Cambodia’s second largest city after the capital, Phnom Penh. It has an exciting atmosphere centered around “Pub Street,” with a fantastic range of restaurants and markets. The temples at the Angkor Archaeological Park are of course the main reason why most people visit Siem Reap, and it is a must stopover for anyone traveling to Southeast Asia.

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A Golf Getaway in Pattaya, Thailand

Looking out over St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club in Thailand

Looking out over St. Andrews 2000 Golf Club in Thailand

I never need an excuse to go to Thailand, but when I received a text message from the good folks at Jetset Extra asking if I was interested in playing golf in Thailand, well, there are some things to which I don’t say no.
 The trip took place in March, one year after the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed me and other journalists from around the world to Bangkok and Ayuttaya for training at a sword-fighting school and Muay Thai boxing camp. This year’s trip, again chaperoned by my TAT guide Suriya, was indeed a lot less physical.

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