The Middle East is probably the most intimidating region for travellers, especially given the state of the world today. Which is really a shame because if there ever was a time to go to his utterly fascinating part of our planet, it is now.
Why do I say this? Consider what Mark Twain said travelling: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”