Are You Ready To Backpack The Middle East?

This site has the information about the countries, cities, and cultures you’ll encounter during any backpacking trip in the Middle East. The region in general has a bad reputation which scares off many travelers. Also, budget travel isn’t well developed in the Middle East so you may find yourself with more questions than answers.

The truth of the matter is that the entire Middle East is a varied and diverse place with all of the good and bad aspects you’ll find in any other region in the world. The Middle East is yours to travel if you’re willing to do so and the Middle East Backpacking Guide will help get you ready.

Where Do You Want To Go?

Backpacking the Middle East can open a variety of adventures. Much of the nations in the Middle East are still developing their tourism industries and it can be a bit more work for budget travelers to find information and get around but it’s hardly impossible. From Roman ruins to magnificent Ottoman mosques, the Middle East will surprise and amaze you while at the same time allowing you to examine your previous impressions.

Information About These Countries And More

Turkey | Bahrain | Iran | Kuwait | United Arab Emirates | Israel | Jordan | Lebanon

You may not know where to go in the Middle East or perhaps be looking for reasons to backpack there in the first place. Most of the Middle East however is available to you and we hope to show you each place so you can find the best fit for your next Middle East backpacking trip.

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