Category Archives: The Middle East

What Travel Book Should I Buy? 10 Inspirational Travel Books That We Recommend

Great travel books for 2019 and 2020

  • MartinaNovember 25, 2019 - 12:20 pm

    I would add to that Simon Winchester’s The River at the Centre of the World, where he follows the Yangtze River from mouth to source, and any of Dervla Murphy’s many many travel books (old now but marvellous books). xx

  • EmmaNovember 25, 2019 - 1:51 pm

    Ooh, thank you Martina! I’ll check them out.

Why all female travellers need menstrual cups!

14 reasons why we think every female traveller should invest in a cup

  • MartinaAugust 19, 2019 - 2:44 pm

    Great article. I had a Mooncup for a number of years, and loved it for most of the reasons you mention in your article. After I had my second daughter my periods grew incredibly heavy, I had a uterus full of fibroids and, eventually, four years ago, I had a have a hysterectomy. In those super-heavy period years, my Mooncup was a life saver. It never leaked, and I could go for far longer without emptying it than if I’d used other forms of sanitary protection (I remember my mum in similar straits when I was young, before her hysterectomy and super sized Tampax and a heavy duty pad and still she leaked after less than two hours). Apart from the heavy periods, the Mooncup was just what I needed as we set about living a frugal life as live aboard sailors. Menstrual cups are inexpensive, discreet and don’t take up much storage space when you’re living on a tiny boat! My older daughter is hitting puberty now, and her first period is probably no more than two years away. I’m exploring sustainable options for her. If you have any suggestions (brands of period pants you’d suggest, for example) I’d like to know. xx

  • EmmaAugust 19, 2019 - 4:08 pm

    Hey Martina, Thanks for your comments. On the post, I gave 3 options for period pants. Did you see them?

We climbed Jabal Burdah with kids

Jabal Burdah, one of three rock arches in Wadi Rum, is the highest and most challenging to climb but we were determined that we could climb it with our kids aged 8 and 10 years and so we did. Wadi Rum Sitting in the south-west of Jordan’s kingdom close to the border of Saudi Arabia,…

26 things to do in Wadi Rum from Um Sabatah Camp

We recently spent 2 days and nights at Um Sabatah Camp (<- book here) in Wadi Rum and it was AMAZING! My only regret is that we didn’t spend more time there and we are desperately looking to go back. Two days is definitely not enough. What is Wadi Rum? Wadi means valley in Arabic…