Question: Can you tell me what it’s like travelling in the ME independently (in particular as a single female)? I have been told I should only go with a group (that should have at least 1 guy in it) to avoid harassment. Can’t convince anyone I know to go with me. I’d like to take in Turkey (would like to, at the very least, incl. Cappadocia, possibly Gallipoli & Troy), Iran (mostly for Persepolis), Syria, Israel (mostly Tel Aviv, but also Jerusalem & maybe Bethlehem), Jordan (for Petra), Lebanon & Egypt. As one of my main goals is to explore the architecture of the places (I’m an arch. student) I’m not really sure if going on an organized tour would allow me the time/freedom to explore places and record them.
Is it safe to travel alone as a female in these places and wander around (obviously avoiding dodgy/dangerous areas, of course) or would I experience a lot of harassment/chauvinism?
How much money do you think would be needed to do a trip like this over two months (in reasonably priced accom, ie not fancy but not dodgy either, & eating cheaply) & is it possible to do it in 2 months? Also, what is transport like getting around each country and to the various sites, as well as between each country?
Answer: ME is quite safe for single young female travelers if take the usual precautions. You need to contact a travel agency to arrange your basic needs such as visa.
Israel must be the last country on the list; otherwise you will be refused entry in countries like Iran and Syria.
It is better to bring at least $2500 for a 2-months trip to the ME.