• going to Yemen for the weekend — taking the road less traveled.

    April 17, 2018

    One of the coolest adventures of my life was a few years ago when I went to Yemen for an adventurous weekend.

    I am reposting the blog I did on that trip because (recently) we have several Yemeni clients for our Citizenship Investment program, and this morning I reminisced with one of the guys I traveled with on that trip about our love of Yemen and the great people — and considering my blog has much more readership now than when I posted this blog, I want to share the beauty of Yemen, the people, and my overall experience.

    Also, a few years ago, when I was training for RAAM (bike race across America), I rode my bike across and down Oman all the way to the Yemen border and had a great, safe, enjoyable adventure.
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    I am going to post several pictures of this trip because the photos speak much better than any of my words…


    People who are close to me know that I am big into battling “misinformation” or “exaggeration” in the media, especially when it comes to the Middle East and the Arab world.  This post on my trip to Yemen is another example.  Yes, some areas in the north of Yemen are dangerous for foreigners, but these sites are in the north and the tourist sites have all been closed.

    However, Sana’a, the capital of Yemen and the UNESCO protected old town in Sana’a can be argued is as safe or safer than some areas of LA, Chicago, DC, London, Paris, etc.

    The purpose of this post is not to try and fight the misinformation, or try and convince you Yemen is safe to visit–  but importantly, keep reminding everyone about the amazing world out there….try and not let fear prevent you from experiencing it, especially the Middle East.

    My brother-in-law, Romain and I go on a trip each year with the focus of the trip on the adventure.

    We started this ritual in 2008 when we toured Lebanon.  On that trip, we drove all the way from Beirut to south Lebanon 400 meters from the border of Israel (I made a post on that trip)  … I wanted to go to Rwanda this year, but Romain said: “Yemen would be a cooler story” …

    The flight to Sana’a, the capital of Yemen was an easy 2 hour Emirates airline flight from Dubai.  Because of the 1 hour time difference, we left Saturday morning at 6:00 am and arrived in Sana’a at 7:00 am.

    On the flight, I was surprised and somewhat disappointed to see at least 10 other westerners…

    We sat in the exit row and the stewardess, a talkative Australian sat facing us on the takeoff and landing … she asked me “why are you going to Yemen?”  And I replied, “for sightseeing.”

    She said, “yeah right…” and obviously, did not understand our interest in visiting Yemen.

    It was quick and easy to get our visas …

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