We all know what the world is going through right now. But don’t let it get you down. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your future travels. You can start adding more places to your travel bucket list. And after the whole corona episode is done, plan a perfect trip to your dream destinations.
Bucket list destinations in the Middle East
Jazan Province, Saudi Arabia
The ‘Eden Garden of Saudi Arabia,’ Jazan is an off the beaten track destination that will win over even the most hardened people. Who would have thought, hidden behind the dunes and tall buildings are green terraced fields, deep blue sea, and hot springs? It’s a popular tourist place among Saudi Arabians but hardly known outside the country.
Jazan Province is one of the most photogenic places in Saudi Arabia. The idyllic Farasan islands are situated here. A snorkeling and diving paradise with a thriving coral reef. Just a boat trip up north of the islands are the tranquil mangrove islands where land and sea meet. Jazan is also famous for its heavenly hot springs, which are soaked in healthy minerals. Another important area in Jazan is the stunning Fifa or Fayfa mountains. These stunning evergreen mountains are often called the ‘Neighbor of the Moon’, or the ‘Heavens of the Earth’. A striking feature of the mountain range is its terrace fields, which have been carved out over centuries and are a sight to see.
Cappadocia looks like its straight out of a fairytale. The desolate and strange landscape will leave you breathless. This otherworldly area is home to a variety of rock formations like the famous fairy chimneys. It also has multiple caves that were once used as houses and have now been turned into hotels. Who would not want to sit in a cool, cave hotel and glimpse outside into the strange and wonderful ‘Planet of Cappadocia.’
Cappadocia is an excellent place for hikers. There are plenty of hiking trails like the Love Valley Hike, the Red Valley Hike, the Rose Valley hike, and the Meskendir Valley hike, which showcases the beauty of the strange land. A fantastic sight to see in Cappadocia are the hundreds of hot air balloons lifting off at the same time with the sunset in the background. This scene captures the magical beauty of the place. There are also several open-air museums like the Goreme Open-air Museum, which takes you on a guided tour of ancient churches, caves, and paintings.
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum, also called “The Valley of the Moon,” is a protected site in Jordan known for its harsh environment and its Mars-like landscape. The area has been inhabited for centuries by different groups of people. Even the famous Nabateans, the builders of another famous Jordan site, Petra, once occupied Wadi Rum.
The rugged and vast valley is an adventurer’s paradise—a quiet escape from the crowds of other famous Jordan sites. It’s an endless stretch filled with stunning rock formations, fascinating rock art, and a brilliant night sky. Its otherworldly landscape has made it a popular area for filming. The Martian and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both have scenes that were shot in Wadi Rum. A famous figure from the past, Lawrence of Arabia, resided in the endless stretch of Wadi Rum. He is a popular personality, and many tourist areas are named after him.
Baatara Gorge, Lebanon
The Baatara Gorge, also known as the ‘Cave of Three Bridges’, has existed from the time of the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs might not have appreciated the view, but we do. This natural wonder is routinely called one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, and it comes as no surprise. The waterfall drops into a cave before that it passes through three natural bridges.
The scenic waterfall leaves visitors mesmerized. The best time to visit are the months of March and April since the waterfall is fed only by snow. During these months, the waterfall is supplied by the melting snow of nearby mountains and looks ethereal. You will not be disappointed. Walking around the waterfall is like taking a walk back into the past. Thankfully there are no dinosaurs around.
Don’t let Corona bring you down. Enjoy your time with your loved ones. And don’t forget to reward yourself later by ticking off destinations from your travel bucket list.