Tag Archives: women

9 different reasons why I love to visit Muslim / Arab countries

In these days of rampant Islamophobia, a trip to an Arab country could do everyone a bit of good. Being amongst Muslims has certainly changed me, and understanding other cultures, not judging them, is key, I believe, to  peace. Travelling either as a lone female or with a group of women in the Muslim world, […]

Desert Days – spending time with nomads

Recently I had the privilege of spending a couple of days in the Sinai desert with a nomadic family. They are not quite as “nomadic” as they used to be, as modernity and necessity has crept into their lives, forcing them to adapt in different ways. Whereas children used to learn survival in the desert (how […]

Changing Bedouin lifestyles: from the tent to a house

Times are changing fast for the Bedouin tribes of the South Sinai. Up until around 30-40 years ago most of them used to live a nomadic lifestyle in the desert, moving with the seasons to feed their herds of goats and camels on the fragrant desert herbs. They lived in tents woven from goat and […]

How to Conquer Cairo – a few different city tips

Cairo : exciting, fascinating, chaotic and daunting! Besides the pyramids and the Egyptian museum, it has so many interesting corners to explore… and get lost in! Try to have at least 4 days here to scratch below the surface and really feel the pulse of the place. Egyptians are some of the friendliest people on […]

How to become friends with Marrakech

Marrakech is a fascinating mix of old and new, rich and poor, jetset and farmers. Big mansions have shot up around the outskirts of the city, whilst in the medina (old city) families still live in traditional riads – well, if they haven’t been bought up by foreigners turning them into tasteful tourist accommodation. SHOPPING […]

One Ethiopian man tells his incredible story

My amazing Ethiopian friend tells his incredible story In my travels, taking women to exotic places around the world on life-changing trips,  I am fortunate to meet some of the most amazing and inspiring people – like Firew, a dear friend in Ethiopia, with the most incredible history – from being a child prisoner in […]

A few different travel tips for women travelling

Here are just a few ideas for all you ladies out there to help make your life a bit easier and more eco-friendly when you are travelling. They definitely help me! 1. I find the best hand luggage to have is a day pack with wheels. So when you have those long waits at airports […]

Mad Dogs and Ex-pats

Have you ever spent any time in an “exotic” country and noticed how a lot of the expats living there seem a bit odd? (By the way, I say “exotic country” as opposed to “developing country” as the word “developing” doesn’t seem right…I mean, developing into what? Another capitalistic, polluting, consumer society maybe?? But that’s […]

A BAZAAR EXPERIENCE – or the Golden Rules on how to avoid getting completely ripped off and buying more rugs than you can poke a stick at when in an Arab souq (market)…

OK, so have found yourself in a fabulous Arab bazaar in some hot, sandy and exotic country. It is a maze of twisting alleyways crammed with people and intriguing shoplets selling bright and alluring handicrafts: colourfully decorated carpets, lamps, clothes, leather and metalware. Trapped in shopping heaven, you almost pass out with excitement. Sweet, musky […]

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So why the name Adventures of Venus? Venus was the Goddess of love, and travel is very liberating – it allows you to truly be yourself, like nothing else on this planet. You are not someone’s kid, or wife or employee or friend, and you can drop all the expectations that go along with filling […]