Have you been to Beirut?
February 3, 2011 3:03 PM Subscribe
Should I go to Lebanon in April? What do I need to know if I go? I have a chance to attend a conference there, and need to decide quickly if I'm going, and if so, how long I want to spend there and if I want to go anywhere else in the area.
posted by gingerbeer to travel & transportation around Lebanon (14 answers total)
I have an opportunity to go to a conference in Beirut, Lebanon in April. I need to figure out if I want to go, and if so, if I want to do any traveling before or after the conference. I need to make any decisions quickly and major political unrest will cancel the trip, per my employer, who is paying for the travel.
Have you visited or lived in Beirut? What can you tell me about being a tourist there? Are there other places in Lebanon I want to go? What about Jordan? Israel? If I have a week to be a tourist in the Middle East, where should I go? (I understand about the going to Israel last/passport issues and have political issues with the Israeli government but could be convinced that I should visit.)
I've never traveled in the Middle East, although I've lived in Europe and traveled extensively there, mostly by myself. My employer is willing to let me take time before or after the conference, and is fine with me flying in to one place and out of another. I can take about a week off from work for vacation. I don't have unlimited funds for travel, but this also feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Recommendations for restaurants and things to do in Beirut also welcome.
Bonus points for information on traveling as an American woman alone there, or for two women traveling together.