It’s the first day of Spring – and it snowed here in Berlin this week. Yes – snow. This is just one of the many reasons why I’m really excited about my next stop on my travels in April – it will be warm! Last week I posted a question on my Facebook page having people guess where I was going next from a list of four trips:
23 People put in their guesses and people seemed to be split between Bhutan and Oman – and some just wanted to join me regardless!
I’m happy to announce that I’m going to a place where snow is NOT in the vocabulary – however sand is. No – it’s not a beach.
I will wait while some of you check your globe or fire up google maps.
There…did you find it now? Pretty darn exciting huh?
What Will I Be Doing in Oman?
Thanks to Exodus Travel I am going from Northern European winter to the Spring in the Middle East. This should be a good climate change! The warmer weather should be nice, but I’m most excited about exploring this new country’s landscapes, culture, and people. The Middle East and the Arabic culture is one that captured my heart 2 years ago in Jordan and Lebanon and I’ve been wanting to get back to it ever since.
Exodus is a small group tour company specializing in exploring a country and it’s cultures. So I won’t be alone, and most of the time I will be on foot. Here’s a look at what I’ll be doing.
What do you think – will I survive the itinerary? I’m starting to wonder that myself!.
However – even though I’ll be well supported by the Exodus team I’m still pretty nervous about what lies ahead of me. The hiking is going to be challenging, and the detailed Itinerary that I was sent it has us hiking about 5 to 7 hours a day every day. Our group will be hiking on cliff sides and steep technical descents while camping for the entire week so that means some cold nights, no showers and roughing it. All of these things equally intimidate me and excite me – the sign that I am going to have an amazing time.
Plus – more than anything I’m excited about capturing this seldom-visited country in photographs. I’ve heard that the landscape is some of the most stunning in the Middle East and experiencing sunrise and sunset while camping in the wilderness is sure to bring great photography!
But what about Bhutan, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos?
For all of you that were hoping I went to Bhutan – don’t worry – I’m sure I will get there one day as it’s high on my list. However while I’m in Oman this April, 3 of my good friends will be hitting all of those other amazing destinations so be sure to follow along on their trips which occur throughout April.
• Michael Hodson will be biking through Costa Rica
• Ayngelina Brogan will be cruising through the Galapagos
• Lisa Lubin will be discovering the exotic country of Bhutan
(You can see each of their itineraries by clicking on the country links)
It will be a fun month of wildlife, cycling, trekking, and discovering with Exodus in 4 very different environments!
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Disclosure: I will be a guest of Exodus as a part of a Navigate Media Group project. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own – as you know how I love to speak my mind!