Syrian Air luggage tag.

Travel in Syria

Syria

Syrian flag.

Yes, I've gone to Syria on vacation a couple of times. Syria has amazing history and very friendly people. I have never gone to a country where I was made to feel more welcome.

And safe for the foreign visitor? You bet. Nothing like a despotic dictatorship to keep things in order...

But seriously, I'm from the U.S., and parts of Washington D.C. and other U.S. cities are far scarier than places I've gone overseas. Really. Stroll around parts of Washington D.C. in the evening. Wander into West Baltimore.

You can view these pages in any order, but the below list is the order in which I first visited Syria, and the order in which this story flows:

CIA map of Syria showing Damascus, Aleppo, Hamah, and Tadmur (Palmyra).