This Christmas Santa brought me a copy of National Geographic, which had an article on Syria. He also brought a travel magazine, which had an article on Syria. I’ve wanted to go to Syria for a couple of years now, especially to see Palmyra.
I went online, therefore, and checked a couple of companies. Abercrombie and Kent wanted 3,000 GBP for a week there — a fantastic sum. Voyages Jules Verne wanted about 1,000 GBP for the same. I looked in TripAdvisor for some of the hotels listed; a mangy lot, as they so often are in the Arab world. I looked at the Foreign Office travel advice.
Then I spotted a tour which combined 4 days in Syria with 3 in Lebanon, all in 5* hotels. The last bit is important; my sense of adventure departs around 5pm, and if it doesn’t have room service, I just don’t want to know! Lebanon would be nice too — I want to see Baalbek.
I did a search on “Weather Syria April” and got a BBC page with averages and maxima here. I worked out when I wanted to go… and booked it. (I won’t say which company or tour)
The thing is, if you don’t do these things now, but wait, you wait forever. Then one day you wake up, a tired old man, only able to see the discomfort of travel. Do it now!