As 2010 turned into 2011, I did a post on my travel plans for 2011. It looks like that is still pretty much the plan for the year, but there is going to be a slight change in the next month.
First, an update on the recent weeks. I got to Lebanon about a month ago and spent two great weeks there. Then a quick week in Syria and now I am a wonderful week-long guided tour of Jordan, sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board. The problem? Hardly any time to write.
In the coming weeks, expect 6-7 posts on Lebanon and another 2-3 on Syria and then another 6-7 on Jordan. I have tons of material, and just need to get down to it. Which leads to my slight travel plan change.
I was going to go to Dahab, Egypt after Jordan to get my scuba dive master certification. I am still going there, but I think I’m going to make a stop or two north of there first at some small beach towns that people have been telling me about, such as Basata. A little OnTheBeach Holiday should never be off the table, right?
The bigger change in plan is that I don’t think I am going to try for my dive master here. I really need to get a lot of writing done and that would suck up most of my time for a month, given how out of shape and tired I would be. I will still do a good bit of diving — and if you need to know why, here is a photo explanation… and also some video… but priority number one has to be to knock out 20 or so posts here and also get some preparation and writing done for the Ultimate Train Challenge and a couple other writing projects I have in my head.
So stay patient — I’ll be getting up lots of Middle East stuff soon. In the meantime, go log in on the Ultimate Train Challenge forum and give us some feedback on crazy things we need to do on that month’s quest.