About Me

I am a lover of exotic cultures, rare experiences and good people everywhere. My name is Sabina Lohr, and I’ve found a lot of what interests me in life while traveling the world solo. I’ve been around my home country of the U.S, traveled to Mexico and Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia, then discovered that my favorite part of the world is…the Middle East.

Solo Female Traveler in Jerusalem

Why Solo?

I’ve been traveling almost exclusively solo since my Twenties and it immediately sat well with me. Maybe I’m selfish or maybe I’m just honest, but traveling solo allows me to do what I want, when I want and how I want, with no one to whom be beholden. It gives me freedom to explore, freedom to delve into the cultures I want to get to know, freedom to leave somewhere I’m not liking all that much as well as the freedom to stay as long as I want if I’m really loving a certain place.

Traveling solo gives me the freedom to be me.

Why the Middle East?

This is, of course, a common question and a good one. Since childhood I was at least a little interested in the Middle East, baited by the images of bloodshed and destruction I would see on television. Could this huge region of our world really be up in flames all the time as our media depicts it?

Of course it’s not.

Solo Female Traveler in Egypt

My first trip to the Mid East was to Israel in February 2008, shortly after the end of the Second Intifada when hotel prices were rock bottom and terrorism in the country was on the wane. As well as the Jewish world, I got to know a bit of the Arab world by staying amongst the Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City. I had an eventful yet perfectly safe trip, a trip which gave me a hunger and thirst to learn more about this part of the world.

I returned in October 2009, traveling to Oman, Egypt and then again Israel, and that was it. I was in love. I knew I needed to return long term and learn all I could about what was now in my mind the most fascinating region of the world.

By September 2010 I was back, long term this time, spending 3 months in Sharjah, UAE, 9 months in Israel and 5 months in Egypt, with side trips back to Oman, and first-time journeys to Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan.

I, according to an ex-boyfriend, have “a huge risk tolerance.” His words were dire, but this characteristic has ended up serving me well. I don’t find the Middle Eastern countries I’ve lived in and traveled to frightening or dangerous at all, yet I do enjoy doing things that others might not be comfortable with.

I’ve traveled by donkey to a caveman’s cave in Petra, Jordan, to have tea with him and his mother. I’ve attended a Christian engagement party in Ramallah, West Bank with Palestinian friends. I’ve wandered around Cairo’s Tahrir Square for four hours with a male Egyptian friend on a day where thousands of people milling about and peaceful protests going on following a week of intense violence in which dozens of people were killed. I’ve spent several days exploring the evirons of Salalah, Oman with a male Omani friend who’s shown me aspects of his country and culture I would never have experienced without him. And more. A lot more.

This is very exciting stuff to me.

By now, I think I know the cultures of the Middle East pretty well. There still is so much to learn, though. Which is what keeps me going back!

I’m not all about the Middle East and I do travel elsewhere, but this my favorite part of the world. If you want to follow me along on all my journeys wherever I go, then come on! I’m very happy to have you along for the ride.

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  1. Nick says:

    Woot! Nice one Sabina… great minds think alike as you know. Glad your wp-ninja stayed with you through thick and thin, and looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS SABINA !!!
    It seems like forever and a few days since you told me you were starting this but, it was worth the wait.
    Sorry I didn’t beat Nick to the punch; old folks on this side of the world hafta sleep, too!
    Looking forward to seeing you fill these pages up with your entertaining and informative travel stories.

    Cheers,
    Mike

  3. Sabina says:

    Mike – thank you so much! I’m glad you think it was worth the wait. And thanks always for the endless encouragement.

  4. Sabina says:

    Nick – ha! It is funny that we both kick started ourselves at the same time. I’ll be hovering around your blog too!

  5. Sej says:

    This is super, Sabina! I love your blog and look forward to reading your adventures!

  6. Sabina says:

    Thank you so much, Sej!

  7. Very nice blog, Sabina! I’ve been enjoying reading it…..are you on Twitter? You should put a “follow me” link somewhere here!

  8. Sabina says:

    Hi Trisha! Thanks so much for checking out my site. I sent you a message on Twitter.

  9. Craig says:

    Hi Sabina,

    Yes — big welcome to travel blogging. The site is looking great already and I’m looking forward to seeing it develop further.

  10. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi Craig – thank you so much! I’ll talk to you soon.

  11. Darcy says:

    I can’t remember from where I found your blog, but I found it in the last few days and just thought I’d tell you I’ll be following along! I’ll even be posting a link on my other blog (not the one I linked here) to my favourite of your posts – the Jerusalem Jeweler series.

  12. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi, Darcy! Well, I’m glad you found it. Thanks so much for linking to my Jerusalem Jeweler series!

  13. Giulia says:

    Hey, just found your blog through the comment you left on my one:) Your website looks so good!
    Thank you for stopping by, and I’m curious to know where you are now?
    Ramadan is almost over and for sure life will be more funny after that, but it’s still very interesting to be here now!
    Take care wherever you are:)
    G

  14. dianne says:

    Hi Sabina, just came upon your blog by searching solo travel. Very well laid out and great photgraphy… loving reading about the Arab states, its a great place to enjoy being a woman!

  15. Laura says:

    I too just found you while searching on solo travel. I leave for my first 10 day solo trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico in 14 days. Your statement about the gift of solo travel… that you get to meet people. That is my goal… as well as wanting to better know myself through the reflection of those people I meet. I was looking for something when I typed in my google search… and I found you and your site. Thank you. Enjoy.

  16. Sabina Lohr says:

    Laura, that’s great :) I’m really glad you found my site, and I hope you have the time of your life in Mexico. There’s so many friendly people there – you’ll meet some.

  17. Sabina Lohr says:

    Giulia – thanks a lot for the compliment. I’ll see you around :)

  18. Sabina Lohr says:

    Hi, Dianne. I’m glad you found me. And I’m glad you think the photos are good – they’re all mine and I think they’re pretty bad 😉

  19. springflower8 says:

    Hi Sabrina, your new website looks great. The simple and yet contrast header is eye catching and thats how i found you. Would like you to know that i am following your travel adventures whenever i can. By the way, have you consider coming our way, a beautiful tropical country called Malaysia? Take care.

  20. Sabina says:

    Thanks a lot, Springflower! Malaysia was actually the first Asian country I visited. I found the people to be incredibly friendly. I might go back someday :)

  21. Suhas says:

    Nice blog… :)

    I do have a long term plan to make a lot of money before I turn 25 and then go out on a year long cruise around the world…

    Will definitely be following your blog.

    Cheers,
    Suhas

  22. Wow! I love to travel but somehow, I can’t find a travelmate with me. I wish to go travel solo just like you, but I don’t have the gut to do so. :(

    Anyway, feel free to visit my travel and living blog. Have a nice trip.

  23. Sabina says:

    Hi, Suhas. Thank you! I hope your dreams come true.

  24. Sabina says:

    Hi, Diana. I visited your blog. It looks great! I don’t think traveling alone requires a lot of guts. You can do it :)

  25. Krystal says:

    Hello Sabina,

    I’m so glad I found this site! Perfect timing. I’m thinking of doing my very first solo trip (probably in February 2012 for one-two weeks). Do you have any suggestions as to where I should take my first trip?

    Thanks,
    Krystal

  26. kasun says:

    Contact me.Solo travelers.Visit beautiful island nation Srilanka.Great work Sabina.This is a nice site.Wish u all the best 4 future.

  27. Tamara says:

    I am 44 and taking my first solo RTW trip soon…any advice?

  28. Sabina says:

    Hi Tamara, a general, sweeping piece of advice is don’t be afraid. The world is not the dangerous place so many of us imagine it to be. If you want more specific advice, please contact me through my contact form and I will answer you :)

  29. Hi Sabina,

    Love the blog – and i will be sure to follow you on twitter too

    Duncan

  30. Sabina says:

    Hi, Duncan – thank you very much! I’m looking forward to seeing you here and on Twitter :)

  31. PankaJ says:

    hey sola your blog is really awesome and you too :)

  32. Hi Sabina,

    I was looking for blog themes and found your blog through that, haha, but was intrigued enough to click on to check you out! I’ve travelled a LOT through DJing – I don’t do that so much anymore, but either with that or otherwise, will travel a lot in the future.

    So more by default than anything else, I have ended up all over the world, sometimes alone, other times with local promoters which was brilliant because you get to see another whole part of the country that you wouldn’t otherwise have seen! Plus you can get stuff explained to you that you are curious about! It’s great meeting strangers and new people – but they are not always straight up or nice – although its wonderful when they are!!

    I hope you have a super happy and fulfilling life, and enjoy your travels. I have so much updating to do on my DJ blog about my travels, and you have inspired me to get to it! All the best, Clare xx

  33. Sabina says:

    Hi Clare – thank so much for writing! I am really happy that you like my blog and that I’ve inspired you to update your DJ blog with your travels. I just checked out your blog and think it’s really sharp. I hope you include your travels on it soon :)

  34. Hi Sabina..nice to see your blog..it is truly awesome..love your spirit of being a solo female traveler..hats off to you.

  35. Robyn says:

    Hi Sabina,
    I really appreciate your description of traveling in the Mid East. It’s good to see a personal perspective and not the one we see on TV (or don’t see as I rarely watch it, but you know…). I look forward to following your blog!

  36. Sabina says:

    Hi Robyn – thank you! My perspectives are definitely not shared by the media but are shared by others who spend time in the Mid East. It’s such an enchanting part of the world. I’m happy you’re following along. :)

  37. Abdel says:

    hi
    wish to meet you
    love

    abdel
    Luxor Egypt

    britishrec@yahoo.com

    00201001985269

  38. Monica says:

    Sabina, you are such an inspiration to me. It is my dream to travel solo, all my friends and family find it strange and dangerous but I see it as exciting and adventurous. I’m only 23 but I often feel tied down to life, I just want to get away and see the world. I get anxious when I’m in one place for too long. Thank you so much for sharing your travels, you give me hope, thank you!

  39. Sabina says:

    Hi, Monica! I’m so happy to hear this. The world is definitely not strange and dangerous. It’s great that you have a desire to go and explore it yourself. You can do it. Take care, and I wish you the best!

  40. rajneesh says:

    hi sabina nice wesite have u ever travel india ? if no must see incredible india i think u like

  41. yolanda says:

    Hi sabina, love what you doing. I started plannjnbmy solotravel of egypt a few months back by first bookinb my return ticket, three weeks in dec2013 to jan2014, can’t wait. Its also been a dream of mine to backpack and now at 58 i will do egypt solo. Did india 5 years back withmy daughter and thailand malaysia and singare 9 yearsago. Keep travelling

  42. Meri says:

    Hi Sabina:

    I’m also a solo traveller, being for a while now, and never had any dangerous experience, on the contrary, always found helpful people around me, lover of the East, China, Cambodia, and specially India that I being there three times and probably repeating and again the South, that is not so often visited as it not as much touristic site, as its poorer than the North is, but to me is much more spiritual and the people are warm and the children always greet you with an honest and beautiful smile that touches my heart.

    Keep up exploring, the world is a place of great and unbelievable discoveries yet to wander….

  43. Natasha says:

    Hi Sabina,

    It’s interesting to see the rare traveller who is so well travelled in the Middle East. I live in the Middle East but have not explored this part of the world at all, feeling more in love with Asia than anywhere else at the moment. I just came across your blog and I am looking forward to reading about your experiences in the Middle East :)

    Cheers,
    Natasha

  44. Hi Sabina,
    Love your blog and love your take on solo travel. I have travelled with friends and even taken the very occasional tour, but by far the best way to go, in my opinion, is on my own! I too have wondered if there is some bizarre ‘selfishness’ about this, but there isn’t. How can there be if there is no one to disadvantage by your travelling?
    Go for it, I say!
    I travelled in Syria by myself at age 24 and though everyone else said I was incredibly brave, I really couldn’t understand what they were talking about. The country was at peace at that time so who knows what they were referring to. Some prejudice of their own probably. I’ve never had any issues as a woman alone in the Middle East.
    Looking forward to lots more about your adventures over there!

  45. Milosz Zak says:

    I just recommend your blog to a potential solo female traveler to Egypt, you’re an inspiration to us all!

  46. Anurag Kumar says:

    Hey Sabina , Have a happy journey. God bless you. Go and conquer the world not just middle east.

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