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Middle East & Caucasus (photo by Wikimedia Commons)
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The Middle East is one of the wellsprings of human, and the birthplace of the three major monotheistic world religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism). The region generally has a hot, arid climate. With a few exceptions, tourism has been limited, a result of the socially conservative nature of the region as well as political turmoil. This is changing, as a number of have begun attracting travelers with improved facilities and the relaxing of restrictive entry policies.
Turkey & Caucacus
Turkey and the Caucacus, a region located between Europe and the Middle East, is dominated by the Caucacus Mountains. The mountain range has long divided peoples and cultures, resulting in one of the world’s most ethnically diverse regions. There remains considerable conflict among different cultural groups and countries, although this is conflict is largely political rather than military, and unlikely to affect travelers to the region.