As part of my time here, I can go on one regional trip (and I may tack on another in the beginning of February before flying home). My time away from work has to be requested way in advance so (even though I have only been here 2 weeks tomorrow) I am already coming to the question of where will I go for my vacation.

When you live on the other side of the world, vacation options are suddenly very different.

My current requirements for my vacation are pretty easy: 1) must be able to walk around safely without escort, and 2) hiking and other outdoor activities are available.

Here are a few specific places I’ve thought of so far:

  • Petra, Jordan (but then what?)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (and then to Eastern Turkey)

What do you think? What haven’t I thought of?

Leave me comments with your suggestions and thoughts for about a 2-week vacation away from the security confines of Afghanistan. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!