Oman had never really been at the top of my must-see list. Having traveled to quite a few countries of Arabic and Islamic influence, I generally know what to expect: friendly people, early morning call-to-prayer wake-ups, and pesky alcohol restrictions.
I’ve had many great experiences in these places and made dozens of friends, but despite that I generally favor traveling to other regions of the world (what can I say–the availability of cold beer is just that important to me).
When my friend and fellow adventurer/entrepreneur Jackie suggested that we visit Oman over the holidays, I soon found myself researching all I could about the country. Initially I was just eager to check another country off the list, but beyond that didn’t have many expectations. I figured it was just another sand-swept Egypt/Morocco/UAE-type locale, but the more I researched, the more excited I got–this was going to be a pretty epic trip.