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Check out:

That one time I traveled to Yemen

Most Dangerous Countries: Why I Traveled To Yemen


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Inside the lower portion of the Rock Palace.

20 thoughts on “Yemen

  • Luke Marlin July 20, 2015 at 4:42 am Reply

    This is such an amazing account. A few months ago I read a novel by Nelson DeMille called The Panther, which is set in Yemen and goes on about wars and killings and so forth. It’s a place I could only imagine and have never really considered on my travel radar. This was great to be able to actually see some photos of the places described in the book and hear a first hand account of Old Sana’a. And I’m also glad to hear you didn’t get kidnapped, tortured or killed, that’s a bonus.

    • Nicole July 20, 2015 at 8:48 am Reply

      Thanks Luke,
      Yemen is amazing, hopefully you can make it there eventually too. It’s sad seeing places in Sana’a that I’ve seen first hand and was told the history of being destroyed in the current war going on there now.
      Going to Sana’a has done nothing but make me want to go back to it, as well as see other cities and the rest of Yemen. There were many places that were no-go zones when I was over there.
      I will have to get a copy of that novel as well, now I’m interested in reading it!

  • Drifter (So Kwa Pala) August 21, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply

    Wow, I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Yemen. Some of it looks like Rajasthan in India 🙂

    • Nicole August 21, 2015 at 9:34 am Reply

      Yemen was AMAZING! I hope you make it there one day. But definitely wait for it to settle and become safe again. It’s horrible what’s happened there recently.
      I plan to try and get Rajasthan on my big trip starting next year, I’ll have to get some good India info from you!

  • Jamal Abdulnaser January 20, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply

    hi Nicole
    my name is jamal abdulnaser
    i’m yemeni from sana’a
    i’m student in azal univ. in sana’a
    my hobby is graphics design

    my country is so amazing
    i love sana’a so much , but I can’t live there to build a future because of the current war
    I want to get out of yemen to complete the studies and practice my hobby

    i’m so happy for you’ve visited my country

    thanks Nicole 🙂

    • Nicole January 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm Reply

      Thanks Jamal!
      I hope that Yemen returns to normal again soon, it’s so horrible seeing what is happening there. And I hope that you can return to your studies, good luck!

  • Abdullah AlSabahi February 22, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

    Thank you so much for your words, your amazing story about my country.
    Really I like it and I like your photos.

    My kind regards Nicole


    • Nicole March 4, 2016 at 6:18 am Reply

      Thank Abdullah!!

  • Yousef March 29, 2016 at 1:22 am Reply

    It is so nice to feel other people are interested to know more about other cultures and traditions. I am originally from Yemen and I have been living in ten different countries starting fro Yemen, Germany, Malaysia, Jordan, Eygpt,South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, NewYork and France this year. I did not feel as happy in those countries as I did in Yemen despite the security issuse inside many cities in Yemen in the last five years. The most enjoyable things one can tell is the food, traditions, many historical places to visit, smile faces from the people(no matter what suffer they have) and most importantly is the weather(despite the dust you see everyday). I hope you enjoyed your visit in Sana’a and Soctra island(one of the top beautiful natural places in the world) and I hope you give it a visit again once the situation is stable. Regards from Paris.

    • Nicole April 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply

      Thanks Yousef,
      I can’t wait to come back to Yemen again. It is still my most favorite place in the world. Everything about it was unique, and I never had a bad day there. I just hope it returns back to normal sooner rather than later.

  • Louise April 19, 2016 at 8:13 am Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this! I spent two years in Oman and Yemen is very high on my list of places to visit but as you mentioned, not at the moment unfortunately. Really cool piece though!

    • Nicole April 19, 2016 at 6:18 pm Reply

      Thanks Louise!
      I’d love to get back to Yemen it was such an amazing experience. How did you like Oman? That’s on my list to check out soon!

  • Leila June 17, 2016 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Hi! Great post! Ive been wanting to read this kind of story about Yemen and Socotra coz it’s been on top of my list. People just trying to scare me off going there. Now, im starting to plan again and will try to push through before end of this year. Did you go there alone? Ive travelled a lot alone, but not as confident to Socotra. But no one wants to come with me, so i might go alone:) thanks!

    • Nicole July 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Thanks Leila!
      I did travel solo to Yemen and Socotra. However the only option for travel in Yemen at the time I went was to have confirmed booking with an agency (an agency must arrange the visa), so at minimum you did have to travel with at least a guide and driver, so I never felt like I was traveling alone necessarily. As far as right now, Yemen isn’t a viable option for travel and the last I had heard (in April 2016) there were absolutely no flights going to Socotra from outside the country, but that is something can change at any time. Sadly, mainland Yemen has spiraled out of control into a war that most of the outside world hear very little to nothing about. So as of right now I’d holdout on any plans to visit until things change. I do have plans to return once (if) things calm down.

  • Ray June 20, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply

    Wow, what amazing account of your experience in Yemen! I have always wanted to visit Socotra Island, as well as experience a little bit of mainland Yemen. So this story will have to do until the situation stabilizes a bit … whenever that will be. Thank you again for sharing a positive light on what Yemen can really offer the intrepid traveler!

    • Nicole July 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm Reply

      Thanks for reading Ray! I hope things turn around there, but it’s looking like pretty bleak for right now. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to so many amazing places, but Yemen still is my all time favorite!

  • FAIZ MOHAMMED April 24, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply




    • Nicole April 24, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

      So sad to hear what’s happening in Yemen, it seems to just get worse and worse as the war goes on. Stay safe!

  • Yemeni May 11, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Hi ….. you are awesome …..& Love from Yemen to YOU Y

    • Nicole May 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply

      Thanks I hope you are well. Are you still in Yemen?

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