Hence why Europe shouldn’t be the first priority tourist destination for anyone not European.
I have a full-time job. By Jordanian standards I have a decent job – as a presenter on the drivetime programme of a local radio station.
Once a year I feel entitled to go on a summer vacation and for a week or two forget about everything else that matters. And why shouldn’t I?
Oh right, cause I’m an Arab…
Your average hard worker with a first world citizenship will pick a destination, purchase a plane ticket, book a hotel (maybe), go on holiday and return to their routine feeling fulfilled.
As an Arab – a Jordanian at least – it’s a little more complicated:
Step 1. Choose a destination
Step 2. Discover that it requires a pre-approved visa. Nine out of 10 times it’s a Schengen country. Even then you must apply at the country of entry’s embassy.
Step 4. Check to see if chosen destination has an embassy in your country. No? Change destination accordingly.
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