Experience Lebanon Like a Local by Two Young Explorers via Social Nomads
Why did you decide to go to Lebanon?
Our close friend is Lebanese and he spends his summers there. We figured, with a friend in country, we could experience Lebanon like a local. Of course, we did some touristy things too 😉
How did you get around? Would you do it that way again?
We traveled around by private car, which is the best way to experience Lebanon like a local. Public transportation isn’t very good there. Without your own car, you’d have to use Uber or a taxi, which would be inconvenient and expensive. There’s no way we would have been able to see as much as we did without our own car.
Any funny or embarrassing stories from the trip?
Even though we were in Lebanon, we ate at a sushi buffet on two separate occasions. One of the nights, we split over two hundred pieces of sushi between four people. Needless to say, we had to take a moment to digest before leaving the buffet. It was hard to move for the next couple of hours!
What on the beaten path spot lived up to the hype?
Jeita Grotto, a system of caves spanning almost ten kilometers and containing one of the world’s largest stalactites, is a well known tourist attractions in Lebanon. That being said, this site definitely did not disappoint. The limestone caves were so beautiful to see. Unfortunately, visitors are not allowed to take photos inside the caves (photos are allowed outside). This policy is strictly enforced!
Our friend’s grandma prepared us a traditional Lebanese meal, which was delicious! Her homemade hummus was amazing!!! Definitely an “experience Lebanon like a local” moment!
What surprised you the most and/or was unexpected about traveling in Lebanon?
I didn’t realize that there would be so many roman ruins in Lebanon! Apart from the famous Temples of Baalbek, which we didn’t visit for safety reasons, there are many other amazing archeological sites to check out.
Unrelated to ruins, I didn’t expect the drivers to be so reckless!
Moment that made you think “Oh no…”
When traveling, we often bring our drone to capture some epic aerial shots. In Lebanon, we were flying it near the President’s summer palace. Let’s just say that security did not appreciate this… we were afraid they were going to shoot it down! Ooops! It all ended okay, though.
Anything you didn’t do, but wish you did?
I really wish we went to Baalbek, an archeological site filled with ancient Roman ruins. Unfortunately, it wasn’t considered a safe location at the time of our visit.