What it’s like for an Arab to go on vacation

Getting the visa to Greece has been a very daunting experience. After almost two months of wait, phone calls, anger fits, helplessness and long travels to the embassy in Abu Dhabi and back, our passports finally got released this morning with an esteemed 3-month Schengen visa, 20 hours ahead of departure. and then I come across Ban’s blog post below – Perfect timing. Greece, I hold no grudge (but you’d better be freaking awesome!) Happy Holidays!

The Bancast

I have a full-time job. By Jordanian standards I have a decent job – as a presenter on the drivetime radio 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…

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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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