Hi I’m Anwar
This blog began as a diary of travel around the world. Life had a funny way of pushing me into travel over 20 years ago. At first it was an email list to friends on my first European trip without family in 2002. It then continued with the emails but also morphed into a blog in 2006 named for my name with photos and some short descriptions.
In 2008 I launched my site beyondmyfrontdoor.com which was the start of this particular blog format. And then again later shortened it to its current name (mostly to match Social media and for ease of remembrance of typing).
The blog is a mix of stories and information. I realized early on that some of my stories were funny and I both wanted to share as well as be something for my own posterity. However, as it grew I realized that people also wanted to know how I did these trips.
I was the first person to post quite a few of the things I did independently which led shockingly to comments and readers who were thirsty for information on how to get to various places. And so I continued to expand on these.
These days I’m still an engineer but I continue to travel as much as I can. I tend to travel slower. I’ve lived in several countries and US states and have been blessed to be able to share information as a local in places such as Colorado, New York, Amman, Turkey, Saudi, Tokyo, London and elsewhere.
The one thing I love about this blog and I try to impart is personal knowledge. I wrote about New York from living there for years, or if you add up my time in Tokyo it’s a year, or living in Turkey or Amman and the benefits of touring as well as living there providing a mix of insights. It’s not always just some short trip and saying everything is great. It’s dealing with a mix of situations for accuracy.
For instance my post on safety in Jordan is based on time there and information and situations I’ve witnessed or have had interactions in relation to friends experiences and dealing with things like harassment, talking with police, terrorism, and more.
I’m an avid outdoorsman, with camping, hiking, scuba diving, biking, photography and more. I share experiences with my pursuit of visiting all the National Parks and I’m regularly seen in parks and trails over the American west.
I hope to try to help you with information, tips, advice and issues I’ve faced so you can travel smoother, faster, and more efficiently. I’m aware that not everyone gets to travel as often as I do, so making it easier for you is a goal of mine.
So follow along. And let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you further and go farther.
I have traveled to 63 Countries (on 6 continents)
and 44 US States: