Is there any city in in the Middle East that more easily blends together European and Asian culture into one big melting pot? Istanbul is a wonderful travel destination thanks to how safe and easy it is to traverse. You’ll find plenty of ‘old world’ tourism on display here as you look at places like the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. Istanbul, once Constantinople, is just filled to the brim with culture and ancient history. You’ll need a guide to properly see everything on display but we won’t blame you if you want to go your own way to take it in. Give up on ski vacations and sport tickets and just let yourself rest in the history that stands before you.