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About 2017-07-27T13:50:21+00:00

Hi, I am PIA!

I am the face behind Discovery Beyond Borders, I am a huge risk-taker and I never say no to any adventure.

I was born and raised in Lebanon. Constantly eager to do and see different things,  my relatives and friends have always  accused me of being very clumsy and reckless. I started this blog in 2015 while pursuing my Master’s degree in Management of Cultural Landscapes. I enrolled in a 2-year program which allowed me to live in three European countries. This special experience and my positive attitude enabled me to seek happiness in every step I take and be more socially responsible. Therefore, I followed a distinctive path that led me to awareness raising, heritage management and finally writing about the special places I visited with a Lebanese twist.

In a capitalist and very superficial society, I went against all odds and chose an uncommon and underestimated field. My transparency and simplicity  guarantee my credibility. I travel because it’s my passion and not for any advertising goals. I hope you will be able to relate to my stories and more importantly be inspired by the content I will be publishing.

My aim is

  • To highlight off the beaten path destinations and subtle details people do not usually value or prioritize while traveling.

  • Certainly giving useful tips and ideas to help you organize your next trip.

  • Motivate you to travel in a simple, special and more responsible way.

  • Encourage Middle Eastern and more specifically Lebanese people to get out of their comfort zone.

  • Empower Lebanese women to become stronger and more self-reliant while traveling.

My Travel Philosphy

With my relatively limited experience, I learned to shape my own opinion on everything, including beauty and landscapes. I’m attracted to places where others might see nothing special, chaos, ruins or emptiness. By understanding and interacting with the locals, concentrating on each of your senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste) and getting lost wherever you go, you can develop this vision and discover more interesting and authentic cultural landscapes.

On this website you will find

  • Credible travel information based on personal experiences

  • Inspiring and authentic travel stories

  • Original and off the beaten path destinations from around the world

  • Useful travel tips and itineraries

  • Tailor-made and customized trips in Lebanon and around the world

  • 24/7  assistance and responsiveness to travel-related inquiries

For any information or inquiry do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely yours,

PIA ABBOUD