Syria

Syria Travel Guide

Lebanese-born Helou just opened a London-based cooking school, but she still accompanies small groups to cities such as Tangier, Morocco, to visit local markets and artisanal shops, and lead classes in Middle Eastern and North African cuisine.

Excited about: For the ultimate culture fix, head to the Festival of the Tooth, in Kandy, Sri Lanka, a celebration in July that commences with the planting of a jack tree and ends with the firing of cannons. Years as agent: 29.