GlobeRunner: Cynthia Fareed, Attorney
Although attorney Cynthia Fareed has lived in cities including Amman, Jordan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and New York City, she says that her most interesting travel experiences have always been to the West Bank, where her family hails from, and, in particular, Jerusalem.
An American, born in Oklahoma to Palestinian immigrants, Fareed was raised in New York City and Long Island, but traveled extensively with her family throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world while growing up.
Based in New York City, and specializing in areas of law that include renewable energy, Fareed nows flies to the U.A.E. about eight to twelve times a year, and to other Middle Eastern destinations frequently.
Making anywhere from ten to fifteen round trips per year, crisscrossing the globe, seems to be in her blood. “I travel for work, but always seem to also make quite a few leisure trips as well,” says Fareed. “On average, a business trip will last from seven to ten days, depending on the project and the destination.”
To deal with jet lag, in addition to keeping hydrated before and during the flight, Fareed will also exercise or do yoga beforehand, which she finds also helps diminish travel stress.
And to further ensure jet-lag-free trips from the U.S. to the Middle East, she recommends staying awake throughout flights that arrive at night to help adjust to local time.
Internationally, Fareed says that her favorite cities are Nablus, on the West Bank, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the U.A.E., Amman, Jordan, and Muscat, Oman. Domestically, Miami, and Los Angeles top her list. “Also, being a native of Long Island, I’m naturally drawn to the water, and I enjoy spending time in the New England coastline resort towns, including Newport and Nantucket.”