Jess Lee Bio


Travel writer Jessica Lee ( spent much of her twenties meandering aimlessly through South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Australasia but it was the muezzin's call to prayer and the rippling desert dunes that really stole her heart on an epic journey from Tunis to Istanbul in 2004. She came back to live in 2007 and the Middle East has been home ever since. Jess currently resides in Turkey.

Having spent five years working as an overland tour leader (now in recovery) throughout the region, she knows it like the back of her hand. She has a thing for mountains, deserts, and hummus - in no particular order.

Jess has authored over 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, including Egypt, Turkey, and Cyprus. She has also co-authored their guides to the Middle East, Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula, among others.

Jess has written extensively for PlanetWare. Below are some of her most popular articles.