Sam Spector is a staff writer at The Royal Tour. Please scroll down for an index of all of his articles here.

Sam Spector is the rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude with a BA in Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. While in college, Spector spent a summer abroad at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Spector attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he spent over a year studying at the Jerusalem campus, and then continued his studies at the Los Angeles campus where he received his M.A. in Hebrew Letters and his rabbinic ordination. He began his career as the assistant and then associate rabbi of Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA. With his love of history and religion, he has traveled to more than 50 countries across five continents, many off the beaten track, with often an emphasis on culture, religion and history. Some of his favorite destinations include: Laos, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Zanzibar, Cuba, Peru, Oman and Albania. He has led group trips to Israel and Central Europe that are focused on Jewish history and religion. In addition to English, he speaks conversational Spanish and Hebrew. Spector lives in Millcreek, Utah, with his wife and travel buddy, Jill, who works in the hotel industry, and his dogs, Nezek, a Brittany Spaniel, and Walter, a Chocolate Labrador Retriever.

The Magic of Zanzibar

How to Maximize Your Doha Layover

Albania? Yes, Please!

Why Luang Prabang Is My Favorite City

Orcas Island: A Jewel in the Northwest

What About Belize?

Don’t Skip Cyprus

Beirut and Southern Lebanon

Exploring Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley

Maasai Mara and Nairobi, Kenya

Colombia’s Isla Grande

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Cappadocia, Turkey

Spectacular Serbia

Remembering Auschwitz

A Day in Bethlehem

Eastern Peru Beyond Machu Picchu

What to See in Western Peru

The Paradise Called St. Lucia

Experiencing Sinai

The Terezin Concentration Camp

The Utah State Capitol

Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Micro-Nation of San Marino

Ohrid, North Macedonia

How Travel Saved My Paternity Leave