It may have made me feel rather old, but I did enjoy this Frontline Club discussion with a group of young freelance foreign correspondents who have spent the best part of the last year or two reporting from various parts of the Middle East.
Plenty of good tips in here about what to do before you go and when you're there. One overriding piece of advice the panel gave and which equally applies to the blog world is – go somewhere you're passionate about.
And it's true. Although, it's equally true that some places can grow into a passion once you're there. Having said that, it's the passion that'll get you through the shitty times you'll inevitably endure.
The discussion is also available as a podcast – have a dig around in here – it's dated 1/16/12.