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If you're a woman planning a trip to the Middle East, you've undoubtedly questioned what is acceptable to wear. Visiting in the summer means it can be quite tricky to keep cool while staying modest (check out my Egypt packing list for ideas on that). But if you're visiting in winter, it's easy because you'll want to be bundled up anyway!…

If Petra is to Jordan what the Coliseum is to Italy, then Jerash is Jordan's Pompeii, which, as it so happens, is a nickname for the ruined Roman city. While never buried under volcanic ash, Jerash is known as the "Pompeii of the East" because of how well-preserved it is, owing its state to the dry climate of the region (no…

Imagine digging a foundation for your home and coming across ancient mosaics that had lain undisturbed for more than 1,000 years. When 90 families moved to Madaba, Jordan in 1880, this is exactly what happened. As part of a Christian minority, these families were relocated to escape the oppressive circumstances of their village in southern Jordan. Imagine their delight in finding fragments of a Christian…

The hand of history touches every corner of Jordan; there's simply too much to see in a short trip! When we made our itinerary for our journey from Aqaba to Amman, there was plenty had to skip, but one notable omission stood out: the crusader castles of Kerak and Shobak. We didn't allot a specific time to visit, hoping that we'd find…

Every traveler to Jordan knows it's a must to visit the otherworldly Wadi Rum Desert. Even better than that is to stay the night in one of the many camps set up by the local bedouin tribes to sleep under the incredible desert night sky. Even better than THAT is to glamp it up at the Wadi Rum Luxury Camp. Wadi Rum Luxury Camp | from…

When planning your trip to Jordan you simply must include at least a day to visit Wadi Rum. The otherworldly landscape has become increasingly popular with travelers, and the local Zelabia Bedouin people have created a vibrant tourism industry taking visitors across the red desert landscape in their 4x4s and offering camel and horseback rides. Overnighters have a large range of…

When visiting Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, why not carve out some time to visit its lesser-known neighbor, affectionately dubbed "Little Petra?" The site lies north of Petra, about 5 miles (8km) from the town of Wadi Musa and the entrance of Petra. Like Petra proper, Little Petra (Siq al-Barid in Arabic) is a Nabataean site,…

When you're out in the Jordanian desert, why not stay like the local tribes have been doing for ages–in a tent! This was an experience I was very looking forward to on our trip, so we planned on it twice, here in Petra and also at Wadi Rum. Since our Wadi Rum camp was going to be a luxury experience,…

Petra surprises people every day who show up looking for the single facade of the Treasury and get an entire town of rock-cut architectural wonders. In addition to the Treasury and the Monastery, there are hundreds of tombs and high places where religious rituals were performed, all awe-inspiring feats of masonry. It would be impossible to see everything in the…

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