Books and Mementos: The Holy Land

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This past winter we spent three weeks in Israel and Jordan, an itinerary that for many includes the famous carved city of Petra. We all know it from Indiana Jones, but few could tell you what it actually is. So if you’ve found yourself planning a trip to Petra without really knowing anything about the area, I highly recommend picking up … Read More

15 Reasons You Should Visit Jordan

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From ancient cities to hot diving spots, Jordan has something for everyone and is definitely worthy of a place on your bucket list. After spending a week and a half visiting this incredible country, we’ve come up with the top 15 reasons to visit Jordan: Wadi Rum is definitely an out-of-this-world experience. Here’s our adorable bedouin hosts treating us to some music and … Read More

Packing List: Petra in Winter

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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! … Read More

Camp Review: Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp

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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, … Read More

Petra Hiking Guide

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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 … Read More

Walking Through Petra at Night

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If you’re visiting Jordan, Petra is undoubtedly at the top of your list of places to visit (and for good reason). Petra’s Treasury is a rock-cut facade that is breathtaking in the daylight and absolutely surreal at night! The Petra Archaeological Park closes at sunset, but you can come back at night for the Petra at Night tour—a candle-lit journey down the … Read More

Ultimate Guide to Petra

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If Jordan is on your travel wish list, chances are it’s because of Petra, the highlight attraction and Wonder of the World. You may have seen pictures of the rock-cut facade of the Treasury, but Petra is an immense site covering many square kilometers. Be prepared to walk. A lot. Or, have enough dinar handy to hire a donkey or camel. … Read More

Rough Guide to Traveling in Jordan

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This past winter, we combined a trip to Israel with a week in Jordan, a neighboring country with a diverse set of attractions and some of the most hospitable people we’ve ever encountered. Tourism being a huge part of their economy means they take great care to ensure the safety and satisfaction of visitors, making it a sort of haven in the hotbed of … Read More

How We Took a Three-Week Trip to the Holy Land for Less Than $300 Per Person

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We’ve just returned from three weeks in Turkey, Israel, and Jordan, and we will have lots of posts and pictures to share. But first we wanted to discuss our itinerary, and how we were able to go on a nearly $6,000 trip for less than $600. The short answer is, of course, credit card reward points. You are probably familiar … Read More