I grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains, but was always determined to live big - adventuring to Asia, Latin America, South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. I have destination expertise in over 20 countries, a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College, an MA in Cultural Sustainability, certification in Sustainable Tourism, and more than a decade of experience designing international programs for adventurous and conscientious travelers.
In addition to being a travel specialist, I'm a freelance writer. You can find my work in National Geographic, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, Mic, and more.
With a compulsion for asking all the questions and an incurable addiction to understanding the lives and landscapes of the world, I am often on the road – pursuing stories overlooked by mainstream media.
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There are many variables to consider when packing your bags for Jordan: the variety of terrain and weather conditions, outdoor adventure activities, Arabic culture, and transitioning from vibrant city life to laid-back beaches and desert escapes. Let this packing list be your guide—it covers the essential items you'll want in your suitcase when embarking on your Jordan journey.
Although Jordan is small in size, the list of historic sites, adventurous activities, and cultural experiences within its borders is endless. Whether you plan to see all the classic highlights or take the road less traveled, you can fit a lot into one trip if you have more than a week to spend. These inspiring 10-day itineraries will take you through Jordan from north to south, and even across the border to Israel - all you have left to do is pack a suitcase.
While most people visiting Jordan are familiar with Petra, there is much more in Jordan to see and do — from hiking oak forests in the north, to enjoying a sunset dinner at a rooftop restaurant in Amman, to snorkeling in the Red Sea in the south. Traveling to a new destination raises a lot of questions. Here are some answers to help you properly prepare for your Jordan journey.
Jordan's varied terrains, ancient ruins, and lunar-like landscapes are a hiker's heaven. From oak forests in the north, to warm water wadis near the Dead Sea and secret trails to the Lost City of Petra, here are five of the best trekking treasures to discover on your Jordan journey.
Two weeks is a perfect amount of time for a taste of all that Jordan has to offer. From the vibrant capital city to otherworldly deserts and the refreshing Red Sea - not to mention the endless ancient ruins along the way - it's easy to fill your itinerary with exciting adventures and relaxing escapes. Need some inspiration? Read on for two distinct options for an unforgettable 14-day journey.
From desert camps to quaint guesthouses to art-inspired city hotels, Jordan offers a variety of accommodations for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the best boutique hotels, from north to south.