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, The New York Times, 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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Amman was built upon hills—so naturally, there are plenty of great vantage points where you can take in the rolling cityscape of Jordan's capital. Here are some of the best spots to watch a sunset, sip a cocktail, or simply enjoy the scenery.
Hospitality and family are key components of Jordanian culture—so it should come as no surprise that families traveling in Amman experience a warm welcome. Looking for ways to enjoy the city with your loved ones? Here are a few of the many fun, family-friendly adventures available in Jordan’s capital city.
Amman is a perfect pairing of Jordan's ancient history and modern culture, providing endless viewpoints, fantastic Levantine cuisine, and one of the best art scenes in the Middle East. It's a dynamic place to spend a day—follow this itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours.
Amman is a major Middle Eastern art hub, filled with ever-evolving collections of traditional Islamic and contemporary works. You'll find many of the city's galleries in the central Jabal Amman or hip Weibdeh neighborhoods—head to these inspiring hot spots to see new exhibits, attend events, pick up a souvenir, or even create a masterpiece of your own.
In a buzzing city built on hills, you’ll need a good caffeine kick to keep you well-fueled for exploring. Lucky for you, Amman’s café culture is alive and well. This list will lead you to some of the best spots in Jordan’s capital city to tip back a tasty cup of coffee—with epic views, free wifi, and more.
If you have just three days to spend in Costa Rica, it’s wise to prioritize one activity or region. From whitewater rafting to wildlife viewing and catching a world-class wave, here are some suggestions for how to spend a long weekend in this beautiful country.