Most of you reading this have probably heard of Macau as it’s famous for a couple of reasons. First, it’s similar to Hong Kong in that it’s a former European colony (Portuguese) that was returned to China in the late ’90s and today functions as a special administrative region of China. Second, it’s known as the Las Vegas of Asia and gambling here is big business, and I mean BIG. For instance, the casinos in Macau brought in an estimated $28 billion (USD) in 2017, compared to the $11 billion by casinos in Las Vegas that same year. Third, and most relevant to this post is that the tiny territory of 33 square kilometers (12.7 sq miles) received an astounding 35.8 million visitors in 2018 placing it among the top destinations in the world.
Surprisingly this is our first post about Petra. We’ve covered quite a bit of the rest of Jordan as you’ve probably seen, but I felt it was time to post something about Petra, especially as tourism to the site continues to grow month over month. The world famous Nabatean city of Petra is, of course, the biggest single draw to Jordan, and rightly so as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This makes Petra a must-see for anyone traveling to the Middle East let alone just to Jordan.
When it comes to dramatic and breathtaking landscapes in Jordan there is nothing greater than those you’ll find in and around Wadi Rum, Jordan. Even if you’ve been to Jordan, but never to the Wadi Rum itself, but have driven from Petra/Ma’an to Aqaba you’ll know exactly what type of landscape I’m talking about.
You might be surprised to read a post with “scuba diving” and “Jordan” in the title, but it’s true, Jordan, a country in the Middle East, has excellent and easily accessible scuba diving! Aqaba, Jordan, nestled between Saudi Arabia and Israel sits ideally at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, has several kilometers of coastline south of Aqaba (Tala Bay), and with calm waters and year-round high temperatures make Jordan an ideal scuba diving destination.
Bethlehem happens to be only nine kilometers south of Jerusalem, making it a natural and obvious destination to incorporate into your visit to Jerusalem. A trip to Bethlehem not only offers visitors a chance to see one of Christianity’s important historical sites, but also a tiny glimpse into life in the occupied West Bank.
The Faroe Islands make up a remote archipelago in the heart of the North Atlantic Ocean. This Nordic destination consists of 18 major islands and is over 600 miles away from Denmark. Apart from being part of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago renowned for its controversial whaling practices. It is not an easily accessible destination nor is it made for budget traveling. However, it has some magnificent sights.
People travel from across the world to witness and explore the numerous religious and historical sites of both Jerusalem and Bethlehem, of which there are enough to fill several days. Since Carrie and I had both previously visited Jerusalem (Bethlehem would be new for us both) we were free to explore beyond the standard tourist trail. Since we’re fans of craft beer and live with a limited offering in Amman, Jordan we explored the area in a way that was less traditional from your typical visit.
How can you be a sustainable traveler? Well, the best way is to be mindful of the waste you produce when traveling, especially non-biodegradable waste, like plastic. This is critical as many countries, especially developing economies which are often popular tourist destinations don’t always have the infrastructure to collect and process waste.
Jordan is much more than Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea or even Jerash. In fact, a large swath of eastern Jordan is dotted with several well-preserved castles all easily seen on a day trip from Amman.
A major perk to living in Washington, DC is its proximity to beautiful countryside in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. This always makes for perfect weekend getaways! At the tail-end of summer, we were in search of a getaway to round off the season and what better way to do that than with a couples trip into the Virginia countryside.
One of the main reasons to travel to Iceland is to witness its spectacular volcanoes, picturesque waterfalls, and black-sand beaches. So wouldn’t you want to stay as close as possible to it all? Carrie and I were determined to not only do just that, but to find the perfect rustic cottage for our memorable trip to Iceland.
Sustainability can have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on the preservation of culture and growth of the economy of a country. That’s why sustainable travelers are encouraged to travel to not only to the most beautiful destinations, but lesser traveled to destinations where their impact will be greatest and often the most needed. This way, you support efforts to combat overtourism and support local businesses and entrepreneurs during your visit.
We all know so much about Jordan, but how well do we know its capital Amman?
You might be wondering “why would they celebrate Christmas in Jordan?” Well for those who aren’t aware the land that comprises modern day Jordan played an important role in Christianity’s history, much of which is outlined in the Old Testament. As a result Christians have resided in Jordan since the crucifixion of Jesus and continue to do so today.
One of the biggest tasks for our move to Amman, Jordan was preparing our two cats Penny and Lulu for the long trip. In the lead up to our departure many people asked us “Are we going to bring our cats?” which when we said “Yes” was almost always followed-up with “How long would they need to be quarantined?” First, not bringing our beloved kitties was a non-starter for us. If we couldn’t bring them with us we wouldn’t move. End of story. Second, through these conversations and our own research we realized how little most people knew about the process for bringing cats or pets in general overseas.