The Other is Right

By | December 7th, 2016|Cultural Exchange, Culture, Travel Tips|

Validating someone else's experience is a foundational step toward truly connecting. In cross cultural communication, this is often one of the biggest challenges to overcome. Other cultures have other narratives they live by. They tell history differently. Their heroes and villains aren't the same as ours. Being able to say, "You are right", not necessarily [...]

How Long Should You Visit Petra?

By | November 28th, 2016|Petra, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

Petra is one of the most impressive archaeological sites our world has to offer. It is no surprise it was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A common misconception is that Petra only includes the iconic Treasury facade, carved into the sandstone that you see on posters; however, the Treasury is [...]

Get Off the Beaten Path in Korbous, Tunisia

By | November 22nd, 2016|Tour, Travel, Travel Tips, Tunisia|

If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to get off the beaten path to find hidden gems that are popular with locals but remain largely unknown to tourists, you should definitely make the hot springs of Korbous part of your Tunisia itinerary. Not far off the main highway that heads out of Tunis, but far [...]

Spotlight on Sustainability: The Mornag Eco-Farm

By | October 31st, 2016|Tour, Travel, Travel Tips, Tunisia|

If you’re planning your Tunisia itinerary and looking for interesting things to do around Tunis, the Mornag Eco-Farm is well worth a visit. Just south of sprawling Tunis, the farm has been modeling sustainability since 2011 for a young generation of Tunisians. History of the Mornag Eco-Farm Amine Draoui founded the Mornag Eco-Farm just after [...]

Things to do around Jerash

By | October 24th, 2016|Culture, Jordan, Tour|

The northern region of Jordan has a beautiful landscape, full of rolling hills and olive tree farms. Unfortunately, most people traveling in Jordan rarely go further north than the Roman ruins at Jerash, or at best only go so far as the crusades era Ajloun Castle. Here are things to do in northern Jordan.  Hike Through [...]

Recipe for Makloubeh

By | September 26th, 2016|Culture, Food, Jordan|

During my trip to Jordan, I had the privilege of staying with a family in a village called Orjan in the Al Ayoun region of northern Jordan. Our host family was especially warm and kind to us, showing us their town and taking us us to their olive tree farm which had a beautiful view of [...]

Stargazing in Wadi Rum (As Told by GIFs of The Lion King)

By | September 12th, 2016|Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan, Uncategorized, Wadi Rum|

The Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan is an out-of-this-world experience. From the red sand and seemingly endless landscape of high mountains, to the nighttime silence and clear skies, there are not many places or experiences that can beat it. A special aspect of visiting the Wadi Rum is the ability to see a clear [...]

Wadi Rum and Petra: More than Film Locations

By | August 15th, 2016|Jordan, Petra, Travel & Tourism Jordan, Wadi Rum|

Jordan’s Wadi Rum has been the location for films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian and Prometheus, and Petra was a site for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which undoubtedly helped spike tourism to the area. Still, these sites are much more than a location where a movie took place. Wadi Rum Anyone visiting Wadi Rum is [...]

Five Reasons to Book a Homestay in Orjan

By | August 1st, 2016|Culture, Food, Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

During my recent trip to Jordan, I had the pleasure of participating in a homestay at the Orjan Village in Al Ayoun, Jordan. My group and I stayed with Abu Mahmoud and Um Mahmoud in their beautiful home. We were welcomed in warmly, and treated better than I treat myself at home. Though this kind of [...]

What is Ecotourism?

By | July 25th, 2016|Travel & Tourism Jordan|

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as the "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015). Unfortunately, mass tourism can often be harmful to an environment. Even the most well intentioned travelers can unknowingly leave a negative impact on their [...]

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