Zaghouan: A Worthwhile Day Trip for Your Tunisia Itinerary

By |October 5th, 2015|

Zaghouan is a small city that’s off the beaten path for most Tunisia tours. Recently I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to the city that sits at the foot of Djebel Zaghouan, just 60 km south of Tunis. Being a small city without a large selection of hotels, most guidebooks don’t give it much space. […]

How To Be A Human

By |September 6th, 2015|

As Wendell Berry recites “How To Be a Poet”, I am reminded of how to be a human.

I was particularly struck by these lines:

Communicate slowly. Live   

a three-dimensioned life;   

stay away from screens.   

Stay away from anything   

that obscures the place it is in.   

There are no unsacred places;   

there are only sacred places   

and desecrated places.

Take the next minute and a half […]

Jordan Homestays & Sustainable Tourism

By |July 13th, 2015|

“From ancient olive trees to instinctive hospitality, Jordanians are using their natural resources to cultivate a sustainable tourist industry.”

We love seeing our good friends Abu and Um Mahmoud in Orjan highlighted!  Check out the article link below, we were able to share with the writer Daniel Allen ways ‪Jordan‬ is embracing sustainable tourism.

The Jordanian villages of […]

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 Video

By |July 11th, 2015|

U-17 Women’s World Cup is in ‪‎Jordan‬ next year, 2016!

Check out above this fun promo video highlighting soccer, beautiful Jordan and many of the stunning travel sites such as Petra, Wadi Rum Desert, and Amman.

Be Not Wary; Be Aware.

By |April 15th, 2015|

Begin the journey of mindfulness before you step on the plane.

Practice noticing the beauty of the moment.

Be not wary; be aware.

I stumbled upon Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” and was struck by his ability to challenge my inculturated worldview, drawing me into the present as well as the unworried future. Below is a short excerpt.
Give your approval to […]

How the Overview Effect Could Change Your Life

By |March 5th, 2015|

We reside inside our own worlds, full of boundaries. Some of those boundaries are real. Most are constructed.

Stepping out of that world is one of the healthiest activities you can practice.

There is a phenomenon experienced by astronauts called the “Overview Effect.” It is a shift in awareness when one leaves the Earth’s atmosphere and looks back at […]

Tunisia Travel & Tourism Confidence

By |March 4th, 2015|

Tourism, business and consumer confidence is increasing in Tunisia.

2 major airlines have announced recently they’ve added Tunisia as an aviation hub.  Hoping to boost air traffic to and from the country, it’s a move to attract more tourist from the UK and even as far as the Asian market.

Starting June 2, 2015, you can book […]

2 PBS Videos on Petra to Watch Before Your Jordan Tour

By |February 24th, 2015|

“Petra: Lost City of Stone” aired on PBS’s NOVA program last week (video below).  The feature is one of the most fascinating pieces we’ve seen on Petra.  If you are in the U.S., watch now, while it’s free!

Geoscientist, Dr. Tom Paradise (whom we’ve been lucky enough to Interview; see video links below) and others walk us […]

Experiencing Kerkennah

By |February 22nd, 2015|

The Kerkennah islands are a group of islands 20 km off the coast of Sfax in Tunisia, and they don’t often make it on to the average Tunisian sightseeing tour. If you’re comparing with the ruins of mighty Carthage, the impressive Roman colisseum in El Jem, or the Grand Mosque of Kairouan, Kerkennah might not […]

Is Jordan Safe to Visit 2015? Connect with local people in Jordan before you travel.

By |February 14th, 2015|

We have a fear problem.  While Ebola and ISIS are real issues that need addressed, there is another culprit lurking that we need to be aware of: fear.

“It’s tempting to panic, or to turn away, or to lock up or isolate everyone who makes us nervous.  But we can (and must) do better than that. […]

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