Written by Joniel Suezo Without a doubt, flying is the most efficient mode of traveling, and the widely accepted go-to solution when you need to cover great distances in one swift swoop. However, human nature is fickle, and we can feel that even the miracle of flight can take an excruciatingly long time. It’s almost a rule of thumb that, no matter what mode of transportation you use or how fast you go, the trip is painfully long if it… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Combining Egypt and Jordan into one trip may seem like a lot to some. However, this itinerary is here to show that if you have around 14 days of vacation to spare, this can be just enough time to get a taste of these fascinating countries in one go! For our trip through Egypt and Jordan, we had spent a total of 13 days. However, 3 of these days were lost to travel (so, technically we only had 10 full… Read more »

Desert Adventures review Jordan

While hiring a tour guide service is not necessary to explore Jordan (I’m sure most seasoned travelers would be fine navigating this lovely country on their own), it can certainly make the trip easier and less stressful. We had ended up using a tour service because we had paired this trip with a week-long adventure in Egypt, prior to coming to Jordan. Now, in Egypt, I highly recommend hiring a guide service. We had worked with Memphis Tours for Egypt,… Read more »

what to wear in Jordan

Wondering what to pack for a trip to Jordan as a stylish woman? This post is breaking down how to dress in this fascinating country from the Dead Sea to Petra & more. I’m also sharing some of my packing tips for this trip & outfits! Packing for a trip to Jordan can seem to be a bit daunting if you’re a woman, especially if you’re a woman who likes to look stylish whilst traveling. This post is here to… Read more »

The Best Accessories to Complete Any Vacation Look

Written by Marie McCaughey We all like to look our best on vacation. When you look good, you feel good and we all want to feel our best on our special time away. The rules are all different on vacation, and it feels exciting to sort of reinvent yourself in a foreign land. Why not go all out with your style, and more importantly, your accessories? Here are a few options that can make any outfit look good abroad. The… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt – The Ultimate Itinerary

Spending 3 days in Jordan will give you just enough time to see the highlights of this gorgeous country. Now, it’ll be up to you to decide if you want to see as much as you possibly can of Jordan in these 3 days… or pick out the sights that are most unique to Jordan and give them ample time for exploring. For this post, I’m actually going to do 2 itineraries – 1 itinerary featuring what we actually did… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Jordan is a destination that may not top that many tourist’s travel lists. I often would get asked – “Jordan? Why would you want to go there? What you can you even do in Jordan?” Well, I’m here to tell you, there is A LOT to do and see in Jordan – from the Dead Sea to Petra and Wadi Rum and more! (Did you see all of my posts, here?!) And with every destination I travel to, I always… Read more »

"Desert Adventures" Tour Services Review for Jordan

“Welcome to The Martian Experience,” is how the owner of Mazayen Rum Camp appropriately greeted us as he showed us to our “Martian tent.” Through a series of fortunate events, our desert camp experience in Wadi Rum, Jordan had gotten a major upgrade. (The previous camp we had booked through our tour company ended up being overbooked for our dates, so we landed a complimentary upgrade to Mazayen Rum Camp!) *Click here to see current Mazayen Rum Camp prices. Our… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Wadi Rum a.k.a. “The Valley of the Moon” and the closest I’m likely ever going to get to Mars! It’s a little under a 2-hour drive from Petra. We drove straight here after we were done hiking Petra, so we could embark on a 2-hour Jeep tour that would then drop us off at our desert camp. But before I get started on explaining the tour I want to give a little background on what Wadi Rum even is, and… Read more »

What to pack for norway

Guest post by Dan Hansen Norway is one of those travel destinations where you need to be ready for weather changes in an instant. Even in August, the days could range from sunny and warm to snow when driving from one fjord to another. When visiting destinations with tricky weather, like Norway, it’s always best to have a few layers of clothes all year round. When packing for Norway, you should think you are packing for all seasons – especially… Read more »

Petra what to wear

When planning for our trip to Petra, I spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out what to wear for this day of exploring in Jordan. I was seeing a lot of extremes when I was Googling around for blog posts on the subject – sometimes the post would feature the lovely lady in a gorgeous dress or skirt with sneakers or sandals and other posts were telling me to wear my best hiking gear! So, this post… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt – The Ultimate Itinerary

Ah, Petra. The main reason folks come to Jordan! Visiting Petra was one of the last things we did on our journey through Egypt and Jordan – and it did not disappoint (like the pyramids had). Petra was every bit as splendid as I hoped it would be. However, there were certainly ways I could have improved our trip here…and there were a couple of things I did correctly that I think others will find useful. For this post, I’ll… Read more »

CHESTER Minima Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Review

I’m reviewing the CHESTER Minima Carry-On today…I recently had the chance to use this carry-on bag on my flight between Wisconsin and Moscow, Russia. This flight isn’t the worst flight I’ve ever had (that was between Wisconsin and Argentina), however, it’s not the best either. It’s 18+ hours with 3 different segments…which means there is a lot of running around at airports involved! It’s a good test for a piece of carry-on luggage! CHESTER Minima Carry-On Specs Here’s what to… Read more »

What I Wore to Float in the Dead Sea (Jordan)

I took a risk with what I wore to float in the Dead Sea while we were in Jordan. If you remember my blog post about the Dead Sea from when we were in Israel, you’ll know that wearing such a light-colored or brightly colored swimsuit is risky business! The reason you wouldn’t want to wear a brightly colored swimsuit…or ya know, a red and white swimsuit, is because of the high salt content in the Dead Sea. It’s one… Read more »

What to Wear for a Day of Exploring Madaba, Mount Nebo & the Dead Sea in Jordan

Wondering what to wear for a day of exploring near the Dead Sea in Jordan? This post is here to help! Deciding what to wear for this day of exploring was a bit tricky, as I still wanted to be comfortable and dressed conservatively (more info on how to dress appropriately in Jordan as a woman here), but I wanted something that could also double as a coverup at the beach after we were done floating in the Dead Sea…. Read more »

The Brazen Serpent Monument

Madaba and Mount Nebo are two historically significant spots to visit in Jordan. Now, neither of these places are going to rank as high as say Petra or the Dead Sea on peoples’ itineraries. However, does that mean they aren’t worth adding to your Jordan itinerary? In this post, I’ll explain what each location has to offer, and my opinion of whether or not they’re worth visiting, plus a bonus stop along the way. Madaba – The Madaba Map in… Read more »

How to Dress Conservatively Yet Stylishly for Traveling in Jordan

As a foreign woman (or man) traveling in Jordan, it’s important to give some thought to how you dress. As was the case in Egypt, Jordan is also a mostly Muslim country where dressing conservatively is appreciated. Now, nothing terrible will happen if you don’t follow these clothing “rules.” However, as a tourist, I think it’s important to respect the culture and customs of the country you are visiting. So, offending the people of the country I am in is… Read more »

How to spend 3 days in Jordan - the ultimate itinerary

Amman, Jordan is a great home base for taking day trips. The obvious day trips are, of course, Petra and the Dead Sea. However, northern Jordan is filled with rich history and beautiful landscapes too! If you have enough time in your Jordan itinerary, I highly suggest visiting northern Jordan as well. This post will break down what to see in the northern part of Jordan at a relatively relaxed pace and some suggestions for how you can do this… Read more »

Stylish & Packable Travel Dress (With Pockets!)

I am on a roll with finding some fantastic travel dresses this summer! This dress is not only packable and wrinkle-resistant… it’s cute and stylish to boot. It’s also incredibly comfortable and versatile (I’m styling it with both heels and sandals in this post). However, the best part of this dress is that it HAS POCKETS. I repeat, IT HAS POCKETS. A Stylish & Packable Travel Dress (With Pockets!) by Karina Dresses This is another fantastic dress made by my… Read more »

Amman Jordan

Amman, Jordan is a city I had spent 3 days in. I had used it as a “home base” for seeing many of the sights of Jordan. After the chaos of Cairo, Amman was a welcome change of pace. The city is much calmer, so to speak, and also safer. (We were fine wandering Amman by ourselves at night after we were done touring.) Unfortunately, I did not spend nearly as much time exploring the city itself as I did… Read more »

Styling Minnetonka Moccasins from a Travel Outfit to Daily Wear

Minnetonka Moccasins is a shoe company I’ve been a fan of ever since I was a little girl. I’ll never forget when my mom bought me my first pair of Minnetonka Moccasins…I was around 7 or 8 years old. She had taken me to a family-owned shoe store in Minocqua, Wisconsin just before school started, so I could pick out a pair for the new school year. I was so excited! I wore those moccasins everywhere! And when I wore… Read more »

pyramids tips

Traveling to Egypt means you’re likely going to book with a tour company – even if you’re not the type of traveler who makes a habit of using tour companies. Egypt is a difficult country to navigate without a guide for even the most seasoned of travelers. Not that it can’t be done, it’s just much each easier, safer and enjoyable to use a guide service while in Egypt. Memphis Tours is the tour company we booked with for our… Read more »

Nefertari's temple

Are you planning a trip to Egypt and trying to see its highlights from Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel in 7 days? This post is here to help you plan your one week in Egypt and see as much as you possibly can! We were fortunate to have 7 full days to explore Egypt. Now, we normally try to spend 10 days in a country, but we also wanted to go to Jordan for a full 3 days on… Read more »

Marriott Mena House Review

Have you ever dreamed of being able to see the Pyramids from your bedroom window? Well, you’re in luck. Marriott Mena House Hotel offers rooms with exactly those views + it’s located in a very secure (almost to a fault) and luxurious compound. The Marriott Mena House happened to be the only hotel we stayed at the entire time we were in Egypt. (The rest of the time we were on our Nile River Cruise.) It’s in a fantastic location… Read more »

Behind the Scenes of My Pyramids of Giza Photos

Egypt is a destination that is at the top of many adventurer’s bucket lists. However, it’s also a destination that many people are wary of visiting, given the political turmoil and terrorist attacks it has, unfortunately, experienced over the years. Every destination I travel to, though, comes with the same barrage of questions… “Is it safe there?! I saw this and that on the news…” “Should Americans even travel there?!” “Why would you want to go there?” etc. etc. I… Read more »

Hat for Egypt

Wondering what to pack for a trip to Egypt as a stylish woman? This post is breaking down how to dress in this fascinating country + sharing some of my packing tips for this trip & outfits! Packing for a trip to Egypt can be a bit tricky if you’re a woman, especially if you’re a woman who likes to look stylish whilst traveling. This post is here to help! I’ll offer my packing tips for Egypt + a rundown… Read more »

Nile River Cruise Revew The Amwaj Living stone Nile Cruise

Taking this Nile River Cruise in Egypt marked my first cruise experience. I had always vehemently protested being trapped on a boat with a bunch of people and unable to explore a foreign land at my own pace. However, cruising the Nile River had piqued my interest. It held a novelty factor, being the highway of the Ancient Egyptians and all…and everything I had read about it was quite positive. It seemed this wasn’t “a normal cruise experience.” So, after… Read more »