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

Last Updated on September 10, 2019Spending 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… Read more »

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

Last Updated on September 4, 2019Jordan 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… 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

Last Updated on September 24, 2019 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… Read more »

What to pack for norway

Last Updated on August 30, 2019Guest 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… Read more »

Petra what to wear

Last Updated on September 25, 2019When 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… Read more »

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

Last Updated on September 22, 2019Ah, 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… Read more »

CHESTER Minima Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Review

Last Updated on August 25, 2019 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… Read more »

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

Last Updated on October 10, 2019 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… Read more »

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

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Wondering 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… Read more »

The Brazen Serpent Monument

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Madaba 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… Read more »

How to Dress Conservatively Yet Stylishly for Traveling in Jordan

Last Updated on November 12, 2019 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… Read more »

How to spend 3 days in Jordan - the ultimate itinerary

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Amman, 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… Read more »

Stylish & Packable Travel Dress (With Pockets!)

Last Updated on September 29, 2019 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… Read more »

Amman Jordan

Last Updated on August 24, 2019Amman, 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… Read more »

Styling Minnetonka Moccasins from a Travel Outfit to Daily Wear

Last Updated on September 26, 2019 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… Read more »

pyramids tips

Last Updated on October 28, 2019Traveling 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… Read more »

Nefertari's temple

Last Updated on September 10, 2019Are 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… Read more »

Marriott Mena House Review

Last Updated on October 1, 2019Have 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.)… Read more »

Behind the Scenes of My Pyramids of Giza Photos

Last Updated on October 1, 2019Egypt 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… Read more »

Hat for Egypt

Last Updated on November 10, 2019Wondering 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… Read more »

Nile River Cruise Revew The Amwaj Living stone Nile Cruise

Last Updated on November 10, 2019Taking 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… Read more »

The Best Ways to Get to Any Destination on Your Vacation

Guest Post by Russell Emmental Planning where to go and what to see on your next vacation is always one of the most exciting parts of the entire pre-trip process! If your list of things to see seems daunting, I have some suggestions on the most inexpensive and efficient ways to get to every destination you’re eager to visit. Here are choices for every type of traveler, picked to accommodate your travel schedule perfectly! Let’s begin! The Best Ways to… Read more »

How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

Last Updated on July 30, 2019Guest post by Stuart Cooke It’s a wonderful sense of liberation to know that everything you have is packed in one bag, and that’s it for the next however many weeks or months… and you may not know exactly where you’re going or what you’ll be doing. However, packing for a backpacking trip can be as much about mental preparation as it is about packing absolutely the right stuff. I once knew an eccentric who… Read more »

Hieroglyphics necklace

Last Updated on November 3, 2019Egypt is one of the first countries I’ve visited that I was REALLY interested in purchasing souvenirs from. This has a bit to do with the fact that it’s been at the top of my bucket list for decades, but mostly because I actually have a home to put souvenirs in, now. (Yay, for no longer being homeless!) The vast majority of these souvenirs are easy to pack, though! That being said, I didn’t purchase… Read more »

Aviator Slim Skinny Fit Travel Jeans Review (Dark Indigo)

Last Updated on November 2, 2019 When it comes to traveling, comfort is the name of the game. Jeans do not normally fall into comfortable travel attire for me. They’re too restricting and don’t breathe well enough for my preference. So, when Aviator reached out to me with a pair of jeans that are designed specifically for traveling – I was very intrigued, but also a little skeptical. Jeans are just not my go-to travel bottoms. But, they certainly look… Read more »

Styling a Timex Variety Watch from a Travel Outfit to a Formal Event

Last Updated on October 20, 2019 When it comes to accessories for traveling, I am all about versatility. If it’s something that is comfortable to wear on a plane but also looks nice enough to wear to a fancy dinner that night – you can bet it’s coming along on my adventures! The Timex Variety Watch for Women plays into this requirement perfectly for me. It is not only comfortable to wear, but it also looks great for a variety… Read more »