Where to Travel in 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

With 2014 just starting up, it’s time to start planning your year of travel.  I pulled together a list of great destinations to check out in the new Year with recommendations on when to go there.  I pulled these from lists of places I have visited personally to make sure the recommendation is not simply just a rehash of other lists.   Here is … [Read more...]

2013 Year in Review – Life, Lessons, and Learning

Shenandoah National Park - Virginia

2013 was an interesting year…one of the most memorable to date. The beginning of 2013 found me in Qatar celebrating New Years with family members in a country I had visited 19 years prior. Qatar had certainly changed a lot in those 19 years although I only have vague recollection of my time there previously. All my cousins were grown, married, and … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Along the trail in Petra


It was a lovely winter morning as we wandered along the trails of Petra.  There were very few folks wandering about this morning which was one of the benefits of visiting during the winter months.  I saw these folks, local Bedouins hurry along down the trail along with the other few tourists who were on there way as well and I was lucky … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Let it Snow – Jordan

Amman in the Snow - Amman, Jordan

I was hearing reports that it was planning to snow this weekend so not sure how that is going to affect my plans.  I was talking to recently and made me realize that this time last year was around the time when I landed in Jordan for my several months of study.  It is amazing how quickly time evaporates!  I am working on my next … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Looking Ahead – Kerak, Jordan

Castle Kerak - Kerak, Jordan

I’ve been working on a few things, including a few posts perpetually in draft mode (I swear I’ll get them done someday soon!).  Also I’ve been thinking a lot about other content on my blog.  Oddly for years now I’ve had several email travel guides that I’ve sent off to friends and family to help them navigate and explore some of my favorite places … [Read more...]

7 Tips for visiting the Desert Castles – Jordan

Driving in the Eastern Desert

The Desert Castles and Eastern Desert was one of my most memorable trips I had taken during my stay in Jordan.  It felt very remote, very beautiful in the stark landscape of the region.  When we went we had no idea what we were doing, and we had prepared as best as we could through research, instinct, and dumb luck.  Hopefully these … [Read more...]