JORDAN

A selection of Sunny’s articles and essays about Jordan. Published in National Geographic, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, and beyond.

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10 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT JORDAN

Lonely Planet

From afar, Jordan is often unfairly lumped in with regional conflict and, as such, overlooked by timid travellers. But in reality, it’s a welcoming and peaceful destination not to be missed. Don’t hesitate to book your trip, pack your bags and check out these 10 things to know before you journey to Jordan.


6 UNEXPECTED THINGS TO DO IN JORDAN

National Geographic

If you’re planning a trip to Jordan, it’s likely that a visit to the archaeological wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra is already on your itinerary. After crossing that must-see off your list, check out some of the many lesser known activities worth experiencing in this Middle Eastern country.


JORDAN'S ANCIENT TOWN 'WITHOUT A SOUL' 

BBC Travel

“Here is my house,” Ahmad Alomari announced. Preoccupied with navigating the rubble underfoot, I almost missed his declaration entirely. I glanced up at the roofless black basalt and white limestone structure in front of us...


A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO VISITING JORDAN DURING RAMADAN

Lonely Planet

Visiting Jordan during the month of Ramadan is an extraordinary opportunity to experience local life and culture, and it’s unlike any other time of the year. The holy month is known as a period of spiritual discipline for Muslims, but it’s also incredibly festive with family gatherings, decorative lights, late-night eats and entertainment. Here’s what travellers can expect to encounter in Jordan during Ramadan.


WELLNESS ESCAPES

Lonely Planet

Discover the world’s most energising, inspiring and relaxing wellbeing retreats. From yoga, t’ai chi and meditation to mindfulness, spa treatments and creative writing, we present our favourite retreats and spas around the world to help replenish the mind, body and soul.

(Sunny is one of the writers for this guidebook. It’s available in print and digital on Kindle.)


7 STUNNING NATURAL WONDERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

National Geographic

While this region certainly has incredible sandscapes worth wandering, it’s also home to a hypersaline lake, Technicolor valleys, and geological formations so fantastical you might feel you’ve arrived in a fairy-tale land or left Earth entirely.


WHISPERS FROM WADI RUM

Off Assignment

Sunny Fitzgerald was the only female journalist reporting on a 44-day trek across Jordan. Among the all-male crew of hikers and staff, slogging through desert dunes and whipped by the wind, she did not expect to fall in love.


CORAL REEFS IN THE RED SEA MAY SAVE REEFS AROUND THE WORLD. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP

Lonely Planet

Reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba are proving resilient in the face of climate change and may be propagated to save reefs around the world. Here are some tips for protect these important Red Sea reefs.


24 HOURS IN AMMAN

Kimkim

Amman is a perfect pairing of Jordan's ancient history and modern culture, providing endless viewpoints, fantastic Levantine cuisine, and one of the best art scenes in the Middle East. It's a dynamic place to spend a day—follow this itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours.


BEST BOUTIQUE HOTELS IN JORDAN

Kimkim

From desert camps to quaint guesthouses to art-inspired city hotels, Jordan offers a variety of accommodations for visitors to enjoy. Here are some of the best boutique hotels, from north to south.


TWO DAYS IN AMMAN: THE BEST OF JORDAN'S CAPITAL IN 48 HOURS

Lonely Planet

Although many travellers to Jordan have their sights set on the architectural marvels of Petra and the magical martian landscapes of Wadi Rum, the capital of Amman is worth at least 48 hours of your time.


JORDAN FOR TWO: ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE 

Lonely Planet

Jordan might not immediately strike travellers as a hotspot for a romantic getaway, but it should. The warm hospitality, exquisite sunsets, endless outdoor adventures and otherworldly landscapes create a magical setting for making memories with your other half.


10 PLACES WHERE YOU CAN TRY EQUINE THERAPY

Fodor's

What do you get when you cross life-coaching with a large, intuitive animal? Equine therapy—a horse-guided, personal growth experience.


SITES OF JORDAN STAR IN NUMEROUS FILMS — HERE’S HOW TO VISIT SOME

Lonely Planet

Jordan’s impressive landscapes make for eye-catching backdrops. And filmmakers have taken notice. Over 100 feature-length movies have been shot in Jordan since 1957—with 29 filmed in the last five years alone. Here’s where you can find some of the picture-perfect sites on your own journey to Jordan.


AVOID CROWDS AND TRY THESE HIDDEN GEMS

National Geographic

One of the easiest ways to help protect popular sites and alleviate the pressure of overtourism is to abandon the beaten path and opt for alternative destinations.


SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS: WHERE TO FIND THE BEST VIEWS IN AMMAN

Lonely Planet

Amman’s abundance of open-air terraces and rooftop restaurants offer ample opportunities to rise above the rush of the city streets. Here are six of the best spots to kick back and enjoy Amman’s iconic skyline – day or night.


SACRED JOURNEYS

Unity Magazine

Some say Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is a spiritual gateway. Here’s what happened when I unknowingly stumbled into it.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO JORDAN: PART I

Engaging Cultures

Visiting a new place can be daunting. But knowing what to expect before you travel to Jordan can help ease your mind and make the entire trip much more enjoyable. Here are tips to help you prepare.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO JORDAN: PART II

Engaging Cultures

More tips to help you prepare for your trip to Jordan.


JORDAN: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Kimkim

Traveling to a new destination raises a lot of questions. Here are some answers to help you properly prepare for your Jordan journey.


4 SCENIC ROAD TRIP ROUTES IN JORDAN

Kimkim

Jordan is made up of much more than arid desert. Take a road trip and you'll quickly see the scenery change – from bustling cities to serene sea, wooded hills to rocky cliffs, all offering visitors a variety of vistas and activities to enjoy. Here are some of the best road trip routes through Jordan to get you started.


BEST LUXURY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN JORDAN

Kimkim

With its lunar landscapes, ancient history, and warm hospitality, Jordan is a destination worthy of pulling out all the stops. Take your experience to the next level with luxury travel touches like VIP border crossings, spa treatments in a hidden oasis, or a sunset dinner cruise on a private yacht.




THIS RED SEA CITY OFFERS BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND STUNNING LANDSCAPES - AND NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO GO

The Telegraph

If you like your beach holiday with a splash of adventure and Middle Eastern culture, head to Aqaba —  Jordan’s sunkissed city on the Red Sea with easy access to the lunar-like landscapes of Wadi Rum and the ancient architectural wonders of Petra.


RAINBOW STREET: A STROLL ALONG AMMAN’S FAMOUS ROAD

Lonely Planet

Rainbow Street invites visitors and locals to do something that’s not always easy or possible in Jordan’s crowded capital: walk! As a city built on hills, plagued by traffic and dotted with sporadic sidewalks that are often obstructed by planted trees or parked cars, Amman is not terribly pedestrian-friendly. But Rainbow Street is lined with a huge number of places to dine, drink, shop and people-watch.


WHAT TO BRING TO JORDAN: YOUR ULTIMATE PACKING LIST

Kimkim

There are many variables to consider when packing your bags for Jordan: the variety of terrain and weather conditions, outdoor adventure activities, Arabic culture, and transitioning from vibrant city life to laid-back beaches and desert escapes. Let this packing list be your guide—it covers the essential items you'll want in your suitcase when embarking on your Jordan journey.


MY BODY EXPERIMENT: EQUINE THERAPY

Furthermore by Equinox

How a travel journalist found natural anxiety relief in the deserts of Jordan.


FAMILY TRAVEL IN JORDAN

Kimkim

The idea of family is central to Jordanian culture, so it should come as no surprise that Jordan is an incredibly family-friendly destination. From north to south, Jordan offers active, educational adventures for travelers of all ages.


LIVE BOLD, LIVE NOW: TRUE GRIT

Health Central

Determination to live a life of adventure proves stronger than migraine


3 DAYS IN NORTHERN JORDAN

Kimkim

Northern Jordan – with its rolling hills, ancient ruins, slower pace, and community-based tourism initiatives – has much more to offer than one day allows.


WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE AND TRAVEL WITH AN INVISIBLE DISABILITY

Out of Office by Mic

“Are you OK?” Craig asked, taking his eyes off the road just long enough to see me sitting motionless and silent next to him. When I didn’t respond, his smile faded and his forehead crumpled. “Say something.”


TOUR OPERATORS OFFER ALTERNATIVES TO ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

AdventureTravelNews

Providing guests with drinking water is of paramount importance to ensuring a safe and memorable adventure, but our global dependence on single-use plastic bottles has come at a high cost.. The adventure travel industry is perfectly positioned to lead the way and inspire others to break the plastic bottle habit. Here are some battle-tested tips from fellow adventure companies for eliminating single-use plastic bottles from your tours and business operations.


BEST CAFES IN AMMAN

Kimkim

In a buzzing city built on hills, you’ll need a good caffeine kick to keep you well-fueled for exploring. Lucky for you, Amman’s café culture is alive and well. This list will lead you to some of the best spots in Jordan’s capital city to tip back a tasty cup of coffee—with epic views, free wifi, and more.