Health + Wellness

A selection of Sunny’s articles and essays on disability, spirituality, relationships, health, and wellness. Published in The New York Times, National Geographic, Fodor’s, Health Central, Trail Runner, and elsewhere.

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TRAVEL SUSTAINABILITY JORDAN

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ACTUALLY, I'M NOT FINE

The New York Times

Ignoring our pain can have longterm psychological and physical consequences.


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.


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.


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.


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.


LIVE BOLD, LIVE NOW: TRUE GRIT

Health Central

Determination to live a life of adventure proves stronger than migraine


HERE'S WHAT IT'S LIKE TO HAVE HEMIPLEGIC MIGRAINES

Health Central

A travel writer recounts what it was like to have a hemiplegic migraine attack while in Cuba, and offers tips for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.


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.


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.


10 THINGS TO DO IN LJUBLJANA 

The Independent

In recent years, Ljubljana has transformed itself from a congested, fume-filled city to a vibrant, cyclist-friendly oasis, teeming with cultural activities, culinary delights, and architectural sights to discover. 


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.”


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.)


5 THINGS I'VE LEARNED FROM LIVING WITH A RARE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION

Health Central

These are some of the lifestyle changes you need to make when you have sporadic hemiplegic migraines.


DESTINATION: CROATIA

Trail Runner Magazine

Karst stones, olive groves and the glittering Adriatic Sea as the backdrop, Croatia makes it easy to find epic and inspiring trails to run. The challenge is choosing one.


TRAVEL GUIDE: KICKING BACK IN THE ADIRONDACKS

Ruby Magazine

As our lives blast by at an ever-increasing clip in this age of “instant,” the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York invite us to slow down.


6 PLASTIC-FREE WAYS TO TRAVEL WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER

National Geographic

Staying hydrated when you travel can be a challenge, particularly in places where tap water is unsafe or unavailable. Rather than reaching for a single-use plastic bottle and contributing to the world’s plastic problem, learn some new strategies for safe water consumption wherever you roam.


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.


MY BODY EXPERIMENT: EQUINE THERAPY

Furthermore by Equinox

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

ROAD TAKEN: FORGET THE RIGHT WAY

Middlebury Magazine

I was an oddity. But odd isn’t against the rules.


TOUR OPERATORS OFFER ALTERNATIVES TO ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

AdventureTravelNews

Every minute, 1 million plastic bottles are purchased around the world. And less than 10 percent of those are recycled, leaving the majority to litter the earth. 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.


5 REASONS NOT TO TOUGH IT OUT WITH MIGRAINE

Health Central

Why self-care is critical to managing migraine


FORGET THE PINEAPPLE PIZZA; WE'LL HAVE THE PA`I `AI

Cultural Survival Quarterly

Dishes described as “Hawaiian” can be spotted on menus around the world. From Georgia to Japan, restaurants offer “Hawaiian” burgers, barbeque, pizza, and even pasta. Although these dishes may have pineapples aplenty, authenticity is often absent. Contrary to the culturally ignorant trend, putting pineapples on a plate does not magically make it more Hawaiian. Putting pa’i ‘ai on a plate might. But for the past couple of years, serving pa'i 'ai in a restaurant was actually illegal...


HOW AN AGRO-ECOLOGICAL APPROACH IS HELPING TO SAVE A LEBANESE FAMILY FARM

The Switchers

When the war in neighboring Syria caused the closure of Lebanon’s export routes and cut off access to international markets, an apple crisis ensued. Many farms folded, but Marie Nahas and her family refused to give up. While searching for a strategy to save their orchard, they discovered a collaborative, eco-friendly approach that married traditional knowledge with modern research.