A selection of Sunny’s travel writing. Published in National Geographic, BBC Travel, CNN Travel, The Washington Post, Lonely Planet, Trail Runner, and elsewhere.
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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.
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.
India is immense; not solely in size and spirit, but also in possibilities. If you're traveling here, a visit to the Taj Mahal is likely on the top of your list. But sometimes the best travel experiences are those that are lesser known and further afield. Here are nine unexpected adventures to take you off the typical tourist trail — after you've had a chance to marvel at the Taj Mahal, of course.
The Washington Post
If you spot a pair of beekeepers in the elevator of the Radisson Blu Mall of America hotel, don’t be alarmed. There’s no infestation; it’s just business as usual for this Bloomington hotel and a growing number of properties around the globe.
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.
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.
What do you get when you cross life-coaching with a large, intuitive animal? Equine therapy—a horse-guided, personal growth experience.
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.
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.
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.
Determination to live a life of adventure proves stronger than migraine
Random Acts of Kindness
Our travel destinations give us many gifts—from the unforgettable memories we make to the lessons we learn, the photos we take and the friendships we form. It’s impossible to fully repay the communities that give us so much. But we can certainly try. Here are five ways to give back to a community while traveling…READ MORE
Whether Palestine is already on your travel wish list or you’re wondering if it should be, here are five reasons to visit.
The very elements that attract travelers to Hawaii – namely, the natural beauty and the local people and culture – are at risk of suffering under the weight of 10 million visitors. So if you’re headed to Hawaii, here's how to show the islands some aloha.
The Osa Peninsula boasts 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity on just three millionths of the Earth’s surface. Will its beauty be its greatest asset or cause its ultimate demise?
Discover bags, bottles, and beautiful presents that put the planet first.
My rare neuro condition and years of criticism convinced me I was weak. Here’s how a hike across Jordan proved me wrong.
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.
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.
What do you pack when you’ve got to carry it all on your back?
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.
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.
Some say Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is a spiritual gateway. Here’s what happened when I unknowingly stumbled into it.
Amman is considered the most expensive city in the Arab world. Thankfully, it’s also home to affordable street eats and a variety of fee-free activities. Whether you’re on a tight budget or prepared to splurge on your Jordan adventures, you won’t have to part with so much as a piastre to participate in these experiences.
Huffington Post Canada
You saw the movie, now see the sites.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
If you want to experience the heart of this city, you’ll need to wander from into the alleyways of historic communities—before it's too late.
Angkor Wat attracts nearly 2.5 million foreign visitors annually. Yet the province remains one of the poorest in the country. Travelers can do their part to spread the tourism wealth by staying a few extra days to explore beyond Angkor Wat and contribute to the local economy, conservation projects, and social enterprises that are paving the way toward a brighter future for locals and creating meaningful experiences for visitors.
“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...
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.
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.
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How a travel journalist found natural anxiety relief in the deserts of Jordan.
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.
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.
Out of Office by Mic
While U.S. senators continue to debate whether President Donald Trump said “sh*thole” or “sh*thouse" when discussing protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries, we’re busy building our travel bucket list.