Travel Writing

A selection of Sunny’s travel writing. Published in National Geographic, BBC Travel, Lonely Planet, Trail Runner, and elsewhere.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


10 REASONS TO VISIT SH*THOLE COUNTRIES

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.


LIVE BOLD, LIVE NOW: TRUE GRIT

Health Central

Determination to live a life of adventure proves stronger than migraine


THE 5 BEST WAYS TO GIVE BACK TO A COMMUNITY WHILE TRAVELING

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


TOURISM COULD MAKE OR BREAK THIS BIODIVERSE HAVEN

National Geographic

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?


GIFTS FOR THE ECO-MINDED TRAVELER

National Geographic

Discover bags, bottles, and beautiful presents that put the planet first.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY RICH TO VISIT THESE SINGAPORE SITES

Huffington Post Canada

You saw the movie, now see the sites.


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.)


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.


HOW TO SEE THE ENDANGERED HEART OF BANGKOK

National Geographic

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.


BEYOND ANGKOR WAT: 5 WAYS TO ENJOY SIEM REAP

National Geographic

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.


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...


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.


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.


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.