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Amman/flickr/Edgardo W. Olivera

Amman was originally built on seven hills; today, it sprawls across 19 knolls, densely populated by four million inhabitants and a patchwork of sandstone buildings — the inspiration for its moniker, the “White City.” A traditional Middle Eastern metropolis, Amman’s labyrinthine-like downtown district is home to several of the city’s main sights, including a Roman amphitheater; The... Read More

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A quick glance at Qatar Airways’ current “Bigger World Promotion” will tell you two things: the folks at Qatar are really excited to join up with Oneworld Alliance (which will place them alongside British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Royal Jordanian, in addition to offering shared mileage among all the member airlines); second... Read More

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US Travel Alert Syria Lebanon Turkey

From a traveler’s perspective, the idea of a trip to Damascus right now (and pretty much anywhere else in Syria) is clearly out of the question. With constant headlines about possible U.S. air strikes and uncertainty surrounding additional chemical weapons attacks on civilians, you’d have to be living under... Read More

City Tours to Take at Night

If you tend to stay away from cheesy double decker bus tours while on vacation, well…we can’t blame you. Often, the only real way to get to know a city is to just walk it, unguided, and let the adventure unfold as you go. But there’s something irresistible about... Read More

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US Embassy Madagascar

Twenty-six days. That’s how long the Department of State’s current Worldwide Travel Alert in the Middle East and North Africa is projected to last. As of Friday, US embassies in a number of countries (UAE, Jordan, Madagascar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, to name a few) were ordered to... Read More

Petra, Jordan

Venture down a narrow gorge between two cliffs towering at 263 feet high and you’ll encounter the Lost City of Petra, Jordan. Petra was mostly unknown to the western world until it was “discovered” in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss traveler. The Nabataeans settled within the rose-colored... Read More

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Photos.comWinter offers bargains in stunning coastal Maine

In life, being in the right place at the right time can come down to serendipity. But in travel, it is almost always the result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places... Read More

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Six Senses   Aman Summer Palace

Hotels and hideaways have long provided a great base and an idyllic backdrop for romance, illicit or otherwise. Once in your own private oasis, away from the demands of everyday life, romance is on the rise, and senses are easily aroused. Whether it’s a romantic rendezvous, a destination wedding... Read More

Kempinski Ishtar

The desert has long provided a profound feeling for spiritual seekers, travelers, and explorers alike. From the silkiness of the sand to the stillness that surrounds you and the beauty that abounds, it easily entices. Couple that with the mere mention of The Dead Sea, which immediately conjures up evocative... Read More

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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea

I have been to Jordan twice, and both trips were memorable experiences filled with natural wonders. The highlights for first-time travelers include Wadi Rum, Petra, and the Dead Sea. The beautiful red, desert sands of Wadi Rum are impressive, and one cannot help but think of Lawrence of Arabia... Read More

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This may sound odd, but Amman is a bit like L.A.: everything is a car ride away. You need to know where to go (unlike Beirut which is a more meanderer-friendly town). People say Amman is the newest up-and-coming cosmopolitan city in the Middle East, after Beirut, Tel Aviv... Read More

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In my last post, I noted that Amman is a good jumping off point for visiting sights in other parts of the country. In my case, I had been to Petra and the Wadi Rum before (combined with a trip to Israel two years ago when I crossed into... Read More

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For visiting Amman and elsewhere in Jordan, my guide was Moawi, the owner of Travel Club Jordan. He had a car to take us around Amman, which is always a good idea for the first day of exploring a new, exotic city. We visited the Citadel, the Roman amphitheater... Read More

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Flying from Beirut to Amman, a short one-hour flight, you cross the vast expanse of desert. The rolling desert hills and valleys are beautiful. Then rising from the Earth you see white dots which begin to outline the city of Amman. When arriving in Amman airport, one is... Read More

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iStock InternationalGo camping in style at these luxe locations

Most of us really enjoy the concept of camping – sleeping under the stars, becoming one with nature, toasting marshmallows over the campfire – but it’s the reality of the situation that keeps the masses from pitching their tents (think showerless days with dirty feet, slurping down lukewarm beverages... Read More