7 Things That Will Surprise A First-Time Visitor To Petra

Petra in southern Jordan is one of the most iconic tourist sites in the world, made famous by movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It’s familiarity in films has narrowed Petra’s tourism marketing, giving many visitors a nice surprise when they arrive at the 9,000 year old ancient city. Petra is not what you expect though don’t feel odd about it, you’re not alone. These are 7 things that surprise most first-time visitors to Petra. 1. It&#…

Things to Do in Savannah, Georgia: Where to Eat, Play, and Stay

We’re fresh back from our epic East Coast road trip! By the numbers, it was a doozy: over 70 days, we traveled more than 3,600 miles and stayed in 14 cities in 9 states. (All with our cat, by the way) For us, it was part road trip and part reconnaissance mission. We’re on the…

A new way to find great travel deals with Genie Traveler

Find great travel deals with Genie Traveler If you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for new ways to save money. Travel can be expensive, especially when traveling as a family, so every little bit helps. Today, we want to shine the light on a new way for you to…

PHOTO: Traditional Woven Hut in Amora Gedel National Park, Hawassa, Ethiopia

In Amora Gedel National Park, on the shores of Lake Awassa in Hawassa, Ethiopia, I happened upon this this traditional woven hut, constructed in the style of the Sidama people. These descendants of the ancient Kingdom of Kush live around the lakes in Ethiopia’s Great Rift Valley. Today the Sidama and their sub-tribes number about eight million, making them the fifth largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. Living on some the most fertile land in Africa, for centuries the Sidama specialized in …

Don’t eat at St. Mark’s Square – Venice, Italy

Venice has had it rough the last few years. As I was doing research for this article, I found that people have been writing about the overflow of tourism to Venice for a long time. You can find articles on the death of Venice, restricting the number of tourist, can Venice save itself from its own popularity, and more as far back as 2007. It seems to have only gotten worse too. I have a confession to make. I was fined €200 because I am an idiot. More accurately, I was preparing a quick sandwich to eat …

United Business Class Review: Maybe Mile Worthy

? Flying business class is costly (unless your business is paying) so whether its miles or money, if you’re spending either it’s worth shopping around. United, which pretty much has the worst public relations of any airline at the moment, has locked down some key North America to Europe routes – meaning though you may not particularly want to – you might find yourself leaning toward flying …

Exploring Greenwich, London: 21 top things to do

I’ve been living in Greenwich for a few years now and explored most of its attractions which I’d like to share with you. The first thing people say when visiting Greenwich is how different it is to the rest of London. It’s extremely leafy and quaint which makes you feel like you’ve travelling back…

Malmö’s Murals: Street Art in South Sweden

If you dip into my archive, you’ll find I’ve written quite a lot about street art in various cities around the world. Most of them you’ll already know about though. Every mother and her son who goes to Berlin has written about it, and the same goes for London, Lisbon and Reykjavik. But what about Malmö? What about Malmö? I can hear you say. Well there’s street art there too. Of course it can’t be compared to the aforementioned cities. But if you’re looking for quality over quantity, the ones that can be spotted in Sweden’s 3rd largest city …

Must Stay: Meghauli Serai, a Luxurious Taj Safari Lodge in Nepal

A wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal is the perfect complement to the unforgettable cultural touring and breathtaking scenery in other parts of the country. The best way to experience beautiful Chitwan is with a stay at Meghauli Serai, a Taj Safari Lodge in an ideal location on the edge of the Rapti River and the national park. The intimate lodge has 16 villas overlooking the river and the subtropical jungle of Chitwan. Each features a luxurious bedroom, an expansive indoor-outdoor …

10 Great Rail Journeys Around the World

A collection of great rail journeys around the world: from the legendary Trans-Siberian railway to the Australia’s Ghan. There’s something romantic about train travel. Perhaps it’s the hypnotic chugging of the wheels. Or maybe it’s the notion of seeing the world fly by outside your window that makes it so nostalgic and charming in…

We’re off to see the Wizard

Oz Museum Actually, that wasn’t our intent when DJ and I were on a recent road trip to Denver from Indianapolis for Thanksgiving.  Just off Interstate 70 is the Oz Museum located in Wamego, Kansas (there just so happens to be another in Liberal, Kansas in the southern part of the state).  You know there is no way I was letting this slip by so the decision to stop was made. The museum is about 10 miles north of I-70 and when you get into the main part of town, you’ll catch a glimpse of the…

How To Fly With An Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

? You probably read recently about United Airlines barring a woman and her emotional support peacock from boarding a flight. Those reports made me wonder what it might take to book a flight with an emotional support animal – a koala bear in this case – in the video above you can see what happened. During the process I came to learn a lot about emotional support animals (ESAs), the process for booking a flight with one, and why the airlines have started to enforce more restrictions on passengers with ESAs. Here’s how to book a flight with …

PHOTO: Great Pyramid of Giza, also Known as Pyramid of Khufu

I’d long wanted to visit the Egyptian pyramids, but kept putting it off due to scheduling and concerns over safety in the region. Last fall, I finally made it. One of the biggest surprises for most travelers is the location of the pyramids. Photos show them surrounded by sand, as if they are solitary structures far out in the desert. In truth, they are located on the opposite side of a busy street that fronts the archeological park in Giza, the city located just across the river…

Adventures in China, Part 3

By Julianne Keskey This is Part 3 in a 4 Part series of Adventures in China. For Part 1, click here & for Part 2 click here. After a few days of work (and a little play) in Luoyang, we were all curious and ready to explore more of Henan Province. With our complimentary bus tour, our first stop was the Longmen Grottoes just outside of Luoyang. Chilly rain and fog greeted us when just days ago the weather was beautiful, sunny and …