The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as the “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education” (TIES, 2015). Unfortunately, mass tourism can often be harmful to an environment. Even the most well intentioned travelers can unknowingly leave […]
After the release of the critically acclaimed film The Martian, shot on location in Wadi Rum, the Jordan Tourism Board released the above video where an imaginative little American girl travels to Mars on her family vacation to Jordan. Often used in Hollywood films as the Mars location, Wadi Rum has made quite an impression […]
As Wendell Berry recites “How To Be a Poet”, I am reminded of how to be a human.
I was particularly struck by these lines:
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
Take the […]
The Overview Effect of Travel
We reside inside our own worlds, full of boundaries. Some of those boundaries are real. Most are constructed.
Stepping out of that world is one of the healthiest activities you can practice.
There is a phenomenon experienced by astronauts called the “Overview Effect.” It is a shift in awareness when one leaves the Earth’s atmosphere […]
Combine Fitness and Travel in Jordan
Engaging Cultures Travel has created a Fitness and Adventure tour that promotes healthy lifestyle, pursuit of adventure and crossing the lines of borders and cultures through fitness and travel.
Engaging Cultures’ 7 Day Jordan Fitness/Adventure Tour was hand-crafted to connect guests to the local CrossFit Crescent Box, give them an […]
Titled ‘Wadi Rum – A Majestic Landscape’, this video courtesy of Visit Jordan is personally my favorite of the time lapse series released so far.
I love how it seems to capture the otherworldliness experienced every time we’ve visited this magical place.
Wadi Rum is often touted as the place in Jordan for adventure and Bedouin culture. But if you do some planning before time, you’ll find some exceptional cultural experiences around Petra itself.
Here are some photos of off beaten path experiences you might want to include when planning a Petra tour.