I have had my share of camping especially on the highlands in Scotland whilst I was a teen but over the past few years the notion of glamping was certainly welcomed. So what is Glamping? As the words eludes to, it is a fusion of Glamour and Camping. Essentially, camping without the hassle. There is no tent to pitch, no fire to build…sounds like having a baby without having to get pregnant (It’s all given to you on a gold platter), and who wouldn’t want that??
Some people want the adventure of camping over glamping but I am indifferent to both (even though my friends would certainly disagree). Whilst on a tour of Jordan, my friends and I spent 2 nights at the glam camp in Wadi Rum! See what we got up to below:
Posing in front of the Glam rooms in the desert
This was Glamping HQ aka lobby and restaurant #DesertVibes
We visited the Wadi Rum visitor centre prior to exploring the desert area which was few minutes away from Glamp HQ
Getting a tour of the Wadi Rum area by our very knowledgeable tour guide
Yours truly posing by the sand dunes where “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed
Our chef at Glam HQ prepping our food that was buried deep in the ground for about 4 hours
Dinner dugged up from the ground and delicious I must add.
Have you ever had a Glamping experience before? Please share your experience. If you need any tips on Glamping, feel free to ask me.
Petra is located in the country of Jordan. It is an archaeological city in southern Jordan and a UNESCO world heritage site which essentially means it’s unique and worth seeing. The city was carved into the rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in Petra more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. I went to Petra simply to see one of the wonders of the world. It took my friends and I about 7 hours to tour the whole city but not without the help of donkeys of course.
Not sure I had the right shoes but oh well.
What a beauty!!!!!!!!!!
It took my friends and I about 7 hours to tour the whole city but not without the help of our donkeys of course. FYI – donkeys are amazing animals. I am sure my donkey carried me up 300 steps.
*Why Not Shop* for your artefacts and refuel during your 7 hour trek 🙂
Mixing in with the locals: I met this lovely girl on my way out of the bathroom and she helped me tie my scarf the appropriate way to avoid me getting a heat stroke (It’s the simple things like these that make a difference to ones experience (don’t you think?)
You know I never turn down a shopping opportunity. This shop had all artefacts possible and was certainly an unexpected find in deep into the city of Petra.
Tips for Petra:
(I) Prepare for the heat
(II) Pay for a donkey to take you up to the Monastery (Don’t be cheap)
A few weeks ago, I took a plane out of London Heathrow and 5 hours later, landed in Amman (the capital of Jordan). I didn’t know what to expect and honestly didn’t do much research prior to landing and I am kind of glad I didn’t (there is something about exploring a land first-hand, not having pre-conceived ideas about it and taking it in day by day.
Jordan is an Arab kingdom in the middle east. The country is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Israel and Palestine to the west. It is a highly conservative country so I made sure I dressed in line (literally avoiding open shoulder outfits, short dresses etc) but I was relieved the dressing attire was more relaxed at hotels.
I spent just over a day in Amman relaxing and spending time with friends (one of which was Jordanian – nothing better that an exploring a country with a local) by the pool, experiencing city views of Amman over shisha and generally anticipating what the next few 5 days would be unearthing. We embarked on our journey of Jordan (below was our itinerary of Jordan which I employ to use when you plan your trip to jordan).
Day 1: Amman (city chill and exploring)
Day 2: Amman to Dead Sea
Day 3: Dead Sea
Day 4: Dead Sea to Petra
Day 5: Petra Visit – Wadi Rum 4×4 Tour
Day 6: Wadi Rum – Aqaba
Day 7: Aqaba – Home
Rather than bother describing every location to you (which I am sure wikipedia could possibly be useful for that), I will leave with you a gallery of what I got up to with the crew (with short descriptions) and hopefully leave you inspired to #ExploreJordan. I would add that we stayed in 5 star accommodations throughout and I am sure there are other options which would give a similar experience but for me, the quality of one’s accommodation always adds that’s extra touch to my holidays. I would say hands down, Jordan is certainly in the top 3 destinations I have explored this year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any tips about Jordan
“Don’t listen to what they say. GO see” – Chinese Proverb