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Last updated: 11/8/16While traveling to these two beautiful Middle Eastern countries, I made sure I tabulated every single spending I made in order to stay on track. Sadly, because I am a new backpacker, I spent more money than I would like. Final Spending for Jordan and Israel Here is a complete breakdown of my spending in Israel: Food and Water: 133 Shekels ($44.33 CDN) Taxi: 695 Shekels ($231.66 CDN) Toilet tip: 1 Shekel ($0.33...

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Last updated: 12/12/16When I was arranging for an authentic Bedouin experience with Bedouin Guides, I knew I wanted a Jeep tour through the desert, a traditional Bedouin meal cooked underground, along with a night spent at their camps. While researching on other activities that were offered in Wadi Rum, I came across a hiking trail that looked like it may have been featured in the popular travel show “Departures”, so I quickly signed...

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Last updated: 12/12/16Since Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world, no wonder everyone wants to see such a stunningly beautiful place! The moment I laid my eyes on the Treasury at the Petra, I knew instantly I was in for a treat! Feeling rather ambitious, our group decided to hike the entire length of the Petra, a feat that took a grand total of 7 hours, and over 5 litres of water to complete! If you choose to challenge...

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Last updated: 12/12/16When I traveled to Israel, I only had five days to explore the country yet I still managed to have wonderful time. If you find yourself short on time, you may want to consider checking out these three places: Old City of Jerusalem The old City of Jerusalem is a major tourist destination of biblical proportion! The city itself is divided into four different regions based on religious backgrounds. They are: The...

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Last updated: 12/12/16When Karen, myself and my two sisters entered Israel, we discovered we could not purchase an entry visa to Jordan. Having limited time in Israel, we didn’t want to waste a day on a trip to the Jordanian embassy just to get the visa. Flying into the capital city of Amman so we could make the purchase at the airport wasn’t an option either, as we were backpackers traveling on a tight budget. After doing some...

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Last updated: 12/12/16When you arrive in Israel, one of the questions you will be asked at customs is “will you be visiting any Palestinian territories?” Your obvious answer would have to be “no”, if you plan on visiting Bethlehem. Why would you even want to go to Bethlehem? Whether you are religious or not, you probably have heard of Jesus Christ at some point in your life. Regardless of your beliefs, you have to admit he definitely...

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