The City of Petra is “Ri-donkey-lous”

Since 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 yourself as well, you will want to wear appropriate footwear, and even consider carrying some bandaids with you, as my feet formed several large and very painful blisters from all the walking.

Anyone who has visited the Petra will tell you how amazing it is. But what no one ever mentioned was the amount of harassment you will get from touts, who look exactly like Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean”. From the head scarf to the the dark eyeliner, for a moment you would have thought you saw a body double!

Every twist and turn you make at the Petra, you can bet a Jack Sparrow look-alike will be close-by, eager to sell you a camel or donkey ride.

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Israel to Jordan – Crossing the Border Without a Visa

When 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 inquiry, we discovered there was a third way for tourists to enter Jordan, as long as their stay does not exceed two weeks, and that is by purchasing a Jordan pass through the website:

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Travel to Bethlehem from Jerusalem and What to See Once You Get There

When 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 has one of the biggest religious significance in the world.

According to many historical sources, the Church of Nativity is the exact birthplace of Jesus Christ. It is also a popular pilgrimage spot for many tourists across the globe. Many individuals would follow the exact journey that Mary and Joseph took from Damascus gate in Old Jerusalem, all the way to the Church of Nativity.

So how do you reach this world famous UNESCO site if the Israeli government doesn’t want you entering Palestinian territory?

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How to Get One Month of Free Hotel Stays Using Points

Besides food, accommodations will be one of the biggest expenses you will incur during your round the world trip.

That’s where hotel points come in. By building yourself a hefty reservoir of hotel points, you will be able to shave off about a month’s worth of accommodation expenses via free hotel stays.

So how does one accumulate a bunch of hotel points? By signing up for all the hotel credit cards you can get your hands on!

While saving up for my own one year journey, I have accumulated the following amount of hotel points:

  • 79,500 Starwood Hotel Points – 26 free nights on a category 1 Starwood property
  • 66,400 Marriott Hotel Points – 8 free nights on a category 2 Marriott property
  • 50,000 IHG Points – 5 free nights (I will not be using these points during my trip)

So how exactly did I do it?

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