So many parts of this holiday will stay in my memory forever - floating in the Dead Sea as the setting sun tinted the sky the most beautiful orange hue; the first sight of the Treasury from the Siq; the second, third and fourth sight of the Treasury from the siq (that view could never get tired, and every different trip, including at 6am and at 9pm, showed it in a new light); walking the Siq by candlelight in a chain of genuinely hushed and awed travellers; having my tired muscles pummelled back to life by the singing women of the hamman in Petra; riding the 4WD across the sand dunes of the Wadi Rum squealing with laughter; making 'sand angels' on the sand dunes in the pitch black night; climbing (or rather being dragged up) the rock bridge.
If I had to choose just one part of the trip however, it would have to be the time spent in the Wadi Rum. A truly spectular, breath taking place that feels so distant from the hustle and bustle of the modern world and is a welcome pause in a hectic life. The beauty, peace and stunning night skies to be found in the Wadi Rum are worth the price of the trip alone. My advise is don't miss out on the opportunity to camp out in the Rum over night. You will surely be missing one of the highlights of Jordan.
And over it all I will remember the laughter - I have not laughed so much and so hard in my life. You can never predict who you will get in a group on an Exodus holiday but I can quite honestly say I never met a bunch of such genuinely lovely people. Everyone was open to every experience on offer, which, on a trip of such contrasts, is essential. The group made the holiday so perfect and although I was travelling by myself I never felt alone, as everyone was so very friendly and open. Every moment was happily shared - from the excruciating embarrasment of the belly dancing to the childish squeals of delight as we zoomed about the sand dunes in the 4WD. Just thinking about so many parts of this holiday make me grin like a loon even now!
Just go and have fun!
Definitely book a trip with the Wadi Rum camping included as it's not to be missed - apart from the stunning landscape, the Bedouin food was some of the best we had for the entire trip. And don't forget to sample the sage tea! Best to take (or buy) a headscarf for the ride in the 4WD though, especially if you're a lady with long hair, otherwise you'll be combing sand and knots out for weeks.
If you can face the early start, get to Petra as it opens at 6am. Having the siq to yourself is a magical experience and getting a photo of the Treasury without 100s of other people in front of it is worth the loss of sleep.
Don't say 'no' to any experience - climb that rock bridge, have the Turkish bath, try the belly dancing, drink the Mount Nebo wine and the arak (although maybe not together) ...
Oh, and don't get the water from the Dead Sea in your eyes. Ouch.