Forward Planning


It’s been exactly a week since I returned home from my travels around Sri Lanka. A country of friendly people, delicious food, beautiful landscapes, and amazing experiences. Funnily enough, I just came across a blog post I wrote at the start of January when I finally booked my flights after weeks of indecision about what I actually wanted to do and see in Sri Lanka. What was then a blank book is now a finished story.

On my tour, I shared a room with a girl from the UK who has been to some pretty amazing destinations. Her favourite country that she’s visited is Jordan, and I was keen to hear about her experiences, as it’s a country high on the list of places I want to visit myself. In fact, Jordan is the first country I ever put on my ‘places to visit one day’ list.

And so, with my first adventure for the year over, I got home and thought I’d just have a look to see what tours are available for Jordan. Yep, instead of going to bed after a 40 hour day travelling between continents, I sat at my computer doing research for another holiday instead.

At the start of the year, I pencilled in mid-October as my preferred time to visit, and considering that’s still eight months away, my main aim was just to browse through the itineraries offered by different tour companies. I enjoyed travelling with G Adventures in Sri Lanka, but for Jordan, I was feeling more inclined to choose Intrepid, as they seem to offer a bit more time in Petra, which is the main reason I want to visit Jordan.

You can imagine my surprise when I scrolled down to the dates and availability section and saw that there was only one spot left for the mid-October tour. And I’m sure you can guess who got that last spot! Yep, I don’t waste any time. Although I did not have the slightest intention of booking anything when I first started browsing, there was no way I was missing out on this tour because if all goes well, Jordan will be the first stop of a wider adventure I have planned for the end of the year. And if things don’t quite work out, then I’m still going to Jordan and doing the ‘Explore Jordan’ tour, starting the 14th of October. I’m so glad I was inspired to look at the tour when I did, as I doubt that one available spot would’ve lasted for much longer.

Before I go, I would dearly love to find the book that first piqued my interest in Petra as a seven-year-old. It’s an old book, simply called ‘Petra’, and is written by Iain Browning. I have searched for it at home for the last 18 months, to no avail. I just really want to flip through the pages of this book before I go and realise a lifelong dream. I have eight months left to find it- fingers crossed!