With our 2020 travel plans temporarily on hold, we find ourselves returning to memories of past adventures, finding joy in journeys that resonated, inspired, elevated — and that taught us something meaningful about ourselves and the wider world we share. In this new series, we revisit our best-ever trips with you, and hope you’ll do the same for us. This week, executive editor Sydney Loney travels back to Jordan, where she visited in the fall of 2018.
enRoute Tell us why this trip in particular keeps coming back to you now — what made it so memorable?
Sydney Loney This was a journey that took me from a relaxing sailboat snorkeling excursion in the Red Sea to a hair-raising desert tour in a dented white Nissan four-by-four, careening wildly over the rust-coloured dunes of Wadi Rum. The trip was everything I could have hoped for, a heady mix of adrenaline-fueled adventure (scrambling up cliffs to explore Petra’s ancient caves and hiking through rapids to the base of the country’s highest waterfall) and quiet contemplation (the Dead Sea lived up to its Cleopatra-inspired hype). But, in the end, it was the people who shared their country, their stories and even their poetry with me that made all the difference.