With so many iconic historic ruins and world wonders, it can be easy for Jordan's immense nature reserves to fly under the radar. But from desert to mountain, wetland to forest, Jordan is leading the way for the eco-conscious traveller with its beautiful and diverse range of landscapes and community-benefiting experiences, all under the protection of the Royal Society of the Conservation of Nature (more affectionately known as the RSCN). So, with the big focus on sustainable travel for 2017, we're shining a light on the best reserves and eco-chic stays in Jordan.
What is special about the Rila Mountains? The magnificent views, the sharp contrast between rocky peaks and fields of purple wildflowers; the ice-cold water; the sensation of walking in snow and in the warm sun; the feeling of being on top of the world. And, more than anything else, the wonder of discovering the breathtaking natural beauty of Bulgaria.
Hollywood is home to the rich and famous. As someone who has grown up watching the city on screen, there's something very magical about visiting Tinseltown in person. It has a vibe like nowhere else in the world - with a culture that is very much its own and sprinkled with a long history in film and television. After recently spending a week in Los Angeles and taking in the array of sights the city has to offer, I can now bring you my Top 5.
If you have ever spent 48 consecutive hours doing nothing but nourishing your body and soul, you know the value of stepping away from routine and taking a deep breath without the distraction of responsibility. A getaway built around an ambitious itinerary may be a great escape when you are looking to shatter monotony, but it can also leave you longing for a vacation from your vacation once you return home.
In the course of my job as travel journalist, I'm always on airplanes but try to reduce the stress level by only taking one carry-on bag - no anxiety at baggage claim and you're always first out of the airport. The trouble is that colder climates mean extra clothing but fortunately new technologies are coming to the rescue.