Celebrating My Dream Destination – Petra, Jordan

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If I am not traveling, dreaming about destinations is pretty much all I do. So today’s blog hop hosted in honor of their book releases: Soul Cutter by Lexa Cain and The Ghosts of Aquinnah by  Julie Flaunders is right up my alley. I would be participating even if there weren’t heaps of prizes being given away at their blogs this week.

The assignment: Tell us your dream destination.

For me that’s easy: Petra, the ancient city in Jordan.

My Dream Destination: Petra, Jordan

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Camels at Petra Jordan
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Petra has been my dream destination for years. In 2012 we went around the world, visiting 26 countries including two in the Middle East. From our earliest planning, Jordan topped my list for either an April or October visit. Our initial plan gave us two months in Jordan, Egypt and Israel towards the beginning of our travels.

Visa requirements for China and Russia forced us to alter the plan, resulting in hitting Jordan in the heat of the summer or saving it until October when it is typically perfect. We waited, but the political uncertainty in the region, dominated by our insurance refusing to cover us in certain areas, resulted in another change. Somehow we came home before I saw Petra.

I haven’t given up, and Jordan still tops my dream destination list.

Today is Friday, so I am also Celebrating the Small Things with Viklit of Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Celebrate the small things

This week I am celebrating:

  • Not much. A slow week is worth celebrating in its own right.
  • I attended Auckland’s first Hanukkah candle lighting in the park with a really good friend and our families.
  • A not too awful visit with the accountant.

Have you been to Petra? What is your dream destination? What are you celebrating this week?

About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. Wonderful photo of Petra! I’m sorry that you weren’t able to visit before, but I have faith that you will get there. The first Hanukkah lighting ceremony must’ve been very interesting. Hope you and your family enjoyed the holiday!

  2. Sorry you had to skip it.
    I was wondering where you would choose! Where haven’t you been?

  3. Beautiful picture!

  4. How exciting to have traveled to so many countries. What an amazing experience. I hope you make it to Petra one day. Great photo too.

  5. Wow, that would be an amazing sight to see. I would be nervous about the travel there, though. But what a place to visit. So much history.

  6. Great pic of Petra and interesting anecdote. Too bad you missed it, but at least you got to see Egypt before the whole mess developed over here. I sure hope you get a chance to go see Petra eventually.

    I liked your small things! I think a slow week is definitely worth celebrating. Yay for the first candle lighting and a positive accountant visit!

    • Sorry for the confusion Lexa. It was the mess over in Egypt that stopped us for traveling to your neck of the world. When I get there I want to see all three countries.

  7. I’ve not been to Petra. Visiting the middle east isn’t a dream of mine at all.

    I don’t think I have a dream destination, but I want to see all of America before I die. Visiting other countries really doesn’t interest me, but seeing America does.

    Have a fabulous day and I hope you see Petra soon. :)

  8. I remember seeing a documentary about Petra on tv and thought it would be a simply amazing place to visit. I’m sorry your initial plans didn’t work out but I hope you get another opportunity someday!

    The candle lighting sounds wonderful. And I agree, a slow week can be a great thing sometimes. Thanks for taking part in our hop, and I hope you have a great weekend.

  9. Petra looks great! I hope you make it there someday, and life doesn’t cancel your plans again.

  10. M. J. Joachim says:

    Slow weeks are good and very worth celebrating. If you dream it, you will go…just keep dreaming, and someday you’ll make it happen. Best of the weekend to you!

  11. Is it my imagination or did they use that entrance (or a facsimile) for a scene in the Indiana Jones movie about the Holy Grail? I swear I’ve seen it and I know I’ve never been to Jordan.

  12. That’s a fascinating photo. I’ve never seen camels stationed like that. I hope you get to Petra some day.
    Have a great weekend, Rhonda.

  13. I haven’t been to Petra or anywhere else recently. These days, I’d be happy for a long weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas.


  14. Hi Rhonda .. I agree – I’d love to visit Petra .. and I sincerely hope not too many other wonders of the world will be destroyed in the various wars … I hope you can get back to Jordan sometime … cheers Hilary

  15. My dream destination: Italy (actually almost anywhere really since I haven’t been to many places) xo

  16. Wow! That’s a beautiful photo! It must be packed with history, given that it’s one of those ancient biblical places. Now, this would be a dream come true! Hope you get to visit Petra soon. :)

  17. Awesome picture.

    I’ve never been anywhere in the Middle East, but it would definitely be an interesting place to go. My parents went to Israel not long ago and that looked so interesting too. There are so many places I’d love to visit and hopefully I’ll make it to my top destinations, but I’m pretty sure I’ll never make it to them all.

  18. What a lovely place love those camels heheh!

    No I have not been there sadly I cannot travel now I wished I would have done more years ago, the furthest I have been is Spain :-)

    Have a humptastic weekend :-)

  19. C. Lee McKenzie says:

    That’s an amazing picture. It reminded me of Fethiye in Turkey. There weren’t any camels, but that structure in the rock is almost identical. Lovely destination.

  20. I’ve never been to the Middle East … hadn’t given it much thought, though Petra looks like a great place to visit. Africa is my Dream Destination!

  21. I’m sorry that you missed out on Petra. I was planning a trip to Australia when my Dad got sick and plans went on the wayside. So I truly get that disappointment.

    To this day, Australia tops my list of dream destinations, though, to be honest…as Colorado was the extent of my traveling away from the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. I’d be happy to see anything. Good thing I live in such a beatiful area…makes the sting of not having traveling funds a little more bearable.

    I went to a Christmas party on Friday and a going away party yesterday. Tonight there was a cookout (in the snow) but I opted to stay home in my warm apartment with a bottle of blueberry wine. No regrets at all.

    • Hopefully, one day I will get to Petra and you will get to Australia, and don’t forget New Zealand if you are headed down under. By the way, I would choose warm over anything out in the snow!

  22. That sounds fantastic!! My dream destination is still Australia. For obvious reasons. Platypus frolicking!!!!



  23. I hope you can make it Petra someday! It would definitely be a fascinating place to visit. I bet the trip you did get to take was phenomenal, though!

    The Warrior Muse

  24. Oh! Yes! This one I completely understand. A hidden rose red city in the desert. It’s on my list , too.

  25. Petra looks amazing. I hope you get to go someday!

  26. That image is intriguing! What a fascinating destination! I’d love to visit the Middle East–take in all the historical sites via camel and eat my way around each country *love their food*

    • I love the Middle East food too! Not too keen on camel riding – it’s the getting up and down that is so freaky. We loved our time in Oman, and I can’t wait to go back to the Middle East.

  27. A slow week is absolutely worth a celebration!

  28. great choice! ive wanted to go here ever since i saw it on indiana jones! lol

  29. Petra looks wonderful but I think I’d be nervous of going there. I really hope it works out for you one day! Thanks for visiting my blog :-)

  30. That’s an awesome pick! The image is beautiful. I hope you do get to go in the future :)

  31. awww! you missed your spot & so close! i know it wont be long before you head out again!

    and a slow week is cherished (like xmas day and following =)

    • I was really close. I had guides lined up and itineraries in all three countries. Next time.
      As for the day after Christmas, here it is Boxing Day, another holiday. It’s the day after that when Kiwi’s slow down.

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