Visiting Israel has been a lifelong dream, and I’ve been planning a trip there for several years. Covid forced me to cancel those plans, but I finally got to move forward. I ended up booking two back-to-back tours with Overseas Adventure Travel, one to Egypt, and the second to Israel, with a pre-trip extension in Jordan, in the fall of 2023.
Sad to say, war erupted in Israel on October 7, while I was in Egypt, and the next day OAT called me to let me know the Israel tour was canceled.
I quickly scrambled to make other plans. I still went to Jordan, visiting Wadi Rum and Petra on my own. And I changed my flights to fly home from Amman, three weeks early.
The tremendous disappointment of not getting to Israel was balanced by the amazing things I saw in Egypt and Jordan. Those did not disappoint at all.
Unfortunately it was blazing hot in Egypt, with temps well above 100F (40C) every day. This made it easy to use free time by hanging out in hotel air conditioning. There were a few things I might have gotten to see on my own that I skipped. But the things I did see were really fabulous.
And when I got to Jordan, I was met with pleasant temps.
In retrospect, I wish I’d planned for more time, maybe making an alternative plan to spend the three weeks I cut my trip short. But I have no regrets. It was a great trip.
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