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How to splurge in Jordan

1. Hire a guide. Tour guides in Jordan undergo fairly rigorous training and are tested on history, language fluency / communication, and general group management skills and personableness before being granted a license. This was my first experience being led around by a single guide for an entire trip. It seemed to really make sense in a country like Jordan, where there’s not much in the way of DIY public transport, or an established backpacker class to point the way. Without the insider info, you’ll miss a lot.

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The evening scene at the Cleary Summit parking lot…one to remember.

Hunting the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Northern Lights for a few years now. I’ve traveled several times to various ends of this planet to see them, and every time I’ve gotten skunked. After eight days, I thought I was going to miss them once again, until a miracle happened…

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4 ways to splurge in southcentral Alaska

A good chunk of Alaska’s tourist population has cash to spend, and local operators oblige by providing some pretty sweet opportunities to spend it. But just because you’re splurging doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with the cruiser herd. Here are a few recommendations of where/how to spend on activities and accommodations that cater to independent travelers.

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Stacked infinity pools in a Bali rainforest [PICs]

These photos of infinity pools at a Balinese resort have Emily Arent reconsidering her stance on roughing it.

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The world’s 10 best rooftop bars

1. Sirocco in Bangkok, Thailand. No night out in Bangkok is complete without a couple cocktails at Sirocco. Perched on top of The Dome at State Tower, 64th floors above the hectic streets of Bangkok, this sexy rooftop bar boasts 360 degree views of the city with city lights in every direction, as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking for a picturesque place to dine, they also serve dinner.

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