Days gone: 46*
Average cost per day: $56.96 AUD (includes an 8 day tour in Egypt)
Most memorable moment: Watching the night sky above Wadi Rum desert where it seemed the world was full of stars, and we saw five of them shooting across the sky.
Moment I want to forget: Fronting up at the hospital my travel insurance company recommended in Amman, Jordan. The doctor asked me what on earth I was doing at “a military hospital for poor people”.
Land border crossings: 2
Times entered Jordan: 2
Number of people who pushed in front of me in the immigration line at Cairo airport: Everyone, until I was last in line
Taxis taken: 27
Bus trips: 16
Number of my seatmates who vomited into a plastic bag I supplied on a Turkish dolmus: 2
Train trips: 0
Types of public transport caught in Istanbul: 2 (tram, funicular)
Flights: 2 (Amman <=> Cairo)
Donkeys ridden: 1
Offers of donkey rides refused: Countless
Ancient sites visited: 16
Roman ruins visited: 3
Nights spent in Amman, Jordan: 11
Nights spent in the desert: 1
Largest dorm room: 26 beds
Smallest dorm room: 3 beds
Best meal: Fresh fish in Fethiye. In a close tie with eating McDonalds in Luxor, Egypt and again at Cairo airport.
Worst meal: The included lunch on our 12 Islands boat trip in Fethiye, Turkey. Mmm, cold chicken wings and fish heads.
Cheapest meal: 0.36 AUD – Roadside falafel in Syria
Most impressive site: Petra, Jordan
Most disappointing site: The pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Least number of tourists: The citadel at Musyaf, Syria
Favourite country: Jordan
Least favourite country: Egypt
Average spent on food per day: $10.09 (AUD)
Free wifi found in: Turkey, Jordan, Egypt (that’s every country bar Syria!)
* this summary includes Turkey, because it makes things more interesting.
On my RTW trip during the summer of 2010, I met my friend Alicia in Istanbul and we spent the next 46 days travelling overland through Turkey, Syria and Jordan before I headed to Egypt solo to join up with a quick organised tour through upper Egypt.
Read more about this leg of my trip on my Middle East roundup page.