Travel Moments: Camping in Wadi Rum, Jordan

October 2010

This morning I woke to a pale blue sky, a cool desert breeze and red sand stretching as far as my little eyes could see.

For a moment, between sleep and the new day, I thought I was dreaming.  But my mind came around to my thin mattress on the still-warm sand and the camels plodding past.


Our night in the Bedouin style camp was, in equal parts, peaceful and exciting, delivering little bursts of happiness into my travel-soothed soul.

After a three hour safari on the back of a scrappy Hilux ute (during which we stopped to climb sand dunes, stone bridges and into canyons) we arrived to a coal-cooked meal of vegetables, lamb kofta and rice. The Bedouin men sat by the fire playing a mixture of local and foreign tunes on their strings; their clear, strong voices bouncing from the rocky hills that lay beyond the light.

As always, camping reminded me of childhood, but Wadi Rum seemed a world away from my humble home ground in Australia, and a childlike wonder overcame my reminiscing mind.

Falling asleep under the desert night, admiring the stars that pierced the blackness and the comet that streaked the sky, I was undone with a fit of the giggles before falling into a deep slumber.


Read more about my Jordanian Adventures at


Published by Nic Freeman

I feel most like myself when I'm travelling, and enjoy sharing experiences and photography with fellow globe adventurers. Find me on Instagram for regular travel snaps @nicfreemanlife

8 thoughts on “Travel Moments: Camping in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    1. That was definitely a highlight, although our trip through the Middle East offered so many amazing experiences, it is hard to pick favourites. Thanks for being a great travel buddy LuckyTortoise 🙂

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