I get 4 days of annual leave at work. And I have to take it at the same time as my boss. It’s the downside of working in journalism in a foreign bureau.

But this year, I managed to extend it to 12 days and I was determined to make the most of it. I was getting so tired of all my goals for the year 2013 being utterly unfulfilled and a distraction wouldn’t hurt.

I sat on the edge of my bed one night and flicked through ‘1000 Ultimate Experiences’ published by Lonely planet, which lists top sites around the world into different categories. ‘Ultimate City Breaks’, ‘Best Places to Experience Music’, ‘Ultimate Sailing Trips’.. I  arrive on the chapter ‘Most Surreal Landscapes’ and google flight prices for each destinations to see which is the cheapest. Jordan it is. Wadi Rum, here I come.