A Lesson on Positivity & Hardships while Traveling.

Traveling to Egypt was a huge culture shock for me!! It seemed like everything we do here in Canada they do the opposite, it was a pretty crazy experience! Being a blonde haired blue eyed female didn’t really work in my favor. (I was called “Shakira” many times by the locals; I thought maybe it was because she was a pop idol to them. My tour guide told me it’s because she’s a woman, they love woman. :P) Like always though, I embraced the bizarre, took in all the culture and unique experiences.

One thing I found shocking while we were in Egypt was the fact that it was so COLD! I’m not joking, it wasn’t below freezing but there definitely were times that it felt like it! Most hotels only had air conditioners and very thin windows, I recommend bringing warm clothes if you visit around Christmas time!

Thankfully (insert sarcasm), before we left Thomas had assured me it wouldn’t be cold there and honestly I had no doubt it my mind that it would be, it’s the desert right?

Well, unfortunately we were both WRONG!


I was wearing thermals, a sweater, my coat and a toque most of the time! – Yes, I almost got hit by the Prince of Jordan in his plane…

Before you start thinking I had a horrible time in Egypt just listen. :)

Egypt was absolutely beautiful for what it had to offer, many unbelievable sites and so much history.

My inspiration for this post was looking back at a video (below) a fellow traveler on our tour made. It’s funny how sometimes in life you can be faced with certain challenges and hardships that may make a certain situation seem not so ideal. Yet when you look back, depending on what you choose to hold on to / remember, it could have been one of the best times of your life!

Regardless of any certain feelings I felt on my adventure through Egypt and Jordan during said hardships I had an amazing time, I got to try many different kinds of food, see some pretty epic sites and make some new traveler friends!

I am a positive person so I don’t like to waste my time on the negative parts of life. I love to embrace the positive and I truly believe there is a positive to every negative!

I think you should definitely watch our amazing adventure through Egypt and Jordan, you won’t be disappointed! Kjetil did an amazing job filming throughout our trip as well as an amazing job putting it all together! ^_^

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9 Responses to “A Lesson on Positivity & Hardships while Traveling.”

  1. Annette February 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    One of my least favorite things is being cold while traveling! But, I would definitely bear the chill to have some amazing experiences like it sounds like you had.

    • dawnkealing February 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      The funny thing about the cold is that I am used to it. I live in Northern British Columbia, Canada and it definitely gets cold here (-30 to -40 winters). You learn to dressing for the weather, unfortunately I didn’t pack any warm clothes other than my thermal underwears. I left winter here at home expecting to go some place warm, I was sadly mistaken. All in all though it was worth it to see what I got to see!

  2. karisabroad February 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Wow, I wouldn’t have expected Egypt to be cold either! I SOOOOOOOOOOOOO want to go to Egypt though-I’d take freezing weather to get there!

    • dawnkealing February 17, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

      I really hope you make it to Egypt and I hope you have a great time! Egypt was pretty crazy for me, I got a lot of attention even though I always travel covered up. It must be the blonde hair and blue eyes. Regardless it is such a beautiful country with so much history and knowledge. I highly recommend it! :)

  3. ladyofthezoos February 23, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Too funny! Loved the video – what a great memory!

    • dawnkealing February 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

      It is all an awesome memory, glad you liked it!! :) Thanks for stopping by, Steph. :D

  4. Travel-Ling August 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    I agree that travelling can have its ups and downs and a lot of the time, it can come down to how you react! Staying positive is the best way (even if it can be difficult at times!). Egypt and Jordan are on our bucket lists. I hope we can get there someday (but perhaps when it isn’t as cold!)
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    • Dawn Kealing August 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

      Yes! Definitely when it isn’t cold. :D I hope you both get the chance to make your way there; I promise you’ll be blown away by the stunning history throughout the country. :)


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