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It’s 6:30 a.m. and I’m already sweating buckets.

I’ve just forced my travel buddies to wake before dawn to leg it to Petra, Jordan, in an effort to beat the hordes of tourists that I just know will be crawling all over the world wonder in no time. Only, there are no hordes. As I catch my first glimpse of the famous Treasury, my first thought is that it’s even more impressive in real life than it is in the movies or on Instagram.

My second thought is that we basically have the place to ourselves. Besides our group, there is a grand total of three other sightseers there. That’s right — three.

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