When we travel, we have the opportunity to increase our awareness of the world at large.Many of my experiences have hit a chord within me that broadened my worldview and reminded me of the inherent connection we all share regardless of our culture, nationality, religion and gender.This happened recently when an unexpected phone call whisked me away to Amman, Jordan on a Virgin Unite Connection Trip hosted by Her Majesty Queen Noor benefiting the King Hussein Foundation and Virgin Unite.

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Standing in a lovely flowing white kaftan on the patio, Her Majesty Queen Noor appeared as if she had a light surrounding her, embodying grace and beauty.

Interestingly, her late husband, His Majesty King Hussein, gave her the name Noor al Hussein, which means Light of Hussein.

While seated at candlelit tables adorned with olive branches, each guest -- American or Jordanian -- shared how they are working to make a positive difference in the lives of people in their communities and/or globally.

I was struck by the familiarity of our common desire for peace and justice while sitting in such a far off place.

As of late, Jordan has been in the news because of the growing numbers of Syrian refugees flooding the borders to take safety in the refugee camps.

Jordan has a history of benevolence towards refugees by providing a safe haven in the middle of a hot bed of violence and intolerance.Upon arriving in Amman, I was taken by the beauty of this safe haven, with the monochromatic sandstone colors of the desert seamlessly blending with the buildings.The first night our group attended a dinner hosted by Her Majesty Queen Noor, which included many accomplished Jordanians in a variety of professions.Immediately I was fascinated by her personal story, as well as her insider view of Jordan and the Middle East. The entire trip had a magical spirit flowing throughout showering me with gift after gift: from the amazing people I was traveling with to all the people we met along our journey and the incredible places we visited.During this journey, I had the opportunity to speak with Her Majesty Queen Noor at her palace in Aqaba.After reading her book and meeting with her, the impression I was left with was her profound sense of love for the people of Jordan and her late husband King Hussein.