5 Reasons to Visit Jordan Now

December 18, 2011

A popular comment on our last few blog posts on Jordan has been about how much our readers would absolutely love to visit the country. Well, why not start planning your trip now? There has never been a better time to visit Jordan and here’s why:

1. It’s Safe

Yes, conflicts plague the surrounding countries but keeping these problems from leaking into Jordan is a top priority for the country. Security is tight, as evidenced by the metal detectors people walk through as they enter hotels and shopping malls. No one can enter the grounds of a resort without being on a list and having his or her car checked out. These are minor inconveniences to a visitor’s travels but definitely make you feel much more secure. And while the Jordanian people are aware of the problems of their neighbours, they don’t let it spoil their fun. One local’s comment stands out in my mind: “It’s like enjoying a delicious meal but having to swat away flies from time to time.” Don’t let safety concerns keep you away from Jordan. It’s one of the few places we’ve visited this year where we didn’t have to worry about pickpockets or general security.

promised land 5 Reasons to Visit Jordan Now

While fighting over the Promised Land continues, this will not impact your travel to Jordan.

2. They’re Ready for You

Facilities in Jordan are top notch. At every tourist attraction we found clean western bathrooms fully equipped with soap and toilet paper – even better than in Europe! Local guides are well-trained, knowledgeable and informed. Signage is ample. Most importantly, visitors will find a wide range of accommodation and activity options at the standards they are used to in the rest of the world. The Jordanian people are among the most friendly and welcoming in the world – the hospitality we felt during our travels in the country was one of our favourite aspects of travelling there.

3. It’s Diverse and Beautiful

We found so many things to do in Jordan that the week we spent there wasn’t nearly enough time. No matter what type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Jordan. Adventure, luxury, relaxation and learning opportunities abound and it’s possible to drive a short distance and find yourself in a completely different landscape. There’s no time for boredom in Jordan.

amman shopping mall 5 Reasons to Visit Jordan Now

A typical shopping mall in Amman with all the usual international brands.

4. Travel in Jordan is Easy

Before we arrived we brushed up on a few Arabic phrases and studied a list of cultural norms and etiquette. While the latter helped a little bit, we were also somewhat surprised to find that the people in Jordan were just like us. The country is very moderate and I didn’t feel uncomfortable not having my hair covered. Everyone speaks English and the culture is part-Arabic, part-American. And we were told that this is the way people like it. Television isn’t dubbed, English language bookstores are easy to find and you’ll probably feel a bit like you’re in your own hometown when you explore cities like Amman. It’s easy to drive everywhere in the country and the distances aren’t huge. That said, visitors will find plenty of cultural differences.

redsea sunset 5 Reasons to Visit Jordan Now

A gorgeous sunset over the Red Sea

5. Learning

This was the first Middle Eastern country aside from Turkey that John and I had visited. So naturally we learned just as much about the Arab people as we did about the country’s history and attractions. The Jordanian people are very open and love to talk about their families, traditions and daily life in the kingdom. Things that were always mysterious to us about Arabic and Muslim customs didn’t seem so odd once they were explained. We talked a lot about family and politics and learned that the Jordanians had a lot in common with us when it came to our own backgrounds and beliefs. And cultural exchange and understanding really is the best part of travel, isn’t it?

What’s stopping you from planning a trip to Jordan?

Our time in Jordan was sponsored by the Jordan Tourism Board and we thank them for a truly amazing experience.

 

38 comments

  1. Comment by Shane

    Shane Reply December 18, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Yep, aside from the backpacker unfriendly buses (ridiculously small luggage space for those with large backpacks and they stop running too early in the day), Jordan’s a pretty good country to travel around and a hassle free introduction to the Middle East. EasyJet started budget flights from the UK when we were there so perhaps we’ll visit again sometime in the future for a circuitous way of getting home to Turkey.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

      Ah, we didn’t actually take any buses…The budget flights sound fantastic! =)

  2. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply December 18, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Wow, these are some pretty strong reasons for visiting Jordan. I am sold.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      Fantastic, Ted! =)

  3. Comment by Nusair

    Nusair Reply December 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I love the idea that tourists love Jordan when they are visiting! Im so proud!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      How sweet…I haven’t ever heard anyone say they didn’t enjoy it =)

  4. Comment by Erin

    Erin Reply December 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

    It definitely seems an easy introduction to the Middle East. It’s crazy all these preconceptions people have about the region and you know they’d be so surprised if they just visited for themselves.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      So true!

  5. Comment by Turkey's For Life

    Turkey's For Life Reply December 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Sounds lime the perfect introduction to the Middle East at the moment. We were planning on heading there by road via Syria from Turkey last year but obviously, the horrendous situation in Syria forced a change of plans. Maybe we’ll fly there from Turkey one day.
    Julia 

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Don’t blame you for that…should be nice and close to fly from where you are =)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Yay! =)

  6. Comment by TheWorldOrBust

    TheWorldOrBust Reply December 20, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Go to Israel, you’ll love it!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      It’s on my list =)

  7. Comment by Sophie

    Sophie Reply December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I even have a sixth reason: heaps of Jordanians friends from my uni days :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Lucky duck – with lots of invitations for home cooking no doubt! ;)

  8. Comment by Cheryl Howard

    Cheryl Howard Reply December 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I want to go, I really really do. But thanks for 5 more reasons to convince me! :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Cheers, Cheryl – hope you make it out there soon! =)

  9. Comment by Dayna and Kurt

    Dayna and Kurt Reply December 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This is really great information… we are heading to Turkey soon, and I’d love to explore more of the Middle East.  Thanks to you guys Jordan is most definitely at the top of that list.  I find it so interesting that you found the culture similar to our own in a lot of ways, but with enough diversity to make it interesting.  Thanks guys!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      I think Turkey and Jordan make for a perfect pairing – we visited both this year too! =)

  10. Comment by Natasha von Geldern

    Natasha von Geldern Reply December 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    OK ok I’m convinced! Can’t wait to go.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Fantastic – you’ll love it! =)

  11. Comment by emilyinchile

    emilyinchile Reply December 21, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Now I’m just angry with you guys. Stop taunting me with this amazing trip – I’ll definitely go in the future but can’t right now, and you’re making the wait far too hard!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Hehe, good thing this is our last Jordan post =)

  12. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply December 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    argh! i can’t wait to go!!  I’m really hoping i can make it there next year! :)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 22, 2011 at 5:16 am

      Me too!! =)

  13. Comment by Robin

    Robin Reply December 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I went to Jordan once but only to see Petra. Still, I’m glad I did! I would go back in a shot. Great post! You’ve really been doing some travelling recently!!!

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 22, 2011 at 5:16 am

      Thanks, Robin! We certainly have – with the exhaustion to prove it, haha =)

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 24, 2011 at 5:14 am

      Delighted!! =)

  14. Comment by Our Oyster

    Our Oyster Reply December 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Next time I am in the region, I am going to make visiting Jordan a priority

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Great thinking =) You’ll love it!

  15. Comment by Anonymous

    Anonymous Reply December 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Thanks for the quick overview on why Jordan is an easy place to travel to for travelers. We’ll have to add it to our wish list

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John December 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

      I definitely think you should =)

  16. Comment by Andrea and John

    Andrea and John Reply December 29, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I think most places have pluses and minuses – we didn’t drive ourselves or try to go to any beaches so I can’t speak to that. Agree with you on the prices, though – we were very surprised at how much things cost around the country. Souvenirs and meals could be quite expensive. Cheers for sharing your own list! =)

  17. Comment by Catherine Sweeney

    Catherine Sweeney Reply January 4, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Although I’ve thought that it would be wonderful to visit Jordan, I really didn’t know most of these things about it. You do make Jordan seem much more realistic as a travel destination to me. Thanks for the education.

    • Comment by Andrea and John

      Andrea and John January 4, 2012 at 8:08 am

      I’m so happy to hear that, Cathy! Thanks =)

  18. Comment by Anne Slater-Brooks

    Anne Slater-Brooks Reply June 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Jordan is a fabulous place…friendly people, full of culture and perhaps most surprisingly for me is that it is intensely beautiful! Don’t miss the Dead Sea, Wasi Rum (wow! Wow! Wow! The most amazing sunsets!!) and he Red Sea. Easy to drive around if you like maniac drivers. I wouldn’t try public transport as the tourist regime is not really sufficiently developed for this currently

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