I must confess that I fell in love with Jordan because this country is simply amazing. The wonderful tourist attractions, the breathtaking views, the friendly locals, the delicious food and the interesting culture are all aspects which make Jordan an amazing country.
Considered a once-in-a lifetime experience, a visit to Jordan should be on any tourist’s list. Despite everything you might have heard about this country, Jordan is very safe. As far as I’m concerned, I felt very safe there and I advise you to plan your trip to Jordan on your own. This way you will save a lot of money and you will have the freedom to admire its fabulous tourist attractions as long as you want. It goes without saying that my friends and I planned this trip down to the smallest detail. In case you follow my advice and you choose to plan your trip on your own it’s important to invest time in gathering valuable information. In order to help you I have put together some tips that might prove useful to you:
1.In case you want to save a sum of money, the Jordan Pass is the perfect opportunity. The Jordan Pass is a ticket which offers you three different packages. They include a lot of benefits and you can choose the one that suits you best, depending on how many days you want to spend exploring Petra. For example, we chose the Jordan Explorer which included two consecutive days in Petra, the free entry to over forty tourist attractions, free digital brochures and the free entry visa to Jordan. In order to get this free entry visa you have to respect two rules. First of all you have to buy the Jordan Pass on the internet before you get to the border and then to prove that you will spend at least three nights in Jordan. The Jordan Explorer cost 75 Jordanian dinars and as I have already said it was a good opportunity to save some money.
2.I advise you to plan your trip down to the smallest detail because Jordan offers a lot of beautiful tourist attractions and it would be a pity not to enjoy as many as you can. In case you want to have enough time to explore the entire complex, you should spend at least two days in Petra. Petra by night is an experience which is not included in any of the packages of the Jordan Pass, but it is worth paying 18 extra dinars in order to admire this place lit by hundreds of candles. An important information is that Petra by night is organized only twice a week, on Wednesday and Thursday, starting at 8.30 p.m. You can buy your tickets in advance from the entrance to the complex.
The Wadi Rum Desert is another experience that you shouldn’t miss while you are in Jordan. You cannot leave Jordan without spending at least a day and a night in this fabulous desert. Exploring the desert in an off-road car and spending the night in one of the tourist camps are the ingredients of a unique experience. We booked this trip online a few months before we got to Jordan.
The Dead Sea is a place which attracts a lot of tourists who are eager to float in its salty waves. The ancient Roman city of Jerash and Amman, the capital of the country, are two other places you shouldn’t miss if you ever get to Jordan. The only thing you should take into account is the fact that you will need at least a week to enjoy all these places.
3.There is no doubt that there are a lot of beautiful places in Jordan and the easiest way to visit as many as possible is by car. We rented a car online from an agency which had an office in the airport. In case you are wondering how difficult it is to drive in Jordan, you should not worry because the traffic is quite light, the public roads are good and the road signs are both in Arabic and English. It’s important to respect the traffic rules, because the risk of getting a ticket is very high. Many police cars are out in the streets trying to prevent accidents and terrorist attacks. We were stopped by the police quite a few times for routine checks, but the officers were very polite to us. Fortunately, we didn’t have the bad luck to get any traffic ticket.
4.When it comes to your travel budget, you should set your expectations properly. The prices in Jordan are quite high and it’s important to decide on the right budget because it would be a pity not to enjoy this country to the fullest. There are some experiences that you should definitely not miss in case you get to Jordan and you have to be able to afford them. Food is also expensive, but the Jordanian cuisine is worth every dinar. It would be a pity not to eat in the best Jordanian restaurants. The good news is the fact that you will save a considerable sum of money if you travel on your own and you can spend it on memorable experiences and also on the delicious Jordanian food.
5.Last but not least, it’s necessary to spend some time looking for good accommodation. Unfortunately, accommodation conditions are not at the same standards as they are in Europe. In this regard you should invest time in finding good accommodation options and check the reviews carefully.
When it comes to food, I have already said that I fell in love with the Jordanian cuisine. My advice is to choose the restaurants carefully, because there are many so-called trap restaurants which serve low quality food. Knowing that, we chose the places where we ate very carefully and we were able to enjoy the Jordanian cuisine to the fullest.
In case you want to live a perfect travel experience in Jordan, you could follow in my footsteps and take into account these simple tips.