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5 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Traveling To Jordan

Home to ancient wonders such as Petra and the Roman ruins of Jerash, as well as the natural wonders of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea; Jordan is an incredible destination to visit. Below are 5 of the top facts travelers say they wish they knew before traveling to Jordan. A few may surprise you!

1. The Friendly People

There’s a saying that goes “growing up in Jordan is a masterclass in hospitality,” and it is really true. Jordanians are incredibly friendly, kind and welcoming. They will  welcome you into their homes and lives – very quickly making you feel like family. Jordanians love guests and travelers and enthusiastically share their culture and country. In Jordan you truly comes as a traveler and leave as a local. Travelers always tell us that their favorite experience in Jordan is spending time with the people.

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Drinking tea with the Bedouin in Wadi Rum, a Jordanian tradition. Photo credit: Norbert Eisele-Hein. imageBROKER/Alamy.
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Exploring off-the-beaten path in Petra with our local guide Ali. Photo credit: Genevieve Hathaway.

2. How safe the country is

Jordan is situated in an area of the world that has been making a lot of headlines over the past few years – and this can feel intimidating. Jordan is infact very safe. Jordan has always has a strong network of military and police throughout the country and this kept the regional unrest outside of Jordan’s borders. It’s a country that is strong, stable and very safe for travelers. Jordanians take pride in sharing their country and will work extra hard to make sure you have a comfortable visit and feel at home.

The only danger? You might fall in love with Jordan and never want to leave.

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Everywhere you go in Jordan locals will invite you for tea, into their homes and to share a meal with them. Photo credit: Genevieve Hathaway.

Jordan is a very safe country with incredible landscape to explore and people to meet. We captured the beauty and adventure of Jordan in this short video.

3. The food is delicious!

Jordanian food is delicious. The crossroads of trade and different cultures for thousands of years gave Jordan diverse and delicious cuisine. While many travelers imagine Jordan as a dry desert (and it is in the southern part of the country), the north is lush and green growing everything from fruits and vegetables to olives to wine and beer. This local produce helps give the Jordanian food incredible flavor and freshness.

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Enjoying the tasty popular dish Mansaff. Photo credit: Genevieve Hathaway.

4. There’s so much to see beyond Petra

While Jordan seems to be synonymous with Petra, there are so many other incredible ancient sites, cities and natural wonders to experience in Jordan. It’s a country with an adventure around every corner, so go beyond Petra and explore farther afield. Watch brilliant red sunsets over the Martian-like Wadi Rum desert (it literally was the landscape used in the movie The Martian), walk in the steps of Emperors through the colossal Roman city of Jersash, float in the saline-rich waters of the Dead Sea, learn about traditional olive and wine making among the fields and vineyards of northern Jordan, hike through magnificent canyons and wadis. Jordan is a country that rewards travelers who linger and explore with incredible travel experiences.

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Hiking through the Martian-like landscape of Wadi Rum. Photo credit: A. Pushkin.
Flying high over Jerash. Photo credit: Jordan Tourism Board.
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Wadi Rum at sunset. Photo credit: Genevieve Hathaway.
Sunset over the Dead Sea. Photo credit: Genevieve Hathaway.

5. How easy it is to travel in Jordan

Jordan is a friendly, easy country to visit. Jordan is a modern country. There is good infrastructure – from the roads to the hotels to the local guiding regulations and requirements. Food and water is clean – though we recommend still drinking bottled water since the different bacteria in the water can sometimes bother travelers’ stomachs. Jordan is a wonderful mix of a modern Arab nation still preserving its cultural traditions.  It’s an exciting and easy country to visit.

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