My unexpected love for Jordan

The only reason Jordan was on my travel list was because of Petra, mainly the Treasury.  Every picture I saw of the Treasury made me want to visit the country even more. I assume I am not the only travel who has ever made the mistake of undervaluing a country.

I was delighted to discover that I love Jordanian food. This was the first time I realized how much I enjoy eating middle eastern food. I haven’t been able to perfect cooking this cuisine so I usually use special occasions for eating at middle eastern restaurants. I could easily spend every meal eating all the mezze plates that start a Jordanian meal. Some of my favourites are labneh, tabbouleh, and moutabel.

The food also made Jordan such a welcoming and memorable experience. It was refreshing to have local shop owners try to teach you about their products rather than pushing you into buying them. It was a different strategy to tourists to buy products.

This may not last long so head there sooner because many tourists stopped travelling to Jordan after the Arab Spring. Take advantage of low tourist numbers and why while sights like Petra and the Dead Sea are sparse.

What to see in Jordan

Petra

The highlight of a trip to Jordan is visiting Petra. Arrival early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat. Definitely do the hike up to the Monastery as it is just as breath taking as the Treasury.

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Jerash

Visit the ruins of Jerash just 50km away from Amman. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the Greco-Roman ruins. A tour isn’t necessary but helpful if you want more information about what you’re seeing.

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Exploring the ruins of Jerash

Wadi Rum

Arrange an overnight Bedouin camping excursion to the Wadi Rum desert. You’ll get the opportunity to take a 4×4 tour around the desert seeing how locals live. We spent the evening listening to Jordanian music and eating a delicious meal prepared the Bedouin way, in underground earth ovens.

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The camping grounds

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea can be accessed through Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water which makes it very easy to float in. Spend a few hours relaxing here reading. Be prepared and bring conditioner as the salt doesn’t feel great in your hair; or just be careful not to get your hair wet.

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I loved Jordan and hopefully will be back to experience it again. Maybe I should stop getting over excited about countries then be surprised at how lovely they are. But that will likely never happen. I love planning trips. Planning is a huge part of the travel experience for me.

 


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