Traveling to Jordan

Posted by Daniel Stewart

One of the great joys of traveling to Jordan is all the delicious food you can enjoy while you are there, especially the food of the Middle East. When I was there, I had the pleasure of sampling a number of Middle Eastern delicacies. Some of them I ate right there on the table; others were enjoyed at various cafes and restaurants throughout Jordan, where they became a staple diet. Here is some advice on what to pack in your suitcase when traveling to Jordan:

What to Wear in Jordan: When you travel to Jordan, there are many places where you can get dressed up to look like a local, like a Bedouin couple in traditional attires, or to look more Western like an Alaskan cowboy or Indian biker. If you are traveling with your pet, please consider bringing them along, as Jordan has some of the most lenient visa requirements in the middle east for pets. The Pet Sitters visa requirements are a bit more rigorous, but they are still easier than going in alone. The most important thing is: do bring your pet! Most hotels do not allow pets within the compound, so unless you are traveling with your dog, make sure your pet can have a few days with you before you travel. There are several places that offer special “pet-friendly” accommodation for pets in the middle east, including Jeddah’s Dinar Plaza Hotel which is two stories, with a balcony and security cameras.

Where to Eat: The most famous meals in Jordan are those served in the Roman ruins of Nablous. They are known throughout the country as the best desert cuisine, and it is quite easy to find good places to eat. One of the most popular is the Al-Wasat restaurant in Ras Mohammed. There is also M’Hamid in Ras Mohammed, which serves traditional Arab fare. Other than that, there are many restaurants serving up Mediterranean and Egyptian dishes.

Where to Stay: Jordan is host to the largest number of Roman ruins in the world, with places like Jbel Toubkal and Ajanta-ara on top of the list. Before traveling to Jordan, make sure that you have spare months to spend exploring the desert castles, and the desert wastes of Jbel Toubkal and Ajanta-ara. These ruins were used by the Romans to construct the cities of their capital, Amman. They are still open to visitors today.

Security Presence: Though Jordan is one of the safest countries in the Middle East, you should still be aware of the fact that you are traveling to an unstable country where terrorism can happen at any moment. Tourists in Jordan need to take certain measures to ensure their security while they are in the country. You should make sure that you are traveling to Jordan through an officially licensed tour or travel agency. Tour operators who operate legitimately will not charge you a hefty membership fee or offer you any other type of advance payment. Tour operators who work with a certain network of other licensed tour and travel companies are the most recommended ways to ensure your security while traveling to Jordan.

Dead Sea – The Dead Sea is located right in Jordan, and though it is considered to be remote, it provides an unforgettable experience. Millions of people from all over the world visit the Dead Sea each year. Most of the people who go to Dead Sea are Christian, though there are some Jewish people who also go to this mineral rich water body as well. The minerals found within the Dead Sea provide the Jordanians with various health benefits, as they are rich in calcium, zinc, magnesium, and vitamin D. One of the most famous travel tips for traveling to Jordan includes the recommendation that you stay at one of the many luxury hotels that are located in the Dead Sea. These luxurious hotels are known to offer their guests a warm, relaxing atmosphere, as well as a healthy diet.