Jordan Travel Tips

Embarking on a journey to Jordan offers a captivating blend of ancient history, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality. However, like any travel destination, it’s essential to be well-prepared to make the most of your experience. From visa considerations to cultural etiquette, navigating Jordan requires a bit of know-how.

1. Visa Preparation

Planning is essential when we want to travel to see any destination and Jordan is no exception. Your trip to Jordan begins with research, not only of the most popular and tourist places, but also with the visa and documentation that you will need. Check the visa requirements for your nationality. Some travelers can obtain visas on arrival, while others need to apply in advance. Consider the Jordan Pass for added convenience.

Next, it is vital to confirm which documents you are going to require, the delivery times for each one and whether to buy your plane tickets. On the other hand, as part of the planning I recommend reviewing various accommodation options, so that you can choose the one that best suits your preferences.

2. Weather Awareness

Jordan experiences diverse climates. Summers can be scorching, while winters are mild. Plan your wardrobe accordingly, especially if you’re visiting desert areas like Wadi Rum.

Summers can be scorching, especially in the desert regions like Wadi Rum, with temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F). It’s essential to pack lightweight, breathable clothing, sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the intense sun. In contrast, winters are milder, but still cool, particularly in the evenings. Layering is advisable, along with a jacket or sweater for the cooler nights. If you’re planning outdoor activities, such as hiking or exploring Petra, it’s best to visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. Additionally, always carry plenty of water to stay hydrated, regardless of the season, as dehydration can occur quickly in Jordan’s arid climate.

Check out our what to wear guide if you want to more information what to wear in Jordan!

3. Cultural Respect

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country with conservative values. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. It’s also courteous to ask permission before photographing locals.

Likewise in the Asian continent there is a deep respect for the elderly so it is important to treat them with full attention and kindness. On the other hand, it is also very useful to learn some Arabic words such as Shukran which means thanks and. As-Salaamu Alaikum, which is a common Arabic greeting. M an effort to communicate in Arabic shows respect for the local culture and fosters deeper connections with the people you encounter.

Selene in Jordan

4. Safety Measures

One of the most frequent questions that usually arise is whether it is safe to travel to Jordan, especially when traveling solo. Jordan is generally safe for travelers, but it’s essential to remain vigilant, especially in crowded areas. Some of them are not walking alone in dark areas, not leaving your belongings unattended, and not accepting foreign objects from strangers. I went to Jordan by myself, and in my case, I didn’t experience any issues of any kind. Everyone was very kind and welcoming, but I also tried to be as cautious as possible.

5. Exploring Petra

Exploring Petra, the ancient Nabatean city carved into rose-colored sandstone cliffs, is a highlight of any trip to Jordan. Allocate at least two days to explore Petra thoroughly.

Arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds and enjoy cooler temperatures. Wear comfortable walking shoes, as exploring Petra involves a lot of walking and some uneven terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Consider hiring a local guide to gain deeper insights into Petra’s history and hidden treasures. Finally, take your time to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of iconic sights like the Treasury, the Monastery, and the Royal Tombs.

6. Try the delicious gastronomy

Be sure to indulge in traditional dishes like Mansaf, a flavorful lamb and rice dish topped with yogurt sauce and pine nuts, or indulge in street food favorites like falafel and shawarma. When dining out, look for authentic Jordanian restaurants or seek recommendations from locals for the best culinary experiences. Don’t hesitate to try mezze, a selection of small dishes ranging from hummus and baba ganoush to tabbouleh and stuffed grape leaves, perfect for sharing and sampling a variety of flavors.

7. Know the rules of conduct

Jordan is a country that enforces its rules and laws, so it is essential that you know at least the rules of conduct. What may well be common in other countries for Jordanians may be a violation of their laws. Such is the case of drinking on the street, smoking in public places or even touching your elderly. The same happens with religious images and monuments, Jordanian culture does not allow these actions.

Are you ready to start discovering Jordan?

When going to Jordan, I decided to book a tour and had a blast! I’m leaving the link to the tour below in case you are interested!

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