Why Travel to Jordan?
Jordan was one of those places that really got me inspired to write, take pictures, and generally scheme about how I would get everyone to fall in love with it too.
As someone who loves the Middle-East, it wasn’t a tough sell to be fair, but I am discerning to the point of pickiness, so Jordan still had to woo me. But woo me it did, from the first falafel to the last sage tea — this is one hell of a country, and remarkably, a complete hidden gem.
The reasons are too many to list! In fact, when I started writing this post I wanted to tell you why I have struggled so much to create any content on what I keep professing is my favourite place ever, but there really isn’t a reason that makes sense.
Simply put, I became a little overwhelmed by my love! Is that crazy? Basically, every time I sat down to write aa post, or even think of a title, I thought of hundreds….and became so overwhelmed that I gave up! Not my finest hour, but there you go, I’m doing it now so shush 😉
Hence why I’ve gone for the easiest route in the world and given you a list. I know, I know, it’s a cop-out, but it’s what I want to say! I want to tell you why I keep rambling about Jordan on social media, and why I think you will love it too. Let me know what you think.
Yes, it’s the middle-east, and YES okay, it’s completely surrounded by some seriously stressed out neighbours (Iraq, Syria, Egypt….) but I promiuse you that when you step off the plane, and into the warm embrace of the dry heat, you’ll realise pretty quickly that Jordan isn’t like the rest of the Arab world.
It exists in a quasi state of absolute peace, which means that it is totally safe to travel to.
A note on safety — if you are ever worried, check the FCO website and keep perspective. What happens in one are of the country probably won’t be happening elsewhere.
The Food Is Amazing
The food is AAAAAHHHHHHMAZING. I can’t even describe just how dreamy every plate of Jordanian food was. From fresh falafel, houmous, labneh and a farmers salad for £2, to the divine three course meal we learned how to cook, then devoured at Beit Sitti, we didn’t have a bad meal. one of our highlights was the meal our Bedouin guide Eid knocked up for us in Wadi Rum.
After a three hour trek, we settled down for lunch. Expecting nothing more than flatbread, fruit and soft cheese, we were ridiculously surprised when, after Eid casually prepped the meal in the back of his four wheel drive he whipped out some pots and pans and cooked us a delicious meal on the fire he started himself! LAD!
Anyway, I promise that you will NOT have a bad meal in Jordan. From hot, sweet sage tea to cumin spiced Mansaf (slow cooked lamb with rice) to the oh so delicious Basbousa (my childhood favourite dessert!) you won’t be left hungry. In fact, it’s the Middle-East, so your hosts wouldn’t dare leave you hungry!
There Are So Many Activities
My husband is an activity fiend, and I am realising that I am too. It baffles me how many activities Jordan fits in, but somehow it does and we found that almost every destination had something outdoorsy to get involved with.
From trekking in Wadi Rum, to floating in the Dead Sea, no activity stone is left unturned in Jordan. There was so much to do, that it posed a little conundrum when it came to packing, hence why I wrote this post.
We hired a car and drove everywhere, which contrary to most Arabic countries, was a cinch. Well, everywhere except Amman that is, which is a maze! But wherever you go, someone will be there to help you out, and because of that, we genuinely found the whole trip to be one of the easiest to plan prior to arriving, and simple to travel when we got there.
There’s Nothing Like Arabic Hospitality
As the daughter of an Egyptian, who’s been brought up in an extended Arabic family, I am all too knowledgeable of how the culture works. People are friendly, and hospitality is of the utmost importance to any Arabic person.
Put your prejudice aside, be trustworthy and accept the offer of tea, directions, or just a friendly chat because it is all well meaning and it’ll enhance you trip no end.
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