Practical Tips for Travelling to Jordan
I've waxed lyrical enough about why you should travel to Jordan, how incredible it is, and what you should wear when you get there. So now it's time to get into the nitty gritty of how you get to Jordan, and time for me to give you some seriously practical tips on how to travel around the country easily.
I always want to add...'and away' when I write 'getting there', à la Lonely Planet. But I resist, 'cos it's kinda copying, right?
Anyway, a number of airlines fly to Jordan but we chose Turkish as they had the best price at the time.
We flew via Istanbul, and had a couple of hours stopover there each way. This made the flight LONG....and we picked awkward times too. I would recommend that you also try Qatar (my fave airline in the world) or Royal Jordanian who both fly to Jordan direct from London.
Jordan is a small country, smaller than the UK in fact, so getting around is, in theory, relatively simple. We hired a car through Holiday Auto's (through Money Supermarket) and they were fantastic. They picked us up from arrivals and got us a car quick smart.
From there it's super simple to drive around the country, but be warned -- Amman is a nightmare. Traffic-wise it's no worse than London, but trying to get to your destination can be tricky as the city is so old that many roads don't correlate with ANY maps....get sat nav.
Thereafter, things are ridiculously simple. And Jordanians -- like almost all Arabs -- are the friendliest people in the universe so if you get lost, someone will help you find your way.
One of the most beautiful routes was along the King's Highway, which takes you from the North to the South through the mountains and rural villages. It was epic, but be warned -- it's a little lengthy!
We stayed in a variety of places, from simple guesthouses to total luxury.
At the Dead Sea, you have very few cheap options but you also don't need to stay too long (two nights max) so I'd recommend splashing out at the Movenpick, or where we stayed at the Hotel Kempinski Ishtar which was #LUXURY.
We paid around £200 for a night but you get complementary soft drinks, towels, tea and coffee and both breakfast and dinner (which were amazing) were included.
Jordan is more expensive than other countries in the Middle East but it's still not akin to paying European prices. Food is cheap, and you can expect to pay a few pounds for a falafel and mezzo feast in most places. Again, the Dead Sea is expensive so you'll more than likely eat at your hotel.
Petrol is also very cheap -- for obvious reasons -- but you can expect to pay a premium on alcohol. So we didn't have a drink at all....outside of champagne for breakfast at the Kempinski (which was included!).
My TOP tip to save money in Jordan is getting the Jordan Pass -- which covers entry costs to 36 main attractions including Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, The Citadel and your visa ( which costs £60)
There are three different options starting from £74. So if you consider that your visa, plus entry t0 Petra and Wadi Rum costs over £150, you NEED this pass. We were kicking ourselves that we missed it.
Jordan is super chill, so you can put your preconceptions about travelling to an Arabic country aside.
I personally wouldn't wear my bikini outside of the beach in ANY country, but if you are the sort of person who does do that....a) you are an idiot, and b) stop doing it.
If you want a little guide to dressing stylishly and feeling comfortable -- head on over to my guide.