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.
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.
A PERFECT packing list you say? BIG CLAIMS Lucy. Well, genuinely, I actually think I smashed it on this trip. I wore every single item at least once, and I didn’t have a single tantrum about not having an appropriate outfit to wear. And this was despite the fact that our one week in Jordan was jam packed full of a plethora of activities that required different outfits.
So, how did I do it? SIMPLE, I read this post by C’est Christine and essentially copied her tips. Well, sorta. I honed the list from the mistakes she admits to making, and then did my usual packing ritual. Planned an outfit by day, according to a rough itinerary, and then tweaked, tweaked, and tweaked some more.
Where it slightly went awry was in the toiletries which I almost always get wrong. I frequently pack too much, too little or just take a bonkers mix of products. But that’s fine, as it provide us with some helpful fodder for this post, right? EXACTLY.
These are the things that I relied upon in Jordan, and the style staples you will want to take with you when you go (which you absolutely should).
How do you make money online?
This is a question I get asked more than any other, and it’s often prefixed with “What do you do?”.
Everyone thinks that they want a job where they can work from their bed with a cup of tea, or a beach with a Pina Colada, but the reality is that it just isn’t that simple. If you can’t motivate yourself in your current job, chances are that you will struggle working from aforementioned beach. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try, because it’s EPIC working from home, working from a tropical island. Basically, working whenever and wherever you want rocks. For me, anyway.
I think I thought the same thing before I became a freelance digitally nomadic, location independent hustler too, so I 100% get it. It’s also a murky old world online, with people readily willing to hustle you out of your hard earned cash to teach you how to make money online with an eBook, or an eCourse….naming no names here, but they are out there. It’s not always super clear what qualifications you need, or how you get started, and I’ve been there too. I get it, it’s fecking confusing. Which is why I decided to write this guide.
I want to break down a few myths and help you to decipher how you fit into the online freelancing world.
The first thing you wanna do is the most boring one in the entire universe. Update your CV. While you’re doing it,pick out the skills you already have that you enjoy doing, AND think of five that you wish you had.
Then, just focus on 5 total skills you have/want to learn and start Googling what you could do online. For example, if you are super organised and have a background in project management, but want to learn about social media — I would start with VA (virtual assistant) roles for brands/bloggers who require help with their SM profiles.
It’s really just about doing it, then learning along the way.
Network Your ASS Off
Pretty much all of my opportunities came from someone knowing me, and recommending me to someone else. It is as simple as that. But first, you gotta meet that first pivotal person, right? So, find a Facebook group that is relevant to some of the skills you’ve already worked out in the first exercise, and start contributing on posts, and asking questions. Soon enough your lurking will pay off.
If you live in a big city, someone like Travel Massive/Traverse run meetups where you can meet brands, PR’s and other bloggers/digital nomads. If you don’t, there will be something similar, but maybe on a smaller scale — or start your own!
At first, some of the jobs will feel a little alien, but don’t be frightened by the titles and just say yes! Unless it’s a web developer role, and you don’t know how to get online……But you get the picture right? If someone needs a ‘Social Media Manager’, ask them for specifics, because the chances are they need someone to schedule posts, respond to ‘customers’ and finding awesome content to share. That’s really simple, and you can learn the rest on the job.
- Upwork: This is a quagmire of crappily paying jobs, but you can often find some gems in there too.
- Melyssa Griffin: I LOVE this girl. She does create paid for courses, but she also has a HUGE amount of free resources, and content upgrades. They are truly invaluable to me.
- Facebook Groups to join (as a newbie!): Girls vs Globe, The Copywriter, The Aspiring Travel Writer
- Utilise Twitter, it’s invaluable for freelancers. I’ve created this Twitter list with useful accounts for freelance opportunities.
Et voila, short but sweet and easy to follow…hopefully 🙂 If you have any specific questions, feel free to ping me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a Tweet @wanderluceblog.
I am SO excited to be heading to Jordan on Saturday, and enjoying some long overdue, long-haul time in my safe space — a plane. Or an airplane, or aeroplane…..you know the one right? The big metal bird? I can’t keep peddling the line that ‘I travel a lot’ anymore, because I don’t. I travel a little bit.
Thrice this year, that’s all, and it’s May.
Anyway, when I do travel, I got my carry-on essentials DOWN, yo! I don’t take too much, and I never need anything….I have a few little luxuries, but given that I basically fall asleep straight away there’s really no need for a serious face mask situation a la Lisa Eldridge (who I LOVE btw).
As someone who prioritises travel above all else, and rarely spends an hour without thinking about where I could book a ticket to next, being afraid to travel doesn’t ever really enter my periphery. I realise that I am a very privileged middle class British girl, who has travelled without incident for many years, to many countries….so I guess that my perspective is a charmed one.So why are so many other people out there so afraid to travel? I’m guessing that if you are reading this blog, you have a pretty healthy amount of wanderlust in you, but that doesn’t mean that you act on it right? A lot of my friends bemoan their lack of annual holiday, and I can’t help but think that only one holiday a year is insane! I live to travel, and aim to go away monthly if I’m honest.