lone female safety
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Apr 19, 2013 5:43 AM Last Post By: mark07
Oct 25, 2012 2:30 PM
Amman is the best place to base yourself to visit all the surrounding areas.
From Amman its easy to get everywhere she wants to go and after sight seeing you can enjoy the evenings from hundreds, if not thousands of cafes, bars and restaurants.
10 days in Madaba would be insane. Nothing happens there- its basically 2 street and lights out at 9pm !
Fine if that kind of holiday suits you but most people get bored with Madaba after 1-2 days.
Petra and Wadi Rum and Aqaba would be better done as a 4 day excursion - starting with going down to Petra on JETT bus and then however many days 1 or 2 in Petra - move across to Wadi Rum do an overnight in the desert and then get the morning minibus down to Aqaba - stay overnight and then get the JETT bus back to Amman.
Oct 25, 2012 3:04 PM
16While I rarely disagree with Mesha, I do here. First, while gogoterry obviously has an agenda (pushing a certain hotel which he/she touts on every single post), I like Madaba more than Amman. That is a matter of personal preference and everyone is entitled to their own preferences.
Secondly, the above itinerary would completely by-pass the very scenic King's Highway between Madaba and Wadi Musa (the JETT bus uses the faster but much more boring Desert Highway). It would also preclude the opportunity to mke a few interesting stops. Taking a shared taxi between Madaba and Wadi Musa would be a lot more fun and interesting than taking a bus from Amman.
Oct 25, 2012 3:58 PM
17The same trips along the Old King's Highway are also abundantly available from Amman if required at very cheap rates - I just gave JETT bus as an information of good direct transport options.
Oct 26, 2012 3:19 AM
18I really like both Amman and Madaba.
There's a lot going on in Amman, although there aren't that many conventional tourist sights - if staying there, it's more about cafes, restaurants, pubs, museums etc, as well as getting to see how most Jordanians live.
Madaba is a fantastically friendly and quite scenic place, but it is a small town with not much going on after dark. Not so much of an issue if you have a travel companion, but if I was travelling by myself, I'd probably rather hang out in Amman. As Lake says though, it really comes down to whether she'd prefer a big city or a small town.
Another factor is whether your daughter will hire a car or not - Madaba is absolutely great if you have your own wheels and can explore the surrounding areas (Dead Sea, Nebo, Hammamat Ma'in, Wadi Mujb, Macherus, Umm ar-Rasas, Salt etc) under your own steam. If you spent 10 days there without your own transport, I think you could find it a bit limiting though. However, I'd definitely recommend spending at least a night or two there, whether she hires a car or not.
The Amman Pasha would be a good place for her to meet fellow female travellers - there were quite a few there when I stayed there recently, as well as one who was living there full-time. The same goes for the Mariam in Madaba - it's almost always full, so it'd be a good place for her to meet up with people. Both the Pasha and the Mariam also organise relatively cheap day trips that she'd be able to join.
Oct 26, 2012 7:57 AM
19I felt safe in Jordan and had no issues whatsoever and found the Jordanians, both men and women, to be very good natured & kind, moreso than anywhere else i've travelled. If she is staying in hostels etc then she will hopefully meet up with others to travel with if that makes her feel safer. I met up with loads of people on the way. I also met up with some local couchsurfers whos hospitality blew me away.
Oct 27, 2012 12:04 AM
20anastasiavictoria.You are so lucky to have so many good posters responding to your topic.
A wealth of information(not found any where else) provided by the very best/ veterans on this forum with many years of experience.
Welcome to Jordan
You will have great time.
Nov 3, 2012 10:30 AM
21thank you everybody for all your very helpful and positive comments. this is Anastasia (the daughter) you will be pleased to know i will be going to jordan after a lot of persuasion from my mum :)
a few questions you may be able to help with.
1 : i will be crossing border at Eilat and will need to get a bus to petra so any info on that would be gratefully accepeted . the border crossing and bus
2: i will need a pay as you go sim card asap as i feel safer with a phone and unfortunately my health is not the best at the moment and i keep fainting so i need to be able to let my parents know i am ok . and call for help if i am in trouble .
thabks in advance for any info
Nov 3, 2012 12:05 PM
221) There is no bus from the border to Wadi Musa (Petra). You'll have to take a taxi from the border to central Aqaba. There is a bus from central Aqaba to Wadi Musa but it runs infrequently meaning you may have to wait hours or even until the next day.
Your best bet is to take a shared taxi to Wadi Musa. Try to find others heading to the same place as soon as you get to the border. A taxi directly from the border will cost around 70JD but it will only be a couple hours instead of possibly a full day.
Nov 3, 2012 3:26 PM
23You shouldn't really be walking around historical sites if you keep fainting,, maybe you should be consulting a doctor.
Certainly you shouldn't go up to the High place of sacrifice or the Monastery as it could be dangerous for you and for
others if you fall on them. I am surprised you are travelling in that condition and that your parents are ok with that. It seems there is more danger attached to your condition than of personal attacks and personally i would feel very worried if you were my daughter.
Anyway, enjoy your trip and take care.
Nov 4, 2012 5:01 AM
the fainting has started since she has been away but i have been experiencing bad headaches and other problems before i left for home , but my doctor basically says nothing wrong with me . i do have hopstital appt when i get home but as gp said i was ok to cancel fligt would have been to loose , so big dilemma to go or not to . yes my parents do worry but as i had heart surgery as a baby they always will . i made the decision to carry on with my travels but if it gets worse i will be booking an early flight home .
thanks for your concern , i do now have a travel buudy for eilat and part of jordan so not too much time alone .
fingers crossed all will go well . will keep this thread updated . thanks everyone for all your info
Nov 4, 2012 10:41 PM
25#24, are you the mother or the daughter?
Glad she is going to Jordan after all anyway...
Nov 5, 2012 3:50 AM
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