A small country that's big on hospitality, ancient history and culture, and numerous Unesco World Heritage sites, Jordan offers endless opportunities for adventure.
From afar, it’s often unfairly lumped in with regional conflict and, as such, overlooked by timid travellers.
But in reality, it’s a welcoming and peaceful destination not to be missed. Don’t hesitate to book your trip, pack your bags and check out these 10 things to know before you journey to Jordan.
You’re going to
fall in love
Maybe it'll be the moment you fall asleep under a blanket of stars or stand in awe of enormous ancient stones. Or perhaps it will hit you when you reach the peak of a mountain and take in the view.
It might be the laughter and stories you share with your new Bedouin friends. Or the taste of tea brewed with sage and sugar over a campfire.
Or it could be when you hear the muezzin’s call to prayer while watching birds swoop against a sunset sky. There will be a moment – or many moments – when the magic of Jordan seeps into your soul.
Jordan will welcome you, challenge you, and it may very well change you. And you’ll find yourself making plans for your next trip before you even finish your first.
Jordan is safe
Despite being located in a region with a history of conflict, Jordan is the "quiet house in the noisy neighbourhood", a friendly oasis that’s open and inviting to visitors.
Hospitality reigns supreme, violent crime is extremely rare, and Gallup’s 2017 Law and Order Report ranked Jordan 9th (of 135) in the world when assessing sense of personal security; the US was 26th.
Hospitality is king
Although you may be met with furrowed brows, you’ll soon learn just beyond the tough exterior of a resting frown face often lies a fun-loving attitude and a deeply rooted tradition of hospitality.