I know that a lot of people might be stoked on the idea of visiting parts of the Middle East right now. There is so much going on in the region, and I think people are justified in being a little wary. But sometimes you just have to look fear in the face and tell it to eff off. Plus, places like Jordan will be all but deserted because everyone else is too scared to go.
Here a few things that you will love about Jordan!
Of course this is easily Jordan’s most well known tourist site. This ancient city is huge, and beautiful, and wondrous, and easily one of the things that you must see before you die. When you walk in through the slot canyon then you see The Treasury at the end, and it opens up and you can see the whole thing? Priceless! There is so much more to see, as well. You can pay one of the many touts in the area for the privilege of riding their donkey or camel, and it’s usually worth it. There are also several hotels in the area to make your stay more pleasant.
This amazing desert is a sight to behold. You may be thinking, “But it’s just a desert!” Well, it is and it isn’t. This desert is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it holds a lot of cultural and historic significance. There are ancient petroglyphs describing people’s journey to Mecca over 1,000 years ago! Hire one of the many tour outfitters for a thrilling jeep or camel ride through the desert, then spend the night under the stars in a Bedouin camp. It’s an amazing experience and one that you won’t soon forget.
The Dead Sea
This ancient inland sea rides the border between Jordan and Israel. For history or religion enthusiasts, it means a great deal. For others, it’s that place where you can float with ease; the water’s saline content is so high that it makes you as buoyant as a rubber ball. There are many spas lining the shores, as well, because for years people have thought that the salty mud from the bottom cures all kinds of ills. I don’t know about that but I do know that after a massage and a body scrub with the salt and scented oil, my skin was as soft as a new born baby’s. Definitely worth a try!
The capital of Jordan is a really cool city. It’s extremely Westernized and is really popular with tourists who want to party. There are several nightclubs and bars, as well as many restaurants representing all kinds of international cuisine. There are many mosques and also some Roman ruins that are really incredible to see.
All in all, Jordan is a very safe and very wonderful place to visit. Leave your fear at home and come and see this wonderful land for yourself!