Jordan is famous worldwide for its World Heritage Sites, such as Petra and the Wadi Rum. But Jordan is also known for its peaceful and stable socio-economics situation in the conflictual Middle East. Also, its tradition of hospitality has remained intact during the centuries.
Keep reading for the Ultimate Jordan Travel Guide!
Language: The official language in Jordan is Arabic, but English is quite common.
Credit cards/ATM: Major credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs are everywhere, especially in big cities and malls. Be aware that inside Petra and in the Wadi Rum desert, it’s impossible to withdraw money, so be sure you have enough cash.
Currency: The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). 1 USD is equivalent to about 0,71 Dinar, while 1€ is about 0,84 Dinar.
Plugs: The plugs in Jordan are Type C, D, F, G, and J. Standard voltage is 230 V, and the frequency is 50Hz.
Remember to pack a universal adapter plus a converter for hairdryers even if some hotels (usually high category) do provide adapters.
Tipping: Tips are not expected in Jordan but always appreciated.
Mid-seasons (Mar-May and Oct-Nov) are the best times to visit Jordan since you’ll find nice weather everywhere without extreme temperature. Summer is super hot, and visiting Petra can be a challenge since you have to walk a lot, and you won’t find much shade. Winter can be quite lovely, especially in Aqaba (Red Sea) and Petra and the Wadi Rum desert if you’re lucky enough to get good weather. Personal experience: I visited Jordan in mid-January and enjoyed warm, sunny days; in Aqaba, it was even possible to swim and sunbath. But be aware it’s not a rule.
While Jordanians are quite hard to offend in general, they do appreciate some common courtesies.
– Culture. Even being a “progressive” country, Jordan has a conservative culture. Be sensitive about your wardrobe choice.
– Pictures. Do not take pics when forbidden and also avoid photographing people if not authorized.
– Shoes. Remove shoes when entering houses and mosques
– Ramadan. The vast majority of Jordanians are Muslims and fast during Ramadan, so avoid eating and drinking in public and don’t offer Muslims alcohol.
– Be careful with your budget
– No Drones and underwater cameras
– Choose your accommodation wisely
– Find a local driver
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