I am pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Heike, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Heike is from Germany, and submitted the following report about her trip to Jordan. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Arabic, English
Costs at Destination: Cheap (local transportation, dining, tours, events, and attractions)
Reasons to Visit Jordan
I traveled to Jordan in the spring of 2018. I stayed in guesthouses and cheap hotels which I booked while traveling in the country. I ate in simple local restaurants, relying on my travel guide, recommendations from locals, or just randomly choosing.
The country is safe, people are very friendly, and traveling as a woman alone is no problem at all. At guesthouses or hotels they arrange all kinds of trips – day trips, hiking trips, etc. – as well as transportation to your next destination.
I stayed in Amman for 5 nights and participated in organised day trips to visit various places of interest, including the North (Um Quais, Ajloun, and Jerash), the Desert Castles, Mount Nebo, Madaba, and the Dead Sea. I then headed south to Dana, a Nature Reserve with spectacular landscapes and excellent hiking opportunities. From there I went to Petra, then to Wadi Rum, where I stayed overnight in a camp, then to Aqaba at the Red Sea for diving.
As the country is relatively small, you lose little time getting from A to B and therefore can see a lot. Jordan is an ideal destination if you love nature and hiking and diving as well as cultural heritage and ancient monuments.
What to enjoy? everything! What to avoid? Sleeveless shirts or tops; you should feel okay being in a different and Arabic culture. I recommend buying the Jordan Pass online in advance. It covers entrance fees to many attractions as well as visa fees and entrance fees to Petra and Wadi Rum.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 2 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)
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