A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The many reasons why this fascinating country should be on your travel bucket list… and a complete guide for your trip.


Calling all the history and adventure lovers! A trip to Jordan may be that one thing you need to do before you get too old for walking rocky, long distances. And honestly, even if you are not a history lover and just super interested in adventure and exploring, you’re going to love Jordan.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

The lost city of Petra, in the country of Jordan

Situated between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is a beautiful country, overflowing with history and practically covered in a deluge of the Roman Empire, the origin of Islam and Christianity and, later, the Byzantine Empire.

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Camel rides are common in the city of Petra

Here are some reasons you would want to consider visiting Jordan:

  • You love history to the moon and back.
  • You want to go on an adventure and hike and explore unduly terrain (and maybe get ahead on your New Year’s resolution to walk more every day).
  • You love architecture. Jordan is filled with ancient architecture influenced by Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Catholicism and Islam.
  • You want to rejuvenate your skin. The Dead Sea is not only a perfect place to swim for non-swimmers, but it also has many minerals that are wonderful for your skin. And need I mention the Dead Sea mud? That thing left my skin feeling like a soft silky pillow that I couldn’t stop touching.
  • You love Indiana Jones. If you go to Jordan you’ll practically feel like you are in an Indiana Jones movie; and at some sites you may even feel like you are in the Chamber of Secrets from Harry Potter.

But of course, there’s this huge question that needs to be addressed:

A Week in Jordan: Adventure, Glamping, History, Beaches & Food

Jordan is a varied country with lots to explore

Is Jordan Safe?

Yes it is! It is actually one of the safest countries in Asia, and definitely safer than a lot of countries around the world. Jordan has not been affected by the ISIS war, it’s still a thriving place for history and diverse culture. Jordan earns its main economy through tourism, so it takes tourist facilities and the safety of tourists very seriously. So (and I am saying this out of experience) you’ll be fine walking the streets at one in the morning, especially in tourist attracting places like Amman and Jerash.

So, does Jordan sound like your next possible travel destination? If yes, then here’s an itinerary that will make your trip unforgettable:

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 72 Comments

  1. Avatar of Katherine Swift

    Katherine Swift

    Going to an ancient city should be like this! enjoying the culture, soaking up all the history of the land and just basically enjoying it all.

  2. Avatar of Dana Rosatti

    Dana Rosatti

    Thanks for the info.. I actually had no idea it was so easy to get to & there were so many facilities in the area. Yes this is definitely at the top of my bucket list and yes I will get there one day… your information will definitely come in handy when I do ?

  3. Avatar of Nicky Bryan

    Nicky Bryan

    Was in Petra in November 2014. I saw very bad cases of animal abuse (donkeys being electrocuted with tazers, exhausted horses having to race up and down the site, very young children beating animals) Despite the beauty of the site I felt sicknened by the cruelty and the greed of the locals. Petra should be seen but any animal ride should be avoided.

  4. Avatar of Sharry Lennon

    Your guide on Petra is of immense help. I am trying to put together a trip to Petra. I have few questions. Did you book a private vehicle from Amman and drove all the way to Petra or took local vehicle from the hotel to move between Petra, Wadi rum and Amman? The site guides should we take from travel agent or get one from the tourist center? Could you share which travel agent you used in Jordan? Thanks!

  5. Avatar of Miriam Dzeko

    Hi. Great post and great tips for Petra. I am thinking to visit Petra in the beginning of 2017 July. I know that is too hot, right? And do you think that one day is too much to visit Amman? I am thinking to do a 3 day trip. Arrive on thursday visit Amman and maybe in the same day travel to Petra. So i would have friday and saturday morning to visit Petra. Do you think that is enough?

  6. Avatar of Sasha Rosswell

    Sasha Rosswell

    Hi, I too enjoyed Petra so much, that I am going back next November. I noticed our entry ticket was a day and night ticket. Can you stay in there overnight or just visit at night?

  7. Avatar of Nancy Musselman

    Nancy Musselman

    Very helpful. I don’t have any set plans yet, but do hope to visit Petra sometime, so this guide is perfect for me. Some very interesting info – Thanks for the brilliant article. Keep up the great work, and safe travels! 🙂

  8. Avatar of Summer Rosie Ferrel

    Great advice Lucy! Will definitely bookmark this for when I finally get the chance to go there!

  9. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

    Diana Hewitt

    I have not yet been to Petra but my brother has and raved about it. Your way of writing is very easy to read and imagine being there which is a talent and I look forward to you next post. All the best. 🙂

  10. Avatar of Brenda Nelson

    Brenda Nelson

    These are good tips! I didn’t rent a car while I was in Jordan but will keep these in mind since I definitely want to return there with my daughter.

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