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Budget travel tips for Jordan?

Well, there aren’t any hostels in Jordan, but you can certainly find some very reasonably priced rooms in any of the normal discount websites like Hostel Bookers and Hostel World. You can also find some reasonably priced day tours at these hotels to locations like the desert castles, the Dead Sea and Jerash.
Going to Petra is more expensive since the hotels down there cost more and the park entrance fee is hefty, but I strongly recommend you plan two days for it regardless.

Must-do activities or must-see sites in Jordan?

Petra is the must-see sight. I can’t imagine anyone going to Jordan and not seeing it. The other must-see sight for me is Wadi Rum. It is a special place to just sit and reflect. So beautiful and quiet.

What is the food like in Jordan?

Jordan does not disappoint in the cuisine realm. First off, it has the biggest and most meaty olives seen anywhere in the world. Amazing. You will also need to try mansaf, which is the Jordanian national dish. It is a rice and tender goat dish. You will also find that the plates upon plates of mezze (appetizer) can fill you up on your own. One last dearly pitch please try some of the fine wines of the Zumot Winery. First off, they are wines that would cost a great deal if you could find them back home, based on their quality.

Dos and don’ts regarding customs in Jordan?

Aside from the typical note that you should cover yourself appropriately, I can’t think of too many customs-related travel tips for Jordan you might run aground on. One thing to know though is that Jordanians are quite hospitable and friendly. Be prepared to be invited into people’s homes for dinner and perhaps even to spend the night. And don’t pass up on great opportunities like that.

Favorite places or favorite experiences in Jordan?

Well, the no-brainer is Petra. It’s a top 10 location in the world. That being said there is huge fun at Roman ruins at Jerash and also the town of Madaba, which has one of the oldest mosaic maps of the Holy Land.

Safety tips, warnings or things to be aware of in Jordan?

Jordan is safe. None of what is happening in Syria has rolled over to Jordan. Likewise, none of the upheavals in Egypt have crossed the border. Therefore it is the safest of any places I have ever been in the predominantly Muslim countries. You won’t get hassled by vendors. These may be the most honest cab drivers to run into anywhere in the world. They accord the highest level of manners in the whole world.