• 11 August 2017

The world’s top travel destinations vary from one year to the next. Sure, you get your evergreen spots like Paris and Rome. Who doesn’t want to see the Eiffel Tower or visit the Vatican? But then you get those outlying destinations that pop up on the radar of true adventurers. Those travellers who prefer something a little different. Folks who want to veer way off the beaten track. Recently, these explorers have been setting their sights on Jordan in Western Asia. A while ago we released our first ever Middle East tour that visits Israel and Jordan.  We can’t be more excited! Here’s a few reasons why Jordan is one of the hottest travel destinations for 2017:

You can do plenty of exploring in very little time

One of the biggest reasons why many people don’t travel is because they don’t have the time. Leave is limited, and time is money. This is why Jordan is a great option for adventurers who want to make the most of their holiday. The country is about the size of Indiana in the United States. This means you can visit all of the main attractions in about a week. And you won’t feel rushed! Jordan also has a great climate that is suitable for year-round travel. Yes, it gets pretty hot in August, but for the rest of the year it’s dry and moderate to warm. In short: ideal travel conditions.

Traditional carriage transport, carrying travellers to Petra, Jordan.

It’s got some epic attractions

Jordan is about as historic as it gets. The ancient metropolis of Petra was at its peak between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106. Then it ran empty and lay undiscovered for centuries. These days is one of the most epic places to visit if you have a love of architecture. The incredible city was literally carved into the red cliffs the region is known for. Carved! And not crudely either. The structures have columns and all sorts of fancy fretwork. Imagine having to reverse-engineer an entire building style. After all, these builders were not constructing – they were carving away. The mere thought of that is mind-boggling.

Then, of course, there’s the Dead Sea. For some reason, the Dead Sea sort of went out of fashion. But it is back, and it’s as awesome as ever. Not actually a sea-sea, the Dead Sea is a salt lake with unusually high saline levels. This means humans drift in it like wine corks, which is a very cool experience. It’s also starkly beautiful. And after you’ve had your fill of bobbing about, you can treat yourself to a free facial. The lake’s mineral-rich black mud is apparently a panacea of note.

Al Khazneh with its impressive Greek facade, Jordan

You can walk in the footsteps of the Bedouins

The Bedouins were nomadic tribes that lived in makeshift structures in the Jordan desert. Their lifestyle was rather hardcore, but also fascinating. Visitors to Jordan can now experience a slice of this life (without having to herd camels). A portion of the Wadi Rum desert has been made available for this purpose. It is camped off and controlled, so it’s completely safe. Here you can go on 4×4 rides with a local guide. Or even spend the night sleeping under the stars.

The beauty that is Jordan

If you are an adventurer at heart, Jordan should be your next stop! The best way to see this fascinating country is to travel with the locals. They know the nooks and crannies. They’ve climbed the mountains and crossed the desert. Join us on a perfect 10-day highlights of Jordan & Israel tour. It will be an experience you’ll never forget!