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4 Things You Need to Know About Traveling in Jordan

Four things you need to know about traveling in Jordan

JORDANIANS DON’T HATE WESTERNERS

In fact, reality is quite the opposite. They love talking to people who appear to be foreigners, ask them where they’re from, and even invite them to their place for tea. One of my favorite encounters thus far has to be when two Jordanians asked if I’m French.

“France?” one said in muddled English.

Ána min Amérika,” I responded in horrific Arabic.

“Good!” both responded with their thumbs up and smiles wide. “America good. France… No.”

Though the American in me appreciated the random Franco jab, I’m almost certain he would’ve said the opposite if I did say I was from France. See? Jordanians are so welcoming, they’ll make a joke about a country your nationality would likely already make jokes about. Continue reading

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How to Prepare for the Cinematic Sights of Jordan

Petra in Jordan

Photo: Peter Langer

North American travelers know more about Jordan than they think. That is, if they’ve seen a movie or two.

Cinematic classics and modern favorites alike have counted on Jordan to serve as their respective backdrops, namely the country’s famous desert, Wadi Rum. We’re talking everything from Lawrence of Arabia to 2015’s The Martian where the aforementioned desert played the role of Mars. Not coincidentally, Wadi Rum has stepped in for the Red Planet on at least two other occasions. Continue reading

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ADVENTURES IN ROMANIA AND HOW TO STAY OBJECTIVE IN TRAVEL WRITING

Laura Watilo Blake of Far Flung Travels returns to talk with Joe about her recent trip to Romania, previous travels through Jordan, and how she balances objectivity and working with tourism bureaus as a travel journalist.

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WHY I WANT TO CYCLE AND ADVENTURE ACROSS JORDAN

Bestway Jordan - JoeBaur

Bestway Tours & Safaris is hosting a little travel contest with the Jordan Tourism Board, offering travel writers an opportunity for a culinary, adventure or lifestyle adventure based on said writer’s niche. All you have to do is whip up a little blog on one of a select number of themes and hopefully the quality is worthy of a trip over to Jordan. Considering there’s a nine-day biking adventure on the line, I had to give it a shot by working up a pitch for sending me through Jordanian landmarks on the back of a saddle.

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