If we check the Jordan location on the map, it might seem like not so safe place to travel. Although Jordan neighbors are not countries where I would go for a trip, I can fully confirm that Jordan is super safe. You will see there a lot of different nationalities and faiths which are coexisting together without any issues. There is also a lot of military checks on the road where the soldiers are checking the vehicles. We traveled as a couple independently around Jordan without a guide or driver. It was easy to find the attractions and we didn't get lost on the road. I have met a lot of solo travelers who were exploring the Jordan on their own, and they didn't complain about the safety. Locals are super friendly and helpful. Jordan can be a great adventure for families, couples, friends and also solo travelers.
Renting a car is the best option to explore Jordan
Renting a car in Jordan is one of the best ways how to travel around the country. In my opinion, highways are in good condition so you feel pretty comfortable while driving the car. However, be careful because there is a lot of hidden speed bumps and sometimes you will see some potholes so it's good to stay focused. Local drivers are the different topic. I believe that local drivers are not dangerous to tourists, but they are dangerous to themselves. Their driving style is just unique and very funny sometimes. You may see very unusual, and for EU drivers not even imaginable situations on the the road, but stay calm and just drive :D. However I must say that most of the drivers stick to the speed limit, which is super cool.
Petra? Yes, but Jordan has so much more to offer!
The first thing that you will imagine when you think about Jordan is most probably Petra. And that's fully understandable because Petra is an extraordinary place that is hard to describe with the words. Once you are there and you see that place with your own eyes it's just life-changing feeling. Every traveler who is visiting Jordan should travel to that place. However, this country has so much more to offer! For example, Wadi Rum is one of those places. When you travel across that desert you just feel like on Mars. That place is used by filmmakers to simulate the Mars landscape! If you want to explore desert life you can sleep in the camps, which I fully recommend to try. Or you can relax at the famed Dead Sea.
It's a very useful ticket which allows you to visit around 40 attractions across Jordan, including the main attraction - Petra. You need to purchase it online before your trip. Once your order will be completed, you receive an e-mail with a PDF & QR code. Print it and put it to your wallet or backpack, because you will have to show it at the entry of each attraction. The additional great thing about Jordan pass is that it also covers your entry visa into Jordan (if you stay there more than 3 nights). Jordan Pass will save you money, so it's good thing to have on your trip. If you are interested in buying Jordan Pass, you can read more information here.
*Jordan Pass not cover the fee when you crossing the borders from Israel to Jordan.
Visa & Money
You need a visa to enter Jordan. Majority of nationalities are able get visa at airport or the Jordanian border. However some of the nationalities will be required to obtain their visas before the trip. You will find full details here.
Be prepared that you need to have a lot of cash in your wallet as cash mashines are usually only in the big cities. You will not find cash machines on the desert or near the most of the attractions. Jordanians use Jordanian Dinar (JOD). You can easily exchange major currencies such as GBP, USD, CAD, AUD and EUR on arrival, and exchanges and ATMs are widely available in larger towns and cities.