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Jordan Family Travel: Is It Safe?

May 19, 2011

beautiful petra jordan photo/ family vacation jordan

As you can tell by this photo at Petra, our child had a blast in Jordan as did our whole family. Is Jordan a fun, educational and safe place for a family holiday or family vacation in the Middle East? Absolutely!

As you might know, we have done violin vignettes in iconic places on our world tour to 42 countries on 5 continents so far, and our 10 year decided that doing her violin on top of a camel at the Treasury in Petra dressed in traditional Bedouin clothes was a fabulous idea...and we agreed! She had a ball and we got some fabulous photos and video ( much more coming soon!). Jordan has  been a favorite country for the our entire family.

Today we are back to the beautiful Dead Sea where we started our family friendly journey 10 days ago in Jordan and tomorrow we head back to Spain where we will explore Europe for the summer months.  The Movenpick Resort here at the Dead Sea is a perfect spot to relax and begin or end a family vacation in Jordan.

Jordan is called the "Peaceful Oasis of the Middle East"  or the neutral  "Switzerland of the Middle East" and it lives up to this reputation. I've been to Egypt and Israel before, but found Jordan an exceptionally peaceful place. The Jordan people are renown for their hospitality and generosity and they helped make our visit a delight. We were very honored to be the first family travel bloggers to be invited to explore this country sponsored by Jordan's Tourism Board  Everybody involved made our trip smooth and easy and we really enjoyed our guide Saleh and driver Samer as well as meeting the beautiful and smart Halla and Reine. More details about them soon.

One of the things that surprised us about Jordan is just how diverse it is and easy to access many very different experiences in short spaces of time. We experienced budget options, eco friendly places, and top of the line luxury resorts, so there is something for everyone. The food every where is scrumptious, we went boating in the Red Sea near Israel, Egpyt and Saudi Arabia, camel riding in awesome Petra, 4x4 exploring in unique Wadi Rum, toured amazing Christian biblical sites, kidlet baked chocolate chip cookies with the top Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Amman and we were amazed to find out that Jordan has over 50 THOUSAND archaeological sites. ( To name just a few of the delights here).

Many stories, photos and videos coming about our experiences as a family traveling Jordan!  Join us on our Soultravelers3 Facebook Fan Page where we have many gorgeous photos already up. What would you most like to hear about?

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Leslie (Downtown Traveler)

Great photos! I visited Jordan last month and had a similar impression. I didn't feel unsafe. Look forward to reading more about your trip.

charmine

How wonderful!Great intro writeup.Looking forward to the videos and more on this amazing place.

Becca

Hello Soultravlers,
I have so enjoyed your facebook entries on Jordan and would really like to explore that amazing country. I am just wondering how easy and affordable it is for a couple not invited or sponsored by the Tourism Board? Is it a country we could visit "on our own"? Would we be safe and able to enjoy Jordan if we weren't in 5 star hotels and resorts? Even if I have to start saving my "pennies" now I would still love to visit. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

Stephania Andrade

It looks like you and your family had a blast while visiting. Thanks for sharing some insight on the safety situation at the moment!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Cool & thanks Leslie! Sorry we just missed each other..we lucked out and met Jodi and Shannon while there.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Glad to hear that you liked it Charmine! We've safely arrived in Europe ( up at 6AM in Jordan and arrived at our motorhome in southern Spain at 9PM yesterday so a long travel day).

As soon as we get settled in, I will be on a writing marathon. ;) So much to show and tell!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Hey Becca,

So glad you enjoyed our photos of Jordan on Facebook! Jordan is a VERY easy and affordable country..but like most places it all depends on how you do it.

Public transportation and budget options are available and it is a small country with great infrastructure so easy to get around.

As mentioned above there is something for everyone in Jordan and we stayed at and explored low budget, eco friendly options as well as 5 star resorts.

I also mentioned on our site that there is usually both options together..ie at the gorgeous spa Evason Ma'In Hot Springs ...there was also a low cost budget area of healing waters for locals and budget travelers.Both 5 star hotel folks and low budget travelers can enjoy the water as well as the spectacular beauty of the area.

Get books like Lonely Planet Jordan to get the budget Jordan lowdown and ideas.

Jordan has a very well developed tourism industry for locals and out of country tourists...so very easy to do.

I would suggest for budget travel to go slower ( always helpful when using public transportation). Most people speak English so that is helpful as well and most signs are in both English and Arabic.

Renting a car is another option that you might consider for part of your trip.

Have fun planning an exciting adventure in this amazing country!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks Stephania! I have to agree with what Lonely Planet says about Jordan:

"Jordan is probably the safest and most stable country in the region. Regardless of your nationality, you'll be greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country."

elena

oh guys your life seems like so much fun!Wanna adopt me?
i havent been to jordan but i would love to,since i visited egypt 4 years ago and i was stunned by the hospitality of the people!
Jeanne one question:did you stop accepting friend requests on facebook?I sent you one like a couple of months ago but you haven't responded yet.I guess many people add you so you lost track of my request.
i love your adventures guys!keep on travelling!
greetings from greece

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Ha! Thanks so much Elena ..and we do have fun. ;) I wish we could adopt all the folks who ask..would be a fun way to travel, eh? ;)

So sorry I missed you on facebook, glad you mentioned it here. I think I have oyu know..does your last name start with a K?

We do get so many requests and I tend to pick the ones that leave messages so I have more of a clue about the person and how they know us.

Our lifestyle also actually leaves limited time online...often with VERY slow internet....especially when we are traveling or when I have been ill recently ...so it is terribly hard for me to keep up with everything.

Glad you spoke up!

pnr status


it's really nice.
i love this blog.

Nadia | Gap Daemon

Jordan/Petra is a great place for kids; my parents first took me there when I was nine and I remember riding a horse down the valley towards The Treasury (do they still let you do that??). Amazing!

Sophie

Sounds like my whole family is going to enjoy this, a lot of friends have been encouraging us to visit the place.

Amy @LivinOnTheRoad

Isn't it fantastic how motivated a 10 year old is?

Did you get to visit any of the archeological sites? I could just imagine my oldest two children being desperate to get in there and see a real archeological exploration.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks a bunch pnr!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

No doubt about it Sophie..Jordan is a great destination with something for everyone!

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Amy- Kids are great and 10 is really a fun age ( of course I say that every year with her lol).

Oh yeah we saw a TON of truly amazing archeological sites while in Jordan and will be writing more about them. Some photos already up on our Soultravelers3 Facebook Page.

Our daughter has been really lucky to have seen sooo many archeological sites in top places in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Asia, France too...even did one in Sydney I've yet to write about! ;) She has had a chance to work with archaeologists at Troy, Ephesus, Pompeii etc too!

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