When I set up this blog, I had a few aims; to store my memories to reflect on later, give myself a hobby (!) and also to inspire others to undertake travels of their own. I am not a particularly brave person. I am actually quite shy – I know, you’d never think someone who refuses to answer ‘unknown number’ calls (Nice try there, scary stranger!) would have the guts to travel solo in the Middle East. However, I have travelled independently to Egypt, the UAE and Jordan now, and would recommend it to anyone.
Looking at where Jordan is situated, it’s easy to think it’s a scary place. It isn’t. Jordan is without a doubt one of the most hospitable and safe countries I’ve ever visited. In fact, my driver told me that you can leave your handbag on the front seat of your car, with the doors unlocked, and he would guarantee it would be there when you got back (I feel this needs a disclaimer; ‘don’t try this at home!’ or more fittingly, on your own trip to Jordan.)
I really can’t say enough about how comfortable I felt alone in Jordan. I had a few marriage offers, but they were light hearted and never made me feel uncomfortable at all.
Although I had a driver and guide for some of my trip (this was surprisingly affordable), for a lot of the time I was on my own wandering around the streets or attractions. Not only did I feel very safe, but it was easy to strike up pleasant conversation with people and get to hear about the local’s perspective of Jordan.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Jordan to any solo female traveller whether travelling independently or in a more organised fashion. If you are looking for an affordable and absolutely brilliant tour guide, I could not recommend Rania Anwar highly enough as a tour guide. She is so knowledgeable and friendly, and cannot do enough for you. She really added so much to my trip to Jordan and I would recommend her to absolutely anyone! Please contact me for her details!