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Jordan – what to wear


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My trip to the Middle East in January meant the weather would be predictable and therefore, easy to pack. I left Australia with my usual One Planet backpack and 12 kgs of gear which is a little more than I would normally take but knowing the weather was going to be cold I took some warmer than usual clothes.

And I still overpacked! Mostly because I got lazy and ended up wearing the same thing every day. Unlike my trip to Burma where the only think I didn’t wear was my raincoat, this trip the list was longer:

  • Raincoat (didn’t rain)
  • Down Vest
  • Fleece pullover
  • Towel (always one at accommodation)
  • Sleeping Bag (was told I would need at Wadi Rum but blankets supplied were very warm despite -2 degrees)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunhat (never sunny enough)
  • Soap (always some at accommodation)

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Jordan – luggage and bags


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I’m not into shoes, handbags, makeup but I do love luggage so on this trip I gave the One Planet satchel a road test as well as taking my One Planet backpack.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I don’t like to have lots of bags that I need to keep my eye on so I take one backpack and one tote and that’s it. No camera bag, no purse, not even duty-free bags. That way I have two things to keep my eye on. So far this has proved successful.

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Intrepid Travel – Road to Jordan Review


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In January 2016 at last-minute notice, I booked a trip with Intrepid Travel tour to Egypt and Jordan via Dubai. For me, travel is about gaps that crop up in my calendar rather than setting aside a set time say in six months on specific dates. I work in outdoor education so there are peaks and troughs that often mean I travel in high season. However, I’ve been fortunate to travel with Intrepid on some trips out of peak season and they’ve been fabulous.

Wadi Rum (Jordan)

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Jordan – money


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As a regular traveller, I’m often asked about managing money while overseas including ATM’s, traveller’s cheques and so on. So here is a brief summary of money in Jordan.

LOCAL CURRENCY – JORDANIAN DINAR

The dinar (pronounced dee-nah) is easy to understand. It’s divided into 10 dirham and 100 qirsh (also known as piastres). Something like Australian dollars and cents.

The coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 coins and notes are 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50.  Inscriptions on denominations are made in the Arabian and English languages. All notes have Jordanian kings represented on the notes and on the other side features various and events and places. (more…)

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Jordan – toilets


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Jordan is an amazing country, far more western than I thought and accordingly, the toilets were modern and a very high standard of cleanliness.

Even at popular attractions with alot of tourist traffic, I found the toilets to be very good with an attendant ensuring the bins are emptied, the paper towel holder is full and there is toilet paper to hand out to users.
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Jordan – food


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How many kilos can you add to your waistline eating in Jordan? Plenty. The food is fantastic and there is a common expression from locals ‘if you haven’t had enough to eat, you’ve clearly done something wrong’. Travel for me is about the people and the food and when I say food, I mean the local cuisine not high-end restaurants at five-star hotels.

Shawarma preparations, Aqaba

At the outset, if you don’t like chick peas or bread you may struggle a little. Chickpeas are incorporated into most meals and prepared in a dozen different ways. Same with bread. You’ll often see men on bikes balancing 100’s of pittas on their way to a vendor. If you want to buy just one pitta beware that they are sold by the kilogram not the single item. If you are able to convince someone to sell you just one, you’ll pay around 20c Australia.
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