Planning a solo female travel in Jordan could sound scary and unsafe at first. However, there’s a rising number of (young) women who constantly choose Jordan as a destination for their well-deserved holidays. This is probably because of the exotic thought of its desert, the charm of the Bedouins’ lifestyle, the millennial history or the amazing sea life that you can spot during snorkeling or scuba activities. Jordan has a lot to offer for every type of traveler.
Whether it’s your first solo trip or the last of a long list, booking some guided tours could be an excellent idea to visit the country, especially if you plan to go to several places and not willing to rent a car.
I went to Jordan in 2017 during my very first solo trip: I had a two-week itinerary in Israel and then I spent three days in Jordan. In that case, I preferred to book an organized tour to feel more comfortable: I visited the highlights of the country, had amazing company and a lot of fun. The guide was very knowledgeable and professional.
Tips to travel safely in Jordan
As any destination, there are some precautions to take to respect culture and customs, even if Jordan is considered one of the safest countries to travel in the Middle East and locals are friendly and famous for their hospitality. Unlike other Muslim countries, women here are educated, are not obliged to walk around with a male family member or to cover their hair in public. However, don’t forget you’re in a conservative country which still maintains several religious and cultural aspects.
- Dress modestly and cover your shoulders, legs and cleavage. Use a scarf to put on your head when you visit religious places. Don’t wear tight or provocative clothes if you don’t want any unwanted attention. You can feel free to wear a bikini in the Dead Sea or Aqaba.
- Avoid remote areas in Wadi Rum or Petra and stick to touristic and crowded places.
- Don’t go alone to isolated places in Petra when Bedouins invite you for a hike. I found them inappropriate and persistent, although most times they ask for money rather than sex.
- If you take public transports, try to sit next to other women and possibly at the back. It’s not respectful to sit behind or next to the driver.
- If you feel in trouble, immediately contact the police or call 911.
- Always check the reviews before booking the accommodation. Make sure they are official hotels, hostels or guest houses in a central and safe area.
- Don’t be showy and keep your phone and camera safely stored.
- A business card of your accommodation can be handy. Always bring one with you.
- Use taxis or Uber at night.
- Bring small quantities of cash.
The best places to visit
I’m so happy and proud to share with you the experiences of other amazing young women who have traveled solo in Jordan. They agreed to collaborate with me and give you some tips, and I hope that their stories will inspire you as well.
The village of Dana: a hidden gem
Arzo Nayel, owner of Arzo Travels “Eat well, dress up, and travel!” wrote a useful article about the best one-week itinerary in Jordan and she suggests a hidden gem of this country:
No question, Jordan is amazing destination for female solo traveler and one underrated gem to visit solo is Dana. Dana Biosphere Reserve, located in the south central of Jordan, is its largest nature reserve covering a bit over 300 square kilometres it is the perfect place for those who enjoy some beautiful hikes (including several day hikes) and some unspoiled nature.
Dana village itself is small and is about 500 years old – the real highlight though is the stunning nature.
It includes a variety of terrain, from sandstone cliffs in 1700m high to a low point of 50m below sea with a very diverse ecosystem. Meaning you will find over 600 species of plants along with 180 species of birds and 45 species of mammals.
While those who don’t really enjoy hiking, can do hikes that just takes several hours, it is also very popular to hike for several days. Here you will find the quietness that you surely won’t find in Amman.
Accommodations in this area are more basic than in most other tourist areas, but they offer something else instead. Great views, relaxed locals and great value for money. Many of the accommodations actually also offer hiking tours – so if you don’t feel comfortable hiking in the vast land by yourself you can join some tours guided by locals (for a fee that depends on the length of the tours).
This way, you can meet many visits from around the world plus get to know the locals better.
Dana should be on any Jordan itinerary as it is – compared to other locations in the country – a hidden gem.
Wadi Rum: the most popular
Taylor from Travel Outlandish went to the popular and huge desert of Wadi Rum:
The Wadi Rum Desert is 720km2 of incredibly hot-and-desolate splendor. While you might not know it by name, you’ve certainly seen it before; it has been the setting for Lawrence of Arabia back in 1962 and countless films since.
Wadi Rum – or Valley of the Moon in Arabic – is every bit as otherworldly as its name suggests with strange sandstone formations and red sand as far as the eye can see. So what makes this good for a solo female traveler? The only real way to experience Wadi Rum is on a guided tour. That means everyone, solo or not, will be joining you for an excursion. Wadi Rum tours generally include sightseeing by jeep, at least one night of camping in a desert camp, meals, and a Bedouin guide and camp host.
Since the camps are extremely remote, there are a few additional precautions you should take if you’re traveling on your own. Try to meet other travelers in Amman or another city to share the experience with! Read lots of reviews and ask other travelers to be sure you’re going with a trustworthy tour operator. Confirm there are at least a few other people going in your group before you book. And of course, let someone know exactly where you’re going and when you’ll be back since service will be limited (or non-existent) in the desert. Ultimately, it’s an incredible adventure and one that everyone should make time for if they get to Jordan.
Wadi Mujib: canoying in an unexpected location
Ashlea from Dashing Around the World visited another amazing natural spot which is less known than Wadi Rum, but equally enchanting.
Not on many Jordan travel itineraries, a visit to the incredible canyon at Wadi Mujib is a must on your Jordan trip. Wadi Mujib is a series of spectacular sandstone cliffs and canyons near the Dead Sea, carved over tens of thousands of years from when the Dead Sea was hundreds of metres higher than it is today.
The ultimate activity at Wadi Mujib is canyoning on the Siq Trail; a rushing freshwater stream which threads its way through the canyons, over waterfalls, and down cliffs and rapids for around 3km. The trail will see you wade against flowing water, climbing rocks and waterfalls, and on the return journey floating downstream between the amazing rock walls.
Entry to the trail is from the Wadi Mujib Adventure Centre (open 8am – 3pm daily) and costs 21JD ($30) per person. If you’re not confident using ropes and ladders to climb up slippery waterfalls, you can hire an experienced guide for your group to help you along for 35JD ($50). The trail is usually open April – October (weather dependent).
The Siq Trail is 100% safe for a gal travelling solo, but it’s very difficult to reach Wadi Mujib via public transport and the canyon is much more fun to traverse with friends. The best way to visit is to join a group tour from Amman or get a group together and hire a taxi (or rental car) for the day.
The Dead Sea: the lowest point on earth
Kriszti, author of She Wanders Abroad, included in her itinerary a must-see of Jordan:
Floating in the Dead Sea is a true bucket list experience and no Jordan itinerary is really complete without trying it! The Dead Sea is almost 10 times saltier than the ocean, therefore it’s easy to float on the surface.
Although you can get inside the water almost anywhere along the shore, I wouldn’t recommend it, especially if you’re traveling solo. You might have already heard that the Dead Sea is constantly shrinking and as a consequence, many sinkholes appeared close to the shore. They can be extremely dangerous so if you want to be 100% safe choose either one of the public beaches or one of the hotels on the northern side.
While floating is the most fun activity at the Dead Sea, don’t forget about mudding! The mud from the Dead Sea is widely known for its healing powers and health benefits. Cover yourself from head to toe with the mud, wait until it’s slightly dried then get into the water and wash it off. Your skin will feel so smooth as a baby!
Although the beach area is the safest place for floating, it doesn’t look so pleasing – because of the mud everything is brown and a bit messy. If you want to see the most beautiful part of the Dead Sea head down to the southern side! Take a walk along the shore near the Coral reefs and you will see many unique salt formations. The white salty beach and the crystal-clear blue water will make you feel like you’re walking on a Caribbean island! Walking on the dried salt is a bit tricky as it is sharp and slippery. Luckily you don’t need to walk far away from the parking spot to see the salt formations. Just watch your steps and enjoy the view!
Amman: the capital
Ellis from Backpack Adventures didn’t miss the capital of Jordan:
Amman is Jordan’s bustling capital and can be a bit overwhelming as a solo female traveler. The city takes some time to show you its hidden gems that are certainly there. Don’t make the same mistake that many people do to stay only one day or skip it all together, because Amman is a great introduction to the country.
Amman is the perfect combination of ancient history and modern Jordanian culture. You can visit roman ruins in the morning and wander around the capitals outdoor markets in the afternoon to see the art of haggling or meet Amman’s young generation in the evolving cafe scene.
If it comes to Jordanian cuisine, Amman is also the best place to be with the best restaurants the country has to offer. Some of the unique dishes are difficult to find elsewhere for foreigners, because they are mostly home-cooked. Definitely try the bedouin dish mansaf that consists of lamb with rice and spices cooked in yoghurt or the cheesy sweet pastry called kunafeh.
People in Amman are very friendly and helpful and are used to see solo female travellers. It is a safe city to wander around in. However, it is unusual for local women to go out alone. Therefore, at night it is better to have some company although you probably only get some curious stares if you do.
Because Amman is the most liberal city in Jordan, it is also a great way to get used to local customs. As a solo female traveler it is greatly appreciated if you respect Jordanian culture. This means you should dress modestly and be aware of gender segregation rules. For example, it’s best to sit next to another woman in public transport and use the family sections in restaurants.
Aqaba: the best beach resort
Paulina from the blog Paulina On The Road suggests Aqaba that all tourists know that as the best beach resort of Jordan. Here you can experience amazing diving and snorkelling activities and a lot of fun:
Before traveling to Jordan, I was afraid of spending time alone and whether there would be any risk to explore some parts of the country alone as a woman.
One of my favorite places to fully enjoy some me-time was Aqaba at the Red Sea coast shore. Not only does Aqaba have some of the best hotels in Jordan, but on top the coastal city boasts several beach clubs where you can spend the entire day, with no worries.
Indeed, I don’t recommend wearing a bikini on the city beach of Aqaba. However, if head south to the Berenice Beach Club, you can spend the entire day on the beach comfortably as a solo woman traveling. On top, the entry was less than 10$!
Another thing I loved to do in Aqaba was strolling through the Night Market and eat out in the town’s lovely fish restaurants. I felt totally safe and as a solo traveler; I met many entrepreneurial ladies on Aqaba’s night market. In all, I totally recommend Aqaba for female solo travelers.
Best tours to book
There are lots of tour available to visit Jordan and spend an amazing time. Most of them start from Amman, the capital, but you can find a big number of trips from Israel as well. The following tours are the ones with the best reviews. I booked a 3-day trip from Jerusalem to Jordan (including Jaresh, Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum) and turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.
Tours from Amman
Amman Queen Alia Airport: Transfer to/from Petra [NEW]From Amman: Jerash, Umm Qais, and Jesus’ Cave Private Trip [NEW]Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman [Good deal if you’ve found some travel buddies]Dead Sea and Madaba Tour from Amman
Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Red Sea & Dead Sea 2-Day Camp Tour