Jerash, known for the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, and Ajloun, known for the 12th century castle on a hill, are perfect for a day trip from Amman. If you’re into Greek or Roman history, Jerash is one site out of Europe that you’d definitely not want to miss. Read on to find out how you can complete this day trip on your own!
Amman, the bustling capital of Jordan with thousands of years of history. It is an amazing city with much to see and experience, but if you’re just passing through to the famed ruins of Petra, here’s how to make the most of 2 short days in Amman!
The more famous Crusader castle of Jordan, Karak (or Kerak) Castle. While there are a few Crusader castles in Jordan, Karak is probably one of the larger ones, and possibly the most visited one. Whether it’s a day trip from Amman or a stop along the Desert Highway, try not to miss this highlight in Jordan!
In the middle of the deserts of Jordan, Shobak castle stands tall on a mountain. Shobak (or Showbak or Shawbak or Shoubak or Montreal) Castle played a role in the Crusades and the subsequent conquest by Saladin, hundreds of years ago. I made a day trip to check out this relic from Jordan’s colourful history during my trip to Jordan in 2017, and here’s how you can do it too.
After Aqaba, I headed to Wadi Dana in search of spectacular mountains and a little more greenery. Dana did not disappoint, and it was unlike anything I’ve seen. If you’re looking for day hikes you can do on your own in Jordan, you definitely have to check this out.
Murphy’s law at play again as I attempted to get from Aqaba to Dana. After checking with locals (no written schedules) around the bus station in Aqaba on the bus timings to Tafilah the day before (and feeling confident of catching the 7.30am bus at 7.00am), I arrived at the bus station on a chilly Friday morning at 7.00am to find out from everyone around that the only bus to Tafilah for the day had left half an hour earlier.
Aqaba, the Jordanian city by the Red Sea. Steeped in history but with a more industrial focus in recent times, Aqaba could prove to be a bigger tourist destination than its current role as a transit point and a diving destination as it discovers more of its past and make its history more accessible to tourists.
Ever dreamed of living it out in the desert, chilling in the wilderness by day, sleeping under the stars by night? How about all that, with modern day comforts such as having a bed under a sheltered tent, warm water to shower in, running electricity, along with fresh hot meals? Well I discovered recently that I could do all of that without breaking the bank at any of the many desert camps in Wadi Rum, in Jordan. Read on to
Ever dreamed of catching the magical Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, but not sure where to begin? Becky from Becky the Traveller recently asked travel bloggers where some of the best places to catch the Northern Lights were. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to share the incredible experience I had chasing the Northern Lights in Kiruna not too long ago. Head over to her blog to find out where else you will be able to catch the most amazing light
Looking for more hikes to add to your bucket list? Nate from Nate Meets World recently went through a huge effort to compile 50 of the best hikes around the world, as recommended by travel bloggers and influencers. I’m glad to have been able to contribute, and having read the full list, am having many more hikes to consider for the new year. Don’t miss out on this special roundup!