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Things to Know Before you go to Jordan

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published March 22nd 2019
What you should know about Jordan
Clothing
To put it short as a westerner, we did not need to wear a headscarf. However, we wore a scarf around our necks as you are to have little skin showing. Loose fitting long sleeve tops were a must and I wore jeans. Pants are not to be tight fitting, meaning no leggings but you don't need flared pants. In terms of shoes, I wore joggery boots. Most people just wear joggers and jeans and others wore bushwalking clothes. On average I had three layers on, sometimes more and in the Dead Sea only one layer.



Transport
Speaking of taxis, Amman has white or yellow taxis. Yellow is the normal kind and white is like a bus. It goes to one destination and waits for four passengers. Also, always ask for the price before leaving. Other blogs will tell you not to get in a tax for this reason and to ask them to put the meter on but out of the four taxis we went in none had a meter.

In terms of other transport, it is a bus or car. Some of the buses were regular sized and others were minibuses. Also, there were no apparent road rules, so you would have to be game to drive but no road rage.



Water
Water is scarce and it is actually pumped around the country. All buildings have a number of rainwater tanks to store water and in Amman they get it pumped weekly. This means they do not like anything flushed down the toilet. Also, tap water is not recommended for drinking, so you do need to stock up on bottled water.

Toilets
A word of warning about the toilets. They do not have public toilets and when you do find a toilet it most likely will not have any toilet paper. As mentioned before some don't even flush. The good thing is you are not required to pay and when you see any paper towel near sinks make sure you take some.



Rubbish
There is a major rubbish problem all over Jordan. You can be miles away from any civilisation and see a tonne of rubbish, mainly plastic. The Jordanians believe the answer to the problem is by banning plastic bags and they have made laws about this. However, plastic bags are handed out everywhere and the plastic water bottles do not help.

Currency
The local currency is Jordanian Dinar, however, they do accept US Dollar. We also once almost paid them with Qatar Riyal, which they were going to accept.

Also, the price on anything you purchase is almost always wrong in terms of an added service charge and government taxes so always check.



Buildings
As you drive along, you will see a number of buildings looking incomplete. If they are one or two stories and look like a house this is most likely because they have prepared their house, so the children can build above them.

If the buildings are high rises, the cost of building has most likely gone up and the owner or developer can no longer afford to build so has simply walked away.



Women
Personally, I would not travel to Jordan as a female alone. It was easy to see that Jordanians preferred dealing with men and sometimes if I went out without a scarf, you could see they would look at you differently. For me, the tour was the best way to go.

There was also hardly any women working in shops or around the streets, the most women you would see would be working at a hotel.

These are just a few things I noticed that can be a little off-putting if you let them. In all, it is a lovely country and definitely worth the journey.
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