Tipping – There is no steadfast rule, however, tipping 10% to waiters in restaurants is common. There may already be a service charge included in your bill, however, this usually goes to the restaurant so an additional tip for the server is customary. Check with your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power plugs – There are a variety of different power sockets used throughout Jordan, from the classic two pronged "Euro" socket, to the British square three prong outlet. The standard voltage is 230V, however, this is often inconsistent. Consider a current converter for your items and take along an adapter for Australian and New Zealand appliances. Currency – The Jordanian Dinar is the local currency used in Jordan. Check with your bank for the options available to you (and fees involved) for accessing your funds overseas. Advise your bank of your travel plans before you head off to avoid having your transactions blocked while you are away.
What should I bring?
Light scarf – For women, a scarf is handy to cover up when visiting temples or places of worship where conservative dress is customary. A scarf or wrap is also handy to keep the sand at bay and is a practical addition to the packing list for men and women alike. Sun protection – Include a hat made from lightweight breathable material for your trip, along with sunglasses and sunscreen. Pack a light singlet and long thin layers to protect you from direct sunlight and consider a cooling neck wrap for hotter days. Carry a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated while out sightseeing. Comfortable clothing – Pack light loose-fitting clothing to be prepared for the heat and some layers for nighttime when the temperatures can get quite cool. Modest clothing is appreciated in Jordan and women are expected to cover up – err on the conservative side. Make sure you include comfortable footwear as you can expect to do a bit of walking!
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Jordanian cuisine – Sit down with your new touring buddies to enjoy a Mezze – a similar concept to tapas, a Mezze allows you to try an array of appetizer size meals infused with Jordanian flavours (think hummus, mohammarra, and tahini dip). For something hardier, order falafel or a shish kebab. Explore the ancient history – Immerse yourself in the history of Jordan as your local guide brings an ancient era to life. Explore the famous archaeological site of Petra, and if you get the chance watch it come to life with flickering candlelight at nighttime. Marvel at Hadrian's Arch in Jerash or visit the Citadel in Amman. Discover the natural beauty – Venture into the desert landscape of Wadi Rum to marvel at the expanse of sand and stone and learn the history of the Bedouin people who call the vast land home. For a contrast to the sandscape, float in the mineral-rich Dead Sea and admire the backdrop of the Jordanian coastline.