Jordan – the name itself conjures images of breathtaking desert landscapes, ancient cities and Biblical scenes. Located in the heart of the Middle East, this desert kingdom has a history that dates back to the times when the prophets walked the earth, and ancient empires ruled vast swathes of Asia, Europe and northern Africa. Present-day Jordan straddles the Fertile Crescent, an area that is widely known as the cradle of modern civilisation, and was ruled through the ages by a succession of empires.
I visited Jordan in October and I was simply blown away by the spectacular nature, impressive historic sites, the wonderful food and the lovely people. Yes, Jordan is a safe destination – I visited bustling markets and the busiest tourist attractions and not once did I feel unsafe, nor did I feel harassed by vendors.
What I did feel was the warm hospitality of the Jordanians; I was never far from a smile, a kind offer of tea or coffee and food (lots of it!). My trip started with a warm welcome in Amman. A few days later, I found myself in the simply enchanting Ma’in hot springs. The magical moments then piled up: a romantic experience in Petra, a cooking course in Petra, a mind-blowing hot-air balloon flight over the Wadi Rum desert and an equally amazing sunset experience at the Dead Sea. After a week in Jordan and having some of the most unforgettable experiences in my life, I was totally convinced of the excellent and unique array of attractions and experiences that Jordan has to offer.
Join us for #GoJordan on Twitter
Jordan is my Featured Destination this month. I have collaborated with seven other bloggers who have published numerous posts on Jordan and we will be featuring our posts throughout the next two days (15-16 December 2011) on Twitter and facebook. The participating bloggers, aside from myself, are:
- Dave and Deb from The Planet D
- Melvin from Traveldudes
- Janice from Solo Traveler
- Abigail from Inside the Travel Lab
- Isabelle from Isabelle’s Travel Guide
- Michael from Go See Write
- Nellie from Wild Junket
In addition, other travel bloggers are invited to tweet their Jordan posts during the two-day event. Please include the #GoJordan hashtag in your tweets. Selected posts will be re-tweeted.
On Friday, 16 December, the participating bloggers, together with Visit Jordan, will organise a #GoJordan Q&A session on Twitter. The hour-long event starts at 6pm (Central European Time), 5pm (UK time), 7pm (Jordan time), 12pm (Eastern time US/Canada). During #GoJordan hour, questions from the public which were previously submitted to Visit Jordan will be answered by the eight bloggers.
You can follow all our Jordan tweets via the hashtag #GoJordan.
Don’t miss this golden opportunity to find out about Jordan as a holiday destination.