Featured destination: Jordan

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.


A bucket of Dead Sea mud, afloat and enjoying the sunset. Magical!

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

Join us on twitter at #GoJordan

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:

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.

Note: This Featured Destination campaign is brought to you by iambassador and is sponsored by Visit Jordan. Velvet Escape maintains full editorial control of the content published on this blog.

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6 Responses to “Featured destination: Jordan”

  1. velvet 16/01/2012 11:06 am

    Six days is a bit short but it should be sufficient to cover the highlights: Jerash, Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea. Distances aren’t very big – for instance you can do Jerash as a half-day trip from Amman. I recommend spending at least one night in Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea. Hope this helps.

    Have a great time in Jordan!


  2. Culture-ist magazine 15/01/2012 5:24 pm

    Jordan sure looks quite beautiful. We’re considering a trip this April, however it only allows us to visit for 6 full days. We’re not sure that’s enough time. Any thoughts on that?

  3. Will - Gap Daemon 10/01/2012 2:04 pm

    Some amazing shots and tips there Keith. Maybe 2012 will be the year I finally get to grips with the Middle East. Jordan and Turkey (although that might be considered Europe) have been on my list for far too long. Lovely photos too!

  4. velvet 28/12/2011 12:21 pm

    Hi Sam,
    Jordan sure is paving the way and showing ways in which the tourism industry can partner with travel bloggers. How this catches on with other DMOs is entirely up to us, the bloggers. If high standards of professionalism and quality of our services are emphasised, I see more doors opening in the future.


  5. Nomadic Samuel 28/12/2011 1:11 am

    Hey Keith, it seems like Jordan is doing some really progressive things with travel bloggers. I’m hoping this will catch on in the future with other countries/destinations/tourism boards.


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