Ever since the Egyptian civil war, tourism in Egypt has spiralled down significantly. As a result, the country has been hit hard financially from the lack of tourists visiting the country. But after my recent visit, I realized that now is the best time to explore Egypt, and there are three reasons why that is.
While traveling to these two beautiful Middle Eastern countries, I made sure I tabulated every single spending I made in order to stay on track. Sadly, because I am a new backpacker, I spent more money than I would like.
Since Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world, no wonder everyone wants to see such a stunningly beautiful place!
The moment I laid my eyes on the Treasury at the Petra, I knew instantly I was in for a treat!
Feeling rather ambitious, our group decided to hike the entire length of the Petra, a feat that took a grand total of 7 hours, and over 5 litres of water to complete! If you choose to challenge yourself as well, you will want to wear appropriate footwear, and even consider carrying some bandaids with you, as my feet formed several large and very painful blisters from all the walking.
Anyone who has visited the Petra will tell you how amazing it is. But what no one ever mentioned was the amount of harassment you will get from touts, who look exactly like Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean”. From the head scarf to the the dark eyeliner, for a moment you would have thought you saw a body double!
Every twist and turn you make at the Petra, you can bet a Jack Sparrow look-alike will be close-by, eager to sell you a camel or donkey ride.
When Karen, myself and my two sisters entered Israel, we discovered we could not purchase an entry visa to Jordan.
Having limited time in Israel, we didn’t want to waste a day on a trip to the Jordanian embassy just to get the visa. Flying into the capital city of Amman so we could make the purchase at the airport wasn’t an option either, as we were backpackers traveling on a tight budget.
After doing some inquiry, we discovered there was a third way for tourists to enter Jordan, as long as their stay does not exceed two weeks, and that is by purchasing a Jordan pass through the website: Jordanpass.jo