Wadi Rum and Petra: More than Film Locations

By | August 15th, 2016|Jordan, Petra, Travel & Tourism Jordan, Wadi Rum|

Jordan’s Wadi Rum has been the location for films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian and Prometheus, and Petra was a site for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which undoubtedly helped spike tourism to the area. Still, these sites are much more than a location where a movie took place. Wadi Rum Anyone visiting Wadi Rum is [...]

Five Reasons to Book a Homestay in Orjan

By | August 1st, 2016|Culture, Food, Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

During my recent trip to Jordan, I had the pleasure of participating in a homestay at the Orjan Village in Al Ayoun, Jordan. My group and I stayed with Abu Mahmoud and Um Mahmoud in their beautiful home. We were welcomed in warmly, and treated better than I treat myself at home. Though this kind of [...]

What is Ecotourism?

By | July 25th, 2016|Travel & Tourism Jordan|

The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as the "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015). Unfortunately, mass tourism can often be harmful to an environment. Even the most well intentioned travelers can unknowingly leave a negative impact on their [...]

Places to Stay Near Jerash

By | July 18th, 2016|Culture, Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

Typically, travelers visiting Jerash drive in from Amman, see the ruins, then return to Amman afterwards. This limits the travelers' time to explore Jerash, and they miss out on other great opportunities. There are a number of places to stay near Jerash in order to get the most out of your time in this incredible site. Olive [...]

Three Ways to Enter Petra

By | July 11th, 2016|Jordan, Petra, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

Although the most popular way to enter Petra is from the front gate and through the main trail, there are several methods in which you can enter and gain a different experience leading up to Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury. Here are three we’ve explored. “Backdoor” Entrance to Petra We recommend entering Petra through the unconventional, [...]

Jordanians: A People of Peace

By | July 4th, 2016|Culture, Jordan|

Encountering Local Jordanians When I visited Jordan, I was certainly overwhelmed by all of the beautiful sites and delicious food, but my eyes were really opened to the amount of peace among the Jordanian people. Anywhere I traveled in Jordan, whether I was doing a homestay in Orjan Village in the northern part of the [...]

25 Reasons We Love Jordan

By | June 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

1. The Jordanian People Jordanian people love people. As a foreigner, you feel and receive a sense of community that makes you feel at home right away. Each person you meet has wise insight to give, and a kind heart to serve.       2. The Jordanian People One mention is not enough. As [...]

Your First Time to Petra (As Told by GIFs)

By | June 6th, 2016|Jordan, Petra, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

Since being named a New Seven Wonder of the World in 2007, travelers have swarmed in great numbers to see the ancient city of Petra and its beautifully carved monuments. It’s a pretty special place, and a true “wonder” to behold. First, you’ll ride into the back entrance of Petra on a camel, which is pretty [...]

The Best Cook I Met in Jordan

By | May 30th, 2016|Culture, Food, Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan|

When I visited Jordan in May, my wife and three of our friends stayed with Um Mahmoud and her family and learned of her passion and talent for culinary arts. “Cooking is comfortable to me,” Um Mahmoud told us. “I’m able to cook many dishes at the same time. “I enjoy teaching others how to [...]

We’ll Take Care of Your Travel Needs for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

By | May 23rd, 2016|Jordan, Travel & Tourism Jordan, Travel Tips|

Jordan will serve as the host country for the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21. Matches will be played  in Amman, the capital city, as well as Irbid and Al Zarqa. If you're planning on traveling to Jordan for the U-17 Women's World Cup, Engaging Cultures Travel would love to [...]

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