When you hear people talk about taking a relaxing, fun-filled family vacation, many trips involve amusements parks or tropical beach resorts. Jordan isn’t usually the first destination that comes to mind. Yes, travel to Jordan.
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Travel to Jordan and Check all the Blocks for a Memorable Adventure with “Edutainment” (learning while having fun):
- An entire Roman city to explore? Yup.
- Ruins easily accessible for all ages? Bring the youngest!
- Delicious food? Yes-and fresh, too! (It is an easy destination for vegetarians or meat lovers)
- Outdoor play and adventures? Okay, Jordan has this in spades.
- Easy to get around? Yes! While you can choose to drive yourself, having a driver allows parents relax with the kids, take in sights and have extra free hands for camera moments.
- Friendly country? Here is where Jordan shines! Its people are among the most open and friendly in the world.
- The BEST part of Jordan is the accessibility to true cultural immersion- and an extraordinary learning and befriending experience for the kids they’ll never forget.
Here are 3 Examples of the Kinds of Experiences
You and Your Kids Can Enjoy When You Travel to Jordan
Rather than take another trip to an amusement park, families who chose travel to Jordan immerse in nature and natural beauty and a myriad of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Jordan possesses a stunning array of natural wonders that include hot springs, canyons, waterfalls, and lush green valleys. Dana Biosphere Reserve is a large nature reserve that boasts an amazing variety of wildlife and a diverse ecosystem. This is a great place for hiking, as you can spot many animals such as gazelles, wolves, and birds.
There are also a variety of tours available for those who want to take full advantage of Jordan’s natural beauty. These tours are designed to get families out in nature while also providing educational value. Enjoy activities such as staying in Bedouin camps, rock climbing in canyons, and cooking dinner over desert bonfires, all while benefiting from the extensive knowledge of trained tour guides.
And for older children, hiking, swimming, canyoning, rappelling, and abseiling, are sure to make for a day of adrenaline-filled fun.
If a beachside resort is an absolute must in your vacation itinerary, this can be found in Aqaba at the Red Sea. There are many beach resorts to choose from, each with luxurious amenities. Once you tire of relaxing on the beach, you can take advantage of the incredible scuba diving in Aqaba. For younger children, snorkeling is always a fun activity.
Another perk of a family adventure when you travel to Jordan is that no matter what you choose to do, your experience will be rich in history and culture. There is something to be said for experiencing glorious (and bucket-list item for many) Petra or for wandering through ancient crusader castles. Along with UNESCO sites and the world history they bear, your children will have the opportunity to learn about parts of history that may not be as commonly taught in school, such as the history of the Bedouins in the Jordanian desert and the details of the Umayyad Empire. One of Jordan’s standout features is definitely its magnificent array of historical sites such as Bethany Beyond the Jordan (the place where Jesus supposedly was baptized), the ancient city of Jerash, and the stunning 12th-century Kerak Castle. Seeing these marvels in person is easily the best way for both kids and adults to learn about ancient history. Must-see museums include the Jordan Museum in Amman, the Umm Qais Museum, the National Archeological Museum, and the Petra Museum. Vacationing in Jordan allows families to take educational tours, view amazing architecture, and absorb knowledge about the breathtaking history of the country.
In today’s globalized world, it is more important than ever to introduce children to different cultures and ways of life. Your children will return home throwing around Arabic phrases and reminiscing about camel rides and desert canyons. They will learn that hospitality, warmth, and human connection are omnipresent even in faraway places with different cultures and languages. The kind of cultural experiences Jordan offers is your legacy to give them- a valuable perspective on life.
And The Most Family-Friendly Feature of Jordan: Avoiding the Crowds
One of the biggest pains about going somewhere like amusement parks – or Europe in the high season- is that they are notoriously packed. Jordan, on the other hand, has large, peaceful natural areas, and privacy is easier to come by. Though there are other tourists and travelers, the atmosphere in Jordan is peaceful and there is space for people to spread out to relax and soak up the beauty of the surroundings. Would you like learn more about the myriad of options in Jordan? You can read more at My Jordan Journey.
Pictures provided by Jordan Tourism Board.
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