Jordan is a stunning country to explore, a male-dominated country, some of the women that you encounter on the streets cover their head with a scarf or a veil. However in the cities and the main Jordan tourist sites, Jordanians are used to seeing solo and Western female travelers and the facilities are generally set up with tourists in mind.
If you are planning on visiting Jordan as a woman, Solo female travelers should feel safe visiting the Dead Sea or Aqaba alone, but to avoid unwanted attention from men, stick to resorts instead of public beaches. Get off the beaten track and you’ll encounter restaurants with separate areas for women to eat as well as a separation on public transport.
In Petra, Jerash and Wadi Rum, avoid venturing off alone to remote areas as off-beat paths may not be well marked. Avoid dark alleys and unlit streets and take additional safety precautions when going out late.
Etiquette tips for women traveling in Jordan
Safe accommodation tips
Amman is one of the safest capitals in the region, but female travelers should stick to accommodation in Al Balad (downtown district), Jabal Hussein, Jabal al-Weibdeh, Jabal Amman, and Rainbow Street. In Aqaba – the same as in Amman.
When visiting Petra and Wadi Rum, book a hotel, guesthouse, or official desert camp that has a proper website with positive references. Though some local Bedouins will offer accommodation in traditional caves, this practice is not allowed and can prove dangerous for women.
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Solo travellers often worry about being lonely, but forming bonds with the people of Jordan is easy. Locals are very welcoming and yearn to connect with visitors. There are also many expatriates living in the hills of Amman, and you can easily find them in Jabal Al Lweibdeh and Jabal Amman, not only in the capital, but in other cities like Al-Karak and Aqaba, Regular meet-ups for expatriates and tourists are often held all around the country, so keep an eye out on social media.
Jordan has a progressive record for women’s rights in the region, as Jordanian women are highly educated and the constitution promotes equal opportunities. Although Jordan is culturally conservative, you’ll find warm hospitality from most people, which means that beyond avoiding remote areas and keeping an eye out for potential scams, travelling to Jordan alone is an accessible adventure.