Solo Travel Tips For Females
- 1 Solo Travel Tips For Females
- 1.1 Solo Female Travel Tips for Jordan
- 1.2 Things to do in Jordan Alone
Traveling to Jordan as a solo female traveler? Well, some might think it is scary to go to Jordan alone but believe me, there is nothing scary about it.
And if you are wondering about “solo female travel tips” this post can help you plan your trip and find out about the best things to do, about main things to keep in mind when traveling to Jordan alone and more solo tips.
I do believe that women should travel (solo) and also visit countries different to their own country.
Yes, Jordan is a conservative, Muslim country, and this alone might scare some people away, especially solo female travelers.
But I personally think that Jordan is an amazing country to travel by yourself.
In general, I love a lot of places in the Middle East as a sole female traveler because despite the perception we have, I feel safe in most of these countries. No, I do not recommend all countries in the Middle East for solo travelers but Jordan, in particular, is an amazing place to travel solo.
Solo Female Travel Tips for Jordan
If you were wondering about security, what to wear as a solo female, things to know, and dos and don’ts, here are my tips. If you want to know what things to do if you come to Jordan alone, keep reading as this post is for you.
Is Jordan safe?
Jordan is a safe country, and one of the safest in the Middle East. This region is problematic, but Jordan doesn’t face any war in the near future that we are aware of. Crime toward tourists is quite low.
I can say that Jordan is a very safe country to visit. Of course, there are some tourist scams, but much less than in other countries that I have visited. And none of them felt scary or frightening.
Just be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are in Amman or in more conservative places. Don’t walk out at night in dodgy places. But overall, as a female traveler, people might look at you, but I never felt unsafe.
Welcome to Jordan!
This is probably the thing you will hear the most from the airport staff, the hotel staff, and the restaurant workers.
They will ask where you are from and then welcome you to Jordan. I found that Jordanians were friendlier but also more reserved, and not as loud or pushy as people in other Arabian countries, especially when you go to the shops. Which felt totally pleasant (some exceptions in busy Amman Downtown)
Of course, they will try to sell you something, but it is not as extreme as in other places. People are extremely friendly.
Taxi drivers are known for trying to charge more for shorter rides, but I had some great experiences with the drivers in Jordan. In general, people are friendly here.
You will not see many women. But the ones you do see will smile at you and were in general very friendly.
Children will wave at you as you drive by when they realize that you are a foreigner – this is probably one of the sweetest memories I have from Jordan. The cute and friendly kids. Okay, there were a few boys who threw stones at my car as I passed them, but apart from that, even the children are overly friendly.
What to wear
Jordan is quite conservative. Outside of Amman, you will not see many women (if you see any at all) who are not wearing scarves. But you don’t have to wear one. You can wear shorts and tank tops.
You don’t have to cover your arms, legs, or head. At the beach at the Dead Sea, you can wear a bikini, as well as at the hotel pools. But keep in mind that you will stand out, negatively, if you show too much skin. So, dress moderately and be respectful.
In general, I advise wearing comfortable shoes because Jordan is a mountainous country and Amman is hilly. You will likely do a lot of walking. For Amman, dress more for comfort than fashion – you can save your fancier clothes for when you go out.
Bring a scarf with you in case you want to visit a mosque, or in case you wanted to cover up your bare arms in certain situations.
Things not to do
My plan is always to not attract too much attention in a negative way. It’s always nice to learn a few words when going to a new place, like “shukraan,” which means “thank you,” and other Arabic words.
Familiarize yourself with local customs and traditions. You will be offered tea a lot and people will talk to you.
Don’t drink alcohol on the streets. Don’t curse loudly. Don’t cause negative tension.
And if you road trip, don’t drive too fast because there will be a lot of speed bumps!
Where to stay
Here’s the thing: As a solo female traveler, I felt a little uncomfortable about staying in the Bedouin camps before I arrived because I wasn’t sure if they would be safe enough.
Once, I booked the “fancier” but still basic, accommodation and there was no locker that closed properly. You could also more or less see through the window, which made me a little uncomfortable.
But it was fine. I was fine. I was told that I didn’t have to worry as a woman. But that can happen if you stay in a Bedouin camp. I still recommend them though, even if you are travelling by yourself. I just offer the tip to be aware, no matter where you go.
There are some hostels where you can stay. Female and male dorms are normally separate. I stayed in a hostel in Amman. There are some in Petra and Wadi Musa, too. If you want to meet people, this is a great place to do it.
Otherwise, there are many different luxury hotels, basic hotels, and apartments, but if you want to socialize, then I advise staying at Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum and Dana Nature Reserve or staying in a hostel.
How to get around
Whenever possible, I use public transportation but public transportation in Jordan is not perfect if you want to see a lot of places. If you stay in Amman and want to do a few day trips, public transportation is fine.
Public transportation is, in general, very cheap. It brings you to many main attractions, but it doesn’t run very often. But you can feel safe when you travel alone using it.
If you are by yourself, I would definitely advise getting around by car. It is the most comfortable and easiest way, even though it can get expensive – though petrol is very cheap in Jordan.
If you want to get around on a budget, you could always get a shared taxi – you would have to ask the taxi to pick up other people to share. In a hostel, you can ask others to share a taxi or Uber.
Things to do in Jordan Alone
I have a more comprehensive post on things to do in Jordan, but if you are wondering about the best things to do alone in Jordan, you can pretty much do everything. I went to Jordan alone and made some friends. But I was only with them one or two nights or days, depending on when I met them, but then continued on my journey alone.
In Amman, you can definitely explore the downtown area by yourself.
However, there are a lot of international people if you want to connect with them. If you stay in a hostel it will be even easier to meet other people and explore the city with others.
But the locals will also talk with you – I most often do talk more to locals when I am by myself.
It feels quite safe to go out in this crazy place by yourself and explore the ancient sights and busy downtown.
Wadi Rum is a place where you will most likely meet people – if you want to.
I met some really cute Dutch girls at a Bedouin Camp and who I got along with very well. We had dinner together the first night in the Bedouin camp and spend some time together on the desert safari.
Most likely, unless you want to have a private tour, you will meet people. It is really difficult to explore Wadi Rum on your own – not impossible, but hard – so you will most likely land up booking a tour. Whether you do Wadi Rum by yourself or with others in a group – this is a fun activity not to miss out.
The Dead Sea is another fun place you can do by yourself. The hotels are full of international visitors but I enjoyed the time by myself and did not feel the need to make friends.
If you prefer some time to relax and chill, then the a beach/pool day at the Dead Sea is a good idea.
Only downside: The Dead Sea is about beauty treatments and rubbing mud all over your body (your skin will thank you).
So, there was a moment I wished, I had not been alone and someone had helped me with putting mud on my back since that can get tricky. But other than that: another fun solo activity.
Petra is an amazing place to go by yourself. It is the main tourist attraction and so people from all over the world flock here. This makes it easy to meet people and I met solo travelers with whom to talk to, and I also had chats with the Bedouins, so I never felt alone.
I actually wish I had had time by myself because you can enjoy this magical place even better when you are alone.
I am an experienced driver but am a chicken sometimes – but driving in Jordan is quite easy and safe. The streets are often in a good condition and there are not many cars around which makes driving in Jordan quite stress free (except for Amman).
And if you are alone in Jordan, you can also road trip by yourself. It is easy, safe, and secure, so you do not have to worry or have somebody by your side to explore the beauty of the country.
Jerash is an easy day trip (or half a day trip from Amman).
You can go to Jerash by yourself – whether you use public transportation or drive yourself. Using public transportation alone is not scary at all – the buses are small and you pay the driver once you get onto the bus.
While public transportation in Lebanon is crazy, it was quite stress-free here – just hop on a bus at the Northern Station and enjoy a cheap ride to Jerash. However, it is also possible to drive there by car.
I met a Polish girl there and we shared a taxi ride back to Amman.
Dana Nature Reserve
Dana Nature Reserve is another great place to go to when traveling Jordan solo – you should stay overnight and once at the camp ask about hiking tours.
Most camps offer hiking tours (ask via email in advance if you are unsure the camp offers some) and you will meet other travelers from around the world.
I met 2 more Dutch girls (apparently, Jordan is full of female Dutch travelers) and we did a guided walking hike with around 7-8 people.
This is something I would not recommend doing by yourself because (at least on the hike I did) the signage is not very good and it was not clear where we were headed. So, unless you have a good sense of direction or have a compass, I would advise taking a guided tour.
Wadi Mujib is a must- I am by no means overly sporty or adventurous, but that 3-hour trip was fun and one of the best things I did in Jordan.
I did not really do it by myself though as I am not the sportiest person out there. And so I have to admit, that I would have sucked in doing the Wadi Mujib hike by myself.
I hired a private hike and he helped me with the hike – helped me paddling, floating, climbing through the Wadi Mujib Gorge.
However, I saw other solo travelers doing the hikes by themselves so it might be a fun thing to do alone. Check out opening hours though as it is closed in the winter months.
These are my tips for solo female travelers in Jordan. Just follow these and you should have a fun, safe, and amazing experience in Jordan.
Check out my more detailed 7-day Jordan itinerary.