Next escape: Jordan

Whether it’s been on your travel bucket list for years, or you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations to try when it’s time to travel again, Jordan has a lot to offer travelers.

From its wide stretches of stunning desert to its historical significance (it’s home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites), Jordan is a destination for anyone in the mood for a travel adventure. And, when it comes time to travel again, we could all use a little off-the-beaten-path adventure. Here are 5 reasons to make it your next escape.

1. It’s home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

If Jordan is already on your travel radar, you’re sure to be familiar with 1 of the 5 – the breathtaking beauty that is Petra, a lost city of ornate architecture carved into the desert cliffs. And while it is a must-see, the country has 4 more to choose from, including Wadi Rum in the south – this desert covers nearly 300 square miles.

2. There’s history and culture at every turn.

With over 2,000 years of history, Jordan has a lot to offer travelers hoping for a trip back in time. And while the 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites are quite the cultural achievement, there are tons of additional opportunities for historical exploration that didn’t quite make the cut but are impressive nonetheless. From visiting the Citadel in Amman – home to the Temples of Hercules and Umayyad – to a buoyant float in the Dead Sea, the experiences to be had are vast and varied.

3. Underwater adventures await.

With around 17 miles of coastline, the Gulf of Aqaba is perfect for snorkeling in the mineral-rich waters of the Red Sea. A protected marine park offers coral views and sea life from sea turtles to clownfish. And, if your underwater skills are above average, scuba diving is not to be missed. Case and point, the video above.

4. The hiking views are hard to beat.

If you’re an experienced hiker, the trek from Dana to Petra has everything you need. You’ll pass through many of the country’s cultural sites and diverse ecosystems with opportunities to camp out under the stars. Because the trail can be challenging, private or small group tours are available and provide local guides.

5. The locals are friendly and welcoming.

From Bedouin guides to the staff that treats you like family in small local hotels, the people of Jordan are friendly and easy-going. Getting to know them can be the highlight of any trip. Pro tip: Tea is a social beverage and having a cup with a local is a great way to start a chat.

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