If you are traveling to Jordan as a female solo traveler, it is useful to know that a large number of solo female travelers visit Jordan each year. As most of these visits are trouble-free, female solo travelers should feel confident in visiting Jordan on vacation. Despite this, it is always best to gain an understanding of Jordan’s culture, religion, and traditions prior to arrival. This will put you in good stead for meeting local people and understanding the Jordanian way of life. It is also important to be aware of the dress codes, attitudes to women, and potential challenges that you may face whilst traveling through Jordan.
Attitudes to Women & Verbal Harassment
Prior to marriage, Jordanian men have very little interaction with women. As a result of this, they may be a bit surprised to see a solo female traveler and may act out verbally. Female visitors to Jordan should be prepared to hear anything from catcalls to marriage proposals as they explore the towns and cities. Although this sounds discouraging it is important to acknowledge that Jordanian men are not familiar with the concept of women traveling alone and often have misconceived ideas of Western women due to portrayals on film and TV. In these situations, solo female travelers should try to stay calm and say ‘imshi’ which means ‘go away’ in Arabic.
Compared to neighboring countries Jordan is fairly relaxed when it comes to clothing. That said the dress codes in this country are still considered strict when you compare it to many Western countries. Jordan is a very religious country and the majority of citizens here are Muslim. With that in mind, visitors should be respectful of the nation’s faith when choosing what to wear. As in most neighboring countries, the dress codes for women are slightly stricter than for men.
Women should refrain from showing flesh as much as possible and should wear loose clothing which covers the arms, legs, chest, and nape of the neck. Avoid wearing T-shirts, shorts, and leggings. Many female residents in Jordan wear a headscarf and those who choose not to usually keep their hair tied up. Female tourists should also try to follow this etiquette and tie their hair back but they shouldn’t wear a headscarf unless they are Muslim as it is a sign of disrespect.
In most Jordanian restaurants there is a separate family seating area which can also be used by solo female travelers. This is a more comfortable section to sit in order to avoid any unwanted male attention.
Married women are more respected in Jordan than single solo female travelers. Where possible it may be useful to wear a wedding ring in order to prevent unnecessary attention.
It is always best to check for peepholes in guest rooms, public toilets, and bathrooms before using them. Though this sounds off-putting, peepholes are less common in large hotels and major cities.
Coffeehouses & Bars
In towns, residential neighborhoods, and villages, coffeehouses, and bars in Jordan are a place for men to gather together and share stories about their day. Women may receive unwanted attention when entering a male-dominated coffeehouse so it is best to look at the clientele before entering. Solo female travelers in Jordan are advised not to enter a local bar unaccompanied in order to prevent negative attention.
Female Solo Travelers Visiting Jordanian Landmarks
Jordan’s popular landmarks and sites are some of the safest places for solo female travelers in Jordan. If you prefer to walk around these areas with a group then join a guided tour. A guided tour is an excellent way to meet other solo travelers and to share tips.
All in all – Jordan for Female Solo Travellers
Solo female travelers to Jordan should feel comfortable visiting the country. It is always best to travel cautiously and avoid walking alone late at night, or in isolated areas. Jordan’s popular landmarks are usually very safe for solo female travelers but there are many organized tours to choose from to feel extra safe if needed. Before visiting Jordan be sure to understand their dress codes and societal views of women first.