Middle East Travel Guide
Made up of 16 countries, the Middle East is probably the least-traveled region in the world, due to decades of wars and turmoil. However, there are amazing destinations for travelers throughout. Dubai is a mecca for international travel and over-the-top luxury, and the Burj Khalifa will blow you away.
Jordan was my first destination in the Middle East and is still one of my more memorable trips. Seeing Petra for the first time, scuba diving in the Dead Sea, walking the streets of Amman and off-roading through the Wadi Rum desert was such a magical and incredible experience.
The best time to travel to the Middle East is between March and May. The temperatures are comfortable, and the landscapes are green with blooming wildlife flowers.
It’s the perfect time to visit top attractions like the Rose City of Petra or to venture into Jordan’s Wadi Rum region. The only downside is that the bearable temperatures mean its high season in the Middle East.
You’ll want to book your flights and accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
What To Expect
Accommodation: For budget travelers, destinations like Turkey and Iran are some of the cheapest countries in the region. You’ll find dorm beds for around $10-15, making it super affordable if you’re planning a long trip in the Middle East. Dubai, Jordan, and Israel are slightly more expensive countries to visit. You can expect private rooms in hotels to range anywhere from $50-120 per night.
Save Money: If you’re traveling to Jordan, I highly recommend buying the Jordan Pass before you arrive. It includes the cost of your visa ($99-113) and entry to 40 of the country’s top attractions like Petra and Wadi Rum.
Local Culture: The majority of the countries in the Middle East are Muslim and have strict rules that men and women have to follow. When packing your bags, make sure you dress conservatively to show respect to the local people and read up on each country’s rules, so you don’t accidentally break any laws.
Read my guide on What to Pack for a Trip to a Conservative Country!
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