Everyone around me was barely coming to terms with the fact that I was going to travel alone to a foreign country and now I was ready to drop the next bomb on poor souls. Jordan is considered as the safest tourist destination in whole of Middle East, however, I was naturally greeted with these questions:
“Are you out of your mind?”
“Do you have a death wish or something?”
“Do you want to do suicide?”
“It is a war zone. Don’t you know it borders Syria and Iraq?”
“You are gonna get yourself killed.”
Wow! In my heart, I always knew that I had made a right choice. I was prepared for any backlash but there was no turning back. Hearing all these questions made me even more determined. Not that I am a rebel or I like to prove everyone wrong. I have always listened to my inner voice, and it was screaming the Dead Sea and Petra.
Though many of us have a bucket list or may be a checklist for doing things. Like 10 things one should do before 30, 5 things to do before getting married or 30 must visit places before you die.
I have always read them and obviously pondered over them but then for some unknown reasons, I could never convince myself to make such a list for myself. I like to live in the moment and follow my heart.
The final push and a much-needed support came from Richa. She is one woman I look up to and when she told me that Jordan is a must see country, there was no holding back. Within next 5 minutes, I had booked my tickets to Amman.
Now it was time to go full on beast mode on my research. I was talking to travel bloggers on Twitter and taking feedback from all those who have been to the Middle East. I shortlisted a lot of historical and cultural sites that I wanted to visit and all other major tourist destinations which are very safe for female travelers.
It’s during this research that I found out that Jordan is not what it seems to us as an outsider. My interest in History, love for an adventure, willingness to see an ancient culture, desire to be in the Red Sand desert, visiting another Wonder of the World after Taj Mahal and obviously the excitement of standing on the lowest point of Earth were enough to convince me.
More than anything, I wanted to know if I could do it or not.
In next chapter, we will relive my stay the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and I will describe the county “from my eyes.”
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