Middle East Travel Guide
Made up of 16 countries, the Middle East is probably the least-traveled region in the world in terms of leisure tourism, 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, where 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 the city of Petra for the first time, scuba diving in the Red Sea, walking the streets of Amman, and off-roading through the Wadi Rum desert were such magical and incredible experiences.
The best time to travel to the Middle East is between March and May, or September through November. The daytime temperatures are more comfortable than the dead of summer, and the nights are cool.
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 tourism season in the Middle East.
What To Expect
Accommodation: For budget travelers, destinations like Turkey and Iran are some of the cheapest countries in the region. You can find hostel beds for around $15-30 USD, 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 $80-300 USD 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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