Whether it be for a few days or a few weeks, at a relaxing beach resort or a lively downtown spot, we all need a break, and with the Lebanese passport that may seem impossible at times. That being said, there are a few options out there for you to visit this summer without having to worry about visa fees, sorting out papers, and most importantly waiting for papers to be processed.
Jordan is one of the beauties of the Middle East, it is a wonderful destination for anyone in search of mesmerizing ruins and historical architecture that have been visited by millions over the years. Petra, a collection of tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, has been around since 300 B.C. It is an archaeological treasure that reflects a lot of the Nabatean culture that was dominant in that part of the world.
Another site is the Karak Castle, a large crusader castle, located in a great position for unforgettable views of the city. Shifting away from archaeology, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea are an essential part of the Jordan experience. The Wadi or Valley is carved in sandstone and granite, it is located in the South, near Aqaba. The view of the stars from the desert camps is said to be unforgettable, but if views are not your thing, rock climbing, hiking, horse-back riding, and riding ATVs are just some of the numerous activities one can indulge in while visiting.
The Dead Sea needs no introduction; it is the lowest point of the face of the earth and is one of the most magnificent natural phenomena accessible to man. Its geographical location has caused the sea water to become a cocktail of healthy salts and minerals that can be used as masks and washes when visiting rather than paying the inflated prices of the bottled versions overseas.
Another major plus to the Dead Sea is that you can’t drown, and frankly floating around in the heart of the Middle East should be on everybody’s bucket list. All of this can be done on a budget, with flights from Beirut to Amman going as low as $250 even in high season and hotel prices in Amman ranging from $70 to $600/night, there is no good reason not to go.