A trip from Tel Aviv to Petra Jordon and return
Herbert, as other posts on this site will show Tel Aviv is relatively safe (at present). Jordan is one of the most tourist-friendly middle eastern destinations with lots of visitors. The biggest danger in Petra is getting lost in the canyons or dehydrating in the hot sun (although some say the hassle level from vendors and unofficial guides outside the site is very high). The roads between are probably your greatest danger. They're not the worst in the world, but not the best either. Jordan has a very high traffic accident rate. Just note under Jordanian law, if a motorist hits a pedestrian they are always at fault and fines and penalties can be severe.
More safety tips are here: http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/108/Jordan
Phil from the safety hub. over 5 years ago
Herbert, I agree with Phil. Your biggest concern (if you are in fact renting a car) will be staying clear of cars, vans and trucks who think they are participants in the Indie 500. Again, if you are behind the wheel, drive defensively. I don't know how much time it will take at the border, but it could be more than you bargained for. So bring with a book, or something to occupy yourself until you are on your way again. (On last weather related comment, since I don't know how soon you are traveling, I would add that it is quite hot in both areas right now. If you are traveling once the rains begin, be very careful of sudden rains in Petra. The Nabateans knew how to harness the water; we need to be smart too.) Both towns are amazing in their own right, so I know you'll have a great time. over 5 years ago