Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey

Middle East Summary

August 15, 2010

An air-conditioned taxi high above Petra, Jordan

An air-conditioned taxi high above Petra, Jordan

Days gone: 46*

Average cost per day: $56.96 AUD (includes an 8 day tour in Egypt)

Most memorable moment: Watching the night sky above Wadi Rum desert where it seemed the world was full of stars, and we saw five of them shooting across the sky.

Moment I want to forget: Fronting up at the hospital my travel insurance company recommended in Amman, Jordan. The doctor asked me what on earth I was doing at “a military hospital for poor people”.

Land border crossings: 2

Times entered Jordan: 2

Number of people who pushed in front of me in the immigration line at Cairo airport: Everyone, until I was last in line

Taxis taken: 27

Bus trips: 16

Number of my seatmates who vomited into a plastic bag I supplied on a Turkish dolmus: 2

Train trips: 0

Types of public transport caught in Istanbul: 2 (tram, funicular)

Flights: 2 (Amman <=> Cairo)

Boats: 7

Donkeys ridden: 1

Offers of donkey rides refused: Countless

Ancient sites visited: 16

Roman ruins visited: 3

Nights spent in Amman, Jordan: 11

Nights spent in the desert: 1

Largest dorm room: 26 beds

Smallest dorm room: 3 beds

Best meal: Fresh fish in Fethiye. In a close tie with eating McDonalds in Luxor, Egypt and again at Cairo airport.

Worst meal: The included lunch on our 12 Islands boat trip in Fethiye, Turkey. Mmm, cold chicken wings and fish heads.

Cheapest meal: 0.36 AUD – Roadside falafel in Syria

Most impressive site: Petra, Jordan

Most disappointing site: The pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Least number of tourists: The citadel at Musyaf, Syria

Favourite country: Jordan

Least favourite country: Egypt

Average spent on food per day: $10.09 (AUD)

Free wifi found in: Turkey, Jordan, Egypt (that’s every country bar Syria!)

* this summary includes Turkey, because it makes things more interesting.

Who's afraid of the Middle East? Not Alicia or I. Overlooking the King's Highway, JordanOn my RTW trip during the summer of 2010, I met my friend Alicia in Istanbul and we spent the next 46 days travelling overland through Turkey, Syria and Jordan before I headed to Egypt solo to join up with a quick organised tour through upper Egypt.

Read more about this leg of my trip on my Middle East roundup page.

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  • Reply Ayngelina August 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Wow a lot less expensive than I would have thought. Nice wrap up.

    • Reply Megan August 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

      Definitely less expensive than I thought it would be too, especially when considering it includes a seven day group tour in Egypt that stayed in tourist class hotels, and a return flight between Jordan and Egypt.

      I think it also helped travelling with another person for this section – it meant that our day tour costs in Syria and Jordan, and accommodation costs were lowered (not that many dorm rooms in Syria and Jordan, unfortunately!)

  • Reply Kristina September 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    would love to visit syria and jordan, maybe next year 🙂

    love your middle east summary, sounds like a great part of your even greater whole trip!!

    enjoy and looking forward to hear your tales about asia – my most favorite part of the world 🙂

    viele grüsse, kristina

  • Reply Shane April 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Which donkey did you accept? It wasn't Shakira in Petra was it?

    • Reply Megan April 25, 2011 at 12:06 am

      haha no, it was one at Luxor, in Egypt…and its friend bit the back of my knee. grrrr. I hope Shakira was a little kinder 🙂

  • Reply Jaime May 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Oh wow this is very interesting. I may have to chat with you before I get to that part of the world. I plan on doing something very similar.

    • Reply MeganRTW May 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      When are you planning on going? The Middle East is a great place to travel – much easier than you’d expect, and cheaper too, with the exception of Jordan. I will quite happily talk your ear off about it, so just give me a shout when you’re ready 😀

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