Amman was recorded as the most expensive city in the Arab world, according to the Economist Intelligent Unit. What’s more, it was also ranked as the 29th most expensive city in the world! Ranking higher in costs when compared with Madrid, Miami and Beijing, those who want to visit Amman may find it a tricky place to navigate if on a budget.
But don’t let that put you off! Here are a few tricks and tips you could follow to make the most of the city without loosening your purse strings all the time.
Leave The Hotel & Stay Local
If you’re thinking of visiting Amman, remember that there’s no need to stay in a hotel. With Airbnb and Couchsurfing now readily available, staying in homes with local families can be highly beneficial. With local knowledge by your side, booking with Couchsurfing allows you to understand local customs and cultures better. Jordanians are wonderful at hosting, so you’ll feel right at home.
Malls can be expensive places, so steer away from them as much as you can! Instead, make your way to the local markets from where you can purchase fresh food which has been sourced ethically and sustainably. The local markets are a lot more vibrant and can be a great place to witness local life in its fullest form. For non-food items, head over to the Friday market where you can buy all your souvenirs at cheaper prices.
Travel in The Winter
Summer can be the most expensive time to visit Amman. Come winter, crowds are smaller, accommodation prices drop and tour guides drop their costs. Although it can be snowy or rainy in the winter, it can be cheaper if you’re willing to make a few tweaks to your itinerary. Pack well and ensure you rack up on the layers.
Take Part In Free Activities
The Pasha Hotel in Amman offer free walking tours, so why not take advantage and explore the city for no cost at all! You can visit mosques, walk the famous Rainbow Street and take part in a run with Running Amman. Head over to Diwan Al Due to rewind time and appreciate the city’s history. Alternatively, visit the many mosques that boast imposing and majestic architecture. There are also several art galleries you can visit for free such as Nabad Art Gallery and Salam Kanaan Gallery. The city is also home to beautiful parks such as Al Hussein Park. Come here to get away from it all and watch the locals as they take their walk of the day.
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