What is Responsible Travel?
At Why Jordan Tours we encourage you to experience responsible travel. Responsible travel is a combination of “green tourism” and “eco tourism”. Meaning it cares about the environment but also about the people who live in the communities in Jordan.
*How do we strive to achieve Responsible Travel?
We’d like you to enjoy responsible travel, so you will leave a positive impact on the environment as well as on the community. Our focus, at Why Jordan Tours, is at several points. Responsible Travel
Environment – Go Green!
Jordan is battling with a big waste problem. The mentality of the local people needs to change to solve this. But we think change can only be achieved if we start with ourselves and so we set the right example. At our office we try to reduce the use of paper as much as possible. By making reservations via email not via fax. And we make sure we back up our system regularly so we do not need to print so much paper to save all the details of your holiday. We also buy big jerry cans with filtered drinking water, these can be refilled easily when empty. Which will save so much waste instead of buying the plastic mineral water bottles.
We kindly ask our guests to leave no rubbish behind throughout their responsible travel stay in Jordan. Our local guides and local drivers are instructed to remind you about this during your holiday.
Most of the sites you visit during your responsible travel tour in Jordan, include entry tickets which include conservation fees. These are used to conserve and restore the sites. One of the ways conservation is done, is by making sure enough garbage bins are placed and by having a team of local employees clean up the sites regularly.
Jordan is a country with little water resources. If you like to enjoy responsible travel, we kindly ask you to limit your water use during your stay in Jordan. This can be done by taking short showers and making sure you do not leave the tap water running unnecessarily.
Smoking is common in Jordan, however smoke-free accommodation is available in larger hotels. We do not allow our drivers or guests to smoke in the cars that are used for your tour.
Community – Go Green!
- Local enforcement
At Why Jordan Tours, we have a team of very enthusiastic local employees ready to assist you. We also work with local English speaking guides and drivers. We try to only use locally owned hotels during your stay in Jordan. And we recommend you to eat at local restaurants. Your local guide and/or driver will let you know where to find the best locally owned restaurants. A win win situation for all involved, you support the local community and you get to try amazingly local food which will surely enrich your Middle Eastern experience.
Your local guide and/or driver will also point you in the right direction, where you can buy handicrafts made by local artists.
By going local, your holiday will have a positive impact on communities throughout Jordan. You will be giving local people the chance to support their families. And that is what responsible travel is all about. At the same time you get a glimpse into local life you normally would not get.
- Fair wages
All the people we work with are given a fair wage for their hard work. We treat local people with respect and fairness. The people of Jordan are proud to show you their country.
Tipping is never required but always appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a small tip for the waiters is appropriate. For hotel bellmen and porters, 500 files or 1 JD or US$ 2 is customary; in taxis, add about 200 fils to the prices of the meter.
Know that by tipping you are helping the local community. A lot of people still depend on receiving tips to support their families.
- The people
Jordan can be regarded as a typical Arab country as its people are very warm, friendly and hospitable. Jordanians are typically happy to forgive foreigners who break the rules of etiquette, however, visitors seen to be making an effort to observe local customs will undoubtedly win favor.
Joining local people for a cup of tea or coffee can be a wonderful way to learn more about local culture. If you are invited, yet are unable to attend, then it is perfectly acceptable to decline. Place your right hand over your heart and politely make your excuses.
Many families, particularly in rural areas, are very traditional and if you visit their house you may well find it is divided between the men and women. Foreign women are often treated as “honorary” men.
Local women in Jordan enjoy considerable freedom when compared with many other countries in the region. Women are entitled to a full education, can vote, drive cars, and often play significant roles in business and politics. Arranged marriages and dowries are still common.
- Public Appearance
Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Muslim women’s clothing often covers their legs, arms and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate, and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman and outside the cities. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area. Topless sunbathing is prohibited and one-piece swimsuits are preferred, although two-pieces swimsuits are acceptable at hotel pools.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan alcohol is not sold except in larger hotels. Eating, drinking and smoking in public is discouraged during daylight hours. Most stores, banks and offices open late at 09:00Hr and close early at 14:00Hr. Other businesses have limited hours. It is expected that you do not eat or drink while being in public on the streets. However while visiting sites it is perfectly acceptable to drink or eat in front of locals especially if Ramadan takes place during the hot summer months.
Explore the treasures of Jordan. Support the environment and local communities. Experience the great heartwarming hospitality from the people themselves. Travel with Why Jordan Tours, we love to give you your dream holiday. Because at Why Jordan Tours, it’s not just travel, it’s a life style.