Travelling tips

Travel can be tricky, but we’ve got you covered with the following tips.

Money

It’s always a good idea to carry local currency for purchasing souvenirs, drinks, etc. along the way. You will usually get a great deal if purchasing in your home country before travelling. Make sure you give your bank plenty of advance notice to supply the currency you want in small denominations.

Mastercard and Visa Card are widely accepted throughout each country whilst American Express and Diners Cards may only be accepted at larger hotels or department stores (Dubai). Many small shops and souvenir stalls may only accept local currency.

ATMs are not always readily available in remote areas and will dispense local currency; travellers cheques are NOT accepted anywhere.

Tipping – if you feel someone has gone above and beyond their regular duties or service to make your holiday enjoyable, then tipping is a wonderful gesture. Spice Road Travel can advise what is a reasonable amount to tip.

Travel insurance

Don’t leave home without it. No matter where you travel in the world today, insurance is a must. Who offers insurance?

  • Your credit card company may offer free travel insurance if you pay for your entire trip through them.
  • Your bank will probably have a reasonably priced insurance offer.
  • Travel agents, whether you book a holiday through them or not, will sell you travel insurance.

Check online – there are many major insurance organisations that offer comprehensive insurance for travel. Medical/hospital facilities are excellent in these countries however it can be expensive for visitors.

Please choose your insurance cover carefully, especially if you are intending to participate in active sports.

Remember
  • Camera or another gadget for taking photos – you will be taking hundreds so make sure you have lots of memory cards and spare batteries.
  • Mobile phone – local SIM cards can be purchased. Your driver can assist.
  • Recharge cables for any of the above.
  • Small torch with spare batteries – A great little tool if camping in the desert or exploring ancient castles and other ruins.
  • Adaptors – 2 and 3 prong plugs are widely used throughout Jordan, the UAE and Oman. At least one multi-purpose world-wide adaptor would be a good investment.
What to wear

Loose fitting cotton clothing will be most comfortable.

Please respect local customs and wear appropriate modest clothing – ladies, tops should cover your shoulders (no plunging necklines) with skirts, shorts or trousers at least to your knees; gentlemen, shorts/trousers and shirts/t-shirts. If your tour involves visiting a mosque, women must wear clothing that covers them from wrist to ankle and their head covered with a scarf.

Bathers/swim suits – only permitted to be worn around hotel swimming pools, beaches, etc. One-piece for ladies and board-shorts for men are most appropriate.

Runners or other enclosed shoes, preferably with rough soles, are recommended as the sand can burn exposed feet and small stones can bruise toes easily. There is always a layer of fine sand on surfaces which can make flat-soled shoes slippery.

Wear quality sunglasses, sunscreen and a sunhat. Why not buy a local scarf – a great momento and very practical for your travels.

Visas

The majority of nationalities are able to purchase/obtain Entry Visas upon arrival into Jordan, Oman or the United Arab Emirates, however it is your responsibility to check that there are no rules/restrictions relating to your nationality.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas and check if there are any specific health requirements that may be applicable at the time you will be travelling.

Up to date information can be researched from official government websites (see below) or local embassies/consulates in your home country. The friendly staff at Spice Road Travel can also help.

Jordan: www.visitjordan.com
Oman: www.omantourism.gov.om
UAE: www.uaeinteract.com/travel