Rough Guide to Jordan

RGJordan5coverA shade late (sorry about that), this is to say that the new edition of my Rough Guide to Jordan is now out, buyable anywhere in the world as a printed book (yay!) – ask for ISBN 978-14053-89792 – or downloadable as an e-book (boo!) here.

Rough Guides (in fact, the amazing Martin Dunford; how many careers have you launched, Martin?) commissioned me to write the first edition back in 1997. I spent three months in Amman that summer – and then moved to Jordan shortly afterwards. The first edition came out the following year, then another in 2002, then 2006, then 2009. Now 2013.

It’s been a constant 15-year process of updating and refining information, writing and rewriting accounts, expanding and clarifying maps and listings, and – I hope – shedding some light on the country and the region. It’s often been a battle with Rough Guides, but this is my book, and I love it.

And what a privilege to have the chance to travel Jordan in detail, over so many years – a place of spirit, beauty and profound human warmth. Jordan has changed my life. I will never be able to repay my debt of gratitude to this memorable place and its remarkable people.

I’m old-fashioned enough to think travel guides – proper travel guides written to be read, not Top 10s and bitty web content – can help bridge otherwise unbridgeable gaps. I only hope mine does.

But, naturally, there are horrible mistakes in it, and countless things that are already out of date. If you find any, have a look at this update list I’ve started to see if I’ve already picked it up. If not, please drop me a line.



  1. Jon

    I’ll be picking up an actual printed version soon.

    I resonate with what you said: “Jordan has changed my life. I will never be able to repay my debt of gratitude to this memorable place and its remarkable people.”

    In what ways would you say you’ve been changed?

  2. Donald Strachan (@_DonaldS)

    Well done, mate. I’m sure it’s a top job.

  3. Matthew Teller

    Thanks, Jon. The easy questions first, eh? You’d have to be able to compare my 1997-era self with today to really know the answer to that, but I suppose a short version would be COMPLETELY. How I relate to people, how I understand landscapes, how I see politics and social obligation, how I see myself and my family, and a thousand other ways, too…

    Thanks, Donald, you’re very kind.

    1. Jon

      I thought I’d ask you the easy question 🙂

      “Completely” is a very good answer…

  4. Lynette d’Arty-Cross


    1. Matthew Teller

      Thanks, Lynette.

  5. Claudia Martin

    Congratulations. I recommended the guide recently to a travel writer going to Jordan.

  6. Patricia Enkels

    Can’t wait to pick up a copy when I go to Belgium this summer. It’s definitely on my list !

  7. Matthew Teller

    Wonderful – thank you all!

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  9. Nabil Tarazi

    Matthew you have done a superb job. The best guidebook for Jordan, by far. Comprehensive, insightful and up to date information. I have both the Kindle and print versions. I have also ordered 10 copies that we now have on sale at the Feynan Ecolodge shop.

  10. Eddie Taylor

    Hear, hear, Nabil….! The most comprehensive, accurate and insightful guide to the country in print. Equally invaluable to me as a resident, tourist and journalist. Unimprovable.

  11. Matthew Teller

    Eddie, Nabil, I’ve already replied to you both privately – thank you so much. Coming from you both, in particular, your praise really means the world to me. I’m so grateful – and I hope the book is able to do your words justice.

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