NEW UPDATE IN 2021: I’m again in Egypt for my second time, and as soon as once more throughout a time when tourism is at an all time low. This time it’s as a result of pandemic, so I’ll clarify security in that regards as properly. However once more, the primary query I get is “Is Egypt secure?”
At first; I’ve been residing in Cairo solo for a month, and nonetheless really feel simply as secure as wherever else I’ve lived on the earth. In reality, I’d argue that it feels extra secure right here than the place I lived within the US final (Venice Seashore). I nonetheless stand by my first article, the place I clarify that since Egyptians are closely reliant on tourism for earnings, they do the whole lot potential to guard them. In reality, it’s a regulation that an armed guard travels with large teams after they’re touring!
As for the virus; full honesty, not many individuals put on masks and the vax fee isn’t nice. Numbers reported are additionally low. To enter Egypt proper now, you want a adverse PCR take a look at (attempt to ask for a QR code for it) or your vaccine QR code.
PS In case you don’t really feel snug touring to Egypt alone, or don’t wish to, simply be part of one among my tremendous enjoyable, tremendous secure, group journeys there!
Please learn the unique article under!
Elevate your hand if Egypt is on the very prime of your bucket listing. Maintain your hand raised if one of many the reason why you haven’t gone but is since you heard it’s unsafe. In case you’re nonetheless elevating your hand, you want to learn this. As a result of I simply traveled solo to Egypt for nearly two weeks, and sure, it was secure.
from my article on The Huffington Submit
I’m not simply saying that Egypt is secure as a result of I need you to learn my article or try my weblog. I’m not saying it as a result of I’ve already seen the handfuls of press releases from journey and tour corporations predicting Egypt to be one of many hottest locations in 2017. I’m telling you what my expertise was like, as a result of like lots of you, I used to be holding myself again from touring to Egypt due to folks telling me it wasn’t secure.
However, being the free-thinking, unbiased, world citizen and wanna-be World Peace maker that I’m, I noticed that the entire folks telling me that Egypt was unsafe, hadn’t even been there! Information reporters for one, had by no means reported their adverse findings about Egypt FROM Egypt, they reported what they had been instructed to say from a field within the U.S. That my buddies, is what I prefer to name false commercial. Or concern mongering. Or in easy phrases; bullshit.
Sure, situations had been dangerous in Egypt means again in 2011, I cannot deny that since even Egyptians defined to me what occurred through the revolution. However that was years in the past, and since then the nation has not solely improved its personal situations, however enhanced the situations for vacationers as properly.
Why? Egypt’s third most necessary supply of earnings, is tourism. They not solely need you there, however they want you there. That’s a part of the rationale why it’s so secure to journey there proper now. Not solely do the folks respect the sh*t out of vacationers and vacationers, however the authorities takes excessive measures to make them really feel secure as properly. If you concentrate on it, with out tourism, your entire nation suffers. And if that nation suffers, guess who’s by no means going to see the superior Nice Pyramids, Sphinx, or Egyptian Tombs? You.
There are a couple of factors I’d prefer to share about what notably made me really feel secure in Egypt, in addition to why I’d counsel touring there proper now.
However first, if you happen to’re involved in going to Egypt, I’ve to throw somewhat self-promo in right here and ask you to please try the itinerary I did from Cairo to Aswan to Luxor, with Woman Egypt Excursions.
At first, as I already admitted, I too had some doubts about security in Egypt earlier than I went. Particularly since I used to be touring there alone. That’s why I ended up reserving an organized tour to go to the locations exterior of Cairo, like Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada. There may be nothing unsuitable with taking a tour, and actually, for this explicit journey, I’d really extremely suggest it. I’m not selling the tour I took with this publish, which is why I’m omitting the title of it, however that is truthfully one side of my view on security that I felt was mandatory to incorporate.
The tour not solely organized all transportation, motels, and admissions, however it additionally gave me an opportunity to listen to perception from different U.S. vacationers on the tour, together with two different solo females! By the best way, for these of you pondering, “She didn’t actually journey solo, she was with a tour group”, please cease letting issues like that blockade you from seeing the larger image. Solo journey does NOT imply that you want to isolate your self in solitary confinement! One of many awesomest components of touring is assembly different folks, which additionally means you by no means actually must be alone!
I did go fully solo to Cairo and Hurghada although. Other than consistently attempting to be bought a memento (like all main vacationer vacation spot), and getting requested to take selfies with little boys, I actually didn’t really feel any risk in any respect. Studying the Arabic phrase for ‘no thanks’, “La’a shukran”, helped lots with the gross sales aversions, and in addition gained me numerous respect from the locals.
Additionally, a lot to my excessive appreciation, I used to be by no means requested even as soon as, “Are you alone”, or “The place’s your boyfriend?”
Talking of the locals, regardless of the numerous attempting to promote me their little scarves or pyramid statues, I discovered one factor in widespread with everybody; the look of their eyes once I stated I used to be from the U.S.
It was a glance of each bewilderment, gratitude, and hope.
It took a few of them a couple of seconds to place the thought collectively, however most mechanically blurted out, “You’re welcome!” As in the event that they had been attempting to persuade me greater than I already was that I used to be welcome of their nation. I additionally was shocked at how most of the locals instructed me about how unhappy they had been that Individuals now not came visiting Egypt, as a result of the media portrayed such a adverse picture. All I may say in response to that was, “I do know, that’s why I’m right here.”
What lots of you might not notice is that it was us Individuals who dominated the tourism demographics in Egypt earlier than it received such a foul title. However since we’re all so simply persuaded by what we hear, it was sadly very simple to single-handedly discourage a whole nation from visiting this nation. Egypt has not seen a lot of a decline in tourism from another nation, however ours. And that’s truthfully a part of the rationale why I went there.
I may maintain happening and on about the reason why I felt secure in Egypt, however I’d additionally prefer to level out a couple of necessary factors about why it’s a very good concept to go now. To begin with, as I discussed, excursions are already anticipating an enhance in guests subsequent yr,which suggests the entire main superior websites are going to renew being crowded AFvery quickly
It’s additionally a good suggestion to go proper now as a result of it’s insanely low-cost! The greenback isn’t solely extraordinarily robust in Egypt proper now ($1USD = 9-15 EGY), however excursions are all discounted, included the one which I customized myself! There’s additionally a few main discoveries about to be unveiled, like the 2 chambers discovered within the Nice Temple, and maybe even a hidden tomb linked to King Tut’s!
I do know this can be a lot of knowledge to digest, however I actually hope if you happen to don’t have the time to learn it, you a minimum of see the photographs that I took to emphasise how stunning of a spot Egypt actually is. Belief me once I say, that it’s positively a spot that you simply wish to see, earlier than it’s too late.