Egypt is a fascinating country, home to some of the oldest historical monuments on Earth. Including the iconic wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid of Giza, of course! Egypt is a worthy contender on any travel-lover’s bucket list, but the revolution of 2011 caused a sharp decline in the country’s tourism figures.
Ten years on, this North African nation is still suffering from a now false reputation as many travellers often consider Egypt to be ‘dangerous’ or ‘unsafe’. When in truth, there is no need to feel uncertain or nervous about visiting this unforgettable land, especially if visiting on a tour! Sadly, many people are sacrificing some of the most amazing experiences of their lives in favour of more familiar destinations, but you can easily avoid the FOMO! Here’s why you should take a chance on Egypt right now.
1. Warm Hospitality
The Egyptian people are warm and hospitable, with many travellers commenting on how welcome they felt when visiting this remarkable country. Often people return from their travels with stories to share which highlight Egyptian generosity. It’s quite common to receive a genuine invitation to share a meal as a guest in someone’s home, or to be offered free gifts when buying goods from local market stalls and bazaar traders. It’s this hospitality which is arguably unmatched in countries which are considered as easier, more sensible options for travel.
2. Unique Experiences
The unique experiences on offer in Egypt are nothing less than spectacular. A trip to this impressive country will see you cruising down the famous river Nile, hot-air ballooning over the ancient city of Luxor, and camel trekking upon the golden sands of the Sahara desert.
You’ll be tick, tick, ticking off boxes on your bucket list as your Egyptologist guide accompanies you to the Great Pyramids and other ancient Egyptian wonders from the Sphinx and Royal Tombs, to Luxor Temple and Abu Simbel. You can even experience the Nubian culture and lifestyle, connecting with locals and listening to their stories before hunting for antique treasures at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar or sailing to the Kitchener Islands of the Nile on a Felucca! The possibilities are endless.
3. Lack of crowds
Another incredible thing about Egypt is the lack of crowds at the tourist hotspots and historical sites. Despite being home to some of the most famous sights in the world, you won’t be fighting through a sea of people here. Egypt’s beauty can be observed in clear view and tourists are able to take their time looking closely at intricate details on the temple walls without being elbowed out of the way by others. Even the most novice of travellers will know that this is a rare luxury and something to appreciate.
4. Opportunities to support locals
Egypt is also a place where there are plenty of opportunities to support the local people. Knowing how they have suffered economically from the 2011 revolution, it’s great to be able to support them in some way. You can buy food from local vendors and purchase traditional goods and handmade products from market bazaars. Taking the time to chat to people and learn about their trade is a lovely touch. In a world emerging from a pandemic, a little bit of kindness and gratitude goes a long way.
5. Value for money
There are few places in this world where you can enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences without breaking the bank, and Egypt is one of the exceptions. Travelling in Egypt is inexpensive in general, but you will notice how far your money goes even when exploring the world-renowned historical monuments. Remember that haggling is part of the culture in Egypt, so you can save more on your spending by negotiating prices, especially at the bazaar!
So what are you waiting for? Egypt is worth a visit ASAP while tourist numbers are still relatively low. While other travellers are missing out, you could be taking a swim in the River Nile or enjoying a dinner cruise in Cairo. Browse our Egypt tours today!