I T I N E R A R Y
*takes selfie with King Tut*
Egypt is truly an amazing place and to this day one of my favorite destinations. There's so much ancient culture I literally remember having to stop every so often just to take it all in. Before I elaborate on all of the awesomeness I do want to mention that my journey to Egypt took place a little over five years ago. Through the years I've lost the majority of my photos and footage and I'm certain a lot has changed including the restaurants and attractions. Despite the time gap I still would like to share my experience.
To all my readers interested in traveling to Egypt I highly suggest reading my post on "Choosing a Travel Destination." Visiting one of "the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" should most certainly be on your travel to do list but you should also fully understand the trip you're about to take.
It's imperative that you learn and respect any country you intend on traveling to. Egyptians are Muslim, they practice and take their faith very seriously. I say this to say whenever traveling to any Islamic country, Egypt in particular I suggest not drinking alcohol the entire trip. Drinking is truly frowned upon in this country and I don't want to scare you into thinking it will be no fun because it honestly is an exciting place. I'm a social drinker myself so I know the thought of not having a cute cocktail or glass of wine while at dinner, especially while vacationing sounds absurd. But in all honestly I promise you by the second day you'll be turning your nose up at alcohol as well. ...at least while in public lol. Most establishments in Egypt don't serve alcohol at all but the ones that do will look at you as if you had five heads if you dare order it. Moving on from alcohol I'll get into its replacement which is Shisha. These past couple Shisha/Hookah has become the new craze in the US. Until visiting Egypt I did not care to smoke hookah at all but during my trip I probably smoked at least two times a day. It's apart of the Egyptian culture and makes dinner or anything you're doing so much more fun.
Now onto a few warnings. As far as your safety goes I've been told from friends
Egypt is very safe to travel to now. Around the time when I visited there were riots and government issues with the current president. Although it wasn't the greatest time to visit then I felt completely safe. Just beware of pick pocketer's and getting ripped off. Egyptians love making non-Egyptians pay triple the price for things such as tourist attractions, shows, and museums. They speak English well there but it helps to know a little Arabic, just some greetings will make a huge difference. I found myself really adapting to their culture and it made my trip so much more memorable. A few random things I remember are the tea, literally the best tea I've ever tasted. Remember to dress conservatively, you don't have to be fully covered they're very up to date on fashion just try not to show too much skin.
Anyplace I visit I always inspires my everyday life in some way once I return home. As corny as it may sound Egypt truly changed me. Leaving I felt as if i could breathe for the first time. The sense of gratitude i received from this journey could never be explained. I truly wish everyone could experience Egypt at least once in their life.