Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

 

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

I recently teamed up with Travel Talk tours and while deciding on which tour I would really like to do with them, I picked Egypt.  Just like my trip to India I had a feeling that I should see and experience the country for myself rather than accepting what the media or people who have never been there say about the country.  Another reason why I picked Egypt is because I have wanted to go for years and it’s a destination that’s on my bucket list!

Now’s the time for me to say that the reason I decided to go with a tour in the first place was for the opportunity to gain so much more knowledge. Because there is so much history to learn, I felt it would be better with a knowledgeable guide than trying to work out what the half the stuff was by myself (occasionally, doing things yourself doesn’t mean you’ll do it right).  I must have a passion for turning opinions around because this also sparked my want to travel to the Middle East alone too.  Spoiler alert:  I travelled as a solo female traveller through the Middle East after Egypt and felt safer than I do in most western countries.  I am not going to lie, I did think about safety before my trip and at the time I thought to myself, “What the hell am I doing?  Should I really be doing this?”  And rightly so! My family and friends had the same thoughts (sorry, Dad).

Why do you need to visit Egypt now?  Well, you may have heard in 2011 there was a revolution in Egypt.  It was an extremely difficult and horrific time.  Over 800 people died and around 6000 were injured during this time. Since then tourists have been afraid to come back to Egypt and the Egyptians are the ones who have suffered and are still suffering today.

 

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

Back in the glory days of Egypt’s tourism, tourists were bringing in over 12 billion USD.  In 2013, that revenue dropped to 5.9 billion meaning that it decreased by more than half of its previous revenue.  Tourists were scared to come and I suppose that was for good reason.  But, nowadays people are still set in that mentality that is Egypt is incredibly unsafe and that they will probably get shot or bombed when coming off the airplane.  This is not the case.

The people that worked in tourism suffered and that made everyone else suffer too.  Millions of people lost their jobs and wouldn’t have enough money to feed their family.  It was devastating.

 

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

On a positive note, I am here to tell you that now is the time to book a trip to Egypt.  On my visit the people were incredibly friendly and so happy to see tourists enjoying their country again and bringing income for the locals.  When I say right now is the time, I mean right now before all the bus loads of tourists come back and make seeing the sights that much more difficult because of the popularity.   Also, tours are discounted so really, you need to get your butt on Sky scanner.

Egypt relies on tourism, it’s one of their top 3 incomes for their country and without it, they suffer a huge financial loss.  Last year I attended a travel conference where Egypt was one of the main talks of the town because guess what – 2017 is supposed to be Egypt’s year.  Press releases and tour agents are predicting travellers to swarm to Egypt this year making it one of the most popular travel destinations in 2017.  In December, we will see if they were right!  But, you shouldn’t take the chance and should just take my word on the fact that you should start planning a trip within the next few months.

Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

So how was my trip?  Bloody amazing (as us Kiwis would say).  It was incredible.  The people were so friendly.  If I could just go back, even just to see the smiles on the locals faces when they see a traveller, I would go back tomorrow.  They were genuinely happy.  The food was delicious.  I am seriously contemplating switching my diet to fully Egyptian food.  The temples, pyramids and other monuments were mind-blowing.  They really left me speechless.

I would love to know if you have thought about going to Egypt but have felt unsure whether to go or not.  If you would like to know how I spent 9 days exploring Egypt, then read my article here.

 

*My tour with Travel Talk was sponsored but as always, all opinions are my own and I would never recommend a destination, tour, service or product if I didn’t fully love it.  

*Please check with your own country’s safety advice and warnings before visiting.  Some countries are still advising not to visit and that could mean that your travel insurance may not be valid if something ever did happen.  It’s always a good idea to keep up with the news about what is happening in the Middle East and if in doubt, talk to people that actually live there or have just visited.  They will be able to give you sound advice and opinions. 

 

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Why Now is the Best Time to Visit Egypt (and is it safe?)

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20 Comments

  1. Christina
    March 12, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    I visited Egypt just before Arab Spring broke out and didn’t catch an inkling of the problems ahead. The vendors in the Cairo market were upbeat and bubbly. I think the problems in Egypt aren’t going away anytime soon and the country is so rich in history it would be a shame not to go.

  2. gokulr27
    March 12, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Good to see a country recovering from the conflict. I am pretty sure seeing the majestic pyramids never gets old. Would love to visit this country some day.

  3. March 13, 2017 / 12:04 am

    I agree! I was in Egypt last year and I found it to be safe. I should have gone with you though– I didn’t love most of the food that I tried. I want to try more “real” Egyptian food.

  4. March 13, 2017 / 4:15 am

    Egypt is indeed a place where safety issues and social disturbances are concerning the travellers a lot. We think personally it’s fine. But wouldn’t like it as a lone woman traveller

  5. March 13, 2017 / 5:45 am

    I’ve always had Egypt on my bucket list and have been waiting patently for the situation to settle and normalize, glad to hear that it is finally okay to tour again in this country

  6. March 13, 2017 / 10:15 am

    My husband loved his time in Egypt as a student. As you say, the people are warm and wonderful, and sights so spectacular!

  7. Barbara
    March 13, 2017 / 10:31 am

    Egypt is such a beautiful place. I was there twice. I would love to go back and visit Luxor. It looks beautiful.

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  9. March 13, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    It sounds like a great tour and one where you were able to learn so much from your guide. And its so good to hear that you felt safe. That a lot of their income as a country comes from tourism, I can’t imagine how hard the last few years have been. Hopefully by December it will be confirmed that 2017 really is Egypt’s year.

  10. March 13, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    In November, I filmed a project with CNN International in Cairo. One of the biggest questions I got, both while I was in Egypt, and after the advertorial came out, was “Did you feel safe?” Yes! The only time I felt afraid was trying to cross traffic in downtown Cairo!

  11. March 14, 2017 / 4:10 am

    I agree everyone should visit Egypt, I took my kids and we spent 3 weeks in Egypt and it was wonderful! It is so full of history and beautiful temples!

  12. travelwith2ofus
    March 14, 2017 / 7:21 am

    To be honest I do want to visit Egypt, but it’s not at the top or bottom of my list. I am fascinated by the pyramids, but I know that the country has more than that to offer including the cuisine and the warmness of the people. As for safety that is up to each individual. Do your research, talk to locals like you said and then make your decision. Hopefully I would visit one day.

  13. March 14, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Egyptian civilization is full of marvelous architectural feats and a history I would love to dive it. It is so assuring to hear that Egypt is now safe or probably it has been safe. It is sad to hear about the locals who have suffered.

  14. March 14, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Egyptian civilization is full of marvellous architectural feats and a history I would love to dive it. It is so assuring to hear that Egypt is now safe or probably it has been safe. It is sad to hear about the locals who have suffered.

  15. March 14, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Egyptian civilization is full of marvellous architectural feats and a history I would love to dive it. It is so assuring to hear that Egypt is now safe or probably it has been safe. It is sad to hear about the locals who have suffered.

  16. March 14, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    This is interesting, as I had a friend cancel a trip to Egypt in 2016. It’s good to know that 2017 looks to be great for tourism and from the comments in this thread, I’d say it’s time to book a trip to Egypt. As it appears several families have had great recent experiences.

  17. Christine DeIntinis
    March 14, 2017 / 6:59 pm

    I just got back 2 weeks ago and traveled as a solo female. This was my 3rd visit in the past 2 years and I’m planning on returning in the next few months. It is very safe and the people are wonderful. I do recommend a travel guide…just because they can really give you the history of the places you want to visit. Right now the USD is very strong against the LE so you can get more bang for your buck. I HIGHLY recommend this wonderful country.

  18. March 14, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    It’s so sad when people stop visiting a popular spot just because of misplaced fear. Egypt is such an incredible country – it’s a trip unlike any other you could ever go on. The amount of history there is astounding. I hope people will see that it’s safe to travel there and stop worrying so much.

  19. mags
    March 15, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I’m dying to go to Egypt! I’ve been arguing with my boyfriend about the safety of traveling there, so it looks like it may be time for a solo trip 😉

  20. March 17, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Thank you for the tip- Egypt has been high up on my list and its definitely a place I would love to go! Naturally safety is a big concern so thank you for this.

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