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.
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.
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.
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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