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Today our travels take us to Africa...more specifically Egypt! Get ready to learn some great travel trips to this fascinating and gorgeous country!
Let grab the sunglasses, get the notepads out, and let's go to Egypt!
Hello! Tell us a little bit about you and where you traveled to...
Hello!! My name is Aneta, I’m 27 years old and I’m from Long Island, New York. I have always had a love of traveling for as long as I can remember. I was the first one in my family born in the US, so I grew up always traveling back to Poland where my family is originally from. As a child I was always so excited going to the airport and flying in general, and this feeling has never gone away. Any chance I get I love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. My most recent trip I went on this year was to Egypt! I traveled with 3 of my closest friends, and we went on a group trip with EF Ultimate Break.
How great was the trip?
This trip was honestly one of the most mind blowing trips I’ve ever been on. I am a huge history fan and going on this trip to see in person, building and artifacts that were created literally thousands of years ago was such a surreal experience.
We went on a 10 day “Cruise the Nile” tour where we spent time in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and of course the Nile River. Traveling with an organized tour group made this trip pretty easy, since we didn’t need to think about where to go, what to eat, or how to get around.
Booking with EF Ultimate you pay for an almost all inclusive experience. Flights, hotels, tour guide, transportation, and most of the food was included. So all we had to do was just follow our tour guide around and make sure not to be late when we were meeting back at our points to continue on to next activities.
What did you do while you were there?
We saw so much on this trip! I feel like we had a pretty comprehensive Egypt experience. From seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza, to exploring so many temples along the Nile River, we were never bored on this trip. Seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza up close in personal was humbling to say the least.
I’ve been to Chichen Itza in Mexico before and appreciated those ruins, but it honestly doesn’t compare to Giza. The sheer size of the stones used to build the pyramids were taller than me, and our tour guide explained to us that each stone was actually perfectly carved out to match the stone next to it. All of the stones were carved out to form a perfect vacuum fit to the stone next to it.
This is how the pyramids have survived for so many thousands of years enduring thousands of earthquakes over all the years, and still not collapsing. Not to mention all of the astrological alignments and everything, Giza is truly a marvel worth being one of the Seven Wonders. We cruised down the Nile after spending a day in Cairo and saw so many temples along the way.
We went to the Temple of Philae, Kom Ombo, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple & my favorite the temple of Amun Re. All of the temples were unique in their own ways, but again I found myself marveling at all of the immaculate details the ancient Egyptians put into all of the hieroglyphics. It was breathtakingly beautiful. And it all carried unique stories.
So being able to see what this ancient civilization cared about and how they lived their lives was amazing to experience. It’s like being transported back in time to literally walk where they walked and only imagine how beautiful it must have looked in its prime.
How did you learn and prepare for this trip?
Before I went on this trip, and most of my trips, I usually watch a bunch of YouTube videos to prepare. I like researching what people say about places they’ve been and just seeing what to expect. Also the company we went with has an extensive check list to prepare which was useful to make sure we were aware of everything we needed.
Would you go back and do it again?
I would 100% go back and visit Egypt again. As much as I feel like we have seen, there is always so much more you could experience. Even our guide said you can go to new tombs everyday for a month and still only scratch the surface of just how many more there are.
As we were traveling and exploring, we noticed there were so many active excavation sites. As much as they have already found, more of ancient Egypt is still constantly being discovered. So some of the newer tombs we were able to see when we went to the Valley of the Kings, if we went back to Egypt ten years from now there is a big chance they will have new tombs open to the public. That is the exciting part about Egypt.
Every time you go, you could have a unique experience!
Advice for people planning to do something similar?
Some advice I would give to people planning a trip to Egypt would be to pack layered clothes. I went in February which seemed to be a good time to go since it wasn’t too hot. But most days actually felt really cold, and I was grateful to bring a Jean jacket and scarf. The sun made it feel warm when you were in it, but as soon as you were in the shade the temperature would drop dramatically, especially at night time, and the wind was pretty strong and cold. Another tip I would give is to make sure even if you travel solo, to plan ahead of time and book reputable tour guides. There are so many videos online about all of the scams you could unfortunately be a part of in Egypt.
Egyptians will try to help you, but will look to get a tip in return. The street vendors were some of the most intense vendors I’ve seen, they will walk so close to you trying to put clothes or other items in your face to sell with no remorse. So just be prepared to ignore them, saying no will only hook them onto trying to convince you otherwise.
I know most people think it’s polite to say no thank you, but honestly I saw so many people end up getting latched onto that would follow them around for a while to the point or tour guide had to chase them away. It’s honestly better not to say anything, even if you feel it is rude, there is unfortunate no better way to tell them you are not interested.
Also just to be mentally prepared that not many YouTubers mentioned, but almost every public place you go into in Egypt there are metal detectors and security EVERYWHERE.
It almost felt overly excessive, but they do take safety pretty seriously. So just to be aware and give yourself more time for all of this added security everywhere, especially in the airports as well.
Any other experiences or businesses you wish to mention that made your trip better or more comfortable?
Like I mentioned before, I went on the trip with EF Ultimate break. And in my personal opinion it was the best way to fully experience all of the Egyptian marvels without a worry. They picked us up from the airport and we were with either our tour guide or an appointed security guard at all times.
In Cairo we even had a personal police car following our tour bus. (Which later we found out was a requirement from the US embassy for American tour groups in Egypt) So honestly we felt truly safe at all times.
Even without this, all of the Egyptian people we encountered were so incredibly welcoming and nice! I would highly recommend EF Ultimate break for any trip. They have many different trip options all over the world. And this is a great option if you are a beginner traveler so that way everything is already pre planned for you and all you have to do is show up!
It is a great option as well if you want to solo travel since you will automatically end up with a group of like minded people who want to travel. The groups they organize are for younger people from ages 18-35. But half this Egypt trip were actually solo travelers and it was great because at the end of the trip we all became friends!
Even if like me you want to travel with your own friends, it makes the experience better by connecting with new people and having new friends in different places. I really support and appreciate EF Ultimate Break and what they do to make traveling more accessible to people, I recently became a brand ambassador for them.
So if any of this interests you, and you want to experience a great group trip adventure, you can get $100 off your first trip with my link
They are constantly adding new trips & have great payment plan options. So thank you for reading my story, I hope I could inspire atleast one person to explore and experience Egypt! I probably forgot to add many details in this.
I am always traveling around so if you want to see my other adventure/ connect with me with any questions I’d be happy to answer! Thank you :)
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That. Was. Awesome! Great tips. Great suggestions. All around, great! Thanks so much for sharing about your trip to Egypt Anita!
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