Solo Women Travel Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

The dream

Famous the world over for its ancient history, Egypt has long been a country many desire to experience.  The mystery of the Pyramids, sailing down the waters of the Nile, seeing the mighty Sahara, visiting the majestic Karnak and other temples and monuments, wandering the Egyptian Museum, exploring the Valley of the Kings and swimming in the crystal waters off the Red Sea Riviera.  These are just some of the treasures that makes Egypt such a ‘bucket list’ destination.

 

The worry

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Walking down the ‘Souk’ (marketplace) in Aswan. Photo: James Visser.

Although the desire for most of us to visit Egypt is understandably strong, there is no denying the reasons solo women travel Egypt is worrying for many.  Some of these reasons come down to differing perceptions about the prevailing culture when it comes to how women are regarded.  Other reasons are far more real and tangible in relation to personal safety in the wake of a number of terrorism attacks specifically targeting tourists together with political unrest in recent times.

Even though my own experience of Egypt was overwhelmingly good, I do respect that there are differences here compared to other countries where women are concerned.  I also need to declare that I did not travel to Egypt on my own and that I, for the most part, travelled in a group tour and in the company of an armed security guard that accompanied the group everywhere.

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Taken while driving through the streets in Cairo. Photo: James Visser.

While this may sound quite alarming, armed guards are now standard for tours such as ours that travelled through the country.  These measures were mandated by the government following recent terror attacks.  Security is taken very seriously as tourism is extremely important to the Egyptian economy and they are doing their best not to make tourism a ‘soft target’ for would-be terrorists.

This does result in many being quite nervous at first.  The effects of the past are obvious when you are in the country.  Every hotel and every major tourist site all have metal detectors and security present that you must pass before you enter.  These measures you see everywhere you go are constant reminders of the violence that has taken place here.

 

The facts

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Along the highway connecting Luxor to Hurghada. Photo: James Visser.

However true that such violence happened, it also makes sense to look at this in context.  The fact is that many millions of tourists visit Egypt each year as tourism continues to recover from the terrible events of the past.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia on the subject:

In 2017, Bloomberg said Egypt has “shed its years of social and political unrest” and makes the top 20 list of 2017 travel destinations. The latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has revealed that Egypt is one of the world’s fast-growing tourist destination for 2017, it raised to 8 million compared to last year which was about 5.26 million.

So things are not all doom and gloom from a tourism point of view.  Not by a long shot.

 

The feelings

Having said all of that, how should you feel about solo women travel Egypt?  Yes, it’s one thing to quote facts, but what about how people feel about it while they are there?

I decided to explore this subject by asking two people I met in Egypt to provide their views to my questions.  One was a solo woman traveller in our group and the other was our group tour leader.  Both answered extremely positively about experiences of solo women travellers in Egypt.

Are their perspectives something that would influence your decision to visit Egypt?  Please read on and judge for yourself.

 

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Ana Mestre at the Giza Plateau near the Pyramids, Egypt. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

Solo Woman Traveller

Name: Ana Mestre

Age: 32

Lives: Lisbon, Portugal

Countries visited solo so far: Iceland, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, India, USA, UAE, Hungary, Estonia, and now, Egypt.

Age when first traveled solo: 22

 

How did you first overcome any initial anxiety about solo travelling?

My first time travelling alone was as an exchange student and I had to overcome my initial culture shock.

 

What drives your choices of travel destinations?

To see places of natural beauty that are famous such as Iceland and Norway.  Sometimes I travel to attend concerts and I am very attracted to significant places I have not visited.

 

Ana on the top deck of the ‘Miriam’ cruiser on the Nile. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

What advice would you offer fellow women travellers considering Egypt?

Just go for it.  Often the first experience of solo travel can be a tricky one.  Stay focused on your itinerary until you start to feel comfortable.  Then start to talk with other travellers and share experiences.  Don’t drink too much alcohol and stay aware and in control.  Start solo travelling in countries that are not too different from your home country and get more adventurous from there.  Always take out travel/medical insurance.

 

Can you give any examples of solo travel when you had to overcome difficulties/tricky situations?

Being hassled on the streets in India.  So many people trying to sell me things, offer rickshaw rides and any number of other things quite aggressively.  It was a matter of learning to be firm but polite.  Smile and always keep your confidence and look of being in control.  Other things happen that are out of your control.  For example, I missed my flight once from Lisbon to Manchester and could only get to London.  It’s all about adapting to work things out for the best.

 

Ana adding some surprise to our Sphinx snapshot! Photo: Mahmoud Ramadan.

What have been your travel highlights and best memories?

I find that spending time on my own, especially in nature, as being really relaxing and healing.  Solitude in a natural environment without other people helps me find peace and reflection.  Being part of a group tour can also be so enjoyable as well because you get to meet new and interesting people.

 

What do you always take with you?

Migraine tablets because I suffer a lot from migraines.  Aside from that, I always have my camera and phone.

 

What do you say when others express surprise when they see you alone?

It’s all in your mind – travelling solo as a woman is not as fearful as you might think it is.  It does a lot for my own peace of mind.

 

A group of us having a celebration dinner for Ana’s birthday! Photo: Waiter in Luxor.

Do you have anything further from your experience that you would like to add?

Don’t be too scared of what you see in the media.  Do your best to look at things objectively and examine the actual facts.  Most of all, do not let fear make all your decisions.

 

What are some future destinations on your bucket list?

Greenland, Finland (again – this time Lapland – want to see the Aurora Borealis), Australia, Luxembourg.

 

Ana Mestre and myself posing in front of the temple of Queen Nefretiri at Abu Simbel. Photo: James Visser.

 

Now that we have heard from a seasoned solo woman traveller, let’s now look at a different perspective of a professional in the industry…

 

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Mahmoud Ramadan out on the Red Sea near Hurghada. Photo: James Visser.

A professional working in/with solo women travel Egypt

Name: Mahmoud Ramadan

Age: 36

Profession: Qualified Egyptologist and Tour Guide

Based in: Cairo, Egypt

 

How long have you been a tour guide?

14 years, starting in 2005, following gaining a BA in Egyptology from Cairo University.

 

Mahmoud explaining these hieroglyphics at Kom Ombo. Photo: James Visser.

Where do most solo women travellers here come from?

These days it has been mostly Australians.  In the past, there have been mostly Europeans, more specifically from Germany.  Most solo women sign up to do the classical Egyptian tours with not many that opt for adventure tours such as camping.

 

What changes in Solo Women Travel Egypt have you noticed?

There are so many more solo women travellers today, compared with 5 years ago.  They mostly do their homework and know what to expect.  They are not as afraid as in past years.  Many that travel here are on a limited budget.  It has been a real shame that key influencers like Lonely Planet have scared a lot of women from coming to Egypt.  Unfortunately, the media is often not objective at all in their reporting.

 

Mahmoud in traditional dress at a theme night. Photo: James Visser.

Why do you think there are not more solo women travellers?

This leads on from my last point: inaccurate media reporting.  Too much sensationalist reporting that does not point out the vast majority of very happy and safe tourists here.  There have been only minimal issues/incidents over the past 8 years and tourism is now increasing.  2019 has been the best year so far.

 

Does your company do anything to encourage the brand of solo women travel Egypt?

Yes.  Good examples of this have been to offer affordable single supplement options on tours as well as 2 for 1 offers for 2 single women wanting to share.

 

What advice would you provide women travellers coming to Egypt?

Do not come with anxiety and worry.  Keep an open mind and have confidence that you will enjoy your time here as so many others have.  Just pack your bags and go.

 

Mahmoud taking a group of us sailing on a felucca in the Nile at Luxor. Photo: James Visser.

Do you have any interesting memories of past solo women travellers?

I remember one lady in particular from Germany that did not cancel on a tour when everyone else did.  This was immediately after the Egyptian revolution occurred in 2011.  She did not see the political unrest at the time as a reason to alter her plans.  I admired her spirit and I actually did the tour especially for her, even though she was the only person.  She ended up loving everything about her tour and went away a great advocate of visiting Egypt.

 

Is there anything further you would like to add?

Most people come to Egypt for all the obvious iconic sites that our country is known for.  However, there are many more things that people should consider doing while they are here.  I am referring to things such as safari tours and camping in the mountains and desert, nature-based tours that are unique to anywhere else, Valley of the Whales, Siwa Oasis a ‘heaven on earth’, spiritual tours, caves, waterfalls and the desert.  I should also add that male guides are just as good as the women guides and are often better at negotiating/bargaining on behalf of tourists.

 

Mahmoud and myself posing in front of the Sphinx, Giza Plateau. Photo: James Visser.

 

 

So, are you for or against Solo Women Travel Egypt?

Given that the two people interviewed above were likely to give a positive perspective (as I did) about visiting Egypt, I can’t help wondering what most readers here think.  It may well be that you do not think travelling to Egypt solo is a good idea at all.  Maybe you have been yourself and not had a great experience or have heard of another person or people with relevant stories.  Or you may agree that Egypt is well worth the effort and feel encouraged to go.

Please have your say either way in the comments below if you would like to share and as always, thank you so much for reading.

 

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110 thoughts on “Solo Women Travel Egypt

  • February 3, 2020 at 6:24 am
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    For being one of the oldest civilizations of the world and for me who is an Art History enthusiast, Egypt has been in my wishlist for long. Even last week when I was speaking to a friend who is also into art history, was just stressing me to not miss Egypt while I’m living in Europe, coz is easier to go from here than from Asia/America. I’m glad to know Egypt has become more and more tourist friendly now. I remember my days of solo travel (before I became a mommy!), and it was definitely great and its indeed for your own peace of mind, as Ana Mestre says!

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    • February 5, 2020 at 8:44 pm
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      That’s for sure Bhushavali. For art history enthusiasts, Egypt would certainly have to be one of the best places in the world to visit. For sure, travelling from Europe is a lot shorter and more straight forward than many other places. James and I took a flight to Cairo from Paris very easily while we were in Europe and it was relatively short. Peace of mind is vitally important when you travel so far from home and I think Ana shares some great points for women solo travellers. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your perspective.

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  • January 31, 2020 at 6:36 pm
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    I can completely understand the fear of travelling to Egypt as a solo women. I have to agree with Mahmoud on sensationalist reporting. It’s a lot easier to see negative stories than positive ones. Your blog is showing the positive side which is great. Hopefully solo women aren’t put off visiting Egypt

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    • February 5, 2020 at 8:38 pm
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      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, David. What I have tried to do here in the wake of such mainstream media sensationalism is to bring some balance to the subject by presenting some facts and contrary opinions. It will always be important for each person to conduct their own due diligence prior to taking a trip anywhere, but this should be based more on the facts and less on media stories that can carry a lot of unnecessary hype and panic.

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  • January 31, 2020 at 5:38 pm
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    This is quite an insightful post and it really got me curious about solo women travel in Egypt. It felt assuring to know about armed guards. It was very inspiring to know about Ana and take some lessons. Sometimes you really have to be firm and polite and just be focused.

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  • January 30, 2020 at 1:47 am
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    It is an interesting interview and exciting perspectives on the subject. I haven’t been to Egypt yet, although I would love to see ancient pyramids. Would I go there, solo? I’m not sure. After unpleasant experiences from a solo trip around India, I avoid traveling alone. But I don’t rule solo travel out. Everyone is responsible for own travel choices.
    I believe that wherever you go, you should be careful in every country in the world and every culture. And most of all, we need to respect each other.

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    • February 5, 2020 at 8:29 pm
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      I’m sorry to hear of your previous unpleasant experiences on a solo trip, Agnes, but then again all places are different and present differently to each of us. What might be true for one place and for one person might be very different for other people and other places. I love that you still keep an open mind about this, not being sure if you would do it again after your past experience. Ultimately, it is best to follow the preference you believe will deliver the best experience for you. Mutual respect and being careful all definitely great mantras to travel by. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm
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    This is an important article! I have traveled solo since I was 18 (for 8 years now) and I have been hesitant with Egypt. But I have talked with other women who have went and they all pretty much say the same. I think the media makes people think the world is scary when it isn’t. I would love to visit Egypt some day, but due to work (gross haha), I don’t have the time and money to dedicate to making it a great experience!

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    • January 29, 2020 at 7:56 pm
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      I agree that the media often will embellish the truth to make things more sensational than they often are, Mara. The fact that many thousands of people travel there solo, and safely, is not something that they believe is worthy of a story. I would still advocate everyone needs to undertake their own due diligence when it comes to travelling anywhere and the situation overall is continuing to get better for Egypt. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment and I hope the time will be right for you to start planning your Egyptian trip before too long.

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  • January 29, 2020 at 4:53 pm
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    Hi Nicole, In your blog you have described about solo traveling in Egypt so nicely. To be honest before your blog I was a bit worried about how safe Egypt is for women solo traveler, because of the tangible relation to personal safety and all. But after reading your blog I came to know that there are armed guards those who take care. I don’t know the facts before reading your blog that, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has revealed that Egypt is one of the world’s fast-growing tourist destination for 2017. I would definitely visit Egypt for solo traveling.

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    • January 29, 2020 at 7:49 pm
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      Thanks very much for your comment Shreya. Egypt has certainly done a great deal to ensure the safety of its visitors and to re-establish a reputation as being a safe place to visit. In terms of tourism numbers, 2019 has been their best year so far since the events occurred and 2020 is looking to be even better with the opening of the new Egyptian Museum at Giza. Hope you visit yourself one day.

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  • January 25, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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    I did a lot of solo traveling when I was younger and I loved the opportunity it afforded me to make my own schedule and explore places like a local.
    We live in a changing world and I, personally, would not do solo travel anywhere outside of my current place of residence, and my birth country.
    It’s not just Egypt, we have seen the rise of terrorism and tourist attacks across the world. I’ve enjoyed group travels and will continue to do so.
    That said, travel is very personal and there are no wrong choices as long as we act sensibly and keep safety and cultural respect in mind.

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    • January 25, 2020 at 7:40 pm
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      There is no doubt that the number of countries that have experienced terrorism and tourist attacks continues to grow, Elizabeth. We all, individually, have to decide for ourselves what we feel most comfortable with in terms of our travel choices. I completely agree with your last sentence in this respect as I feel that is an excellent way, to sum up, this situation. Thanks so much for reading and leaving such a considered comment.

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  • January 24, 2020 at 2:28 am
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    I regret not going to Egypt when my girlfriend was out there for work. But it was also during the time of unrest when the embassy was evacuated. .

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    • January 24, 2020 at 4:38 am
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      I do understand your regret Lisa as Egypt has so much in the way of unique things to see. Although it was probably best that you erred on the side of caution at that time. However, these are much better times without doubt and you may wish to consider planning a trip to see why so many people just love what Egypt has to offer. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your story.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 11:09 pm
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    Great post!! Many people still think that travelling solo to Eygpt as a woman is dangerous and I understand where they come from, as there have been incidents to support their perception but I do know many solo female travellers who have travelled to Eygpyt have loved their experience. I have recently travelled to Eygpt and yes honestly before travelling I did my fair share of research on travelling safely and all the local situation the country has but for me, it was just like any other place I have travelled filled with great experience and some minor unlucky ones. I love the fact that you have also brought up the normal stereotype many travelers have before visiting Egypt, many people just need to step in and be exposed to realize that all destinations have their own perks and cons.

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    • January 22, 2020 at 8:02 pm
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      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Daniel. You are definitely right that the word is starting to get out more that Egypt has been a safe destination for many solo women travellers, who are really enjoying their experiences there. As time moves on (providing no further incidents occur), the reputation of Egypt being a safe place will continue to grow and more solo women travellers will consider this in their travel plans. Tourism numbers are growing right now at an impressive rate as more and more people see it as being safe to visit this iconic destination.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:21 pm
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    It is always a treat to read your posts and goes without saying how informative they are. Travelling in Egypt, in general, does bring doubts and even though some have different perceptions, it seems a relatively safe place for tourism. Solo travel would surely come with its issues which is throughout the world and Egypt would not be an exception. What I can agree with is that solo travel for women can be daunting in the middle east especially but you have clarified a lot of the doubts for me at least. It is a beautiful country and one that everyone must visit once in their lifetime so whether independently or with a group visit Egypt is all I say. Thanks for sharing

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    • January 21, 2020 at 8:53 pm
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      Thank you very much for your very thoughtful and lovely comment, Amar. I agree if someone has concerns about travelling solo, then it would be better to travel in an organised, professional group tour, rather than miss out on experiencing a visit to Egypt.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Thanks for sharing information about traveling solo to Egypt as I was always worried in traveling to Egypt. I always considered it unsafe place for women and that alone but it is good to know that everything is comfortable and normal here. Respecting different cultures is what I too follow. Even I loved reading solo travel stories by female travelers, especially the ones how to stand polite and firm when many locals are persuading you for many things. Thanks for sharing some interesting travel stories of solo female travelers.

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    • January 21, 2020 at 8:21 am
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      You’re most welcome Yukti and I’m pleased you enjoyed and got some worthwhile information from the article. Thank you for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 4:52 am
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    You beat me to Egypt, Nicole! Visiting the pyramids and sailing down the Nile has been one of my life long dreams. In fact I came really close to it this past fall, when we visited Israel. It was however very inconvenient (and scary!) to travel through the Sinai desert at night, so we gave up that plan. It sounds somewhat alarming that armed guards are now standard for tours, but I’d love to visit Egypt just the same. I think it’s overall a pretty safe destination, especially if you go on a guided tour.

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    • January 21, 2020 at 8:18 am
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      Although there are never any guarantees with any destination, I totally agree with your thoughts about Egypt being a pretty safe destination, Anda, and particularly when you are a part of a guided tour. Honestly, I can say that I never felt unsafe at any time and although I travelled with my fiance James, the solo woman traveller Ana, who I interviewed for this article certainly did not feel unsafe either. There were also many families with young children in the resort areas that were equally fine. I’m sure you would love this fascinating country as much as I did.

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  • January 21, 2020 at 3:33 am
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    I can totally see how having an armed guard would be both unsettling and comforting at the same time. It does seem like it’s ok for solo female travel though. I can’t wait to get there someday!

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    • January 21, 2020 at 8:11 am
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      There are quite a few solo women travellers that make the trip to experience Egypt, Jennifer. There hasn’t been much at all in the way of actual incidents occurring with international tourists generally for quite a while and the authorities certainly seem to be determined to keep it that way. The Egyptian people are extremely friendly and the tours from what I saw are very efficient, informative and caring – wanting to ensure you enjoy your trip. Thanks so much for commenting and I hope you have a great time when you go.

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  • January 20, 2020 at 6:43 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to visit the pyramids. I’ve not made it there yet but all of the pictures here make me want to visit so much! I completely understand the concerns for solo women but glad to see it hasn’t put everyone off

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    • January 20, 2020 at 9:04 pm
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      Without doubt the pyramids are certainly what Egypt is most famous for, David, however, there is just so much more to see. Do check out the other 6 articles in this series on Egypt for many more things to see and experience there. I agree that it’s great to see good security there to allow solo women travel to occur safely for many. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 19, 2020 at 8:48 am
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    Great guide! I know a lot of women are afraid to travel solo there yet Egypt is a dream for many. And I agree: Egypt is magical!

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    • January 19, 2020 at 8:05 pm
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      Thanks for reading and commenting Lyosha – there is no doubt the lure of all Egypt has to offer, continues to attract so many from all parts of the globe.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm
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    I’m not sure if i’m in favor or not of women traveling alone. I have traveled alone before but it depends on the country i’m going. Exactly because there are places i don’t feel safe going on my own. I do think that the ones who can see the world by themselves are really brave!

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    • January 18, 2020 at 12:32 am
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      For sure it depends on the country and its circumstances as to whether solo travel would be something you would be comfortable doing, Daphne. Hopefully, bravery should not come into it, but rather objective decision making based on proper due diligence, considering all the available facts. Plus the more experienced a person becomes at solo travel, the easier it becomes for that person to better assess new and different destinations. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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  • January 17, 2020 at 10:05 am
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    Egpyt is on the top of my travel bucketlist. I have wanted to go there for as long as I can remember! I haven’t been yet because it would be a more expensive trip and it’s hard to find the right travel partner for this particular destination. I never thought about doing Egpyt as a solo traveller! I’ve been thinking more and more about being a female solo traveller! It’s great to read about experiences of other travellers!

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    • January 18, 2020 at 12:27 am
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      I can definitely relate to what you are saying, LuLu. I have never done a lot of solo travel myself as I love to share and enjoy the experience of different and exciting destinations, such as Egypt, with someone I care about. Do let me know what you end up doing with your trip to Egypt when you get to the point of booking and if I can help at all (irrespective of whether you go solo or not), then I would be happy to provide any information I can. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 2:15 pm
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    This is one part of my life I’m yet to explore to the fullest, whether solo or not. I want to travel and see the world but other life commitments are always in the way.
    I hope to do it one day before my legs become weak.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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      It’s so true that we all get so busy these days that it’s hard to find time to get away for a while, Toyin. I really hope you get to find time to fulfil your travel destination dreams. Best wishes to you.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 1:48 pm
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    There is some brilliant advice here. I think it is all about being sensible and safe as possible x

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  • January 16, 2020 at 1:42 pm
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    A very interesting read! Great idea on getting the perspectives from different folks.
    Egypt has been on my bucket list for a while, though I do not think I’d be able to do it solo, I’m too chicken for that! Besides, I’d want someone to be with me to marvel at the grandeur of the pyramids!

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:55 pm
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      I can totally understand your viewpoint Smita. I felt the same way myself, which is why I was so happy to share this special destination with my fiance. We both loved the pyramids and every other area of the country that we saw. I hope you will be able to visit with someone special as you suggest. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • January 16, 2020 at 9:43 am
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    It was really interesting to read about a woman’s perspective of travelling alone. I’d love to do some solo travel one day and Egypt is somewhere that I’ve always dreamed of travelling to. Hopefully I’ll get there soon.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm
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      I hope so as well Kelly – whether solo or travelling with someone, Egypt has so much to see, experience and enjoy. Thanks very much and I hope you will let me know about your trip if/when you decide to visit.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 8:33 pm
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    Ahh, Egypt! From I was very young, I wanted nothing more than to be an archaeologist, specializing in ancient Egypt. There is just so much of it that is mind-blowingly amazing. I love your idea with this post, interviewing two people from different points of view, were both saying the same thing: that was some forethought, you can do anything.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 6:09 pm
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    Amazing how many places she has visited, I can’t imagine how scary yet freeing it would be to visit all of these places by yourself. Egypt would be a wonderful place to visit, so much history to explore! Thanks for sharing all of this info.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:46 pm
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      There is no doubting that Ana is a champion among solo women travellers, Luna. I was really impressed with her measured and controlled outlook and her determination to really enjoy her travels on her terms. At the same time, she was a lot of fun to spend time with while on the same tour. We both found Egypt to be such a wonderfully fulfilling country, full of so many beautiful and fascinating places to explore. Thank you so much for your comment.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm
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    This was such an interesting and informative article! I admit that I am one of those people who are swayed by the mass media and the fear that it often perpetuates. I loved reading about the experience of a solo travelling woman and then the travel guide! These interviews provided such a different look than what the media usually brings to the table and that is so refreshing!

    I would love to do some solo travelling because I think it is good for anyone who is looking to really experience the world for themselves. When we travel alone, we are forced to meet new people and experience these new places and sites on our own terms – and I think that is a great thing!

    Thanks for sharing such a great article for solo women travellers!

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:41 pm
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      Thank you for such a considered and open comment Lindsay. There is no doubt that we are all influenced by mass media reporting and tend to err on the side of caution, thinking that such reports must have something to them, even though we acknowledge the sensationalism and exaggeration that often is part and parcel of such reporting. It can sometimes be a challenge to pick through it all to get the actual facts.

      I totally agree and love your observation about the benefits of solo travel and truly wish you all the very best with future trips you may undertake. Thank you so much again for sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 12:39 pm
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    There are some really good tips and considerations here. It is all about being safe and sensible – Egypt looks fab x

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  • January 15, 2020 at 8:28 am
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    We have thought of Egypt as a place that we must visit in the near future. It is such a good account of the ground realities there. I guess it’s a little bit of concern but should be okay for me and my wife.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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      Thank you for considering these issues for the trip you are planning with your wife. By all means, do check out other reliable sources of information available to ensure you both feel comfortable. Thanks for reading and sharing a comment and I hope you have a wonderful time if you decide to go.

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  • January 15, 2020 at 1:26 am
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    Egypt was my 70th country and I was so excited about it. Once I got there it was a bit of a shock. I was with my boyfriend so I guess that made it better, I can’t imagine If I were there alone. I was born in a 3rd world country so I thought I’d be prepared especially been in so many places, but I just wasn’t. I believe If you have the right mindset and know what you are getting your self into, then by all means. I had a blast, saw so much history, can’t wait to be back!!!

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:25 pm
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      I must admit I’ve never thought of keeping a running count of countries I have visited in my travels Aryanne, so I have no clue what number country Egypt was for me. Being born in a third world country, I assume this is relevant to your Egypt experience because you also spent some time growing up in that environment to give you the perspective you refer to? Aside from travel, I have also been fortunate to experience living for a while in similar environments, so I can understand what you mean about having the right mindset. Even so, I completely understand your preference not to travel alone and am happy to hear that you found Egypt to be a rewarding experience. Thanks very much for reading and your comment.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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    Wow, looks like you really enjoyed your time in Egypt. Just goes to show that solo adventure for women there is very doable. Love all the pictures and wonderful advice.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm
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    Egypt does look beautiful, but I don’t think I’d want to travel alone. I think in my mind, I’d be saying that if they need security guards for the group tours, I’d be best not to do a solo trip.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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      That’s fair enough Elizabeth. After all, we do know what has happened in the past and that added security is a measure that has been taken due to these terrible events. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 7:49 pm
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    Personally I would feel strange traveling alone as a male but not because of safety as much as I just feel weird doing it. I can barely sit at a dinner table by myself. That being said I am for doing whatever makes you happy. Egypt is a place I would love to see and I agree that most of what you hear is media sensationalism. They love to blow things out of proportion but when you look at overall numbers it’s most likely safer than Chicago. 🙂 I loved the interviews.

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    • January 16, 2020 at 8:11 pm
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      Thanks very much Scott – I agree that the media will usually lean toward making a bigger, more sensational story where possible. The trick for us consumers of media would be to do our best to sift through all the information to focus on the actual facts, rather than the associated build up around it. This is why I thought including interviews with perspectives from relevant people would be of interest.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 6:07 pm
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    Egypt is a beautiful place to visit. All your clicks are amazing. Solo traveling must be fun. I have not tried it yet.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 1:14 pm
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    How neat to do so much traveling. I usually don’t like the idea of traveling solo, just as a safety precaution. Even hiking locally – you just never know what could happen. I definitely think I am capable of doing it though!

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    • January 14, 2020 at 7:17 pm
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      You would definitely be capable Marysa. It’s just a case of being prepared and informed for the place you intend on visiting. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 6:13 am
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    This was a great story! I’m familiar with books like the Lonely Planet series but I agree that it is important to form your own objective opinions about a region, or locale and exercise common sense regarding safety precautions. I remember studying ancient Egypt in history class and everything seemed fascinating about the culture – I understand why Egypt attracts a great deal of tourism.

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    • January 14, 2020 at 7:32 am
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      That’s for sure Jennifer! Egypt is definitely on the bucket list of so many people and for women that choose to travel solo, it’s important that decisions are based around facts and common sense. No place is perfectly safe in this world but the more that we investigate, the more we find the ability to experience all there is.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    This was a great read. I think being a solo traveller woman isn’t as bad as it is perceived to be. I think women are beginning to be bolder and more daring than they were in the past. I haven’t been to many places but it’s not a bad idea to solo travel.

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    • January 14, 2020 at 6:00 am
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      There is no doubt that overall, the world generally is getting better as a place for women to travel independently, Viano. There are many women globe-trotting adventurers today such as Ana that are determined not to be intimidated and assess any risks based on the available facts, and not on emotion or assumptions. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 2:29 am
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    I like your advice about visiting places that are culturally similar to your home country first if you are travelling solo. Be aware of your surroundings, getting travel/medical insurance, and don’t drink too much alcohol – sound advice from a seasoned solo traveler like Ana. Sharing this article with my more adventurous friends.

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    • January 14, 2020 at 3:23 am
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      Thanks so much, Eileen. I totally agree that Ana offered some pretty solid advice in her interview, built up from her many trips to foreign countries. Thanks so much for reading, sharing with your friends and leaving such a great comment.

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  • January 14, 2020 at 1:35 am
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    Egypt has always been in my list but I was so scared to travel solo. Thanks for your interviews, I might go there this year. I guess I just have to go to the safe and touristy places.

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    • January 14, 2020 at 3:20 am
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      I think doing your own research is key Karla. Conducting your own due diligence is really important so that you feel confident. Speak to as many women as possible that have been there to get their honest views. I honestly did not feel unsafe at all but I also did not wander off alone or tempt fate either. Getting as many tips as possible from solo women travellers that have been there would be a good place to start. I wish you all the best with experiencing Egypt as there is so much in the way of beauty and history that is there waiting.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 7:03 pm
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    I do agree that the media tends to over-hype the few incidents that happen…and the public eats it up (so they keep sharing it, and the snowball grows). Thanks for sharing this cool format of a blog, loved the interview style!

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    • January 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm
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      That’s for sure about the media, Mike – a very good point indeed. Thank you for your comments about this blog and interviews. Really happy you liked it.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 6:41 pm
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    I have never been there but its definetely somewhere I would love to visit someday! I have only traveled solo in the US.

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    • January 13, 2020 at 11:29 pm
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      There are obviously many more factors to consider on various international destinations, Neely, but even so, hopefully you will plan your visit to Egypt one day – solo or otherwise. Irrespective, I hope you have as wonderful a time as I know Ana and I did.

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  • January 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm
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    One of the things in my bucket list is seeing pyramids in person! Kind of envious on your photos! Someday! Happy for you though.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:49 pm
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    I’ve never thought of traveling to Egypt alone. Though I would love to it looks beautiful. Thanks for all the great information!

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  • January 12, 2020 at 11:45 pm
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    For everything it offers, Egypt sounds like a really fun trip, although I don’t know if I would do it solo. More power to the women who do. I guess it’s about getting some experience travelling solo and building up to places like Egypt like Ana said.

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    • January 13, 2020 at 11:23 pm
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      That’s certainly a fair point Amber and thank you for sharing it. We all have different comfort and confidence levels depending on our past experiences and it is just important to travel to places in the way that best suits our comfort zone.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 10:28 pm
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    As a 99% solo traveler myself, I too will book group tours where it’s not safe to travel alone. Personal safety is always paramount. Some food for thought. Is it a solo travel trip if you go with a tour group? Where do we draw the line on what exactly is solo travel?

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    • January 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm
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      That’s an interesting point, Debra. I would think that if you travel somewhere on your own, irrespective of whether you decide to join a group tour or not, by definition this is still considered solo travel. Ultimately, everyone around you is still a stranger and you are still the only person responsible for yourself and do not have someone close to you to that you know you can rely on, should something occur. At the end of the day tour groups only go so far in what can be offered in terms of support and comfort, depending on the circumstances. Thank you for reading and raising this point and best wishes to you in your future trips.

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  • January 12, 2020 at 5:08 am
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    Those are really good insights from people who have travelled solo, thanks for sharing. I’m a scaredy cat and haven’t done solo travel except when I migrated here in Chicago alone. Egypt by the way is really beautiful, my friend went there last year. She was part of a tour group as well.

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    • January 13, 2020 at 11:13 pm
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      It is true that we all have different levels of feeling comfortable with something like travel Cherrie. Better that you do what makes you feel best on any trip so that you will completely enjoy the experience rather than feel worried while you are away. Many would also argue that they would prefer to experience special places with people special to them. Thank you very much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 6:08 pm
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    This was a great article since it also included an interview with a local. I haven’t experienced Egypt as a solo, but I did go there with a female friend. We were quite young and toured around both Sharm el Sheik and Cairo independently. We did experience some minor things like suggestions and people shouting after us, but nothing major. I think if you avoid places where you are alone, do your research how to move around safely and don’t expose yourself to be vulnerable, you will mostly do fine. We very much enjoyed our trip.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:47 pm
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      I think you have definitely shared some great insight and advice from your experience, Paula. Research is key as is being open-minded and using common sense as you would anywhere. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm
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    I’ve never taken a solo trip, but more power to those of you who are able to do that for yourself. It looks like you had a great trip. Egypt is on my bucket list to visit one day. It looks so beautiful, and educational.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 1:16 am
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    I’ve never considered Egypt solo. Interesting… I’d love to visit Cairo one day to explore. Mahmoud seems like a very lovely man.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm
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      Going to Egypt is a real travel highlight for so many, Kemi, and I’m sure you would enjoy it also. However, there is also so much to see outside of Cairo that I would urge you to consider if/when you visit Egypt. Do have a look through the previously published travel articles on this site to see what I mean. And you’re definitely right about Mahmoud – aside from having and sharing so much knowledge on every site and location we visited, he really is such a friendly and open man who has a passion for his country. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • January 11, 2020 at 12:23 am
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    I’m going to pin this for later. Although I don’t plan on visiting solo, my daughter has asked that this be her 10th birthday trip.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:36 pm
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      That would certainly be an unforgettable birthday event, Kim! Most children we saw enjoying themselves were in the resort areas along the Red Sea Riviera although there are so many other spots to enjoy as well. Best wishes for your trip if you decide to go.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 8:14 pm
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    Egypt is a gorgeous place! I would love to visit one day. I focus more on the reasons to go there, rather than worrying too much about things that are unlikely to happen.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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      For sure the chances of anything happening specifically to you are slim, Kerri. However, as with any holiday destination, it is always best to be prepared by researching the facts beforehand.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm
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    Visiting a place like Egypt would be so cool and is actually on my bucket list. Travelling anywhere always has its risks and I would be happy to travel there on my own.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:32 pm
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      You bet Kelly! Best wishes for your trip and hope you achieve the same level of enjoyment that we did, as there really is so much to see and the people we met were all very friendly and welcoming.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 4:13 pm
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    My friend’s family is from Egypt. She has talked a lot about traveling there and I think it would be extra exciting to travel alone.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm
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      Definitely Emily, provided, of course, that appropriate research and due diligence are done beforehand (as you would do with any place). Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 2:06 pm
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    It is sad that these tour groups require armed security, that certainly would put me off visiting, but I understand it is a precaution. The organized tour does seem like the smarter move to explore Egypt these days. It looks like a beautiful excursion.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:27 pm
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      The tour we took, which took up most of our time while we were in Egypt, was extremely well organised and was so enjoyable in terms of the hospitality provided, Jen. I guess there are two reactions that most people have to armed security. The first might be that it can’t be safe because of the need to have armed security, to begin with. The second view would be that the circumstances of the past necessity armed security now adds as a deterrent for potential attacks and adds to our protection, safety and security in the process. Both points of view are valid and I suppose it depends which you apply more weight to, that will contribute to any individual’s decision.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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    When we went to Egypt, we visited the Luxor area. But we were not allowed to visit around Cairo because of safety concerns. It was not a female concern but the country was a bit unstable at the time. I do think that there are no perfectly safe times to visit many countries. And sometimes you do just need to “go for it”. I agree that you need to examine the facts and make a decision. And then be safe as you travel. I might be a bit concerned about travelling solo in Egypt. But I hope I would overcome it as these women you have highlighted did.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:20 pm
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      I love the way you have summed up your experience and observations here, Linda. Times change and Egypt certainly does make you feel very welcome now and they take the safety and security of visitors very seriously. You make a great point that there are no perfectly safe times to visit many countries but at the same time, we need to balance that against the facts to see whether this justifies not travelling to any desired location. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts here.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 10:57 am
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    Strange thing is only one person has ever brought up the terrorism thing in Egypt. I think its getting to the point that we are kinda getting use to crazy and stupid terrorism acts in cities around the world and once it happens, dies down, life goes on. I work in the transport industry in Central London and have a lot of dealing with British Transport Police and its getting to the point now that the feeling is when something happens, life goes on. I wouldn’t let terrorism stop me traveling to Egypt or any other country in the world. Its only a small percent of idiots out there who like to do stupid things and disrupt daily life of others.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:14 pm
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      Totally agree that acts of the past should not stop you going anywhere, provided that the facts support the safety of any given place at the time you choose to travel, Danik. People can let past tragic events prevent them from going to a place when the stats show that it is now very safe for tourists. No place will have any guarantee that nothing will happen – that is true of anywhere in the world, but I think each person needs to be objective about their decision making, rather than let the emotion of such terrible events make an unjustified choice.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 9:02 am
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    I love reading this article about Egypt as it is also quite similar to the voices in my head about South Africa. South Africa may not be very safe especially for women, according to a local I’ve had a great conversation with, regardless, it’s all in our hands to be safe and stay cautious at all times.
    And, when one had a great time in particular country, say for example Egypt, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone who will go to Egypt will have the same experience. And I like that you point that out. Egypt has been on my bucket list, a very interesting and cultural country that I must see. And yes, safety must come above everything, no matter where we are.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 9:07 pm
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      I completely agree with the point you are making here Catherine. Keeping an open mind to each destination is certainly key, recognising that your experience will be different to that of others. And, as Ana says “Do your best to look at things objectively and examine the actual facts”. Doing this and taking precautions relevant to your destination should hold you in good stead. I hope you get to cross Egypt off your bucket list soon and that you have as much of a good time as we did.

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  • January 10, 2020 at 4:29 am
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    A friend of mine solo travelled to India. I don’t know if I could ever do it. I’m so impressed by how many places Ana has been to on her own! That in itself is quite inspiring.

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    • January 11, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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      Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Monica. I do think you can do anything you put your mind to, and if you are determined you want to do something, then you will do it. Ana is indeed an inspirational solo traveller and a great role model for many as she continues to enjoy her travels.

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