A trip to Egypt!!
It’s no wonder why one would want to visit Egypt. Between the ancient temples and monuments, the world- famous Pyramids, the beautiful red- sea and a unique culture and language, Egypt is one of the world’s great marvels. Here are some things to consider before you embark on your journey:
Climate: Egypt is hot, like Las Vegas or Arizona which is why it’s not recommended to go from June- August. If you plan to visit in the spring, temperatures are nice; however it can be very windy. September- February is quite possibly the best time to go, but it’s also high season for tourists.
Passports: A passport and visa are required to enter Egypt. Tourists can obtain a renewable 30-day tourist visa on arrival at an Egyptian airport for a $15 fee. For more information, visit the Arab Republic of Egypt Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Money: The conversion rate is $1= 6.03 Egyptian pounds. ATM cards can also be used in major cities, as can Visa and Mastercards. Carry some extra cash at all times for tipping. Keep you money close to your body or in a safe area to avoid getting pick pocketed at all times.
Culture: Egypt is a Muslim country, so naturally there are things you need to respect about the people and culture before you go. Public Affection is a no- no. No kissing in public. If you are a woman, don’t be over- friendly to men and wear sunglasses to avoid direct eye contact with men so you aren’t receiving unwanted attention. Also women’s shoulders and upper arms should be covered. Loose pants or long skirts are your best bet and high heels are not recommended (mostly because of all the walking you’ll be doing).
Shopping: Use bartering skills. Many of the items people will try to sell you will be 3 times the amount they are worth. Be okay with walking away and saying “no thanks.”
Taxi: Ask the front desk at the hotel/restaurant for a taxi. These people know taxi drivers they trust.
Water: Drink bottled water and drink a lot of it.
Language: Arabic is the official language of Egypt. You can learn the Arabic alphabet through our website or simply brush up on common phrases. Egyptians will appreciate you trying to speak their language.
Hi! ……. Salam!
How are you? ……. Kaifa haloka/ haloki ( female)
Good bye! ……. Ma’a salama
I’m lost ……. Ada’tu tareeqi!
How much is this? ……. Kam howa thamanoh? (th as in bath)
Laws: Like in America, it’s illegal to drink in the streets and you can only drink at places that have the equivalent of an Egyptian liquor license. Don’t take any photos of military sites or officials and respect the Muslim culture.
The great thing about traveling to other places, especially Egypt is that you’ll learn a whole new way of life, habits and a different mentality. While respecting the differences from your own culture you will gain a great appreciation and passion for life.