02 Aug Traveling to Egypt: 6 Useful Travel Tips
The Pyramids at Giza, the Luxor Temple, the eternal Valley of the Kings… There is no doubt that Egypt has a lot to offer in terms of history and culture. But a first-time trip to Egypt can also cause a lot of headaches if you haven’t prepared adequately. You may feel confused or perhaps even overwhelmed when it comes to planning the simple details of your trip.
But before you start planning, remember that foreigners need a tourist visa to enter Egypt. Make sure you apply for your Egypt Online Visa on the web and you’ll receive your approved travel authorization via email.
1. HIRE A TOUR GUIDE
There’s nothing like having a personal tour guide to show you the ins and outs of a foreign country. Egypt is very unique and is especially difficult to understand if you have not traveled there before. Luckily, there are plenty of freelance tour guides, but make sure they are legit.
2. ASK FOR PRICES UP FRONT
Avoid getting surprised at the cash register when you go to pay for your bottle of water, souvenir, candy, etc. at a convenience store. Ask the price up front so you know how much you are supposed to pay and you will thus avoid any awkward exchanges.
3. …BUT DON’T FORGET TO HAGGLE.
Sometimes it feels like everything in Egypt is negotiable, and one of the best ways to ensure you have a positive experience while in the land of the pharaohs is to practice your haggling skills long before you arrive. This way you will be able to pay local (and fair) prices and not get price-gouged.
4. BE RESPECTFUL OF THE CULTURE AND DRESS CODE
Make sure you do some research before you leave and learn at least a bit of Arabic before you travel (e.g., at least “please” and “thank you”). Generally, females are expected to keep their knees and shoulders covered always. For men, shorts are generally okay, but if you get invited to a friend’s house or to an event, make sure you wear pants.
5. AVOID PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Egypt is a country with huge crowds of tourists, but at heart, it remains a very conservative place. As a result, kissing in public or other forms of affection (including handholding) are generally frowned upon.
6. BRING YOUR OWN TOILET PAPER
For whatever reason, Egyptian restrooms tend not to have toilet paper. Some toilets have a built-in bidet spray nozzle, with the drawback being that you will walk out of the bathroom with a moist rear end. It’s a good idea to buy a few rolls for the duration of your trip.