We had the pleasure of chatting to Sarah Reid, Editor of the EcoTravelist, a travel website for sustainable minded globetrotters.
Sarah was lucky enough to experience an Egypt tour for the first time in May 2017 and documented her journey in a very useful article titled, How to travel responsibly in Egypt: Tips before you go. To find out more about her trip, we did a short Q&A with her.
Was this your first time travelling to Egypt?
Yes. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go since looking at pictures of the pyramids as a child, and I’m stoked to have finally made it there this year.
What was the standout attraction of your Egypt trip and why?
The opportunity to visit the tomb of Nefertari in Luxor at the current discounted rate (1000 Egyptian pounds down from 20,000!) was an absolute highlight. I also really enjoyed exploring downtown Cairo beyond the Egyptian Museum; there’s so much to see!
How was the food on your Egyptian holiday? What was your favorite meal?
Egyptian food really surprised me. It was interesting to taste Egyptian-style felafel, which is quite different to how felafel is made in neighbouring countries, but my new favourite meal is kushari. Egypt’s unofficial national dish, it’s essentially a bowl of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni topped with cumin-scented tomato sauce, crunchy fried onions, and if you like a bit of kick, a liberal dose of chilli sauce. Yum.
Any travel tips for travelers thinking of visiting Egypt?
It goes without saying that it’s important to check official travel advice before you go, and stay alert while you’re on the ground. Being sure to research local customs before you go will help you to have a more seamless trip. The best advice I can give, however, is to not let any fears you have about the region prevent you from travelling. Just go!
What was the most memorable moment of your tour?
Aside from visiting Nefertari’s tomb, I really enjoyed spending the night on a traditional felucca boat. It was a great opportunity to chill out after rushing around the attractions on the mainland.
How does this trip compare to previous trips?
I’ve been lucky to have had great guides on most of the tours I’ve been on, and this tour was no exception. Waleed was a brilliant guide, with a fantastic knowledge of Egypt.
What about Egypt inspires you?
I’m particularly inspired by Egypt’s resilience; its continuing ability to be able to offer such fantastic tourism experience despite the difficulties the nation has endured, especially over the past few years, is no mean feat.
Locals made me feel very welcome, and often went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable and having a good time.
Would you go back? If so, what would you do next time?
Absolutely! I’d like to spend more time in Cairo exploring galleries and trying new restaurants, to do some diving in the Red Sea, and to see more ruins in the Nile Valley. When the security situation in the country improves, I’d love to visit the Siwa Oasis.