Dear girls of the world: please don’t stop visiting Egypt because you are told it’s dangerous
Dear girls of the world,
If you listen to what you hear on the news, the world is pretty much cut off from traveling at the moment. If you go to the Middle East you’ll get shot, Central America, kidnapped, India scammed and Africa harassed. If you read too much of the newspaper you’ll probably never leave your house again. How is a girl to travel this world solo anymore? I don’t doubt you for being apprehensive. If you listen to the media that is.
I’m sitting here writing this in Dahab, Egypt. A place The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to I take my – and others – security seriously. This is nothing to joke about. However, there is a lot that the media don’t show you. And I’m here to fill that void.
I urge you, one day, to spend a Christmas away from home. To just sit and observe how it is celebrated (or not) in a different surrounding. To learn about different cultures and different traditions. If you go in with no expectations, I guarantee you will return blown away! ? #everydayischristmas #traveltheworld #Dahab
This sleepy little ocean town I am currently residing in, gives off nothing but smiles and is saturated in positivity. We discuss among us living here, how misunderstood our home is. We wish we could show the world exactly what Egypt is like, and Israel and Jordan at that. I’ve been traveling these 3 countries for 3 months now. I couldn’t even think of one slightly bad thing that has happened to me during my solo journey.
The bombings in Cairo that happened last week were awful.It is absolutely unaccepatble. Being in Egypt, I got a few worried messages. And I appreciated people’s concerns, but I am very far away from Cairo. 7 or 8 hours away. However, after these events, the whole of Egypt was tainted with the same brush. A dangerous, violent country not to be visited.
Don’t listen to the media.
I am not going to sit here and pretend I am not aware of the dangers in Cairo, as well as the dangers around the rest of the world. Conflicts have been going on for as long as this planet has existed. But, this should not stop you visiting this wonderful country. Egypt is a big place, it has so much to give, and there are plenty of places you can visit that hold no security risk.
I understand when someone tells you not to go somewhere you listen. But I urge you to question them – to ask if they have recently visited and what their experience was. I urge you to look beyond the mainstream media and instead read blogs written by travelers that are currently here. I urge you to trust in the Egyptians and see the pride they have for their country. I urge you to visit Egypt.
After all, I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere soon, let’s get coffee and I’ll show you exactly why.
Dare to be different, dare to stand up for a country that will welcome you with open arms.
who just moved to Egypt