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.

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.

Come as you are. Completely as you are. Leave with memories and a new appreciation for life. Where ever you go. #Egypt #GoPro

A photo posted by ✈️Sarah Richard✈️ (@coffeethentravel) on

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.

Love,

Sarah

who just moved to Egypt 

Sarah Richard is a full time travel blogger running a solo travel blog www.coffeewithasliceoflife.com and a scuba diving blog www.girlsthatscuba.com. She is currently living in Dahab, Egypt after leaving the crazy city of Hong Kong for a slower life. You’ll most likely find her in the ocean or spending hours typing away at her laptop and drinking too much coffee.

Comments

  • January 3, 2017

    What an amazing experience.
    I really liked this article. Yes, Egypt is really safe.
    I know there are lots of people out there asking if it safe or not. And as for everyone asking if Egypt is safe – is a Berlin Christmas market safe? What about a social workers office in San Bernadino, California? Or a concert in Paris? Let’s all start living our lives, with joy, with openness, with love, every day…

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  • April 23, 2017

    I have never thought to listen what media or news are telling. If we listen to them then we shouldn’t go anywhere.
    I would love to visit Egypt, as well all the countries ending with ”stan” and other places for which they say not to.

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  • April 23, 2017

    I cant believe Sarah moved to Egypt. She is a brave girl without a doubt.

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  • April 24, 2017

    Good for you! I don’t let fear stop me traveling anywhere, but I am more cautious when planning a trip. Once I’m on the road though, nothing stops me. We went to Istanbul in the middle of the coup and everything was fine. I’m of the opinion if something is going to happen, I’d rather it be doing something I love. Egypt and Jordan are currently at the top of my list for that part of the world – hopefully i’ll get there later this year.

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  • April 25, 2017

    Wadi does look relaxing. Great selfie from out of the car! One day I’ll make it to Egypt. Gotta see those pyramids.

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  • April 26, 2017

    I have always wanted to visit Egypt. Totally agree with you on the subject, there are conflicts everywhere in this world. That should not stop us from traveling. Love the pic of you in the car.

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  • April 26, 2017

    Such a must needed, refreshing piece here! Being a solo traveller, I get what you mean when people advice not go to these ‘dangerous’ places. Hope that positive journalism succeeds someday.

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