For anyone planning to travel to one place or another for any purpose, there are some valuable tricks and tips you should know. These instructions are to assist you in having a great time and making your vacation a memorable one, they are also to prevent you from making mistakes. Also, you should know that every land has its own culture and tradition, and every culture and society has things that they permit and things they do not. Now, as a stranger or visitor of a particular community, it is your responsibility to respect the culture of the society you are visiting by obeying all the rules and traditions of the land your visiting to maintain a good and cordial relationship with the residents of that particular area.
In this article, our main focus is going to be Egypt, and we have compiled some necessary things we think you should know before you travel to Egypt a, truly wonderful country either for vacation or any other reason. These tips and instructions will guide you and help you to understand what things you should do and things you shouldn’t in Egypt. Also, being aware of these must-know Egypt dos and don’ts will allow you to have a good time without missing out on any of the fun. Below are some of the most important dos and don’ts and best Egypt travel advice you can get when traveling to Egypt.
1) Do Respect the Archaeological Structures
Egypt is a popular country majorly because of the large number of unique and beautiful archaeological structures it has. These archeological structures contribute to one of the country's major sources of revenue which is tourism. So, as you travel to Egypt, you should keep in mind that these archeological structures are very important to this country. Treat these structures with respect and care; do not go around marking, and making inscriptions or causing any permanent damage to these structures. Treat them delicately and respectfully and just enjoy them from a distance.
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2) Do wear the right clothes
Over 85% of the Egyptian populations are Muslims, you should keep this in mind as you travel to Egypt. Although there is no restriction or limitation on the type of clothes you wear in Egypt, it would definitely be nice of you to dress decently as you move around the streets of Egypt. If you are a woman, try as much as possible not to wear clothes that are too revealing as this may bring about unnecessary attention or reaction from the locals. Men should also wear appropriate dressing. In general, it’s advisable to wear something that you think will be comfortable for you and is considerate of the people around you.
3) Do Prepare for a Fairly Hot Climate
Just like other countries in the northern part of Africa, Egypt has a fairly hot temperature. The general temperature of Egypt along the Nile River is moderate with a lot of sunshine and a few rainy days, with the desert areas being quite hotter. So, as you prepare to travel to Egypt, come with your sun cream and prepare to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.
4) Do Visit Important and Famous Locations
Even if you are not traveling to Egypt for tourism, it will be a shame if you travel to this fascinating country without seeing one of the many interesting sites it has. These famous locations are spread all over the country and they are not expensive to visit, so you don’t have to spend too much in trying to visit these places, just spare some cash and go have a good time while you take go about your business.
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1) Don’t Use Your Camera Inappropriately
Of course, we all want to take pictures and take a good account of the best and wonderful moments of our lives. This is quite normal and good, but as you do this, you should take into consideration the rules and locals of any place you find yourself in. You can take pictures of anything or anywhere you are granted access to but don't go around taking pictures of places or things that are off-limits and if you want to take pictures of anybody or property, ensure you take permission before you do so. Taking pictures without permission is quite annoying and you might end up getting disrespected, insulted or embarrassed. Thus, be careful with the way you use your gadgets.
2) Don’t Follow Suspicious People Trying to ‘help’ you
Generally, Egyptians are generally helpful and nice people that try to help strangers as much as they can, but since we can not all be saints, there are some disadvantages t0 this general kindness of the people. Recently, a lot of people have reported cases of robbery and theft from people that approach tourists under the pretense of helping them. So, as you travel to Egypt it will be a lot better if you travel with a travel agency you trust. Do not accept help from strangers you find suspicious and also avoid following strangers to palaces you are not comfortable with. Basically, Don't Get Intimidated by the locals.
For some people, traveling to a place you are not familiar with might seem intimidating to them, as a result of this intimidation, they can easily get nervous as they move around, especially if they are there alone. This a mistake you should never make as you travel into Egypt. Bear in mind that Egypt is quite safe, and that most people are friendly. Do not allow anyone to intimidate you. Walk and act confidently in anything you do, by doing this you will easily avoid getting scammed by people who might want to take advantage of you, and you will also be able to ask questions from people around you without any signs of intimidation.
3) Don’t Pet Street Animals
Despite you having all your vaccines with you or being previously vaccinated beforehand and not being afraid of getting bitten or attacked by these animals, then you can go ahead and pet as many street animals as you like. But if not, then stay away from these animals. You see, most animals you see on Egyptian streets are not vaccinated, live in all sorts of unhealthy conditions and feed on almost anything, so they are mostly infected. If you are a foreigner, these animals can even get more aggressive so stay away from them. If you are in any situation where you feel it’s impossible to avoid interacting with them, then call on any adult local around you to help you with that situation.