Egypt has long been considered one of the safest travel destinations in the Middle East and North Africa, but with the revolution that started in 2011, tourists have been nervous about visiting the country. In reality, Egypt remains safe for female travelers, especially if you choose to stay away from the more volatile areas. Here are 10 reasons why you should travel to Egypt as a woman.
1: Women are always treated with respect
While many cultures around the world are becoming more egalitarian in terms of gender, Egyptian women are still treated with great respect. They always enter and exit public transportation before men (and they will not sit next to a man on any form of transportation). If they’re out in public at night, it is almost unheard-of for them to be harassed or touched by anyone other than family members.
2: Egyptian men are gentlemanly and friendly
Yes, we know about all of those stories about women being harassed in Egypt—but that’s simply not true for most visitors. Most Egyptian men will go out of their way to be nice and friendly, so keep your guard up at first but don’t let it get in the way of having fun on your trip! In fact, after spending some time in Cairo (and other places), you may find yourself wishing that there were more good-mannered guys back home! 😉
3: Crime rates are low in Egypt
when compared to other Middle Eastern countries, crime rates in Egypt are extremely low. While travelers should still take normal precautions and not be unnecessarily flashy with their belongings, it’s unlikely you’ll be targeted. In fact, if you stick to major cities like Cairo and Luxor, you have very little chance of being exposed to problems at all.
4: Good transportation system
Egyptians are famous for their hospitality and there is no better place than Egypt to put it into practice. Men, women, children and even taxi drivers will go out of their way to make sure you are taken care of in every situation you encounter. You will find that public transportation is reasonably priced, conveniently located and easy to use. There are large number of tourist sites in Cairo so depending on where you stay, getting around could be difficult if you don’t have your own car or driver.
5: There are no safety issues in Cairo
In Cairo, women can feel safe in public spaces. The streets are filled with various modes of transportation, such as taxis and buses, which are all reasonably priced and generally hassle-free. There are also many tourist police stations scattered throughout the city; if you have any issues with petty crime or something more serious like sexual harassment, you should report it at one of these facilities immediately.
6: Tourists are welcomed in Egypt
I remember walking down Al-Gama’ah al-Islamiyyah Street in Cairo, when all of a sudden I was greeted by two kids on a bike. As soon as they realized I wasn’t Egyptian, they stopped for an instant, smiled and waved at me. Welcome to Cairo! I knew right away that there is no greater feeling than when you are welcomed with open arms; it makes you feel like you are home again – even if it’s not your own country!
7: Great weather all year round
The weather in Egypt remains generally consistent throughout each season, meaning that there’s not much seasonal variation. In terms of temperatures, you can expect it to be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in summertime and 60 degrees Fahrenheit in wintertime. Regardless of when you visit, you’ll enjoy great weather year-round. Additionally, any potential major change (e.g., drastic temperature drop) can be easily planned for – for example, simply take out your coat before getting off a plane or ferry at port!
8: Amazing places to see in Egypt
The pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx, and The Great Pyramid of Khufu are awe-inspiring works of art created thousands of years ago. While one may not initially associate historic places with safety, it’s important to note that both tourists and locals can feel safe in these remarkable historical sites. As long as you adhere to local laws and traditions, you’ll be able to experience something special without any worries.
9: Affordable accommodation options in Egypt
Compared to other popular destinations, accommodation options in Egypt are more affordable. The cost of a mid-range hotel room is less than $100 per night, while rooms at budget and even luxury accommodations can be found for under $40 per night. That said, it’s important to look into booking private rooms instead of dormitories if you’re traveling alone; otherwise, you may find yourself sleeping alongside strangers and being vulnerable when you wake up in an unfamiliar place.
10 : Egyptians take good care of tourists
Egyptians are proud of their history and culture, and they take pride in welcoming tourists. As such, you will find them helpful and respectful throughout your travels in Egypt. In fact, many Egyptian men still like opening doors for women or pulling out chairs when they see them approaching. Women should also avoid dressing provocatively in order not to attract unwanted attention from locals. Instead, dress modestly by covering up most of your skin at all times including your shoulders and cleavage at minimum.