Egypt is exciting, confronting, hot, rich in preserved pieces of history, and an absolute must see destination for every solo female traveler. While it’s perhaps not the best country for the brand new solo traveler, it’s still a relatively safe place to travel with some extra precautions. It’s also very safe and an even richer experience to go with a group – a perfect way to explore with a safety net and see all the best places.
Like many countries in the world, there are cultural rules and expectations on what women wear and how they represent themselves. We believe that women should wear what they want and do what they please, but our ideal world just doesn’t exist. Ignoring the culture of a country can not only really ruin the experience of your trip, but it can even be dangerous.
Egypt is a conservative Muslim country, and at a glance, that means it’s best to leave the string bikini at home and get into light fabrics, loose fits, and shirts with sleeves. Cairo and tourist hotels and resorts are less conservative where tank tops and bathing suits will be just fine (although erring on the conservative side is better), but the more off the beaten path you go, the more you should cover up and have a headscarf in your bag when you need it. Think breezy, cool fabrics with a loose fits that let your skin breath in the heat.
If you are coming with us on The Egypt Global Meetup Tour, feel free to bring whatever you want to wear for our hotels and resorts, where we can feel free to relax the dress code with a cold beer in hand.
When we are out and about throughout Egypt, don’t be that one gal on the trip in crop tops and booty shorts bringing unwanted attention to the whole group. The only attention we want to attract are chats with locals over tea, and smiles from curious kids.
We always recommend sticking to a carry on in almost all of our travels. In countries like Egypt, where sadly, scammers in the airports and city of Cairo are everywhere, it’s best to have a bag that’s always with you and easy to carry. This is much less of a concern on our Egypt Global Meetup Tour, but even though you’re safe with us, it’s good practice to travel light. You will be hauling your stuff here and there sometimes, so it’s important you can carry it.
Invest in a comfy, breathable, walkable pair of sandals for this trip. Trust us, you’ll need them.
Keep in mind that in mosques, you will have to take off your shoes. There are strict rules about conservative clothing while in a mosque, and if you aren’t dressed appropriately, you won’t be allowed inside. Always keep a scarf stashed in your bag just in case, because you will need to cover your hair and your shoulders.
If you haven’t yet grown a thick skin for street harassment, a walk through Cairo (especially if you are not dressed in a culturally sensitive manner) can leave you rattled if you aren’t armed with the right attitude. While most catcalls, stares, and creepy leers are harmless, it can still be pretty uncomfortable. Don’t accept unsolicited help from strangers and follow the advice below.
Here are some tips to ward of harassment:
People depend on tips to feed their families and they deserve to be appreciated for a job well done. Both tourists and Egyptians are expected to tip for almost every service. Luckily, most tipping expectations are lower than Western countries, especially America. When you tip, do so discreetly and directly to the person you are tipping.
Tips can be in dollars, euros or Egyptian notes but not coins, because foreign coins cannot be exchanged or used to buy anything.
Tour related tips
If you are coming with us on The Egypt Global Meetup Tour, the tips for all of the porters and drivers are included, but the rest is up to you and at your discretion.
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