It surprises many people when they hear how supportive our parents have been of our decision to do radical things like leave great jobs and sell perfectly fine cars (oh and don’t forget about the house) all in the name of exploring this huge world of ours.
BUT one thing that they have not been in support of is the itinerary where we listed Egypt as one of our planned destinations. Despite my own mother having visited Egypt when I was a child and fondly recalling her memories of the country, it was clear by the news reports that Egypt was probably not the best place to go prancing around on our own. Thankfully, we did end up finding a safe way to see the highlights while on our Norwegian cruise. Despite our normal way of traveling (on our own without joining tour groups), we did end up booking a great 2 day tour that covered seeing the best of both of the Egypt ports of call on the cruise.
As for our Egyptian experience, I know for me I was devastated by the amount of trash that was in the cities we visited. There would be nice parks with trash completely covering the ground and bushes, yet people still just sat on the park benches not even noticing it. On a more positive note, we felt very safe during our time in Egypt. The people we encountered were very kind and at times we almost felt like celebrities. When we arrived back from the first day, Egyptians were crowded around the ship and cheering/waving at all of us. We also had Egyptians asking to take pictures with us during the day! We are so glad that we were able to keep Egypt on the itinerary after all. For me seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx was absolutely surreal.
Egypt , Check!