I’ve been to Egypt already 5 times and there’s a bunch of things I truly love there. Food, history, pyramids… But on the other hand, we should not forget about Egypt disadvantages. I am going to mention some things I was NOT very fond of during my last visit when spending 3 months in Hurghada and Luxor.
Disadvantages of Egypt travel
- locals were approaching me to take a selfie very often.
- local guys were shouting at me and asking me to go out (or something else) ALL THE TIME. Each time I walked along the street, especially in the evening, men would be hitting on me, asking me questions, following me etc. It was unbearable! I really had enough of that approach. I do not think it’s ok to shout at women at the street just because we have different skin color and/or religion. NOT all women go to Egypt to find a sexual partner or to be a sugar mama. For example, I went to Egypt to enjoy the sea and fresh fruit.
- when I arrived in March it was too cold and too windy for me. Then in June it was already too hot. I was trying to get used to the heat but even though I like warm weather, it was too much. I could not do much during the day when it was 35 to 43 Celsius. That’s the reason I don’t like to visit Egypt in the warmest months of July and August.
- Egypt is full of annoying insects – loads of flies during the day and then even more mosquitoes at night. They never left me alone. It was difficult to sleep or to relax on the beach without getting disturbed by insects every few seconds. Insects were definitely one of Egypt disadvantages that bothered me the most.
To tell the truth, I found Egyptian men and Egyptian insects similarly annoying 😀
- Hurghada is famous for strong sandy wind. The so called Khamsin wind blows there for 50 days in March and April. I really do not like wind so I had chills quite a lot. And there were days in May and June with strong wind, too. Then I had sand everywhere; in my eyes, mouth, ears, nose, in my room etc. Not cool!
- long distance transportation is more expensive for foreigners than it is for locals. Oficially, they force you to take a different bus/train than locals do, e.g. between Hurghada and Luxor, or Luxor and Aswan, Hurghada and Cairo etc.
- in Hurghada you need to pay for public beaches. There’s public beaches (for a fee) and private beaches (owned by hotels so you need to stay at a hotel to go to the beach).
- in some places, such as Hurghada, it is NOT really possible to walk from one beach to another one. There’s security guys who will stop you if you try to cross. I was surprised it was easier in Makadi Bay but really not in Hurghada. Such a shame, because I personally love to walk along the beach at sunset time.
- locals try to overcharge you for almost everything and everywhere. They think that all of us ”white tourists” are extremely rich and we don’t know what to do with extra money. I don’t enjoy overpaying just because I am not Egyptian.
- some drivers will not give you your change back when traveling on a public minivan around Hurghada. Sometimes they try to keep change when they see you are a tourist. They might think that you don’t know the price just because you’re not local.
- sometimes they will not give you change at shops either. Not because they think you can’t count, but because they don’t have small change left. They might give you a chewing gum or something else instead. If you refuse because you don’t use/eat those things, you get nothing.
- streets are full of plastics and other rubbish. When it’s windy, rubbish was flying all around.
- unfortunately, recycling is not really a thing in Egypt yet. My eco-friendly soul was so upset to see that!
- tap water can get very dirty and it’s not potable.
- camel riding is still very popular in Egypt. As a vegan and animal rights activist since July 2013, I really do not support riding camels nor any other wild animals.
- there’s many beggars at the streets. Unfortunately, kids as well.
Having said all of the above, I still managed to find even more things that I did enjoy in Egypt. It’s a stunning country worth a visit, for sure. However, it’s always good to be prepared and know the truth.
TIP 1: Don’t forget to read my article about interesting things in Egypt, too. There’s some things that might surprise you 🙂
TIP 2: And what about budget? I calculated my expenses in Egypt in this post. You might find it useful before planning your trip.
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Which of the things on this list would bother you? Or would you add even more Egypt disadvantages to my list?