Advice for a 53yr old USA Woman Travelling Alone in Egypt
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Jun 5, 2013 6:24 PM Last Post By: geehohl
Oct 14, 2012 9:31 PM
15Yes, laketraveller, my friend CarolAnn did go to Egyp,t but only 4 days. She is an avid traveller and fellow New Yorker, but I might have to not follow her advice this time! I really feel strongly about going alone. It makes sense for me! Thanks for all the suggestions. Also thanks for reminding me NOT to get hung up on the details. I am actually most nervous about getting to the train station and buying a sleeper train to Aswan and hoping I don't get on wrong train.
Oct 15, 2012 4:01 AM
16Check out the web site Man in Seat 61 / Egypt for thorough information about the trains, including where and how to purchase tickets.
There will be plenty of people around at the train station happy to help you. Don't be afraid to ask.
Nov 17, 2012 11:54 AM
Nov 17, 2012 4:30 PM
Dec 2, 2012 11:57 PM
19Hello. I am a 53 year-old Cdn. woman travelling solo to Egypt in late March/April. I was looking online for advice etc. when I saw your post. I travelled to
Machu Picchu last year, and enjoy the excitement of travelling alone. I have just begun taking notes about Egypt from various sources online, and feel confident that by asking the right questions from others whom have been there, and researched travel sites, everything will go well. I will walk with a purpose, reframe from being overly friendly to men I do not know, and trust in advise/recommendations offered by hotel staff. When the time comes, and I visit Egypt, I will post how it went for me. Best of luck with your plans!
Dec 3, 2012 12:08 AM
20But I am older and do not think I will be harrassed as a younger traveller would be
A friend of mine from work who was about 60 and who, ahem, looked her age, found she was harrassed in Egypt just as much as if she was younger.
She couldnt get over it- 'I am an old and wrinkled woman' she said! 'What is wrong with them!'
Feb 12, 2013 2:06 PM
Feb 12, 2013 2:14 PM
May 12, 2013 6:58 PM
23Have you gone yet? I just got back from there in Jan. (we were 3) and I want to go in June by myself. I need a travel partner. Could we go together? I want to do my own thing in Luxor, and I don't need any help, I just need someone to have as a contact, to make me feel I haven't done it alone you might say.
Egypt is safe . I am 55 and female. I cannot go before June because I am a teacher and school is not out.
Jun 5, 2013 6:24 PM
24I'm back and I didn't enjoy Egypt very much. Should have gone with a tour. So many obstacles-from language barrier to no street signs in English (like the guide books show!), to unhelpful people and the harassment of selling stuff was unnerving. I got lost in Cairo twice...cried...and was helped both times by young Egyptians! Very thankful! An Egyptian woman was yelling at me in Arabic and I didn't know what the heck I did! I couldn't come and go as I usually do and that culture shock was disturbing. I wound up taking taxis and having drivers wait for me...something I didn't want to do. Everyone views you as a walking ATM machine...its ridiculous. "Where are you from?" "America?" "Obama!" A tout at the pyramids (did you see the US warnings about Egypt?...it IS TRUE and NOT baseless) kept bothering me and was following me all over asking about camel rides. I had to scream at him to stop and he said...."are you crazy?" but it worked and he left me alone! I also used some underhanded "tricks" I want to share....put on your ipod so you can't hear them and if they persist, start singing. I said...crazy american and they left me alone. I even resorted to sign language (I know a little) when my battery for ipod died and that worked the best of all, except for one creative man signing giddyup and saying horse ride! They say people are just trying to make a living, but come on...I was so on edge being CONSTANTLY bothered even after being polite and saying no thank you or la shukran! I realized I was too old for independent foreign travel. I understand about immigration now...why people want to live in the U.S. Nobody maintains anything there! Not their cars, trucks, buildings, animals even the beloved Nile was filthy and polluted. So sad. Even with all that, I did get to see and do everything I wanted: All day at the Egyptian Museum, pyramids and sphinx; Abu Simbel and felucca on the Nile @Aswan; Luxor Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. Its just a shame that the last ancient wonder of the world HAS to be in a place like Egypt! I did encounter a few nice people-at the hotels but I assume its because I'm spending $$$ there! I also didn't enjoy the haggling. One guy wanted $93.00 (I had a converter w/me) for something you get at a dollar store and I said...I'm not playing the haggling game-I paid 150 Egyptian pounds for a souvenir for me (a tablet pendant w/ankh and hieroglyphs) and he kept haggling, so I left and went to a woman a few stands away and said...How much for that little sheesha and she said 150 Egyptian pounds (she didn't hear the transaction) and I gave her the $$. She was probably wondering why I didn't haggle! The guy was waiting for me and shook his head..I said to him...you shouldn't have been so greedy. He even blocked my way a few times and that is scary. I kept telling him I wasn't playing the haggling game, but he didn't listen. A few times I didn't leave my hotel (ate there mostly all meals) because I felt so uncomfortable!
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