attitude towards single mum in Egypt and Jordan?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2012 12:12 PM Last Post By: merlot75
Dec 5, 2012 1:54 PM
I am considering spending a few weeks in Egypt and Jordan and am part way through reading the Lonely Planet Egypt book and have read quite a bit here that gives sensible advice to women travelling alone, but I wonder about the attitude towards a woman travelling with young children (boys 5 and 7years).
Would I find that I was safer travelling as a mother, or would I be putting my kids at risk if we wanted to spend the night in a desert camp or something similar? I've read a lot about people finding themselves invited into the homes of people that have arranged tours for them and other opportunities to make the travel experience more intimate and more authentic and I would hope for something similar but wonder if a single woman with children would be less well thought of in that culture??
thanks in advance!
Dec 5, 2012 2:23 PM
1Well, there's no need to give your life history to every Tom.Dick & Harry... People in Jordan do get inquisitive and may ask questions which you will deem just a tad too personal. I suggest to keep questions to a minimum - say your husband is working and he sent you on holiday with the kids.. end of story. No need to open the door for lots of questions which may make you and your boys feel uncomfortable.. right?
You will have a great time, both you and the kids, don't worry.
Dec 5, 2012 4:04 PM
2thanks for the reply.
It's probably not so much the comments that I was worried about but more the perception. I really wasn't sure if the kids would open more doors for me or if the fact that we were travelling without a male escort would actually create an issue. That's really the only thing that is making me debate joining a group family tour v's doing it on our own.
Dec 6, 2012 1:47 AM
Dec 6, 2012 3:06 AM
4Don't join a group tour, that would narrow your experience of the country by a long way. Enjoy the company of your children and the locals you meet. Don't give a second thought to people's perceptions, you can never know what they are thinking anyway. Travelling alone with children...yes, it may open doors. People are more likely to feel protective of you and your family than anything else.
Which desert were you thinking of spending the night in a camp in? As a female alone I would be more inclined to do that in Jordan rather than Egypt. (although that probably reflects my own bias due to one bad experience in Egypt).
Dec 6, 2012 12:12 PM
5I think I just lost my reply... Try again.
I wad thinking of overnight camp at Wadi Rum but am to alternatives.
Thanks for the reassurance. It's hard to guess at how some fundamental differences in that particular area of our cultures would effect our travels.
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