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Old 11-28-2013, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I was in Egypt just this May. There's literally no reason why any of what's going on should affect you in the slightest. Egypt is crawling with with little entrepreneurs that want your tourist dollars more than they want you blown up or whatever. The comments above me are all typical of people who don't actually know anything of Egypt past what the news reports. Cairo is so big, you don't even need to be anywhere near that square (the name escapes me) if it scares you that much, but I was two blocks from it for ten days with no issues.

My only problem with it is that Giza is so incredibly littered with trash, it won't look as pristine as the pictures build it up to be. I couldn't understand why a place that famous could be so apathetic about throwing junk everywhere.

Buuuuuut, the night markets in Cairo are a great place to do extremely cheap clothing shopping while you're at it. Young Egyptian males are quite stylish, I learned.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:05 AM
 
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Probably not except perhaps the Sinai Peninsula area.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I was in Egypt just this May. There's literally no reason why any of what's going on should affect you in the slightest. Egypt is crawling with with little entrepreneurs that want your tourist dollars more than they want you blown up or whatever. The comments above me are all typical of people who don't actually know anything of Egypt past what the news reports. Cairo is so big, you don't even need to be anywhere near that square (the name escapes me) if it scares you that much, but I was two blocks from it for ten days with no issues.

My only problem with it is that Giza is so incredibly littered with trash, it won't look as pristine as the pictures build it up to be. I couldn't understand why a place that famous could be so apathetic about throwing junk everywhere.

Buuuuuut, the night markets in Cairo are a great place to do extremely cheap clothing shopping while you're at it. Young Egyptian males are quite stylish, I learned.
That's the stuff I was hoping (and thinking) I'd see!
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Pérouges
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The comments above me are all typical of people who don't actually know anything of Egypt past what the news reports.
Well..... i've been to our Embassy in Cairo three times in the last 6 months and also to our Consulate in Alexandria.

Advice was asked for and that's what I gave, you are of course quite entitled to your opinion as to it's validity.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I'd be into it if someone just booked me a ticket.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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An experienced traveler, especially one who has been to other developing nations, should be all right in Egypt. If you are a woman, however, I recommend not going alone. I also recommend avoiding Cairo, if possible. (Also avoid Sinai!) I understand that there are fewer troubles in Luxor. If you do go to Cairo, avoid protests (which are virtually illegal there now, anyway), election campaign rallies, and, if an election is going on, polling places. Stick to the tourist areas. Pick a good hotel. Avoid people who approach you on the street claiming to be "botanists" or "Egyptologists" or similar: they are just trying to get you into their perfume/papyrus shop!

Enjoy the sites/sights. Eat the food. Buy souvenirs, preferably local crafts if possible. (The tourist economy needs support!)

If you're going to Cairo and need suggestions for restaurants, shopping, cultural events, and so forth, check out Cairo360.

(I speak here as an American woman who has visited Egypt several times, often unaccompanied, and who lived alone and worked in Cairo for three months just before the revolution.)
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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I'm still young so I can wait for Egypt's situation to improve.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, Va
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If you really want to go to Egypt go with a tourist group don't just go by yourself. There are areas that are known for rioting and I am sure any Egyptian tour guide will know these areas and avoid it.
Egyptian newspapers to keep up if your traveling:
Daily News Egypt - Egypt
Ahram Online - News, Business, Culture, Sports & Multimedia from Egypt
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I was just reading that even in the best of times...the Airport is quite an experience getting through it.

Sounds like touts, locals, and even airline employees are all trying to carry your bags every two seconds or lead you through immigration, this that and the other, and asking for tips.

Nontheless, I'm going to Cairo in January. Already booked the ticket.
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