What to Read on Your Egypt Trip

I know it’s uncommon to pack a book for vacation in this digital day and age, let alone three. But whether you read them on your tablet or make room for the paperbacks, read them before your trip begins or during it, I think that these three are essential to read on your Egypt trip.…

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Should I visit the tomb of Seti I or the tomb of Nefertari? 

Back in 2016, the Egyptian government opened two tombs that have never before been available to the public: the tomb of Seti I in the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of Nefertari in The Valley of the Queens. In my opinion, both should absolutely be on your Egypt trip itinerary. But! Each tomb…

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Choosing your Valley of the Kings tombs

It seemed completely right that we visited both The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens on the day of the dead. We saved it for our last day in Luxor—anticipating that exploring the tombs would be un-toppable. And I have to say, our assumption held right. On the list of things…

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Love Letters to Rotterdam, Luang Prabang, and Seattle

This post is part of a series of love letters written by travel bloggers and expats about their favorite places around the world. Read more here! Love Letter to Rotterdam from Jessy at Planet Pilgrims Dearest Rotterdam, You completely captured my heart when I visited last summer for a couple of days. My daughter and…

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Visiting the Ancient Temples in Luxor, Egypt

The sun beat down from a nearly white sky. The air was dry, the ground hot. The only shade to be found was in the ruins—colonnades with swollen pillars, towering statues of crossed-armed rulers, thick walls laden with the deep carvings of ancient kings and queens. This is Luxor, straddling the banks of the Nile,…

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Why You Have to Visit Abu Simbel

Our visit to Abu Simbel kicked off like this: staggering out of the van and staring at what appeared to be a giant pile of dirt. Maybe it was because of the harsh morning sun. Or the fact that we’d been traveling since 4am, coasting on 3 hours of sleep from the night before. It…

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Visiting the Pyramids: Essential Tips

Visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza is a must for any trip to Egypt. But when doing research for our trip, I was surprised to see how many travelers visit the pyramids as a stop-gap between their arrival in the country and their tours beginning—often jamming this ancient site into a two-hour slot. Considering how…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Giza, Egypt

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. You get sort of used to being disappointed by things in real life. The Mona Lisa? Much smaller than expected. Notré Dame, smaller. The Statue of Liberty, smaller. So when I read in advance of our Egypt…

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Planning a visit to the Egyptian Museum

I learned the phrase, “an embarrassment of riches” in a college poetry class, but I never fully understood it until we walked into the Egyptian museum. Many museums around the world have Egyptian pieces or play host to Egyptian exhibits, temporary or permanent. Having one stone sarcophagus, one golden mummy mask, one ancient chair can…

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How to Avoid the Cairo Scams

Cairo is pretty well-known for tourist scams, and falling for one can ruin your day (or worse, your trip). So, how can you avoid scams in Cairo? Research and street smarts will definitely help, but at the end of the day, a confident, firm voice is going to be your strongest line of defense.

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