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Safety in Egypt: Expectations vs. Reality

A guy walking the streets of Islamic Cairo by Alejandro Garcia via Unsplash

How safety in Egypt is like? Is Egypt safe? Is it safe to travel to Egypt in 2019, 2018,…, 2011? Is Egypt safe to visit? Is Cairo, Alexandria, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Dahab, Sharm El-Sheikh, Abu Simbel safe? Is it safe to walk around Cairo? Is Egypt safe for women, families, toddlers, kids? You name it! […]


Ramadan in Egypt: A Guide to Understanding the Culture

Ramadan in Egypt via Pixabay

So yesterday marked the start of the Holy month of Ramadan -the Muslim fasting month-, I am sure that many non-muslims have so many questions & concerns regarding Ramadan in Egypt, and if one should or should not travel to a Muslim country during Ramadan, so I am here to answer as many as I […]


Ancient Egypt 101 – A Short History Lesson

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Downtown Cairo by Passainte Assem

Besides being one of the world’s oldest and greatest civilizations of all time, it’s intriguing how with all advanced technologies, and recent discoveries till that day no one was able to tell who actually built the Pyramids? how many treasures are still hidden? what secrets are still uncovered? and the more they excavate the more […]


Egypt Trains – Sleeper Train to Luxor/Aswan: Yes or No?

Don't freak out when you see people walking on the railways, apparently it's a fearless common practice, haha (photo via unsplash)

Since we’ve been asked countless times whether to choose to fly to Luxor/Aswan direct, or if it’s better & cheaper to go by train? To answer your question, I rolled my sleeves, and decided to travel to Aswan by train, experience it myself to give you my personal feedback. Egypt trains can be booked through […]


Coming Clean on Egyptian Toilets: Shatafa What??

Restroom signs

Here at Whynotegypt, we love to answer your questions. Big, small, or potentially embarrassing – you ask and we will answer. Since one of the most perplexing issues foreigners face in Egypt isn’t always the easiest to ask about …we figured we’d just broach the topic first! So here it is – everything you need […]


What to Wear in Egypt

A woman walking in the desert by Toa Heftiba via unsplash

Can I wear shorts in Egypt? How should my swimwear look like? Do you have to cover up in Egypt? These are some of the questions we recently received from female members of our Facebook group regarding Egyptian women’s clothing; we were asked how Egyptian women dress? Everybody’s wondering if there is a specific dress code […]


Bus Trippin’ to Sinai

No the chairs in those buses are not that painful, haha - Photo by Matthew Henry via Unsplash

If you’ve recently read our Complete guide to Dahab, admit it: you’ve already begun planning your next trip to this favorite Red Sea holiday destination! (We know we are, and we just got back!) But how will you get there? Since Dahab is such a budget-friendly vacation spot, it can seem a shame to double […]


Arabic 101 For Egypt Visitors

Arabic Calligraphy by Mark via flickr

If you’re planning to travel to Egypt but can’t speak a word of Arabic I have some good news and bad news for you. Bad news first: Arabic is HARD. There’s a completely different alphabet, phonetic sounds with no equivalent in the English language, and words that change their meaning completely with just a slightly […]


10 Funny Facts About Egyptians That You Must Know

Courtesy of Why Kei via Unsplash

I am one of those poor Egyptian souls who greatly suffer from waiting for people to show up on time, I always initiate the “let’s go out kind of spirit” to end up facing the biggest disappointments of last-minute canceling. As I was fortunate enough to travel here & there, and meet with travelers from […]


Getting Around Egypt

Cairo Metro by Al Ahram Weekly

Thinking of travelling to Cairo? Whether you’re still in the beginning stages of planning, or you have your Egypt travel itinerary all ready to go — you’ve come to the right place. Getting around a new city can be intimidating, but we are here to help! We have tips and tricks to help all visitors […]