In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Egypt
When it comes to Egypt, there are a lot of concerns regarding safety which are generally all wrong. Egypt is perceived by some as a dangerous place, but this is actually very far from true.
First of all, Egyptians are extremely friendly, warm, helpful and welcoming people. Cynics would say that this is because they rely so much on foreign tourism, but the truth is they are that way by nature. Hospitality is a cultural thing for Egyptians and most of them would try to move a mountain just to help you or accommodate you.
The country also takes great care of the tourists and visitors. For example, when you travel, you will find a number of checkpoints between your starting point and your destination. The purpose of these checkpoints is to make sure you get where you are headed in a certain time period, and get there safely. These checkpoints are particularly useful when traveling by taxi.
Violent crime is not a major security issue for foreign tourists. The same goes for casual crime, like mugging and robbery, but pickpocketing is somewhat present. However, the risk of being targeted by pickpockets in Egypt is not higher than the risk in any of the Western countries. Just use common sense, keep your valuables close and you’ll be fine.
Egypt is a pragmatic country that relies a lot on the income from tourism, and they would never want to allow for anything that might jeopardize that, which is why they are so keen on keeping tourists safe.